High-performance portable chemical sensing for cancer breath testing

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Imagine a breathalyser test that can sniff out cancer and other diseases. The ultimate goal would be a personalised and highly accurate warning system for diagnosing disease in the earliest possible stages to maximise the possibility of recovery. However, early cancer diagnosis is hindered by the need for analytical instrumentation that can be used to analyse volatile chemicals with ultrahigh sensitivity, accuracy and reproducibility. In this project, you will develop a high performance portable ion mobility spectrometer for volatile chemical analysis. This project will make early cancer diagnosis by breath analysis using handheld, personalised, consumer electronic devices feasible.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate their capability to conduct high-quality research based on their qualifications, experience and outputs. The candidate must be strongly committed to making an impact in the world and demonstrate that they have the potential to contribute to all three pillars of the UNSW 2025 Strategy: (i) learning and teaching excellence, (ii) social engagement, and (iii) global impact & international engagement. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate the qualities of: (i) persistence in achieving a research milestone, (ii) cogency in formulating their research plan, and (iii) an ability to adeptly and efficiently learn interdisciplinary technical research skills involving the use scientific instrumentation related to analytical chemistry and/or electrical engineering.
Supervisory team
W. Alexander
Donald

Science
Chemistry
John
Fletcher

Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications
Nicole
Rijs

Science
Chemistry
w.donald@unsw.edu.au