Specialist Topics: Biomedical Optics, Optical Spectroscopy, Nanomaterials, Sensors, Microscopy

The Meissner laboratory focuses on developing nano- and micro-structured materials and optical techniques for biomedical imaging and sensing applications. The research combines materials development with expertise in optical system design.

Materials work is anchored by microwave-assisted synthesis of nanostructures including nanoclusters, nanoparticles and nanorods. Coupled with expertise in optical spectroscopy and design, novel imaging and sensing techniques are developed through rational design.

Specific research projects include methods for the functionalization of red blood cells to serve as optical sensors and their use in long-term monitoring of blood analytes or disease state; coupling of atomic force microscopy to near-field optical techniques to enable cell surface profiling and simultaneous mechanical characterization and biochemical detection in vascular smooth muscle cells to understand cardiovascular disease; studying nanoscale energy transfer dynamics between nanoparticles as a basic tool for in vivo sensing or environmental monitoring; and hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanostructures for environmental and mechanical sensing.

Publications

  1. & Comparative study of the characteristics and fluorescent properties of three different biochar derived‑carbonaceous nanomaterials for bioimaging and heavy metal ions sensing. Fuel Processing Technology 196, 106163
  2. & NanoRefinery of carbonaceous nanomaterials: Complementing dairy manure gasification and their applications in cellular imaging and heavy metal sensing. Science of The Total Environment 689, 10-20.
  3. & Multivariate analysis of biochar-derived carbonaceous nanomaterials for detection of heavy metal ions in aqueous systems. Science of The Total Environment 688, 751-761.
  4. & Fluorescence imaging of stained red blood cells with simultaneous resonance Raman photostability analysis. The Analyst 144(14), 4362-4370.
  5. & Microalgae biochar-derived carbon dots and their application in heavy metal sensing in aqueous systems. Science of The Total Environment 656, 531-539.

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Teaching

  • PH-356 Nano Bio-photonics

    Nanophotonics has the potential to revolutionise energy, telecommunication, computer and healthcare industries. Student will study the interaction of photons with nanoscale materials and the applications of this novel technology.

  • PH-M35 Nano Bio-photonics

    Nanophotonics has the potential to revolutionise energy, telecommunication, computer and healthcare industries. Student will study the interaction of photons with nanoscale materials and the applications of this novel technology.

  • PMNM02 Diagnostics and Imaging

    Nanotechnology may lead to more rapid diagnostic tests, implantable devices, point of care instruments and improved medical imaging. This module will explore the application of nanotechnology to various medical techniques, focussing on novel research devices, pre-clinical tools and emerging technology within hospitals.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Dunstan
  • Application of Optical Analyses to Cancer Therapeutics and Diagnostics (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Huw Summers
  • The Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Ultrabithorax Materials (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Huw Summers
  • Low-resolution optical lithography of ultrabithorax protein. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Dunstan
  • Analysing the RBC adhesion to the dialysis membrane using the Flow cell system: Analysis of the RBC morphology (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Wright
  • Numerical Study of Lymph Mechanics (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Raoul Van Loon
  • Challenges in optical micro-rheometry for blood clot detection (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Owen Guy
    Other supervisor: Prof Rhodri Williams
    Other supervisor: Dr Daniel Curtis
  • Adaptive Control of High Harmonic Generation for Ultrafast Microscopy (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Kevin O'Keeffe
  • Machine Learning in Raman Spectroscopy for Cancer Diagnosis (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Catherine Thornton
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Dunstan
  • Understanding novel protein-derived biopolymers to enable biomimetic devices (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paolo Bertoncello
  • Excitation dynamics in solution processed disordered semiconductors (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ardalan Armin
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Meredith
  • Charge Generation and Transport in next generation Semiconductors (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Ardalan Armin
    Other supervisor: Prof Paul Meredith
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Peter Dunstan