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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 PhD


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

Master of Physics, Universidade de Lisboa


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

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DNA Engineering & Materials Science
Antigens Engineering & Materials Science
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Output 1994 2020

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

Drug Industry
Costs and Cost Analysis

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

Drug Discovery
30 Citations (Scopus)
113 Downloads (Pure)

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
Nucleotide Aptamers
Quartz crystal microbalances
Prostate-Specific Antigen
quartz crystals
Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
13 Citations (Scopus)
114 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

Surface plasmon resonance


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