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Research interests

Dr Estrela’s research focuses on the development of label-free electrical biosensors and chemical sensors for a wide range of applications such as medical diagnostics and environmental monitoring.

Dr Estrela research interests include

  • label-free electrical detection of biomolecular interactions
  • biologically sensitive field-effect devices
  • detection of DNA, proteins, bacteria, cells, ions and small molecules
  • electrochemical impedance spectroscopy of biological systems
  • use of solid state devices in aqueous environments
  • surface biofunctionalization
  • electronic addressing of microarrays
  • nanobiosensors
  • microfluidics

Dr Estrela’s work has a strong multidisciplinary nature and he has collaborations in place with electrical engineers, physicists, chemists, molecular biologists, chemical engineers, pharmacologists, clinicians and industry.

Willing to supervise doctoral students


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Jan 2000

Master of Physics, University of Lisbon

Award Date: 1 Jan 1995


  • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
  • Biosensors
  • QD Chemistry
  • Electrochemical sensors
  • Biosensors
  • Biosensing Technologies
  • Bioengineering
  • Electrochemistry
  • Sensors
  • Nanobiosensors
  • Bioelectronics

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Global Mobility Scheme

Estrela, P.


Project: Research-related funding

  • Research Output

    Platform for Change

    Pula, G., Estrela, P., Bhalla, N. & Di Lorenzo, M., Jun 2015, Innovations in Pharmaceutical Technology, 53, p. 30-33 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Researchers develop platform to aid kinase drug discovery

    Estrela, P., Bhalla, N., Di Lorenzo, M. & Pula, G., 21 Apr 2015, Pharmaceutical Journal.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Optimisation of an electrochemical impedance spectroscopy aptasensor by exploiting quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation signals

    Formisano, N., Jolly, P., Bhalla, N., Cromhout, M., Flanagan, S., Fogel, R., Limson, J. & Estrela, P., 1 Dec 2015, In : Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. 220, p. 369-375 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 33 Citations (Scopus)
    143 Downloads (Pure)

    Multimodal electrochemical and nanoplasmonic biosensors using ferrocene crowned nanoparticles for kinase drug discovery applications

    Formisano, N., Bhalla, N., Wong, L. C. C., Di Lorenzo, M., Pula, G. & Estrela, P., Aug 2015, In : Electrochemistry Communications. 57, p. 70-73 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 13 Citations (Scopus)
    143 Downloads (Pure)


    A Study of Multichannel Open Circuit Potentiometry in Biosensor Applications

    Author: Wong, L. C. C., 20 Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Estrela, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    A study on the optimisation of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy biosensors

    Author: Formisano, N., 24 Feb 2016

    Supervisor: Estrela, P. (Supervisor) & Taylor, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Biosensors for drug discovery applications

    Author: Bhalla, N., 6 Jan 2016

    Supervisor: Estrela, P. (Supervisor), Di Lorenzo, M. (Supervisor) & Pula, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Electrochemical detection of cancer biomarkers

    Author: Zhurauski, P., 13 Dec 2017

    Supervisor: Estrela, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil


    Investigations into New Functionalised Thiosemicarbazones and Related Carbon Nanohybrids for the Imaging of Prostate Cancer

    Author: Cortezon Tamarit, F., 1 Mar 2017

    Supervisor: Pascu, S. (Supervisor), Estrela, P. (Supervisor), Tyrrell, R. (Supervisor) & Frost, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD