Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology
The Development of Analyte-sensitive Fluorescent Aerogels for Space Applications.
Aerogels are thermally stable, optically transparent and are highly porous materials which can be paired with fluorescent sensing techniques to provide a new avenue to sensing and monitoring environmental changes within extra-terrestrial environments. Current potential applications of these fluorescent aerogels include pH and O2 monitoring in hydroponics in space colonisation and exploration missions, atmospheric molecular sensors and high-energy particle capture from cosmic rays. However, the exact optimisations for these applications in varying extra-terrestrial environments are unknown. This work focuses on the fabrication and optimisation of analyte-sensitive fluorescent aerogels for different Space applications, currently focussing on pH sensitive fluorescent aerogels for potential use in debris capture and hydroponics.
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Welsh Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2018 - 2022 Bangor University United Kingdom MChem Chemistry
Date Title Institution Country 2022 - 2026 PhD University of Adelaide Australia 2022 - 2026 PhD University of Nottingham United Kingdom
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