About Me

Specialist Subjects:

Microelectromechanical Systems
Sensors and Actuators
Optical MEMs
RF MEMS
Biological/Medical Transducers
Micro-batteries

Research

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)

Publications

  1. & Piezophototronic effect enhanced luminescence of zinc oxide nanowires. Nano Energy 22, 533-538.
  2. Modulation of stimulated emission of ZnO nanowire based on electromechanical vibration. Applied Optics 55(19), 5135
  3. & Staircase Quantum Dots Configuration in Nanowires for Optimized Thermoelectric Power. Scientific Reports 6, 31974
  4. & Quantum simulation of ZnO nanowire piezotronics. Nano Energy 15, 776-781.
  5. & Optical driven electromechanical transistor based on tunneling effect. Optics Letters 40(8), 1798

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Teaching

  • 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.

Supervision

  • Thermoelectric energy harvesting, design and modelling (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown
  • Multiphysical modelling of micro and nanodevices (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Owen Guy
  • Micro and Nanotechnology for internet of things (IOT) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Pavel Loskot
  • 'Peltier injection plate and microfluidic devices for blood clotting diagnostics' (awarded 2016)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Karl Hawkins
  • 'Integrated transducers and nanostructure synthesis' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Wilks
  • 'Nonlinear dynamics and Applications of MEMS and NEMS Resonators' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr John Mason
  • 'Simulation and characterization on optimum performance of piezoelectric energy harvesters by utilizing multimode mechanical response' (awarded 2015)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Huw Summers

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