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Director of Research and Enterprise

Tim Cox

Dr Tim Cox



Tim has an MA in chemistry from Cambridge University where he also gained his PhD for the use of optical techniques to study the structure of molecular liquids and the way in which molecules move within those liquids. His research career spans thirty years in both government and private sector laboratories.  Major topics of research studied include fundamental processes occurring in plasmas used in the manufacture of semiconductor devices and also the development of novel optical devices and biosensors based on porous silicon materials.

During the last decade, he has developed a number of silicon based Microsystems to detect a wide range of chemical and biological materials.  These complete ‘lab on a chip’ systems include both sample preparation and detection modules. Sensors developed include those based on silicon micro-cantilevers and sensitive on-chip fluorescence techniques.

Tim took up the post of Director: Research and Enterprise in the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology at UWE in September 2010. In this role, he is bringing together interdisciplinary teams from academia and industry to solve current challenges, primarily in the medical and environmental fields. His research interests are in integrated Microsystems for bio-sensing with particular interests in sample pre-processing.

Tim is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Chartered Physicist. He has over sixty publications in the scientific literature and is a named inventor on several granted patents.