Sensor Technology Research Centre


The Centre is housed in a suite of recently refurbished laboratories in the Richmond building at the University of Sussex. Our laboratories include a vast array of equipment and facilities outlined below.

Test and measurement

  • Instrumentation capability DC to microwave frequencies
  • Ocsilloscopes
  • Function generators
  • Arbitary function generators
  • Power supplies
  • Spectrum analysers
  • Dynamic signal analysers
  • Vector network analysers
  • Multi-frequency LCR meters
  • High sensitivity instrumentation
  • Dielectric analysers
  • Insulation testers
  • Bespoke instruments



National Instruments hardware and software

  • PXI and PXIe platforms
  • Data acquisiton (DAQ)
  • LabVIEW virtual lab programming
  • GPIB and instrument control




Communications and network development tools

  • Mobile and wireless development platforms
  • Wireless sensor network nodes and gateways
  • TI digital signal processing kits and video platforms
  • Integrated software development environments
  • High performance computer cluster
  • Modelling and simulation tools
  • MATLAB communications tool boxes
  • Network simulation tools (OPNET, NS3)

Prototyping & fabrication

  • Circuit simulation software using NI Multisim
  • PCB design software using NI Ultiboard and EasyPC
  • PCB prototyping
  • Surface mount fabrication equipment
 PCB prototyping facility


  • Low noise shielded rooms
  • Magnetically screened enclosures
 Screened room facility

Materials and workshop facilities

  • Mechanical workshop access
  • Materials polishing and coating
  • Coil winding
  • High temperature furnace

Clean room & microelectronics

  • Clean room
  • Metal deposition and processing equipment
  • Electron beam lithography
  • Scanning electron microscopes
  • Optical microscopes