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Research interests

Prof 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.

Prof 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
  • surface biofunctionalization
  • electronic addressing of microarrays
  • nanobiosensors
  • microfluidics
  • lab-on-chip
  • organ-on-chip

Prof 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.

Other responsibilities

  • Director of Centre for Biosensors, Bioelectronics and Biodevices (C3Bio)
  • Theme Leader (Healthcare Technologies) at Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies
  • Theme Leader (Sensors & Data) at Water Innovation and Research Centre
  • Member of Steering Committee of Centre for Therapeutic Innovation
  • Associate Editor Biosensors and Bioelectronics
  • Specialty Chief Editor Frontiers in Lab on a Chip Technologies
  • Associate Editor Frontiers in Sensors
  • Associate Editor Scientific Reports
  • Associate Editor Sensors

Willing to supervise doctoral students


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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 26 Sep 2000

Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science, Master of Physics, University of Lisbon

Award Date: 19 Dec 1995


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


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