About Me - Current Projects - Supervisor - Academic History - Previous Projects - Honours & Awards
Science Communication Course - Imperial College London
As part of my ongoing training and professional development, I recently attended Impreial College London's Science Communiction Course. The week long program provides a balance of technical and theoretical training regarding public engagement for scientists en…
SWIG Conference Ethiad Stadium Manchester
On the 28th of January, the Sensors for Water interset Group (SWIG) held a conference on 'The role of sensors in disinfection and microbiological monitoring' in the Ethiad Stadium, Manchester. In attendance were representatives from sensor manufacturing compa…
My main interest lies in the development of novel sensors. In the past I have worked on projects dealing with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes and environmental toxins.
I am currently based in the 'Electrochemical & Interfaces Group' at the University of Warwick where I am interested in using state-of-the-art carbon based materials in advanced analytical methodologies.
"Carbon based electrochemical sensors for the detection of species in complex environments"
(Chemistry, Physics, Engineering)
Electrochemistry represents a low cost, potentially non-invasive means of sensing the solution environment, such as trace species in pharmaceutical processing e.g. potential genotoxic impurities (PGIs), process waters and biological environments such as neurotransmitters. Carbon electrodes (sp3 and sp2 hybridised) are particularly attractive electrodes due to their biocompatibility and low cost. However different forms of carbon show different degrees of catalytically activity towards different target analytes. I will design, using a “bottom up” approach, new electrodes for different trace species detection,which can also be integrated into non-perturbative on-line flow-detection systems. Key objectives are to reduce analysis times, lower costs and improve on current detection levels.
Previous Projects and Presentations
- Bottom-Up Colorimetric Sensor Development for the Analysis of Medically Interesting Analytes
- Dope Money - The Analysis of Cocaine on Banknotes
- Forensic Techniques for the Discrimination of Fibres and Textiles
- Wearable sensors for the study of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Carcinogens in the Water – An Analysis of Total Cr and Cr(VI) in Kansas Drinking Water
- Are Your Toddlers Drinking Lead? – An Analysis of Lead Content in U.S. Apple Juice Products
Supervisor & Work Group
Prof. Julie MacPherson
Professor of Chemistry and Supervisor of the 'Electrochemistry Interfaces Group' with special interest in the development of electrochemical sensors.
Find out more about Prof. J. MacPherson here→
Info on the Electrochemistry Interfaces Group
can be found here→
University of Warwick, U.K.
Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland
University of Kansas, U.S.A.
Universität Regensburg / University of Regensburg, Germany
Honours and Awards
Marie Curie Fellowship
European Commission – Innovation and Research DG