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Dr Barbara Santos Gomes

Dr Barbara Santos Gomes

Research Associate

School of Biosciences

+44 (0)29 225 10174
E3.19, Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX


Experienced in advanced surface characterisation techniques, devices microfabrication and chemical functionalisation for biosensing. Her research interests lie primarly in the sector of Nanotechnology for Healthcare. 

Currently working on the functionalization of semiconductor substrates for optical biosensing (health applications), as a member of the Biophotonics & Quantum Optoelectronics Research Group. 


  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK
  • MSc in Nanotechnology, Swansea University, UK
  • BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal

5 years of industry experience, working as a project engineer in the field of water and wastewater treatment.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Academic positions

  • 2018: Research Assistant (part-time), University of Birmingham
  • 2017: Research Assistant (part-time), Swansea University 
  • 2015-2018: Doctoral Researcher, University of Birmingham
  • 2014: Research Assistant, Swansea University

Currently working on the functionalization of semiconductor substrates for optical biosensing (health applications) as a member of Biophotonics & Quantum Optoelectronics Research Group. 

Previous research projects:

  • Post-doctoral research:

Understanding the formation of yellow underarm stains on fabric surfaces at the molecular level (University of Birmingham, UK)

XPS study of SiON films for waveguides (Swansea University, UK)


  • Doctoral research:

Development of novel tools for Assisted Reproductive Technologies based on electrically switchable surfaces (University of Birmingham, UK)


  • MRes research:

Development of a silicon amperometric immunosensor for detection of cortisol (Swansea University, UK)


  • Erasmus student research:

Optimization of whole-cell biocatalysis in biphasic ionic liquid/water-systems, incorporating genetically modified E.coli (Technical University of Munich, Germany)