The University of Southampton

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:

Mountbatten and Zepler buildings
Mountbatten and Zepler Buildings
  • 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.
  • Smart Materials: printed functional materials and sensors, metamaterials,  printed electronic actuators, novel polymer materials, engineered functional materials e.g. ferroelectrets, 2D materials. Emerging topics include: novel polymer materials, triboelectric materials, printable/sprayable functional inks, sustainable and recyclable functional materials, mateirals for soft robotics, 2D flexible materials.
  • 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.

We are part of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. Our academics, researchers and students interact with the Zepler Institute, Institute for Life Sciences, and Arm-ECS Research Centre.

We have a range of specialist research facilities. Our group is located in building 59 on Highfield Campus. Contact information can be found on our People page.