The group’s research interests span from nano-scale biological sensors through to complete sensor systems. We apply our research across a range of areas including:
Intelligent Sensing:thick-film and other printed sensors, applications of intelligent sensors (condition monitoring, infrastructure safety monitoring, agriculture), sensor systems (power, control, sensors, communications), wireless and IoT sensors. Emerging topics include: environmental and precision agriculture monitoring (chloride/nitrate and moisture sensors), industrial applications of sensor systems (corrosion and wear sensors), digital twins.
Energy Harvesting and Autonomous Systems:power conditioning, energy management, maximum power point tracking, vibration energy harvesting, transiently-powered systems, multi-source/plug-and-play energy harvesting, cubesat power supplies. Emerging topics include: design techniques for energy harvesting, adaptive behaviour, prediction of harvester outputs, application-related aspects of energy harvesting (wearables, environmental monitoring), ageing and lifetime, efficiency/security trade-offs, IoT applications, triboelectric harvesting, RF harvesting and wireless power transfer.
Micro and Nano Technologies:MEMS resonator sensors with wireless and energy harvesting solutions, silicon optomechanics, distributed fibre optic sensors, nonlinear NEMS resonators, nano-opto-electro-mechanical systems (NOEMS), microstructure thermal measurements, single electron and quantum device design. Emerging topics include: integrated distributed fibre optic sensors, integrated optomechanical levitated sensors, MEMS enhanced metamaterial devices, NEMS/NOEMS arrays for physical computing, nanoscale heat transfer mechanism, single electron and quantum device applications.
Wearable Technologies:e-textiles (printed and discrete components/circuits, textile based energy storage, RF textiles and wearable antennas), wearable sensors, human based energy harvesting, functional electrical stimulation, wearable electro-therapy. Emerging topics include: integrated e-textile systems, robust and reliable implementations, powering system – novel power supplies (e-textile batteries, RF mechanical thermal, wireless power transfer, solar), applications of e-textiles (application specific challenges, composite manufacturing, healthy ageing, elite sports), circular economy for e-textiles.
Healthcare Technologies:molecular biosensors, single cell analytics, medical sensors, rehabilitation systems, IoT for home healthcare. Emerging topics include: novel analytical techniques for bio applications, home-based sensors for monitoring patients, wearable and e-textile sensors for health applications, digital health and AI.