DI-7 PhD-Direct writing of functional materials for milk quality point-of-care tests
Contract: Full Time/Fixed Term
Fast and inexpensive patterning of functional biomaterials is desirable for point-of –care (POC) applications in animal health. Standard laboratory patterning techniques based on lithographic methods are too cumbersome for POC applications. For example micro-contact printing and capillary micro-molding require hard vacuum, high temperature and strong solvents not suitable for POC. On the other hand, direct writing of plasmonic materials has been achieved by our group and others, leading to the fabrication of pen-on-paper Surface-Enhanced-Raman Scattering (SERS) sensors.
In this project commercial pens (BIC pens or fountain pens) will be used to “write” plasmonic test domains on nitrocellulose membranes in order to develop lateral flow paper test strips for detection of residual antibiotic in milk (b-lactams, sulfonamides, tetracyclines). Metal nanoparticles (including nanostars, nanorods and nanocubes) will be functionalised with antibodies for targeted applications. The read out will be colorimetric, based on the coloration of the test strip caused by selective adsorption of plasmonic nanoparticles to the test line. Alternative platforms will also be fabricated whereby Raman Enhanced Scattering (SERS) will be used to detect targeted pathogens on paper test strips.
Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork invites applications for a PhD opportunity as part of the Science Foundation Ireland funded SFI centre VistaMilk. The Nanotechnology Group - Tyndall National Institute at University College Cork, is focusing its research in Nano- design and -fabrication with the aim of making smart sensors for multiple applications. We now wish to recruit a PhD fellow to develop the generation of novel sensors for milk quality applications. Key research themes will include development, fabrication and characterisation of novel lateral flow sensors.
This is a PhD position of 48-month duration. The responsibilities will include:
An annual student stipend of €18,500 applies for this successful candidate for this position. Yearly University academic fees will paid by the Tyndall National Institute.
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