Imperial College London
What is your main motivation for joining SensUs?
A significant goal would of course be to contribute to the development of the scientific field. We look to collect significant data, which can be used as a driving force for the next stage of development of our sensor. The members of our team have varying disciplines so we also hope to make improvements in all aspects of the biosensor; from modelling and theory to laboratory work.
What do you hope to learn while participating in SensUs?
The team hopes to understand the process of how to build and develop a biosensor for creatinine. We hope to develop our team skills by collaborating with team members from various disciplines alongside our scientific skills. Furthermore, the rigorous approach required when working in a professional research lab would be useful in any future projects we might indulge in. We also endeavour to learn about the product design and development elements involved in the competition.
What do you hope to have achieved after SensUs 2016?
We hope to have designed a fully functioning product, rivalling the current models, understood the modern techniques used in the development of a product and collaborated with other university students to build a strong network for the future. We also hope to have gained insight into the companies sponsoring the event through the consultations and learn as much as possible from the experts of the field.
What would be the ultimate goal for you as a team/when will you feel like you have succeeded?
The ultimate goal would be to have produced a novel biosensor with sufficient data and information to be worthy of both a publication and further research. Ideally we would like to use our creativity to achieve a high performance, user friendly, and cost efficient sensor.
Edward Da Fonseca