Development of a polymer nanocomposite sensing platform for medical applications

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Object of thesis

The thesis is part of the HIT (Handicap Innovation Territories) program and aims to create a sensing platform combining two types of polymer nanocomposites sensors : piezo-resistive sensors to map the distribution of pressure on the skin and chemo-resistive sensors to measure the emission of volatile biomarkers from wounds. Our goal is to increase the technological readiness level (TRL) of the present device (Fig. 1b) from 2 to 5 in three years in order to achieve a proof of concept in a representative environment such as that of Kerpape Functional Rehabilitation Centre looking after disabled patients which often have limited mobility and sensitivity, and are therefore very susceptible to develop pressure ulcers. New sensitive materials will be developed in the Smart Plastics group of the IRDL CNRS 6027 Labat the University of South Brittany (UBS) based on novel functionalised carbon nanoarchitectures (Fig. 1a). Since 2004, the research group has promoted a culture of innovation that led to launch a start­ up « SENSE in » in 2018.

Flexile device to map pressure with QRS

Carbon nanocomposite architecture


Expected profile of the candidate

We are seeking a highly motivated student interested in the development of a diagnostic platform combining high-tech polymer nanocomposite sensors fabricated by additive manufacturing and flexible electronics made by printing to target medical applications that improve the quality of life of p atients.
Engineers  or  M.Sc.  candidates  with  a  strong  background  in  polymer  science,  physical  chemistry,     polymers for electronics, and data analysis are encouraged to apply. A will to develop solutions that helping patient is also looked for. Experience in the use of polymer characterization and processing technigues, as well as motivation for device making would be also appreciated.

Description or tne subject

The main steps of the project are: state of the art on health monitoring strategies, synthesis of polymer nanocomposites sensors, characterization of sensors’ performances, design of multi sensors platform, data analysis, diagnosis for patients.


Prof Jean-François FELLER :


The salary proposed is 2000 € brut / month
Life quality is inversely proportional to life expenses in Lorient

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