SensorLab Goals

One of the goals of SensorLab is to explore the use nanoscience and electrochemical technology in the improvement of the quality of life in the rural communities of Africa. For example, our organic photovoltaic cell research is aimed at replacing the expensive high purity silicon wafers used in conventional solar cells, with novel smart conducting polymeric materials, which will drastically reduce the cost of solar cells, and thereby making electricity very accessible and affordable on a large scale to rural communities. With particular emphasis on TB and HIV, we are developing devices for point of care determination of disease biomarkers and drug metabolic profiles, which are necessary for real time information required for the management of patients at hospitals and doctor’s clinics. Through our nanomaterials research we are also providing new opportunities for the beneficiation of our minerals resources, particularly platinum group metals (PGMs), which we are using to develop novel nano-alloy electrocatalysts for applications in renewable energy systems, such as fuel cells, supercapacitors and lithium ion batteries.