The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Yeonsik Noh is Key Member of Team Turning Discarded CDs into Wearable Biosensors

Sep 26, 2022


Dr. Yeonsik Noh, an assistant professor in both the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing and the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department, and an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department, is a key member of a multidisciplinary team that is creating flexible biosensors from discarded compact discs (CDs). The sensors are used to monitor electrical activity in the heart and muscles and to measure lactose, glucose, pH, and oxygen levels. The flexible sensors are non-toxic, inexpensive to produce, and allow for monitoring via a connection to a smartphone app. 

The team's findings were published in a recent paper, "Upcycling Compact Discs for Flexible and Stretchable Bioelectric Applications", in the prestigious journal Nature Communications. 

Dr. Noh described his UMass lab by saying, “In the Nursing Engineering Laboratory, we are focusing on the development of personalized healthcare and health management strategies and systems based on wearable technology from both nursing and engineering perspectives.”​

Read more about Dr. Noh and this research on the ECE website and in a recent article in Medical Device and Diagnostics Online