Dr Lijie Li
Associate Professor
Telephone: (01792) 606667
Room: Academic Office
Engineering Central
Bay Campus

Specialist Subjects:

Microelectromechanical Systems
Sensors and Actuators
Optical MEMs
Biological/Medical Transducers


Developing MEMS transducers, optical and radio frequency (RF) MEMS devices and systems
Developed several MEMS devices that have many promising applications in optical, radio frequency (RF) and bioscience fields, such as in miniaturized optical imaging tools, miniaturized high voltage devices in power engineering and spectroscopic biosensing applications.

Current research efforts focused on:

Integrating MEMS devices with their interface electronics (supported by an EPSRC grant)
Developing novel measuring devices and systems for bioscience applications (supported by the Royal Society)
Investigating micro power scavenging devices (supported by the Leverhulme Trust)


  1. & Dynamic model for piezotronic and piezo-phototronic devices under low and high frequency external compressive stresses (Featured). Journal of Applied Physics 123(2), 025709
  2. & Piezotronic Transistor Based on Topological Insulators. ACS Nano
  3. & Piezotronic effect on the luminescence of quantum dots for micro/nano-newton force measurement. Nano Research
  4. On the double-band luminescence of ZnO nanoparticles. EPL (Europhysics Letters) 117(6), 67005
  5. Rectifying the output of vibrational piezoelectric energy harvester using quantum dots. Scientific Reports 7, 44859

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  • EG-151 Microcontrollers

    This module introduces basic microcontroller structure and operation.

  • EG-252 Group Design Exercise

    The module is intended to reinforce aspects of Engineering Applications (EA1) and develop EA2. Advanced features of microcontroller operation are introduced, including interrupts and programming of features of the selected microcontroller. Extended experimental work is carried out as a Group Design Exercise. Practice in using technical IT packages including microcontroller software development and the use of design aids such as PCBs and engineering drawing is inherent. Development of project documentation through a web-site.

  • EGNM09 Micro and Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems

    Micro and Nano Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS/NEMS) are technology that integrates electrical and mechanical components and they offer many novel and diverse applications ranging from display technologies to sensor systems.


  • Reliability of novel GaN HEMT switches for energy management. (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Karol Kalna
  • Multiphysical modelling of 2D and 3D sparsely distributed particles and modelling of semiconductor junctions«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Owen Guy
  • Strategies and Technologies for Dissociating Passengers from their Baggage (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Pavel Loskot
  • Thermoelectric energy harvesting, design and modelling (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2010 Present Senior Lecturer College of Engineering, Swansea University
2008 2010 Lecturer Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, UK
2006 2007 Senior Design Engineer Institute for System Level Integration, Livingston, UK
2000 2005 Research Fellow Centre for Microsystems and Photonics, University of Strathclyde, UK

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2004 PhD University of Strathclyde, UK
1995 BSc Lanzhou University, China

External Responsibilities

  • Senior Member, IEEE

    2010 - Present

  • Chair of Technical Committee, MEMS in the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society

    2013 - Present

  • Member of the Editorial Board, Nano-Micro Letters

    2011 - Present