Advanced Chemical Sensors (UG)

Module aims

This module will cover all the different methods of (bio)chemical sensors. The purpose is to introduce the basic chemical sensing principles and their applications as well as commercial aspects.

Learning outcomes

Explain the different chemical sensor concepts and their specific design features Discuss the advantages and limitations of the sensor concepts on the basis of their theoretical knowledge of sensor principles, the materials used and sensor technologies Decide which sensor concept is suitable for which application Assess whether chemical sensor is fit for purpose. Assess the limitations of each chemical sensor Assess whether conclusions are justified by measured data Choose the optimal sensor for a specific application Interpret data, draw conclusions and communicate them to others


Module syllabus

Biochemical sensors Chemical sensing principles Commercial applications


Teaching methods

Students will be taught over one terms using a combination of lectures and practical lab sessions. Lecture sessions will be made avaialable on Panaopto for review and supplemented with technologies to promote active engagement during the lecture such as 'learning catalytics'. Lab and practical activities and study groups will be based on taught content from lectures to reinforce these topics and allow students to test their understanding. Lab and practical sessions will also allow students opportunities for paired and small group learning and to share their experience and understanding with other students.


 All learning outcomes will be assessed by a final examination 80% and a presentation 20%