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Thick Film (Screen Printed) Sensor Technology Seminar

17:00 - 18:00
18 December 2014
Lecture Theatre Room 1019

Event details

John’s research concerns the use of thick film technology (screen printing) to produce low cost, rugged and miniature sensors that can be used to measure chemical and physical properties of our environment. This includes using arrays of sensors to determine properties such as the pH, oxygen content and conductivity of water or soil so that the quality of the environment can be monitored.

Thick film screen printing is a widely used technique for depositing layers on many different materials and the same process that is used in printing t-shirts, cups and plates etc. With the right equipment and materials it can also be used to fabricate sensors and electronic devices in large batches to significantly reduce their cost of manufacture.

Thick film technology can also be used to produce low cost, rugged electronic instrumentation circuits and systems that can be used with these sensor arrays for monitoring the environment in remote locations, for example throughout a water catchment area such as rivers, ditches, agricultural field run off etc. Alternatively they can be buried in the ground to monitor soil nutrient levels or for example to determine the stability of the soil in railway embankments and cuttings.

Speaker information

Dr John Atkinson,began his career in 1970 as a Merchant Navy Radio and Electronics Officer, initially with the ocean going fleet and later in the offshore oil industry. In 1981 he graduated from the University of Essex with a first class honours degree in Computer Engineering. He was subsequently employed as a Senior Electronics Engineer working on pattern recognition systems for speech, vision and handwritten computer input with Quest Automation Research Limited (a small high tech company that was soon acquired by Marconi Limited) prior to taking up an appointment as a Lecturer at the University of Southampton in the Department of Electronics. He is currently a Reader in the Electro-Mechanical Research Group of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton. John’s research interests include thick film technology, electronic instrumentation and sensors. In particular he has been working in the field of thick film (screen printed) sensor arrays for use in environmental monitoring for many years and during that time has supervised over a dozen PhD students to successful completion as well as publishing widely in scientific journals and conferences. Current projects on the development of sensors for water quality and soil monitoring are described under the research tab of this profile.

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