Nigel Kent


Nigel Kent is an Assistant Professor of Mechatronic Engineering and deputy head of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in DCU. As LSI member his research interests lie in the areas of the development of next generation sensors and companion instrumentation for environmental contamination and pathogen detection. Nigel has worked in sensor development for over 20 years as a researcher with both the National Centre for Sensor Research and the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute. Through a joint collaboration with DCU and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland he was awarded his doctorate in the area of biomedical diagnostics for cardiovascular disease. He then moved to the Dublin Institute of Technology (now TU Dublin) and became a member of the biomedical and assistive technologies research group in the Institute. In 2015/2016 he was seconded from the Dublin Institute of Technology to return to DCU as Senior Research Fellow in the areas of environmental sensing and additive manufacturing. In 2018 he moved to the Institute of Technology Carlow (now SETU) where he became director of engineering research for the Institute. In 2021 Nigel returned to DCU and was appointed deputy Head of School in February 2024.

Research Expertise

Recent research and publications from Nigel and his colleagues have focussed on the development of wireless power transfer to enable measurement from lab on a disk platforms under rotation. Nigel also has a number of current projects in the area of environmental monitoring, particularly water quality monitoring, where current projects are focussed on detection of Phosphate, E.coli and Dissolved Organic Carbon measurement. His research is interests are primarily application focussed where instruments and sensors he developed are designed with the end user and use case in mind. To that end, diagnostic systems he has developed have been tested in hospitals across the UK and Ireland while autonomous systems he has developed have been trialled in field locations across the US and Ireland.