When searching for new, a little discomfort is a good thing. It means you’re on the right track. Just look at the work of Professor Paul Dastoor and his team at the University of Newcastle. They have developed a printable saliva-based test of glucose levels for diabetics.

Professor Paul Dastoor and his team at UON are on the path to making blood tests for diabetes patients a thing of the past. Considering there are half a billion people predicted to have diabetes in the next 10 years, that’s no small feat. Imagine a future where diabetics can test their glucose levels by simply licking a printed strip of plastic and the data is automatically transmitted to their phone. This is now possible thanks to organic electronics and functional printing.

Paul and his team are also exploring innovations that may enable us to harness the abundant light energy that the earth receives every second of every day. Imagine cities where every building, every vehicle and every device has a coating that generates electricity when light shines on it.

Our aim is to change the world ­– by creating low cost printed solar cells that can be used to cover vast areas, by developing biosensors that can be used to change the lives of hundreds of millions of people, and by developing new instruments that can allow us to probe materials in unique ways.”

Paul and his team encourage new students to enter this field of research, as he believes that our job collectively, is to develop the new that the world urgently needs.

As University researchers, we are extraordinarily privileged to be able to work on projects of our own choosing. Society makes few demands on us and provides us with the resources that we need in the hope that we will discover, invent or develop something that will be useful. In my opinion, it is therefore incumbent upon us, as University researchers, to strive to make an impact for our communities.”

Professor Paul Dastoor

Professor Paul Dastoor

Professor Paul Dastoor is director of the Centre for Organic Electronics.

Society makes few demands on us and provides us with the resources that we need in the hope that we will discover, invent or develop something that will be useful.

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