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    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

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James Davis is Professor of Biomedical Sensors in the School of Engineering and a member of the Engineering Research Institute. James’ research interests are directed toward the development of new diagnostic devices for the rapid treatment of disease and injury. He has participated in, and is the Principal Investigator/coordinator of a number of multi-centre – multi-discipline research collaborations with funding from the EPSRC (GR/S90560/01, GR/S85351/01, GR/S47984/01, GR/S16621/01, EP/G001049/1, EP/I01179X/1, EP/I01764X/1), Wellcome Trust, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Heart Research UK. He is also the Principal Investigator for the Ulster University component in a multicentre initiative involving the University of Connecticut and National University of Ireland Galway funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Learning Northern Ireland and the Science Foundation Ireland to develop biosensors for the early detection of prostate cancer.James also holds a number of Invest NI awards to facilitate the commercialisation of his sensing devices for ostomy management and, more recently, for his work on wound management technologies that can enable the early detection of infection. He is currently involved in a number of multidisciplinary projects investigating the design and development of autonomous “smart” implants and patches for drug controlled release and transdermal micro-devices for a range of biomedical and industrial applications.James has both BSc and PhD in Chemistry from the University of Paisley. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and has held Chartered Chemist status since 1996. James is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches on Engineering Fundamentals, Physical Sciences 2, Professional Skills and Advanced Medical Sensors.

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Research Output 1994 2019

Electrochemically driven reagent release from an electronic suture

Morelli, F., Anderson, A., McLister, A., Fearon, J-J. & Davis, J., 1 Aug 2017, In : Electrochemistry Communications. 81, p. 70-73

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
11 Citations (Scopus)

Transdermal microneedle sensor arrays based on palladium: Polymer composites

McConville, A. & Davis, J., 1 Nov 2016, In : Electrochemistry Communications. 72, p. 162-165

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sensor arrays
Composite materials
3 Citations (Scopus)

Nanostructuring carbon fibre probes for use in central venous catheters

Li, M., Phair, J., Cardosi, MF. & Davis, J., 17 Feb 2014, In : Analytica Chimica Acta. 812, p. 1-5 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Central Venous Catheters
Uric Acid
32 Citations (Scopus)

New Developments in Smart Bandage Technologies for Wound Diagnostics

McLister, A., McHugh, J., Cundell, J. & Davis, J., 20 Jul 2016, In : Advanced Materials. 28, 27, p. 5732-5737

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Wounds and Injuries
Research Design
Equipment and Supplies
4 Citations (Scopus)

Plasma-Polyplumbagin modified microfiber probes: a functional material approach to monitoring vascular access line contamination

Davis, J., Molina, MT., Leach, CP. & Cardosi, MF., 25 Sep 2013, In : ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Web

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Functional materials


Design of a steady state pH sensor for chronic wound monitoring

Author: McLister, A., Sep 2018

Supervisor: Davis, J. (Supervisor) & Finlay, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Tunable nanomaterials for controlled drug release in smart devices

Author: Anderson, A., Sep 2018

Supervisor: Davis, J. (Supervisor) & Papakonstantinou, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis