Sensors underpin advances in all areas of engineering, science, technology and medicine. Sensor-enabled technologies are all around us. Our activities range from inception through to prototype manufacturing and evaluation of sensors.

Novel sensor development from conception and design, through to developing manufacturing routes to create prototype sensors, and evaluating the performance of sensors in real-life engineering situations spanning a variety of industrial sectors including the environment, health and structural health monitoring.

We have a number of facilities at our disposal for use when undertaking research projects. We have a range of laboratories and equipment including:

  • Design and manufacturing facilities to create a range of prototype nano and microsensors;

  • Modelling and simulation software and facilities;

  • Test beds for the evaluation of sensor performance.

Working with us

We actively engage with industry using a multitude of routes ranging from small bespoke exploratory projects through to long-term multi-partner collaborative projects. In each case we work closely with our industrial clients to identify their core needs and define the subsequent project.

Examples of common formats include:

• Three to four month MSc student exploratory projects
• One year MSc by research student projects
• Three year PhD projects
• One to six month exploratory research projects
• One to two year concept development projects.

Clients and partners

We serve clients from a multitude of industrial sectors. Some of our business partners include:

• AWE,
• Irysis,
• Meggitt,
• NPL,
• Oxford Instruments,
• Procter and Gamble,
• Qinetiq,
• TDK,
• Thales.

We have worked with a number of research funding bodies and not-for-profit organisations including:

• Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC);
• Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC);
• European Commission;
• Natural Environment Research Council (NERC);
• Royal Academy of Engineering;
• Royal Society;
• Innovate UK;
• Wellcome Trust.