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Research interests

My current research involves developing open-source scientific hardware for use in Africa and the wider Global South. Open-source hardware is generally much cheaper than proprietary alternatives, but the benefits go far beyond simple cost reduction. Open-source hardware fosters collaborations as new technologies are not locked away from the innovators who need them. It also protects users from vendor lock-in and expensive service contracts by helping local innovators to build, repair, and improve equipment.

I work with Dr Richard Bowman on an open-source 3D-printed laboratory-grade robotic microscope which can be manufactured in Tanzania using printers constructed locally from recycled electronic waste. We collaborate with local manufacturers in Tanzania who will produce and repair microscopes which can be used to diagnose malaria.

We are also working to improve quality control for local manufacturing. This includes designing mechanical testing facilities for printed microscopes in Tanzania, and for 3D-printer filament produced in Kenya from recycled plastic bottles. We are also partnering with institutions in Ghana to explore on-site metrology in the Suame Magazine industrial cluster.

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Microscopes Engineering & Materials Science
Hardware Engineering & Materials Science
Repair Engineering & Materials Science
3D printers Engineering & Materials Science
Plastic bottles Engineering & Materials Science
Mechanical testing Engineering & Materials Science
Cost reduction Engineering & Materials Science
Quality control Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2018 2021

Research Output 2011 2019

  • 18 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Conference article
  • 1 Doctoral Thesis

Closed form expressions for gravitational multipole moments of elementary solids

Stirling, J. & Schlamminger, S., 24 Dec 2019, In : Physical Review D. 100, 12, 124053.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Comparison of electrostatic and photon pressure force references at the nanonewton level

Shaw, G. A., Stirling, J., Kramar, J., Williams, P., Spidell, M. & Mirin, R., 8 Feb 2019, In : Metrologia. 56, 2, p. 1-9 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

11 Citations (Scopus)
37 Downloads (Pure)

Measurement of Submilligram Masses Using Electrostatic Force

Shaw, G. A. & Stirling, J., 1 Jun 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. 68, 6, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The Design and Development of a Tabletop Kibble Balance at NIST

Chao, L., Seifert, F., Haddad, D., Stirling, J., Newell, D. & Schlamminger, S., 1 Jun 2019, In : IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement. 68, 6, p. 2176-2182 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

The OpenFlexure Block Stage: Sub-100 nm fibre alignment with a monolithicplastic flexure stage

Bowman, R., Stirling, J., Meng, E. & Harrington, K., 24 Dec 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Optics Express.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle