Making seen what we can’t feel – thoughtfully designed UV sensors to protect Australians from the sun

Project dates: 01/12/2020 - 01/12/2021

Thoughtfully designed UV sensors to protect Australians from the sun

This project will develop thoughtfully designed wearable devices that can detect ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight. The wearable devices will incorporate custom designed UV responsive materials into fashionable wearable items that can measure and alert a wearer to their level of exposure and risk from UV radiation. This unique synergy between Chemistry and Design will lead to high performance materials, which have been thoughtfully developed into devices that are easily understood by users, leading to meaningful behaviour change.

Chief Investigators

Dr Nathan Boase, Lecturer in the School of Chemistry and Physics, QUT

Dr Levi Swann, Lecturer in Industrial Design, School of Design, QUT

Dr Heather McKinnon, Lecturer in Interaction Design, School of Design, QUT

Associate Prof. Markus Rittenbruch, Program Leader – Emerging Technologies, QUT Design Lab, QUT


Funding / Grants

  • QUT Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme (2020 - 2021)