Erik Schartner

Dr Erik Schartner

Cancer Margin Detection Using a pH Sensitive Optical Fibre Sensor

We demonstrate detection of cancerous tissue in excised human tissue samples, using a polymer coated fibre optic probe sensitive to the pH of the tissue.


Erik completed his PhD under the supervision of Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Dr Shahraam Afshar and Prof Tanya Monro on a collaborative project with The Defence Science and Technology Organisation on a project entitled "Hydrogen peroxide sensing with microstructured optical fibres: fuel, wine and babies."   Since the completion of his PhD Erik has worked on a linkage project with Cook Medical, on the development of novel optical fibre probes for measurements of pH and temperature in the local medium surrounding embryos.   He is currently working as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics, looking at the deployment of novel optical fibre sensors in bioapplications.