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Richard Kaye is a Senior Research Fellow in the Microfluidics and Microengineering Research Group (MMRG) at the University of Hertfordshire. 

Richard is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET). He is also an active member of the Aerosol Society and has presented at the society meetings.

Richard began his academic career in 2013 as a Research Assistant in The Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research working (CAIR) primarily on the design and development of Optical Particle Counters (OPCs) and Universal Cloud and Aerosol Sonde Systems (UCASS), both encorporating light-scattering technology pioneered at UH. The OPC prototypes developed by Richard are now being manufactured by Alphasense Ltd in the UK as the OPC-N3 sensor and sold in Europe and the USA.

In 2014 Richard joined the MMRG as a Research and Development Engineer and was responsible for the complete design, engineering and development of cutting-edge fieldable biodetection prototype systems ranging from early-warning crop pathogen detection systems for agriculture, to European Comissioned projects to detect water-borne pathogens in aquaculture.

Richard's became a Senior Research Fellow within the group and his research more recently has focussed on the design and development of filter based Personal Aerosol Samplers on projects with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and Aerosol Collection Technologies with novel cyclones for real-world samples. Richard has worked extensively with bioaerosols and end-to-end detection from airborne sample collection, sample processing, and downstream DNA analysis. Richard currently works in Biodetection R&D projects which include the design and development of fully-integrated, autonomous systems for the early-detection of specific aerosols including biowarfare agents.

 

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