The increase in atmospheric CO2 is thought to be a major factor in future global warming. However our advanced climate models suffer from lack of accurate data, in particular with regard to the amount of carbon absorbed by the oceans. It is thought that the ability of the oceans to sink atmospheric carbon is decreasing and hence the rate of global warming could increase significantly. However measurement of ocean carbon is difficult and the models require data not only from many sites across the world but also from different depths. In this project the student will work with microsensor scientists in NIBEC and ocean scientists in California and Galway to do research into a new sensor technology that can accurately measure CO2 in seawater at different depths. The student will gain expertise in microfabrication, microfluidics and nanomaterials as well as sensor design. There are also opportunities in other associated projects for electronic engineering or finite element modelling.
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Qualifications; First degree in any of the following: Physics, Physical Sciences, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Polymer Science or similar subject area.
Subject For students interested in any of the following areas: Nanotechnology, Sensors, Microfabrication, Microsensors, Microfluidics
First Supervisor: Maguire, PD Prof
Second Supervisor: McLaughlin, JAD Prof
Collaboration: This project does not involve collaboration with another establishment
Ocean data, essential for climate models required to predict global warming, is very sparse. In this project the student will work with microsensor scientists in NIBEC and ocean scientists in California and Galway to do research into a new sensor technology that can accurately measure CO2 in seawater at different depths (up to 2kM). The student will gain expertise in microfabrication, microfluidics and nanomaterials as well as sensor design.