General Research Interests
My research interests include analog circuits, small signal sensors, and chip design. The projects I work on are focused in applications of analog circuit design which require a multisciplinary approach to problem solving. A combination of expert knowledge of electronics as well as experience and skill in mechanical and chemical engineering allow for a unique approach to problem solving.
I have research experience in a broad range of settings from the formal academic environment to hands-on field work as a consultant and hobbyist. On this page I attempt to summarize the key points of my formal research. You will find a variety of related works in the Activites and Portfolio sections listed in the top menu bar.
Novel Spectroscopy of Pharmaceutical Drugs and Supplements
Counterfeiting has run rampant in the pharmaceutical industry and the emerging market for "alternative" medicine in the form of nutritional supplements. Anything from life saving pharmaceuticals to diet and weight loss pills are targets for counterfeiting. To combat this problem I apply a technique called Nuclear Quadrupole Resonance (NQR) spectroscopy to analyze pharmaceutical drugs and supplement pills. This technique is a quantitative and qualitative method of analysis which can be used to detect the presence of the active ingredient, measure its quantity, and potentially scan for contaminants. This area of research is the focus of my work as a Ph.D. candidate in my academic advisor's lab where I work. You can read more about the research in our lab on the website for the CWRU Integrated Circuits and Sensor Physics Lab.
Ultra-Low Frequency Data Transmission
Wireless communication in solid media is limited by the skin effect, which causes high signal loss at usual data transmission frequencies. Skin effect is less of a problem at low frequencies, though electric transmitters quickly become impractical. I
Rapid Minimally-Invasive Malaria Testing
I was the electronics and instrumentation designer on a team developing a small test device for malaria testing. The project was operated by a professor in the CWRU Center for Global Health and Diseases who facilitated sending the device I helped design to be tested in Peru and later in malaria-afflicted regions of Africa.