I am interested in the development of portable electrochemical and optical sensors for applications in the healthcare, food, industry and environmental sectors. In particular, I am focusing on the design and fabrication of microfluidics-based biosensor devices containing different types of micro or nanoelectrodes.
Sakandar Rauf Research Scientist, Electrical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Micro- and Nanoelectrodes
  • 3D electrodes
  • Electrohydrodynamics
  • Quantum dots
  • Microfluidics


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Honors & Awards

  • 2010-2013 UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Queensland, Australia
  • 2006-2010 Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award (DHPA), Research Councils U.K, University of Glasgow, U.K
  • 2006 Best Research Paper Award 2006, Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC).
  • 2004-2005 Cambridge Commonwealth & DFID shared Scholarship, University of Cambridge, U.K. ​ 

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, University of Glasgow, U.K., 2010
  • M.Phil., Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise, University of Cambridge, U.K., 2005
  • M.Phil., Biotechnology, National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Pakistan, 2004
  • M.Sc., Physical Chemistry, Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan, 2001

Dr. Sakandar Rauf is currently a Research Scientist at the Sensors Lab, in the Electrical Engineering Department, CEMSE, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). 

Education and Early Career

Dr. Sakandar Rauf received his Ph.D. in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, U.K. in 2010. He obtained MPhil degree in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise from University of Cambridge, U.K in 2005 and MPhil in Biotechnology from National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Pakistan in 2004. Dr. Rauf studied M.Sc. in Physical Chemistry from Islamia University Bahawalpur, Pakistan in 2001. He received Cambridge Commonwealth & DFID shared Scholarship from the University of Cambridge, Dorothy Hodgkin’s Postgraduate Award for his Ph.D. studies from University of Glasgow and UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from University of Queensland, Australia.

Research Interests

Dr. Rauf is interested in the development of next generation biomedical devices for point of care diagnostics.


  • Production of quantum dot barcodes using biological self-assembly 
    S. Rauf, A. Glidle and J.M. Cooper
    Advanced Materials, 21(40), 4020-4024, 2009
  • Electrohydrodynamic removal of non-specific colloidal adsorption at electrode interfaces 
    S. Rauf, M.J.A. Shiddiky and M. Trau
    Chemical Communications, 50, 4813-4815, 2014     
  • Enhancing protein capture using a combination of nanoyeast single-chain fragment affinity reagents and alternating current electrohydrodynamic forces 
    R. Vaidyanathan, *S. Rauf, *Y.S. Grewal, L.J. Spadafora, M.J.A Shiddiky, G.A. Cangelosi and M. Trau
    Analytical Chemistry, 87(23), 11673-11681, 2015 *authors contributed equally
  • μeLCR: A microfabricated device for electrochemical detection of DNA base changes in breast cancer cell lines 
    E.J.H. Wee*, S. Rauf*, K.M. Koo, M.J.A. Shiddiky and M. Trau
    Lab Chip, 13, 4385-4391, 2013 *authors contributed equally
  • “Drill and fill” lithography: fabrication of platinum electrodes and their use in label-free immunosensing 
    S. Rauf, M.J.A. Shiddiky, M. Trau and K. Dimitrov
    RSC Advances, 3, 4189-4192, 2013