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Professor Anthony (Tony) Turner




Professor Turner's name is synonymous with the field of Biosensors and in 2010 he joined IFM-Linköping to create a new Centre for Biosensors and Bioelectronics. His previous thirty-five year academic career in the UK culminated in the positions of Principal of Cranfield University at Silsoe and Distinguished Professor of Biotechnology.

He held a personal chair in Biosensor Technology at Cranfield University from 1989, where he has also had responsibility for leveraging Cranfield University's IP via spin outs and licensing. He is now an Emeritus Professor at Cranfield.  He has a number of honorary and visiting positions elsewhere including Visiting Professor at the University of Florence, Italy and Chonbuk National University, Korea; permanent Adjunt Professor at Jiansu University in China.  Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist at the Gloucestershire NHS Trust in the UK and Advisory Board Member for Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology , Japan and Catalan Institute of Nanotechnology and member of the Court of Cranfield University and Bedforshire University.

In the UK, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1996, invited to Fellowship of the Institute of Biology in 1999 and the Institute of Physics in 2006.  He was awarded a Higher Doctorate (DSc) for his exceptional contribution to biosensors by the University of Kent in 2001 and an Honorary DSc by the University of Bedfordshire in 2008, where he served as a Governor for six years.  He was admitted to the USA National Academy of Engineering in 2006, for his work on glucose sensors, environmental monitors and synthetic recognition molecules. He won the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) Theophilus Redwood Medal for Analytical Science in 2011 and was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science (IVA) in 2013.

Professor Turner has over 750 publications and patents in the field of biosensors and biomimetic sensors and an Hirsch Index of 64.  He has won a number of prestigious scientific awards and presented well over 500 keynote and plenary lectures at a range of international meetings and honour ceremonies around the world.  He co-founded and has edited the principal journal in the field,  Biosensors & Bioelectronics, since 1985 and edited the first textbook on Biosensors in 1987. He has supervised 45 PhD students, 28 Master dissertations and launched the first Masters courses in the UK in Environmental Diagnostics, Medical Diagnostics and Nanomedicine.


Current activities


Professor Turner has a long track record of blending fundamental research with R&D and consultancy for commercial clients, government bodies and funding agencies. While he also works to develop business fopportunities, his main focus is now on research His current principal  interests are:

  • Next generation fabrication - The fully integrated device
  • Nanobioreactors and smart supramolecular structures
  • Semi-synthetic and synthetic ligands - Plastic antibodies & catalytic electrodes
  • Bioinspired nanotechnologies for sensing and therapy
  • Targeted imagining and release technologies
  • Controlled surface for cellular interaction
  • In vivo devices for regenerative medicine
  • Arrays, biomimetics and tele-interfaces

Innovation and Coordination


Tony Turner has held a range of commercial positions continuously since 1982, commencing with Project Director for MediSense's (Abbott) in vitro diagnostics programme.  In this role he led the team that invented, designed and developed the world's most successful type of biosensor, the mediated amperometric enzyme electrode for glucose for home use. In addition to starting or helping to start a number of company, he continued this commitment to university innovation as Managing Director of Cranfield Diagnostics Ltd (1996-2001) and Innovations Director of Cranfield Ventures Ltd between 2006-2014. He is currently retained to advise Linköping University on innovation and is a Director of IF Sensing Ltd (Manchester, UK).  In his thirty years managing and directing commercial R&D he numbers amongst his clients all the major diagnostic companies in the world and numerous other small and large enterprises.  In addition to advising companies and governments worldwide in the general area of analytical biotechnology, he has served as an expert witness in numerous patent litigations and arbitrations in USA, Europe and Australia.

He played a key role in coordinating research activities in medical and environmental sensors in the European Union and led concerted actions and thematic networks since 1988.  He founded the World Congress on Biosensors for Elsevier in 1990 and has chaired it since then.


Recent publications


h-index: 64

Follow link for a selection of papers with full text in many cases

Original Research Papers

Cao, S., Chen, J., Ge, Y., Fang, L., Zhang, Y. and Turner, A.P.F. (2014)  A self-switchable Ag nanoreactor exhibiting outstanding catalytic properties. Chem. Comm. 50, 118-120.

Hejazi, M.S., Majidi, M.R., Gholizadeh, S., Turner, A.P.F., Sharifi, S. Golabi S.M. and Hamidi-Asi, E (2014)  Effect of electrophoresis on the efficiency of nano-TiO2 modified sol-gel electrode. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (in press).

Imani, R., Patra, H. K., Iglič, A., Turner, A. P. F. and Tiwari, A. (2014)  Electrochemical detection of DNA damage through visible-light-induced ROS using mesoporous TiO2 microbeads. Electrochemistry Communications 40, 84-87.

