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School of Engineering
University of Warwick
T:   +44(0)24 765 74494
W:   Bio-Medical Sensors Laboratory

Research Interests

Sensor and Sensor Systems for the detection of gasous phase bio-markers of disease

CMOS compatable chemical sensors (gas phase)

Micro-hot plate technologies

Artifical Olfactory Systems (Electronic Noses).

Micro-fluidic devices (pumps, valves).

Bio-compatable/degradable materials for medical implants.

Micro-stereolithography for microfabrication.


James A. Covington is a Professor in Electronic Engineering within the School of Engineering at Warwick University. Prof Covington has considerable experience in the field of electronic noses (e-noses), chemical sensing and analysis, micromachining/fabrication, VLSI design and bio-medical devices. He presently heads the BioMedical Sensors Laboratory. Its purpose is to investigate new and novel methods to use smell detection and smell creation in real applications to aid society. To this end, Prof Covington has been developing chemical and biological sensors for detecting a variety of environmental pollutants and biological agents, applying a wide range of electronic and MEMS techniques in the development of these novel sensors. He has previously received funding from EU, EPSRC and companies such as Agilent, Sony, DSM, Hyundai, Alphasense and JDE. Such techniques are presently being applied to the rapid screening of diseases within medical and agricultural sectors. In addition, he has been working on developing low-cost, high-volume chemical sensors for the industrial sector. He has now produced the most cost & power efficient chemical sensors commercially available today. He sits on the board of the Science & Technology for Health GRP, is the Engineering representative for the Warwick Centre of Analytical Sciences and is part of the MasDOC DTC. He has also been involved in numerous public events (including at the London Science Museum), TV programmes (Discovery Channel and BBC) and in the media for his work on smell.

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