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ATI PhD student receives prestigious international fellowship

Marios Constantinou has been awarded the prestigious Educational Grant from A.G Leventis Foundation for a second successive year.

He was also selected as a runner-up for the FEPS “Postgraduate Research Student of the Year Awards 2016”, in recognition of his outstanding PhD work and excellent publication record.

Marios, under the supervision of Dr Shkunov, is working on nanowire transistor based gas sensors for detecting harmful small molecules at very low concentrations and with very high selectivity. The work is conducted in line with printed and flexible electronic approaches, using semiconducting nanowire ink formulations. The nanowires are assembled in highly controllable manner and with high precision, using electric-field assisted nanowires self-assembly techniques. This approach is expected to lead to a new generation of disposable and cost-effective printed nano-electronic sensors for environmental analysis and also for medical applications, including early stage cancer diagnostics through breath analysis.

The project is carried out in collaboration with Alphasense Ltd (Essex, UK) and various international team experts, including the National Physical Laboratory (NPL, UK), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA) and the University of Texas at Austin (USA).