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Research interests

Nanotechnology has revolutionised scientific research, providing exciting possibilities for advanced development of bio-inspired sensing platforms. Access to novel biorecognition elements and tailored transducers enables the design of innovative sensing principles that are expected to provide a paradigm shift in the research of fit-for-purpose sensing tools.

After several years of broad international research experience in the fields of biosensors, nanotechnology, materials science, bioengineering and electrochemistry, my research over the last years has unveiled fundamental advances on synergies at the interface of nanostructured materials and biological processes that lay the foundation to build smart platforms based on principles found in nature.

One of my main research interests is focused on pushing the boundaries of the design, fabrication and uses of bio-inspired nanochannel platforms to allow sequential detection of target analytes required to solve intrincated research questions. This is a novel approach not attempted yet by other sensing platforms and thus will be used to tackle complex sensing issues which are expected to have a major impact on disease prevention and management, environmental control and food safety.


  • Biosensors
  • Materials Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Electrochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Nanomaterials
  • Aptamers
  • Bacteriophages
  • Viruses
  • Medical Diagnostics
  • Environmental control
  • Food Security
  • Illicit drugs testing

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Projects 2016 2020

Research Output 2004 2019

Differential functionalisation of the internal and external surfaces of carbon-stabilised nanoporous silicon

Alba, M., Robin, M., Menzies, D., Gengenbach, T. R., Prieto-Simon, B. & Voelcker, N. H., 15 Jun 2019, In : Chemical Communications. 55, 55, p. 8001-8004 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Label-Free Bacterial Toxin Detection in Water Supplies Using Porous Silicon Nanochannel Sensors

Reta, N., Michelmore, A., Saint, C. P., Prieto-Simon, B. & Voelcker, N. H., 28 Jun 2019, In : ACS Sensors. 4, 6, p. 1515-1523 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Magnetic nanoparticles enhance pore blockage-based electrochemical detection of a wound biomarker

Rajeev, G., Cowin, A. J., Voelcker, N. H. & Simon, B. P., 12 Jun 2019, In : Frontiers in Chemistry. 7, JUN, 11 p., 438.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Porous Silicon Nanostructures as Effective Faradaic Electrochemical Sensing Platforms

Guo, K., Sharma, A., Toh, R. J., Alvárez de Eulate, E., Gengenbach, T. R., Cetó, X., Voelcker, N. H. & Prieto-Simón, B., 13 Jun 2019, In : Advanced Functional Materials. 29, 24, 12 p., 1809206.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Advances in Nanoporous Anodic Alumina-Based Biosensors to Detect Biomarkers of Clinical Significance: A Review

Rajeev, G., Prieto Simon, B., Marsal, L. F. & Voelcker, N. H., 7 Mar 2018, In : Advanced Healthcare Materials. 7, 5, 1700904.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Activities 2018 2018

  • 1 Consultancy

Cotton Research and Development Corporation (External organisation)

Beatriz Prieto-Simon (Member)

Activity: Industry, Government and Philanthropy Engagement and PartnershipsConsultancy