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David Cumming

Professor David Cumming

Research Fellow

Organisation

University of Glasgow

Research summary

I am an electronics engineer, and much of my research is motivated by the desire to develop and demonstrate new micro and nano electronic systems that also exploit new phenomena emerging in other fields. In my research group we design integrated circuits using the same kinds of tools that Intel uses for their computer chips, and we then have our chips made using foundries that are using industrial technologies. When the chips come back to Glasgow, we add a few twists of our own in our excellent James Watt Nanofabrication Centre. The result is chip technology with capability that is new, but also has great potential for subsequent exploitation. Here is an example.

Motivated by earlier work in my group to make ion sensing arrays for use in gene sequencing, we are now working towards a personal metabome machine. Our vision is that in the same way a gene-chip can read many DNA bases rapidly, our device will read off many disease related metabolites in minutes. Currently our research has shown that we can make the sensors we need work on our foundry made chips. Our next big step will be to get scalp to have many sensors working all at once.

Success in our research will pay huge dividends. For example, cardiovascular disease is the greatest cause of death world-wide, but yet, can be managed effectively, provided there is good patient data. Our technology will place powerful healthcare monitoring devices into the hands of primary care workers, or even the patients themselves, improving precision monitoring and treatment and lifestyle adjustments, without recourse to costly, and often too late, hospital treatment.

Grants awarded

Metamaterial sensor integration on to CMOS technology

Scheme: Wolfson Research Merit Awards

Dates: Aug 2011 - Jul 2016

Value: £62,500

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