Intelligent Sensing Layers
The aim of this project is to develop sensor arrays, using polymer sensing layers as a new generation of real time sensors for environmental contaminants.
This will be achieved through the synthesis and processing of polymeric layers with high affinities to specific aqueous species found in environmental waters. Layers are tested for selectivity, and surface capacity, with experimental work chiefly revolving around the batch experiments to determine these values and quartz crystal microbalance experiments to determine the capacity and affinity to contaminants as a function of time. Work on improving the capacity of sensing layers is also ongoing, utilising highly porous structures such as high internal phase emulsions (HIPEs) as methods of increasing the effective surface area of sensors.