Karimian, N., Turner, A.P.F. Tiwari, A. (2014)  Electrochemical evaluation of a protein-imprinted polymer receptor. Biosensors and   Bioelectronics   59, 160-165.

Kashefi-Kheyrabadi, l., Mehrgardi, M.A., Wiechec, E., Turner, A.P.F. and Ashutosh Tiwari (2014)  Ultrasensitive detection of liver hepatocellular carcinoma (HepC2)  cells using label-free aptasensor. Analytical Chemistry 86, 4956-4960.

Khun, K., Ibupoto, Z.H., Liu, X.; Mansor, N.A., Turner, A.P.F., Beni, V. and Willander, M. (2014).

An Electrochemical Dopamine Sensor Based on the ZnO/CuO Nanohybrid Structures. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 14, 6646-6652.

Parlak, O., Turner, A.P.F. and Tiwari, A. (2014)  On/off-switchable zipper-like bioelectronics on a graphene interface. Advanced Materials 26, 482-486.

Parlak, O, Seshadri, P., Lundström, I., Turner, A.P.F. and Tiwari, A. (2014) Two-dimensional gold-tungsten disulphide bio-interface for high-throughput electrocatalytic nano-bioreactors. Advanced Materials Interfaces (in press).

Patra, H. K., Khaliq, N. U., Wiechec, E., Borga, M., Turner, A. P. F.  and Ashutosh Tiwari (2014)  MRI-visual order-disorder micellar nanostructures for smart cancer theranostics. Advanced Healthcare Materials 3, 526-535..  

Piletska, E., Chinella, I., Turner, A.P.F., Takayama, K., Visit, T. and Piletsky, S.A. (2014) Optical biosensors based on universal pH indicator as a reporter for quantification of clinically-relevant compounds. Journal of the Chinese Advanced Materials Society 2, 99-109.

Saha, S., Sarkar, P. and Turner, A.P.F. (2014) Interference-free electrochemical detection of nanomolar dopamine using doped polypyrrole and silver nanoparticles. Electroanalysis (in press)

Sekretaryova, A., Vagin, M., Beni, V., Turner, A.P.F. and Karyakin, A. (2014)  Unsubstituted Phenothiazine as a Superior Water-insoluble Mediator for Oxidases. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 53, 275–282.

 Sekretaryova, A.N., Beni, V.,  Eriksson, M.,  Karyakin, A.A.,  Turner, A.P.F. and Vagin, M.Y. (2014).

Cholesterol self-powered biosensor Analytical Chemistry (in press).

Shukla, S.K., Parlak, O., Shukla, S.K., Mishra, S., Turner, A.P.F. and Tiwari, A. (2014)  Self-reporting micellar polymer nanostructures for optical urea biosensing. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 53, 8509-8514.

Shukla, S.K,  Turner, A.P.F.  and Tiwari, A. (2014) Cholesterol oxidase functionalised polyaniline/carbon nanotube hybrids for an amperometric biosensor. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (in press). 


Turner, A.P.F., Gifford, R., Holub, D. and Lundström, I. (2014) Method and Device for Measuring EnzymaticActivity of Polysaccharide-Hydrolysing Enzymes.

UK Patent Application number: 1409122.7, Filing date 22 May 2014.


Turner, A.P.F. (2013) Biosensors: sense and sensibility. Chemical Society Reviews 42 (8), 3184-3196. ISSN: 0306-0012 (print) 1460-4744 (web). 

Turner, A.P.F. (2013) Biosensors: then and now. Trends in Biotechnology 31, 119–120.

Turner, A.P.F. and Gifford, R. (2013) Implanted Sensors. In: Autonomous Sensor Systems. (Ed D. Filippini). Springer. pp.  159-190. ISBN 978-3-642-34647-7

Patra, H. and Turner, A.P.F. (2014) The potential legacy of cancer nanotechnology: cellular selection. Trends in Biotechnology 32, 21-31.  

Yarman, A., Scheller, F. and Turner, A.P.F. (2014) Electropolymers for (nano-) imprinted biomimetic sensors. In: Nanosensors for chemical and biological applications (Ed. Kevin C Honeychurch) Woodhead. pp. 125 – 149. ISBN 0 85709 660 5. 


Tiwari, A. And Turner, A.P.F. (2014). Biosensors Nanotechnology. Wiley-Scrivener Publishing, USA. pp. 529. ISBN: 978-1-118-77351-2


Editorial & Advisory Board




Visiting Positions


University of Florence, Italy (Visiting Professor)

Cranfield University, United Kingdom (Emeritus Professor and Innovations Director)

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, United Kingdom (Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist)

Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan (Visiting Professor)

Jiangsu University, China (Adjunct Professor)

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Email: anthony.turner@liu.se

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