Portable and Low Cost Sensor for Benzene Monitoring

  • Portable and Low Cost Sensor for Benzene Monitoring
EEECS Summer Research Internships 2018

Proposed Project Title:

  • Portable and Low Cost Sensor for Benzene Monitoring

Principal Supervisor(s):
  • Hamza Shakeel


Project Description:

Internet of things (IoT) holds the potential to revolutionize the landscape of healthcare industry.

One aspect of IoT involves development of new chemical sensor technologies for detection of harmful gases like benzene. Benzene, a volatile organic compound, is a known human carcinogen. The presence of benzene is wide spread, as it is a key compound for chemical manufacturing (plastics, lubricants, rubber, detergents, drugs, and pesticides) and a key component of petrol (~1%).

Currently, state of art systems for benzene monitoring are expensive passive techniques and need expensive analytical equipment for analysis. Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) has been widely used in areas of environmental, biological, food, and clinical science.

This exploratory project will develop a low-cost, portable and wearable sensor for real time benzene monitoring using a QCM based system. Students will learn system level design approach during the course of internship. 


Objectives:
  • Understand the working principle of QCM
  • Develop LabVIEW based software for data acquisition from QCM system.
  • Work with partners from University of Liverpool to calibrate sensors
  • Demonstrate a proof-of-concept benzene sensor

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:

Start date: 1st June, 2018

Duration:  8 weeks

Location: Ashby Building

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


Contact details:

Supervisor Name: Hamza Shakeel
Address:

Queens University of Belfast
School of EEECS,
Ashby Building,
Stranmillis Road,
Belfast
BT9 5AH

Email: H.shakeel@qub.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 4083