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SELECTBIO Conferences Biodetection & Biosensors 2017

Tony Killard's Biography

Tony Killard, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, University of the West of England

Tony received his BA(Mod) Natural Sciences in Microbiology at Trinity College, Dublin in 1993 and his PhD in Biotechnology at Dublin City University (DCU) in 1998. He became Principal Investigator at the Biomedical Diagnostcs Institute, DCU in 2005 ( In 2011, he was appointed to the Chair in Biomedical Sciences at the University of the West of England and was made Adjunct Professor at the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute in October 2011. He is Associate Editor of Analytical Methods and is an Editorial Board Member of Electroanalysis. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

His areas of expertise are the development of chemical sensors, biosensors and biomedical diagnostic devices; application of novel electroactive materials (nanostructured conducting polymers and electrocatalysts) to electrochemical sensors and biosensors, while also making these amenable to low cost mass production using technologies such as screen printing, inkjet printing and polymer MEMS fabrication; integration of these sensors into functional diagnostic devices and systems, e.g. point of care diagnostics using novel techniques such as breath monitoring and printed electronics technology.

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Point of Care Diagnostics Based on Organic and Printed Electronics

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 at 17:15

Add to Calendar ▼2017-10-10 17:15:002017-10-10 18:15:00Europe/LondonPoint of Care Diagnostics Based on Organic and Printed ElectronicsBiodetection and Biosensors 2017 in Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, UKMurray Edwards College, Cambridge,

Point of care diagnostics was completely revolutionised through the mass production of printed sensor strips in combination with electrochemical transduction. Glucose biosensors could be considered ahead of their time in the field of organic and printed electronics. With the development of a broad array of new functional materials with characteristics such as organic, nanostructured  solution processability, in combination with printing and low cost 2D and 3D system integration approaches, the field is now developing rapidly, allowing the fabrication of novel, integrated systems for new diagnostic applications. Our research group has been developing a number of point-of-care diagnostic devices based on the application and integration of electrochemical sensors in organic and printed electronics. Impedimetric sensors based on inkjet-printed polyaniline nanoparticle-modified electrodes have been used as the basis of a breath diagnostic device for measuring breath ammonia. The sensors were capable of measuring ammonia down to several parts per billion in human breath and were studied in haemodialysis patients.2 This technology is being commercialised and being used to address a number of healthcare challenges. This concept has also been extended to the measurement of ammonia in blood, which has remained a challenging analyte in point of care diagnostics. Other print-processable materials are now also being developed to measure other trace breath gases such as acetone for monitoring diabetes.

Add to Calendar ▼2017-10-10 00:00:002017-10-11 00:00:00Europe/LondonBiodetection and Biosensors 2017Biodetection and Biosensors 2017 in Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, UKMurray Edwards College, Cambridge,