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Research Associate

Research Fellow, Darwin College

Supported by the L’Oréal-UNESCO UK & Ireland Fellowship For Women In Science 2016

Research interests

My research focuses on innovative chemical detection technologies, opto-chemical analytical methods and spectroscopy-based techniques. It combines physics, chemistry, optics and nanotechnology to design and develop smart functional nano-materials, new hybrid-sensor technologies and nano-photonic devices that can be used for environmental, industrial and healthcare applications. 

Keywords: chemical sensors, bio-sensors, nano-photonics, nanotechnology, micorfabrication, spectroscopy, microfluidics, waveguide optics.

Link to Google Scholar.

Current research projects and collaborations

Real-time sensor for acute brain injury: collaboration with the group of Prof Peter Hutchinson from the Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Clinical Neurosciences to develop a real-time sensor for monitoring of acute brain injury patients.   

Blood potassium sensor: close collaboration with Prof Fiona Karet from the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research to develop a low-cost kit for home testing of blood potassium levels.  Kidney patients and others can be endangered by very high potassium, with a small minority having the opposite problem of severely low potassium. In both cases, using a fingerstick blood sample and a small kit to immediately check potassium could improve management and safety in the home or healthcare setting, and identify potentially life-threatening levels. Visit the project website to find out more:

Optical devices and sensors for infrared spectroscopy: We are developing novel sensor technologies for applications in medical diagnostics, environmental monitoring and homeland security.  

Awards and Fellowships

2018: Best Talk Award at the 70th Gas Analysis and Sensing Group (GASG) Early Career Researchers meeting

2016: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship UK & Ireland 2016.

2016: Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition, third prize.

2015 - 2018: Stipendiary Henslow Research Fellowship for three years, Darwin College Cambridge.

2014: Innovation Forum business plan competition 1st place.

2014: Cambridge University Entrepreneurs £1k business plan competition.

2013 - 2014: University of Cambridge-Wellcome Trust Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Research.

2011: Corporate Associates Prize for practical class demonstration in recognition of outstanding qualities in the teaching of practical chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge.

2010: Messel Travel Bursary, Society of Chemical Industry.

2009 - 2013: Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Studentship in Chemistry, Trinity College Cambridge. Full overseas PhD scholarship for three years.                              

2009: Competition Award in Electro-Optics, Department of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University.

2009: Departmental Excellence Award, Department of Engineering, Tel-Aviv University.

2008: Intel Excellence Award for M.Sc. students, Intel Cooperation.

2008: Selim and Rachel Banin Excellence Award in Science and Engineering, Selim and Rachel Banin.


Jul 2019: Spin out develops home use blood potassium level test

Jun 2019: Patients suggestion leads to new British company developing the word's first 'hone use' blood potassium test kit

Nov 2018: Our blood potassium project won the One to Watch Award at the 2018 Cambridge Independent Science and Technology Awards

Sep 2018: Cambridge Independent article Accelerate@Babraham intake learns how to walk through walls

July 2018: Accelerate@Babraham picks eight finalists for new incubator

July 2018: Simple blood test kit for kidney patients moves closer

July 2018: Our blood-potassium kit team won the inaugural AstraZeneca Start-Up Competition and was named ‘Best Healthcare Start-Up in Cambridge’. We will receive eight hours of mentoring from senior AstraZeneca MedImmune business executives, access to the Accelerate@Babraham bioincubator space for 1 month and free space on the Ignite programme at the Cambridge Judge Business School.

Jun 2018: The Gas Analysis and Sensing Group (GASG) May 2018 update with Tanya Hutter's photo receiving first prize for best talk.

Nov 2017: Women in Chemistry, Tanya Hutter.

Oct 2017: Chem@Cam news article.

Sep 2017: Dr Hutter's company, SensorHut Ltd, received ’highly commended’ at Cambridge Independent’s Science and Technology Award

Aug 2017: Article in Cambridge Independent about Dr Hutter's company SensorHut Ltd.  

May 2017: £500K translational funding bid success for development of a real-time brain chemistry sensor.

Dec 2017: Dr Tanya Hutter is featured in Chem@Cam Women in Chemistry article.

July 2016: Dr Tanya Hutter is featured in The Technology Partnership (TTP) newsletter inside:technology.

June 2016: L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship and RSC Prize for Dr Tanya Hutter.

June 2016: Dr Tanya Hutter was named as one of the UK's most promising female scientists at the L’Oréal–UNESCO ceremony for the 'Women in Science' programme.

June 2016: Dr Tanya Hutter wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Emenrging Technologies Prize for a new gas-sensing technology.


2009 - 2013: Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Trinity College and Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK.

2007 - 2009: M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering (Summa cum laude), School of Electrical Engineering, Department of Physical Electronics, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

2003 - 2007: B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.



Mid-IR evanescent-field fiber sensor with enhanced sensitivity for volatile organic compounds.
F Alimagham, M Platkov, J Prestage, S Basov, G Izakson, A Katzir, S Elliott, T Hutter
– RSC Adv
Impedance-based sensor for potassium ions
C Day, S Søpstad, H Ma, C Jiang, A Nathan, SR Elliott, FE Karet Frankl, T Hutter
– Analytica Chimica Acta
Optical Fibre-Tip Probes for SERS: Numerical Study for Design Considerations
T Hutter, SR Elliott, S Mahajan
– Opt Express
Tuning plasmons layer-by-layer for quantitative colloidal sensing with surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy.
WJ Anderson, K Nowinska, T Hutter, S Mahajan, M Fischlechner
– Nanoscale
Optical Layout for the Measurement of a Porous Silicon Sensor Array
T Hutter, G Wellio, J Chan, AV Kellarev, SR Elliott, S Ruschin
Part F82-CLEO_Europe 2017,
Development of an open technology sensor suite for assisted living: a student-led research project
JD Manton, JAE Hughes, O Bonner, OA Amjad, P Mair, I Miele, T Wang, V Levdik, RD Hall, G Baekelandt, FDC Vasconcellos, O Hadeler, T Hutter, CF Kaminski
– Interface Focus
Single Nanoparticle-Based Heteronanojunction as a Plasmon Ruler for Measuring Dielectric Thin Films.
L Li, T Hutter, W Li, S Mahajan
– J Phys Chem Lett
Tunable Microstructured Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrates via Electrohydrodynamic Lithography
S Mahajan, T Hutter, U Steiner, P Goldberg Oppenheimer
– The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Near-field optical enhancement by lead-sulfide quantum dots and metallic nanoparticles for SERS
T Hutter, S Mahajan, SR Elliott
– Journal of Raman Spectroscopy
Near-field optical enhancement by lead-sulfide quantum dots and metallic nanoparticles for SERS
T Hutter, S Mahajan, SR Elliott
– Journal of Raman Spectroscopy
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