Graduate Student Yao Zhang Finalist For Best Student Paper Award at 2016 IEEE Sensors Conference

Graduate student Yao Zhang, advised by ECE faculty Prof. Steve Koester and Chemistry faculty Prof. Phil Buhlmann was a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award at the 2016 IEEE Sensors Conference held in Orlando, Florida (Oct. 30 to Nov. 2). Yao’s poster “Glucose Sensing with Graphene Varactors” describes a new method of detecting glucose using a graphene variable capacitor, a sensor concept invented at the University of Minnesota.

The project, a collaborative research undertaking between the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic, could lead to a new type of wireless continuous glucose monitor for use in artificial pancreas, an innovative new platform for treatment of diabetes.