Forzani, Erica

Associate Professor
Chemical Engineering
Phone: (480)965-9058
Office: BDA 130D  (Map)
Research website


Dr. Erica Forzani is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering Program as well as joint faculty in the Mechanical  Engineering Graduate Program in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy at Arizona State University (SEMTE). Dr. Forzani also has a joint appointment with ASU’s Center for Bioelectronics & Biosensors (CBB) at The Biodesign  Institute, and she is Deputy Director of CBB.

She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry and B.S. in Clinical Chemistry at Cordoba National University in Argentina. Prior to join ASU, she received prestigious fellowships from the Argentinian Research Council to support her Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies in Argentina. She came to ASU in 2003 as postdoctoral research associate of the Department of Electrical Engineering; where later she worked as Assistant Research Professor. Dr Forzani became Assistant Professor in SEMTE in Fall 2010. Erica is also Research Associate of Mayo Clinic.

Dr. Forzani’s current research interests are the development of novel hybrid chemical and biosensors and the integration of sensors into wireless, non-invasive and inexpensive sensor devices. She is focused on health applications, and environmental health and safety. Currently, she has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, three patents, nine patent applications and two transferred intellectual properties. In addition, she has served as Guest Editor of Nanotechnology Journal, and is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics.


Postdoct in Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University (2003-2006)
Postdoct in Materials and Analytical Sciences, University of Buenos Aires – Argentina (2003-2006)
Ph.D. Chemistry, Cordoba National University – Argentina (1999)
B.S. Clinical Chemistry, Cordoba National University – Argentina (1993)

Research Interests

Chemical and biosensors, non-invasive sensors, sensor integration, wireless and lab-on-cell-phone sensors, microfluidics.

We bridge gaps between science and real world needs, by transforming new fundamental chemical sensing principles and into real solutions.  We develop low cost, portable, and easy-to-use chemical sensors that can empower users with minimal training to perform simple diagnosis. Our devices can report chemical biomarkers non-invasively, and pollutants’ exposure.

Our chemical engineering efforts focus on the creation of: 1- sensitive and selective chemical sensors, 2- smart sample collection systems, 3- unambiguous calibration methods, 4-hybrid sensing platforms, including electrical, electrochemical, mechanical and optical signal transductions to achieve results that a single sensor alone cannot deliver.

We collaborate with other groups in different engineering fields to create system-level approach sensing devices that optimize functions from sample collection and sensing elements to signal processing and communication to deliver a complete solution to real-world problems. In our work, we tight these capabilities to modern mobile devices. We also work tightly with epidemiologists, and healthcare professionals to validate our chemical sensors and ensure they provide meaningful results.

Our mission as engineers is to create, develop, test, validate and deliver chemical sensors to help people to take responsibility and ownership of theirs health and environment.



Graduate Faculties

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Biological Design
  • Biochemistry
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering


Honors and Awards

  •  Inventorship FY2011 and 2013 Recognition Award – Arizona Technology Transfer Enterprise (2012)
  • Governor’s Innovator Award – State of Arizona – Team Finalist (2010)
  • Innovator of Tomorrow Award – Arizona Technology Transfer Enterprise (2007)
  • Young Scientist Prize, Rotary Club, Cordoba, Argentina (2005)
  • Annual prize for teachers and investigators granted by the Presidency of Argentina (1994-2000)
  • Award for Research projects granted by the Secretariat of Science and Technology, Department of Education and Culture of Argentina (1998)
  • Annual prize for teachers and investigators granted by the Cordoba National University, Argentina (1995)