PhD Studentship: To develop wearable devices for continuous monitoring of pH, glucose, electrolytes


Wearables as medical technologies are becoming an integral part of personal analytics, measuring individual’s physical status, recording physiological parameters, and informing schedule for medication. These new technology platforms promise to help people pursue a healthier life style, but also provide continuous medical data for actively tracking metabolic status, diagnosis, and treatment. Advances in the miniaturization of flexible electronics, electrochemical biosensors, microfluidics, and artificial intelligence algorithms have led to wearable devices that can provide real-time medical data.

The aim of this project will be to develop wearable devices for continuous monitoring of pH, glucose, electrolytes, and proteins in the body. Optical materials and methods including chromogenic dyes, fluorescence, diffraction, and total internal reflection will be used to create highly-sensitive and selective sensors that can be reversibly detect biomarkers in real-time. A smartphone camera interface will be developed to read the sensors quantitatively.

The successful student will form part of a multidisciplinary team and will be supervised by Dr. Ali K. Yetisen based in the Institute of Translational Medicine ( and the School of Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham.


Funding Notes

Students must have an undergraduate degree or master’s degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, materials science or a closely related subject.

University of Birmingham scholarships are available for exceptional UK/EU students. Self-funded international students are welcome to apply this post. Potential candidates should contact Dr. Ali K. Yetisen ( and include a CV. Applications will be evaluated on an on-going basis until the position is filled.



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