Photon Science Institute, Alan Turing Building
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 1030
Akmez’s PhD topic was a Palladium coated polymer optical fibre sensor for detecting hydrogen concentration. Most recent work has been to define its response to ambient humidity and temperature. The sensor has an estimated lower detection limit of 15 ppm hydrogen and can detect hydrogen down to 1% in 80% Relative Humidity. Cross sensitivity tests have shown that the sensor shows limited response to 25 ppm H2S and 50 ppm CO.
Target environments for the proposed sensor are where hydrogen releases are to be measured in damp conditions, such as fuel cell cabinets that are exposed to all weathers, industrial process plants, submarines that generate electricity from sea water, nuclear fuel power generation and decommissioning plants where spent fuel rods are stored in water cooling tanks.
Akmez is from Mauritius and his first degree was in Chemistry. He joined The University of Manchester in 2008 and graduated with his PhD degree in December 2012. He is now working as a Knowledge Transfer Fellow in a KTP with The University of Manchester and Arvia Technology. http://www.arviawater.com/