Advanced analytical devices, sensors, miniaturization, electrochemistry

Students in the sensor lab at Åbo Akademi

Students in the sensor lab at Åbo Akademi

Humankind is constantly making efforts to replace large analytical instruments based in labs by small, cost-effective and fast sensors able to measure 24/7 without human intervention. Quite some progress has already been achieved and the use of sensors and automated analytical systems is ever increasing and is expected to shape the future of analytical chemistry.

In the EACH programme, the Åbo’s study track suits best to the students who have interest in development of novel chemical sensors for future applications including wearable sensors for personal health monitoring, sensor systems for environmental monitoring, durable sensors for process analysis and wireless sensor networks for remote sensing.

Students following this study track will spend the second study year at Åbo Akademi University. This study track includes courses in applied electrochemistry, chemical sensors, project work in analytical chemistry and the Swedish language. This study track will provide knowledge and skills needed for development of chemical sensors, which is a fascinating field of research aiming to provide cost-effective and easy-to-use analytical devices.

In the EACH programme, the Åbo’s study track suits best to the students who have interest in development of novel electrochemical sensors for future applications in modern analytical devices such as “lab-on-a-chip” systems and wireless sensor networks. The use of sensors and automated analytical systems is ever increasing and is expected to shape the future of analytical chemistry.

This study track will give the students the following specific knowledge and skills:

  1. deep understanding of the fundamental principles of electrochemistry: electron transfer and double-layer charging at the electrode/solution interface;
  2. theoretical background and working principles of potentiometry, voltammetry, conductometry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy;
  3. Monitoring a measurement process

    Monitoring a measurement process

  4. understanding of the main concepts of chemical sensors based on electrochemical-, optical-, mass- and thermal transduction of the signal;
  5. practical skills in fabrication of solid-contact ion selective electrodes and evaluation of their analytical performance;
  6. ability to select, set up, test (validate) and apply an electroanalytical method to solve an analytical problem and write a technical report;
  7. familiarity with the working principles of energy storage devices (batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells) and sustainable energy production devices (solar cells);
  8. familiarity with current trends in analytical chemistry, including smart sensors for applications in health diagnostics, environmental monitoring and process analysis.

Possible employment:

  • R&D units and or production quality control in manufacturing of scientific instruments
  • Process monitoring in chemical, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, etc industries
  • R&D units and or production quality control in pharmaceutical, food and medical instrument industry
  • Environment, food, work environment etc safety and monitoring
  • Biochemical, microbiological or clinical research research and higher education
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Last modified: October 24, 2015