Sensors have recently showed significant potential for wastewater surveillance for public health as a high sensitivity and specificity technology with fast-responding time. Sensors are an easy-to-use technology offering great potential for field testing and real-time monitoring of water quality.

This masterclass will provide the opportunity for participants to learn the basic principles of sensors development and their application in water and wastewater quality measurement. More importantly it will showcase the engineering approaches to enable the development of point-of-use devices for field testing in the field of water, and environmental monitoring and health. It will be a mixture of lecture-like sessions, video case studies and group discussions combined with engaging activities, discussions and feedback.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationHalf day (09:00 am - 12:30 pm) Registration at 9am
  • LocationOnline
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Course structure

This unique masterclass will be delivered live online over 3 hours by Dr Zhugen Yang (Lecturer in Sensor Technology) who has over ten years’ experience on sensors development for water, environment, and health. He heads the Cranfield University Sensors Laboratory, a world-class, cutting-edge research into sensors and their uses in water and the water industry. His research focuses on the development of low-cost, rapid, and point-of-use sensors and devices for environmental science (e.g., microbial contamination in drinking water), public health (e.g. SARS-Cov-2, illicit drugs), and biomedical diagnostics (e.g. infectious disease and cancer).

What you will learn

This masterclass will provide an overview of state-of-the-art sensors technology for the Water-Environment-Health nexus which involves multidisciplinary skills (chemistry, nanotechnology, microbiology, and engineering). You will learn how to design, characterise, fabricate, and validate sensors, and how to adapt the sensors for water and environment applications. It will cover the fundamental principles of sensors (transducers, recognition element, signal amplification strategy etc.) and will feature case studies for water and wastewater quality measurement. Recent progress on sensor technology development will also be briefly presented, including opportunities for further development for other applications (e.g., environmental monitoring, food safety and healthcare).

Core content

  • Fundamental on sensors (chemical and biological sensors),
  • Sensor elements (transducer, recognition, readout etc.),
  • Key parameters and analytical performance,
  • Engineering approach for sensors application in the field,
  • Sensors for wastewater-based epidemiology- field-testing,
  • Rapid sensors for the measurement of chemical and microbial contaminant in drinking water – case study,
  • The future of water sensors.

Who should attend

This masterclass is aimed at researchers and engineers (e.g., water utilities) involved in water and environmental science with an interest in sensors development, as well as students with a background of water science, environmental engineering, analytical science microbiology and public health. 


Dr Zhugen Yang

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