Dr Patricia Scully (MInstP, CPhys, MIEEE, FHEA, ) - personal details
Role: Senior Lecturer in Sensor Instrumentation
Tel: 0161 306-8923
Alan Turing Building-3.322
School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
The University of Manchester
- School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science
- Academia Page & links to research papers
- Centre for Instrumentation and Analytical Science
- Entry in Optical Fiber Sensors.Org
- Personal Page at University of Manchester
- Research Brochure: 3D Laser nano patterning in optical materials
- The Photon Science Institte
2000-2002 Reader in Photonics, School of Engineering, Liverpool John Moores University.
1990-2000 Senior Lecturer in Applied Physics, Liverpool John Moores University.
1987-1990 PhD in Engineering, University of Liverpool Department of Electrical Engineering & Electronics (Thesis: Optical sensors for physiological monitoring).
Teaching experience: Undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Applied Physics, Optical Science and Technology and Electronic Engineering.
Research interests: Optical sensing and measurement.
Current & Recent Projects
1. Laser microstructuring of polymers for optical devices
The successful collaboration with Unilever in Polymer Waveguide Sensors under the Unilever-Manchester Partnership in Advanced Measurement initiative, has facilitated 2 EPSRC projects (EP/C002059/1, EP/D059771/1). This technology enables embedded, integrated photonic devices based on waveguides, injection moulded devices and polymer optical fibres (POF).
2. Biocompatable polymer coatings for biosensors
A DTI-Knowledge Transfer Partnership was successfully established between Unilever and the University of Manchester, involving the development of a wearable polymer fibre sensor to monitor sweating for antiperspirant evaluation based on a moisture sensitive cladding.
3. MATINOES: Novel Organic-Inorganic Materials in Opto-Electronic Systems for the Monitoring and Control of Bio-Processes
Coordinator for the 8 partner EU project MATINOES, involving construction and performance of a novel enzyme based optical sensor for in-situ continuous monitoring of glucose in biotechnological production processes. The optoelectronic instrumentation and performance in laboratory bioreactors and in an industrial reactor was evaluated. The project lasted 39 months. A European patent was filed for the coating technology in 2005.
4. HYPER: Installation permitting guidance for hydrogen and fuel cells stationary applications
Coordinator for HYPER: Installation permitting guidance for hydrogen and fuel cells stationary applications. This project comprises 15 partners over 2 years and addresses regulations, codes and standards for installation of hydrogen fuel cells. We developed methods for monitoring hydrogen concentration and flames/explosions using appropriate optical coatings and optical instrumentation, since there is a lack of suitable measurement instrumentation and sensors.
5. Previous Research
Low cost, rugged sensors have been developed using large diameter, multi-moded plastic or polymer optical fibre (POF) for environmental, chemical and biological monitoring, for applications such as biofouling and scaling, algal growth. pH, particle concentration, turbidity, fluid flow, strain and water toxicity.
6. Previous EU projects
EU Project FP4: AQUA_STEW “Water Quality Surveillance Techniques for Early Warning by Interface Sensors”. European Commission RTD project EVK1-CT-2000-0066. 9 partners. 2000-2005.
EU Project FP4: CLOOPT “On-line measurement for preventing fouling when closing industrial process water circuit”. European Union RTD Contract ENV4-CT97-0634. 1998-2000. 5 partners.
Photon Science Institute
- Characterisation of photographic materials as substrates for SERS and SERRS
- Distributed optical fibre sensing
- Installation Permitting Guidance for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Stationary Applications (HYPER)
- Knowledge Transfer Partnership Manchester-Unilever: Optical Fiber Sensor to monitor sweating for antiperspirant evaluation
- Mentor for "SET FOR WORK" - A mentoring scheme for women in Science, Engineering and Technology
- Novel Organic-Inorganic Materials in Opto-Electronic Systems for the Monitoring and Control of Bio-Processes (MATINOES)
- Optical methods of humidity monitoring
- Refractive index modification of polymers using femtosecond laser irradiation
- Unilever-Manchester Partnership in Advanced Measurement