PhD in Chemical Engineering: Developing Wearable Sensors to Improve Multimorbidity Care.

Newcastle University

About the Project



Multimorbidity, the presence of two or more long-term conditions, is one of the greatest health challenges of our time and affects 70% of older adults. Currently, multimorbidity care treats each condition individually, instead of considering overall health. This results in slow and poorly coordinated care, which is detrimental to patient outcomes and wasteful of resources.

This project is focused on developing wearable sensors that can measure numerous biomarkers of multimorbidity patients. This will provide vital information regarding the progression of different conditions, allowing clinicians to remotely monitor a patient’s complete health. Ultimately, these wearable sensors will facilitate more personalised, precise, and streamlined multimorbidity care, which will improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.

Your Role:

Our previous research focused on developing novel polymer-based sensors for COVID-19 detection and diagnosing cardiac conditions. Molecular imprinting was used to develop polymer receptors, which were immobilised onto screen-printed electrodes to facilitate accurate, rapid, and low-cost measurements. Your role will be to advance this research by adapting our sensing technology to monitor numerous biomarkers relevant to multimorbidity and integrate the sensor into a wearable device. This will involve polymer synthesis, characterisation techniques, electrochemistry, device fabrication, and gathering patient/clinical feedback.

The Environment:

The project is part of an impactful and innovative research area, which is a major priority for healthcare and governments. Newcastle University is a global leader in ageing and health research, particularly long-term conditions and multimorbidity, making it an ideal location for this position. The project is highly multidisciplinary, involving various academics, clinicians, and industrial partners.

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Start Date

18th September 2023

Award Duration

3 Years


Newcastle University


Dr Jake McClements

Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to gain, a minimum 2:1 Honours degree or international equivalent in a subject relevant to the proposed PhD project (e.g., Chemistry/Engineering/Biochemistry).

Applicants whose first language is not English require an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills.


The studentship covers fees at the Home rate (UK and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status and meet the residency criteria). International applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between Home and International fees.

How To Apply

You must apply through the University’s Apply to Newcastle Portal 

Once registered select ‘Create a Postgraduate Application’.  

Use ‘Course Search’ to identify your programme of study:  

·        search for the ‘Course Title’ using the programme code: 8030F

·        select PhD Chemical Engineering (full time)’ as the programme of study 

You will then need to provide the following information in the ‘Further Details’ section:  

·        a ‘Personal Statement’ (this is a mandatory field) – upload a document or write a statement directly in to the application form  

·        the studentship code ENG118 in the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field  

·        when prompted for how you are providing your research proposal – select ‘Write Proposal’. You should then type in the title of the research project from this advert. You do not need to upload a research proposal.  

Contact Details

Dr Jake McClements


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