Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University a great, modern university, in a great global city, to make an impact on Manchester, our nation and beyond, with a driving ambition to discover and disseminate knowledge, and make higher education accessible and beneficial to all those with the passion and ability to succeed. We work closely with our city, with business, the community and our academic peers – locally, nationally and internationally – to be inventive and creative, generate great opportunities, and enable our students, colleagues and everyone whose lives we touch to make an impact. We deliver outstanding research that addresses the biggest challenges facing contemporary society. Our researchers are finding ways to improve the quality of life for an ageing population, creation of biomedical devices that have saved thousands of lives and helped Government’s to reduce carbon emissions. It has changed the way that every young person is educated. We are combating the adverse effects of climate change and 85% of our research impact is rated as “world-leading”.

Role and Profile of key people
Dr Vijayalakshmi Velusamyis a Senior Lecturer in Electronic Engineering at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. Dr Velusamy has an established a track in the development of Smart Sensors and implementation of integrated biotechnological solutions for wide range of applications including for environment, agriculture and healthcare monitoring. She has developed portable biosensors and chemical sensors for environmental monitoring and medical diagnostics. She has co-authored over 50 publications and her research is recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in Sensors Technology Research that focuses on sustainable environment, improves quality of life and socio-economic empowerment.

Key Research Facilities, Infrastructure and Equipment
The School of Engineering has specialized facilities, along with high-level technical assistance available for both collaborative research activities and commercial R&D. Advanced Electron Microscopy facilities comprising of several state-of-the-art instruments for analysing full spectrum of sample types under diverse working conditions. The School also hold several equipment’s for sensors fabrication, optical and electrochemical measurements. Our close relationship with industry offers many opportunities to share research facilities. Facilities include new £4m heavy engineering workshop for research in surface engineering, materials and dynamics and state-of-the-art kit including high-speed cameras, rapid prototyping machines, materials processing and characterization. We also have a new £3m building, which is home to specialist facilities for work on bioengineering, exercise science and genetics.

Dr Velusamy runs an active, multidisciplinary and multicultural research team and has the State-of-the-art laboratories and facilities providing a truly multi-disciplinary environment. In addition, access to equipment & laboratory facilities from other faculties; access to libraries, auditoriums, offices and other University facilities. She has large network of research partnershipwith Sub-Sharan Africa.

Independent research premises?
The research facilities are owned by the beneficiary’s University, the beneficiary’s research team has full access to and supervision over it. The facilities are wholly independent from other beneficiaries and partner organizations in the consortium.

Previous Involvement in Research and innovation actions
Dr Velusamy has participated & Successfully completed the following projects as PI & Co-I.
1. Cost-effective Bio/chemical sensors with wireless sensor network for environmental and healthcare monitoring applications
2. Smart wearable biosensor for non-invasive real-time detection of sweat lactate using compression garments
3. Devising a Nano-Biosensor Platform to Detect and Monitor Food and Waterborne Pathogens in Real-time
4. Interfacing of portable biosensing device with the smartphone
5. Cost effective real-time sensors for the detection of cancer biomarkers – Clinical and point-of-care diagnosis
6. Design of a real-time biorecognition system to detect foodborne pathogens – DNA Biosensor

Current involvement in Research and Innovation actions
Dr Velusamy is current working in the following projects as PI & Co-I:
1. Sustainable Soil Fertility Monitoring for Informed Farming in Africa (SoilSens) (Royal Academy of Engineering- Frontiers of Engineering for Development fund)
2. The development and implementation of sensors and sustainable treatment technologies for advanced groundwater management in the Al-Batinah region of Sultanate of Oman (GSIKE Joint Academic Development Centres – UK/Gulf grant)
3. Solar-Powered Wearable Wireless Sensors for Monitoring Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (Royal Academy of Engineering- Frontiers of Engineering for Development fund)
4. Aqua Solaris’ (Innovate UK Newton Fund – Brazil-UK Collaborative R&D Competition)
5. Integrated Real-time Water Quality Monitoring (Innovate UK – KTP grant)

Publications and/or research/innovation products
1. V. Velusamy, “Sensors and Sustainable Treatment Technologies for Water Resource Management”, Invited Speaker for UK-Gulf Science Collaboration Symposium on Waste Water – Treatment and Reuse, Kuwait (March 2018)
2. S. Ramaraj, R. Sakthivel, S. SM. Chen, Palanisamy, V. Velusamyet al., “Hydrothermal Synthesis of Cr2Se3 Hexagons for Sensitive and Low-level Detection of 4-Nitrophenol in Water,” Scientific Reports. 8: 4839, (2018).
3. S. Palanisamy, K. Thangavelu, S-M. Chen, V. Velusamy, et al., “Synthesis and characterization of polypyrrole decorated graphene/β-cyclodextrin composite for low level electrochemical detection of mercury (II) in water,” Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. 243, pp.888-894, (2017).
4. V. Velusamyet al., “Graphene dispersed cellulose microfibers composite for efficient immobilization of hemoglobin and selective biosensor for detection of hydrogen peroxide,” Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical. 252, pp.175-182 (2017).
5. S. Palanisamy, T. Kokulnathan, SM. Chen, V. Velusamyet al., “Voltammetric determination of Sudan I in food samples based on platinum nanoparticles decorated on graphene-β-cyclodextrin modified electrode,” Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry. 794, pp.64-70 (2017).