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Research and Development

Research and development plays an integral role within TE Laboratories. Research is carried out in all areas of the company’s activities and TelLab continuously aims to be at the forefront of unique technology and research. Dedicated R&D offices and laboratories exist within TelLab, and the R&D staff is comprised of multiple postdocs, four PhD students and a number of MSc students. This multidisciplinary team facilitates TelLab in achieving high quality research in an efficient manner. Currently, TelLab are involved in multiple nationally funded research projects, three H2020 funded projects, and seven EU FP7 projects as both a project partner and coordinator.


FP7-ENV-2011 MOSSclone

This project aims to develop and test a passive air contamination monitoring sensor composed of devitalized moss. (http://www.mossclone.eu/)


This project is coordinated by TelLab and aims to develop deployable early warning pollution devices for applications in various water environments. The developed system utilises microfluidics in conjunction with colorimetry and optical detection. (http://aquawarn.com/)

FP7-ENV-2011 Widesens

This project aims to develop drinking water sensors based on microelectronic sensors for widespread use. Sensors for measuring conductivity, pH, bio-fouling, redox-potential, chlorine and pressure will be developed. (http://www.widesens-project.eu/)

FP7-OCEAN-2013- Commonsense

This project will develop an array of cost-effective sensors interoperable with international existing ocean observing systems to meet EU policy requirements. (http://www.commonsenseproject.eu/)

FP7-OCEAN-2013- Senseocean

The aim of this project is to deliver an integrated multifunctional biogeochemical sensor package that is small and low-cost yet will be rugged and will achieve high performance. (http://www.senseocean.eu/)


This project aims to develop next generation systems using smart materials and microfluidics for biological and chemical sensing. TelLab’s role within this project focuses on the development of a pre-concentration method for analytes using reverse osmosis. (http://www.napes.eu/)


Through this project a unique system to measure and control cyanuric acid content within swimming pools will be developed.(http://poolsafeweb.com/)


This project proposes the integration of ocean observing activities across all disciplines for the Atlantic. Multiple in-situ sensors will be developed within this project to facilitate better management and sustainable exploitation of marine resources. (https://www.atlantos-h2020.eu/)


REMEDIATE will support 14 researchers working in 10 organisations in UK, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands and Italy, and is coordinated by the QUESTOR Centre at Queen's University Belfast (UK). The network also includes a further 15 partners, including Shell Global Solutions, who will provide secondment opportunities as part of the researchers’ training.

TelLab is one of the 15 partners through a funded 3 year PhD project which aims to develop innovative in-situ analysers to detect pesticides, petroleum, PCBs and dioxins in water using microfluidic technology.


This 3 year PhD is aimed at training an early stage researcher in cutting edge research skills and innovative approaches to manage soil and groundwater impacts from agriculture for sustainable intensification.

Lancaster University IAA Project

A 1 year postdoctoral research project within LU which aims at developing cutting-edge passive sampling technologies based on DGT for priority pollutant analysis in water.