EEECS Summer Research Internships 2018
Proposed Project Title:
Portable and Low Cost Sensor for Benzene Monitoring
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.
- 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
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)
Start date: 1st June, 2018
Duration: 8 weeks
Location: Ashby Building
Further information available at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/eeecs/Research/
|Supervisor Name:||Hamza Shakeel|
Queens University of Belfast
|Tel:||+44 (0)28 9097 4083|