School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Wireless powering of injectable sensors for cancer therapy

Internships Summer 2017/18

Proposed Project Title:

  • Wireless powering of injectable sensors for cancer therapy

Principal Supervisor(s):
  • Professor William Scanlon


Project Description:

The Centre for Wireless Innovation at ECIT are working with Cancer specialists at Queens to develop novel sensing solutions to improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy.

The vision is to have microminiature wireless sensors that are injected into cancerous tumours to allow real-time monitoring of the success of cancer therapy and in turn to improve the comfort of patients and the success rates for chemo. These mm-sized sensors need to be powered from a wearable patch that is worn by the patient or even by using a smartphone close to the body.

The aim of this summer research internship is to develop rectifier based energy harvesting circuits that will work through human body tissue. The intern will be based at ECIT and will be provided with a desk, PC and full access to the technical facilities at ECIT including high specification instrumentation and unique test chambers.


Objectives:
  1. Study energy harvesting circuits suitable for the MHz / GHz range
  2. Design a miniature energy harvesting circuit suitable for direct integration with the sensor antenna (a ‘rectenna’)
  3. Test the performance of the ‘rectenna’ in a human tissue mimicking material test bed ("phantom")
  4. Write up the findings and submit the work to a conference on medical devices

Academic Requirements:

The scheme is open to all EEECS Undergraduates (apart from students on the BIT degree pathway and students who are due to graduate this summer)


General Information:

Each internship will last between 6-8 weeks and will pay a weekly stipend of £200.

Accommodation and travel costs are not provided under this scheme.

Start date: 24 July 2017

Duration: Negotiable (6 to 8 weeks)

Location: Centre for Wireless Innovation, ECIT Institute, Queens Road, Belfast BT3 9DT

Further information available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/eeecs/Research/


Contact details:

Supervisor Name: Prof. William Scanlon
Address:

Queens University of Belfast
Centre for Wireless Innovation (CWI)
School of EEECS,
ECIT,
NI Science Park,
Queen’s Road,
Queen’s Island,
BT3 9DT

Email: w.scanlon@qub.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 1877