Research

SensorLab Activities

SensorLab is the top South African and African laboratory researching on smart materials for applications in the development of electrochemical sensors, reactors and energy-generating systems. The materials include new generation chalcogenides, kesterites, perovskites and polymers. Electrode systems based on amperometric and impedimetric transductions are used to construct and interrogate aptasensors, enzyme-based biosensors and immunosensors for disease diagnosis and environmental pollutants. Ongoing studies include disease biomarkers-based diagnostic sensors for breast cancer, myocardial infarction, prostate cancer, SARS-CoV-2 and TB. Sensors have been developed for the determination of endocrine disrupting compounds, heavy metal ions, pesticides and toxins (mycotoxins, algal toxins and fish toxins). The energy aspect of SensorLab’s research work include the study of materials for the development of lithium ion battery cathode systems, supercapacitors and solar cells.