Dr Stuart Hannah

Research Associate

Biomedical Engineering

Personal statement

My research is interested in the development of diagnostic tests for a range of important conditions such as antimicrobial resistance, cancerous biomarkers, infectious diseases within livestock farming, and detection of clinically important molecules including dopamine and ascorbic acid. I develop novel, low-cost electrode systems, suitable for use at the point of care. These systems typically exploit electrochemical techniques for the rapid detection of either biomarkers, specific molecules or bacterial growth.

Current projects I am involved with include development of a rapid, antibiotic susceptibility test, a low-cost sensor for the detection of clinically important neurotransmitter dopamine, optimisation of a process for detection of infectious diseases within the agricultural sector.

I have experience in the supervision of final year undergraduate students and postgraduate level students.

I joined the department of Biomedical Engineering at Strathclyde in 2018 having previously studied for both my undergraduate degree and PhD degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at Strathclyde. My PhD involved the development of force and temperature sensors based on organic field-effect transistors and ferroelectric materials. During my PhD, I optimised the transistor dielectric layer to provide transistors with low-voltage operation, and transferred a fully vacuum evaporated transistor fabrication process onto flexible plastic foils. I also developed force/temperature sensors using ferroelectric material P(VDF-TrFE), and incorporated these sensors with organic transistors to provide signal amplification and a useful readout signal for applications ranging from touch screen interfaces to electronic skin. Following my PhD, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, Gardanne, France for 14 months working on stretchable electronics for biosensing applications. During this time, I developed a conformable, stretchable sensor to record bladder wall stretch to aid treatment of conditions such as urinary urge incontinence and overactive bladder syndrome.

My work is highly interdisciplinary involving industrial partners, clinicians, and working alongside other academics such as microbiologists, chemists and electronics engineers.  


Establishing a field-effect transistor sensor for the detection of mutations in the tumour protein 53 gene (TP53) : an electrochemical optimisation approach
Crossley Lisa, Attoye Bukola, Vezza Vincent, Blair Ewen, Corrigan Damion K, Hannah Stuart
Biosensors Vol 9 (2019)
Rapid antibiotic susceptibility testing using low-cost, commercially available screen-printed electrodes
Hannah Stuart, Addington Emily, Alcorn David, Shu Wenmiao, Hoskisson Paul A, Corrigan Damion K
Biosensors and Bioelectronics Vol 145 (2019)
Conformable, stretchable sensor to record bladder wall stretch
Hannah Stuart, Brige Pauline, Ravichandran Aravind, Ramuz Marc
ACS Omega Vol 4, pp. 1907–1915 (2019)
Laser-patterned metallic interconnections for all stretchable organic electrochemical transistors
Marchiori Bastien, Delattre Roger, Hannah Stuart, Blayac Sylvain, Ramuz Marc
Scientific Reports Vol 8 (2018)
Multifunctional sensor based on organic field-effect transistor and ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride trifluoroethylene)
Hannah Stuart, Davidson Alan, Glesk Ivan, Uttamchandani Deepak, Dahiya Ravinder, Gleskova Helena
Organic Electronics Vol 56, pp. 170-177 (2018)
Towards the development of a wearable temperature sensor based on a ferroelectric capacitor
Hannah Stuart, Gleskova Helena, Matuska Slavomir, Hudec Robert
12th International Conference ELEKTRO 2018 (2018)

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In terms of teaching, I contribute to the following undergraduate and masters courses in the department of Biomedical Engineering –

BE428 – Professional Studies and Research Methods in Biomedical Engineering

BE207 – Human Cell Biology 2

Professional activities

STV News Interview on Microplate Project
Radio Scotland Interview on Microplate Project
2019 Scotland and North of England Electrochemistry Symposium (Butler Meeting)
Fabrication and development of electrode systems for label-free biosensing
Force and Temperature Sensors Based on Organic Thin-Film Transistors and P(VDF-TrFE)

more professional activities


PhD Project - Extended research exchange on electrochemical biosensors
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Hannah, Stuart (Co-investigator) Schulte, Albert (Co-investigator) Thaweskulchai, Thana (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2020
Carnegie Trust - sponsored summer internship - Lisa Crossley
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Hannah, Stuart (Co-investigator)
17-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2019
CENSIS Project with Biotangents Ltd
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) Hannah, Stuart (Researcher)
18-Jan-2019 - 18-Jan-2019
EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant - DTA, University of Strathclyde | Hannah, Stuart
Gleskova, Helena (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Co-investigator) Hannah, Stuart (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 09-Jan-2017
Epsrc Doctoral Training Grant | Hannah, Stuart
Gleskova, Helena (Principal Investigator) Uttamchandani, Deepak (Co-investigator) Hannah, Stuart (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2013 - 09-Jan-2017

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Biomedical Engineering
Graham Hills Building

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