Lamar Burton


Lamar Burton is a third year Doctoral student in Electrical Engineering with a background in Agricultural Sciences. His research focuses on using developments in microsensors, electrochemical sensing, microfluidics, and machine learning to understand the role of soil heterogeneity when measuring in-situ real-time nutrient uptake of plants and plant growth.



  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • MS in Electrical Engineering, Florida International University, Miami, FL
  • BS in Agriculture Animal Sciences, Southern University Agricultural & Mechanical College, Baton Rouge, LA

Current Research Interests

  • Fabrication and Characterization of Plant on a Chip Sensing Devices for Plant Phenotyping / Fabrication
    and Characterization of Polymer Based Ion Selective Electrodes (ISE’s) for Sub-Soil Nutrient Analysis

    • Fabricates and characterizes plant and root on chip sensing devices for real-time plant phenotyping
    • Fabricates and characterizes various smart weed block fabric sensors with selective sensing towards nitrate using various extrinsic platform modification techniques and parameters.
    • Fabricates silver nano particle ink-jet printed IoT sheets for soil nitrate monitoring.
    • Fabrication and characterization of MEMS devices for selective NO 3 – sensing in soil leachate.
    • Fabricates VLSI inspired Nitrogen doped Polypyrrole ISE’s for soil nitrate sensing using various substrate and membrane configurations.
    • Published journal article in the Journal of Electrochemical Society special issue May 2018

Recent Publications

  1. L. Burton, K. Jayachandran, S. Bhansali “The ‘Real-Time’ Revolution for In situ Soil Nutrient Sensing: A Review” Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 167, 3, 037569, 2020.
  2. Namuduri, B. N. Narayanan, V. S. P. Davuluru, L. Burton, S. Bhansali “Deep Learning Methods for Sensor Based Predictive Maintenance and Future Perspectives for Electrochemical Sensors” Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 167, 3, 037552, 2020.
  3. Mekonnen, S. Namuduri, L. Burton, A. Sarwat, S. Bhansali “Machine Learning Techniques in Wireless Sensor Network Based Precision Agriculture” Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 167, 3, 037522, 2020.
  4. Mekonnen, L. Burton, A. Sarwat, S.Bhansali, “IoT Sensor Network Approach for Smart Farming: An Application in Food, Energy and Water System”, IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 2018.
  5. Burton, RE. Fernandez, W. Wen, S. Bhansali, “Modeling and Analytical Studies of an Ink-Jet Printed Sensing Framework for Measuring Sub-Soil Nitrate”, ECS Meeting Abstracts, 2018.
  6. Burton, N. Dave, RE. Fernandez, K. Jayachandran, S. Bhansali, “Smart Gardening IoT Soil Sheets for Real-Time Nutrient Analysis” Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 2018.

What is Lamar Burton working on?