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Julian Stirling



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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

GCRF - Metrology for All

Bowman, R. & Stirling, J.


Project: OtherInternally Funded Research

Research Output 2011 2017

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

A vector field approach to calculating gravitational forces

Stirling, J., 27 Jul 2017, In : New Journal of Physics. 19, 7, 1 p., 073032.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Multipole calculation of gravitational forces

Stirling, J., 30 Jun 2017, In : Physical Review D. 95, 12, 4 p., 124059.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
1 Citations

Realising traceable electrostatic forces despite non-linear balance motion

Stirling, J. & Shaw, G. A., 3 Mar 2017, In : Measurement Science and Technology. 28, 5, 1 p., 055003.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Electrostatic Force Balance Method for Milligram Mass Metrology

Shaw, G. A., Stirling, J., Moses, A. & Abbott, P., 2016, In : Simposio de Metrología 2016. 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article