Projects per year
My research is focused upon the development and implementation of extremely low-cost sensors systems for use in environmental, agricultural and public health arenas. I am particularly interested in how these sensors can be developed for widespread use in low resource environments by developing solutions that recognise the needs of stakeholders and the infrastructure available in-country to achieve widespread use. This technology has the potential to address global challenges and lead to a more equitable world, by helping to address Sustainable Development Goals and the more effective use of natural resources. The technical approach to this focuses upon electrochemical sensors, particularly biosensors. These can be manufactured at very low cost with high sensitivities for specific analyates and my group focuses upon the development of both sensor and associated instrumentation.
Example ongoing projects include:
- Development of low-cost soil fertility sensors for use by smallholder farmers.
- Low-cost platforms to detect the presence of antimicrobial residues within milk in real time.
- Sensors for the identification of pathogenic bacteria in rainwater harvesting systems in Madagascar.
- On-site identification of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater in Low-Middle Income Countries.
I also collaborate an industry focused agricultural KTP project, and projects on the use of biosensing technology for construction and geotechnical applications.
Prior to my research career, I worked on complex systems integration in the defence sector, where I carried out my apprenticeship. The engineering, project and people management skills from this experience greatly enhance and contribute to my current role as a PI.
- Electrochemical biosensors
- Low-cost sensor instrumentation
- Environmental sensors
- Printed sensor substrates and design
- Systems engineering and systems integration
- Project management
Expertise & Capabilities
I have multidisciplinary skills in electrochemistry environmental sensing, biomedical engineering, and microbiology. From my previous roles in industry, I have strong project management skills, people management skills and technical skills in Systems Engineering.
Financial Engineering – Delivered as an introduction into key financial concepts for engineering (PG/MEng module – 10 credits)
Individual Project – I manage and coordinate the common core aspects of the year 4 dissertation projects across the department UG degree programmes, including workshops on critical review, written and oral presentation, effective communication and report structuring.
Academic / Professional qualifications
Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology since 2004
Member of the Microbiology Society since 2014
I am working towards my PGCert in Academic Practice and FHEA at the University of Strathclyde
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Hughes-Buchanan, Adam
El Mountassir, G., Ward, A. & Hughes-Buchanan, A.
EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
1/10/22 → 1/04/26
Project: Research Studentship - Internally Allocated
Digital Dairy Value-Chain for South-West Scotland and Cumbria (Strength in Places Fund)
Michie, C., Wagner, B., Wilson, J., Andonovic, I., Atkinson, R., Bellekens, X., Galloway, S., Kelly, N., Lengden, M., Revie, M., Stewart, R., Tachtatzis, C. & Ward, A.
1/02/22 → 31/01/27
Repurposing blood glucose test strips for identification of the antimicrobial colistinLopez, C., Raykova, M. R., Corrigan, D. K., Knapp, C. W. & Ward, A. C., 30 Nov 2022, In: Sensors and Actuators Reports. 4, 7 p., 100119.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Downloads (Pure)
SARS-CoV-2 aptasensor based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and low-cost gold electrode substratesLasserre, P., Balansethupathy, B., Vezza, V. J., Butterworth, A., Macdonald, A., Blair, E. O., McAteer, L., Hannah, S., Ward, A. C., Hoskisson, P. A., Longmuir, A., Setford, S., Farmer, E. C. W., Murphy, M. E., Flynn, H. & Corrigan, D. K., 1 Feb 2022, In: Analytical Chemistry. 94, 4, p. 2126–2133 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Supplementary information for: "Electrochemical detection of oxacillin resistance with SimpleStat: a low cost integrated potentiostat and sensor platform"
Ward, A. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 9 Apr 2019