Photonics in Life and Health
Fraunhofer CAP has projects across a diverse range of themes including quantum technology, renewable energy, defence, health and life sciences, environmental monitoring, etc. with photonics as the key underpinning technology. The student will adopt a portfolio approach to their research and will benefit from the opportunity of exposure to a number of different photonics research areas and industrial collaborators. The student will commence on a project looking to develop an optical microfluidic-silicon chip diagnostic platform for the point-of-care detection of antibiotic susceptibility. In the first instance, the technology is being developed to investigate antibiotic susceptibility of bacteria involved in urinary tract infection. This is a project already underway for development of a benchtop instrument. A follow-on project will be to develop of a hand-held instrument for the same application but using a different optical waveguide structure that has been developed in the IOP.