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SELECTBIO Conferences Point-of-Care, Biosensors & Mobile Diagnostics Europe 2020

Dermot Diamond's Biography

Dermot Diamond, Professor, Principal Investigator, Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University

Dermot Diamond received his Ph.D. and D.Sc. from Queen’s University Belfast and his D.Litt. from Ulster University. He was VP for Research at Dublin City University (2002-2004) and was director (2007-2015) and founding member of the National Centre for Sensor Research ( at DCU. In 2002, he was awarded the inaugural silver medal for Sensor Research by the Royal Society of Chemistry, London. He was awarded the DCU President’s Award for Research Excellence (2006) and the DCU President’s Award for Innovation (2015). In May 2014, in recognition of his academic contributions and achievements, he was admitted to Membership of the Royal Irish Academy. In April 2015 he was awarded the Boyle Higgins Gold Medal by the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in recognition of his research achievements. He is currently a Principal Investigator in the SFI INSIGHT Centre ( and was co-chair of the EU Future and Emerging Technologies programme advisory group (FETAG). In 2019 he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the European Innovation Council (EIC), and chair of the Pathfinder Programme Working Group.

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Can Microfluidics Provide the Foundation for Creating a Molecular-Digital Continuum?

Wednesday, 9 September 2020 at 16:15

Add to Calendar ▼2020-09-09 16:15:002020-09-09 17:15:00Europe/LondonCan Microfluidics Provide the Foundation for Creating a Molecular-Digital Continuum?Point-of-Care, Biosensors and Mobile Diagnostics Europe 2020 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The

Physical transducers have played a central role in the emergence of the so-called ‘Internet of Things’, wherein everyday objects and people become sensorised and linked through ubiquitous digital communications infrastructure.  Parameters like temperature, light intensity/colour/imaging, location, movement, proximity, can now be tracked over long time periods (years) and at huge scale, thanks to the availability of low-cost, highly-reliable sensors, and now form the basis of a multitude of APPs related to e.g., Smart Homes, Smart Cars, and Personalized Exercise.  At present, despite advances in terms of range of accessible target species, selectivity and sensitivity, the same cannot be said for chemical sensing and biosensing, principally because of reliability in long-term use.  Consequently, the dominant use model for many molecular measurements (and particularly biosensors) is single-shot measurements with disposable devices.  In cases where continuous monitoring is possible (mainly chemical sensing), the use model requires regular servicing, which drives up the cost of ownership and severely limits our ability to implement large-scale deployments.  In this lecture, I will address the key issues that currently inhibit long-term, service-free use of biochemical sensors, and discuss ways in which advances in microfluidics could play a critical in overcoming these barriers, opening the way towards the creation of a Molecular-Digital continuum.

Add to Calendar ▼2020-09-09 00:00:002020-09-10 00:00:00Europe/LondonPoint-of-Care, Biosensors and Mobile Diagnostics Europe 2020Point-of-Care, Biosensors and Mobile Diagnostics Europe 2020 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The