Omowunmi Sadik, SUNY-Binghamton

Wunmi Sadik is a professor of Chemistry and the Director of the Center for Advanced Sensors & Environmental Systems at State University of New York at Binghamton (SUNY-Binghamton). She completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Wollongong in Australia and did her postdoctoral research at the US Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Sadik has also held appointments at Harvard University, Cornell University and Naval Research Laboratories in Washington, DC. Her research areas include surface chemistry, chemical sensors, biosensors, and new measurement approaches and their application to solving problems in biological system, energy and the environment. Sadik holds four U.S. patents for her work on biosensors, which have been licensed for commercial products. Dr. Sadik is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), NSF Discovery Corps Senior Fellow and the recipient of Harvard University’s Distinguished Radcliffe Fellowship. Dr. Sadik has received numerous awards including SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Scholarship & Creative Activities, Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Inventor, Dean’s Distinguished Lecturer and NRC COBASE fellowship. Sadik served on the editorial boards of many journals and has co-edited the American Chemical Society’s Symposium Series on Environmental Chemical and Biological Sensors. She chaired the inaugural Gordon Conference on Environmental Nanotechnology in 2011, and has served as the nanotechnology editor for the RSC Journal of Environmental Science Processes and Impact. As the President and co-founder of the Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization-SNO (, Sadik is promoting the responsible use of nanotechnology around the world through research, education and outreach. Sadik is the co-author of over 140 publications and has given over 300 invited lectures and conference contributions world-wide. Of the 28 Ph.D. students that she has mentored to date, eight (8) of them are in faculty positions.

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Transitioning Nanosensors from the laboratory to the market place:Challenges and Lessons learned

There are many roadblocks in bridging the gap between academic research and the market place. The underlying issues may be attributed to the scientific, technological and commercial factors. This is particularly true in nanosensors and nanotechnology. Nanosensors can be classified under two main categories: (A) Nanotechnology-enabled sensors (i.e. sensors that are themselves in the nanoscale range or have nanoscale materials or components), and (B) Nanoproperty-quantifiable sensors: these are sensors that are used to measure nanoscale properties. Several applications of Class A nanosensors have been reported in the medical, food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, as well as in the agricultural and military sectors. Despite the enormous literatures and reviews on this class of sensors, there are few that are devoted to measuring the nanoscale properties of sensors. We have developed a portable, fully autonomous, and remotely operated sensing device that we called Ultra-sensitive Portable Capillary Sensor (U-PAC™). UPAC has been tested for a range of biological and environmental applications. We have also developed some Class B nanosensors for CeO2, Fe2O3, TiO2, ZnO, and fullerenes. This presentation will focus on the requirements and issues facing the transition of nanosensors from the laboratory to the market place based on our experiences in the design, prototype and commercialization of these sensors.