ECE undergraduate recognized for research in Portable Electrochemical Sensing

Sukhjit Singh, an undergraduate student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University, has won the Best Outreach Efforts award in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE) 2019 NSF REU Student Poster Competition. He also received a travel grant to attend the competition, which took place in November in Salt Lake City.

Singh is a member of a research group led by Dr. Aaron D. Mazzeo, an associate professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers University. The research team is composed of Sukhjit Singh, Dr. Ramendra K. Pal (Postdoctoral Associate), Emily Gruber (Undergraduate, ECE), Sowmya Balakrishnan (Undergraduate, ECE), and Mark Orzeszko (Graduate Student, MAE). The poster presents the team’s work on Portable Electrochemical Sensing and the Internet of Things (IOT) for Wearable Papertronic Sensors. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant #1653584.

“Studies have demonstrated that flexible biosensors are capable of detecting biofluids such as wound fluid and blood, which can convey critical information about one’s physiological state. However, few biosensors can analyze the chemical composition of sweat (Ex: Lactate, Cortisol, etc.) and lack the technology needed to process the signals from these sensors,” says Singh. “We address this issue by introducing a small lock-in amplifier that can be incorporated into a flexible wearable potentiostat to allow for noise-free sweat analysis. Applications of such a device include monitoring the health of athletes, soldiers, astronauts, and animals.”

The 2019 ASME IMECE Track 16-2 NSF REU Student Poster Competition is a student-centered IMECE-wide poster session for research funded by the National Science Foundation.

Singh says his research goal is to develop new devices to continuously monitor the health of users and lower the cost of healthcare.