Institute for Future
Environments

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09 June 2015

Position: Research Officer

Expertise: Sensors and Nanotechnology

What are you working on at the moment?

I am currently undertaking research into gas nano-sensors for environmental monitoring. I am investigating a new technology to develop inexpensive, reliable, portable gas sensors with ultra-low power requirements and applications in environmental and air quality monitoring. The project combines state-of-the-art developments in nanotechnology and sensing. It utilises the high sensitivity of nanomaterial-based conductive devices and the selectivity of optical gas sensing technologies. This new technology would allow multiple gas sensors to be deployed in an area, maximising sampling efficiency and fidelity. It could also potentially be used with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or water-borne or land-based autonomous vehicles.

Why is your work important?

My research will open the way to the development of the next generation of gas sensors for environmental monitoring. QUT's ability to create 'smart' applications for the new technologies developed from this research could lead to a new niche manufacturing industry and potentially an export industry for 'smart sensors'.

What excites or inspires you about your field?

I enjoy working with nanomaterials, as they offer exciting opportunities to tune the performance of gas sensors by playing with their structural and morphological properties.

What are your hopes for the future?

I hope that the new technologies we are developing can bring a healthier life for people in the near future, thanks to a greener environment and a cleaner sky.

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Institute for Future Environments

  • Phone: 3138 9500
  • Int. phone: +61 7 3138 9500
  • Fax: +61 7 3138 4438
  • Email: ife@qut.edu.au
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    Gardens Point
    2 George St
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    Australia
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    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001