Center for Biosensors & Chemical Sensors

Center for Biosensors & Chemical Sensors

The Center for Biosensors and Chemical Sensors consists of Chemistry Department faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students dedicated to research on and development of biosensors and chemical sensors. Currently the Center for Biosensors and Chemical Sensors has a total of about 35 members and is funded by several federal and state grant agencies.

The Center's scientific collaborations are extensive and include those within the Center and those with other departments at UC (Electrical and Computer Engineering, Medical School departments, etc.), other Ohio universities, industrial partners, and international research groups. The cross-fertilization of ideas arising from graduate student interactions in this expanded arena of research has and will continue to yield benefits for the PhD program in chemistry and for the University as a whole. The recent external success of the Center places it in a unique position to make a major future contribution to the national needs in the areas of nanostructured materials and chemical sensors.

Center for Biosensors & Chemical Sensors

The Center's efforts currently focus on the design and development of electrochemical and optical sensors. Collaborative projects are mainstreamed in this group and PhD students in the Center typically have two Co-Advisors for their chosen research programs. Such programs have recently focused on a wide variety of topics including the synthesis and application of new nanostructured chemically-selective materials, electrochemical sensors based on chemically-modified electrodes, microfabricated immunosensors, nanostructured biomolecular sensor surfaces, the design of new fiber optic sensors for important environmental contaminants, the design of planar waveguide chemical sensors, and the design and performance of a new hybrid electrochemical/optical sensor.