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Dr Tanya Hutter

Henslow Research Fellow, Darwin College

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

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.

Awards and Fellowships

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 oversees 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.


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.



Optical layout for the measurement of a porous silicon sensor array
T Hutter, G Wellio, J Chan, AV Kellarev, SR Elliott, S Ruschin
– Optics InfoBase Conference Papers
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
– 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
Near-Field Plasmonics of an Individual Dielectric Nanoparticle above a Metallic Substrate
T Hutter, FM Huang, SR Elliott, S Mahajan
– Journal of Physical Chemistry C
Single molecule SERS and detection of biomolecules with a single gold nanoparticle on a mirror junction
L Li, T Hutter, U Steiner, S Mahajan
– Analyst
Tunable Microstructured Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Substrates via Electrohydrodynamic Lithography
S Mahajan, T Hutter, U Steiner, P Goldberg Oppenheimer
– Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Dynamic range enhancement and phase-ambiguity elimination in wavelength-interrogated interferometric sensor
T Hutter, SR Elliott, S Ruschin
– Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
PCB-Integrated Optical Waveguide Sensors: An Ammonia Gas Sensor
N Bamiedakis, T Hutter, RV Penty, IH White, SR Elliott
– Journal of Lightwave Technology
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01223 748887

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