Dr Michele Pozzi
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Dr. Michele Pozzi joined the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Newcastle University in November 2012. He brought a range of experiences and expertise, having previously worked on Energy Harvesting as Research Fellow at Cranfield University since 2010 and as CTO at Yottawatt srl in Italy before that. Dr. Pozzi is a physicist and materials scientist by formation, having graduated cum laude in Solid State Physics and holding a Diploma di Specializzazione cum laude (two year taught&research MSc) in Materials Science and Technology, both from Università Statale degli Studi di Milano. Dr. Pozzi moved to the UK for the first time in late 1998 to work on an EPSRC-sponsored PhD in Mechatronics at the University of Leeds, which he completed in 2001. He then moved to Thailand where he was hired as Lecturer and then promoted to Assistant Professor at the Sirindhorn Institute of Technology – Thammasat University. He resigned for family reasons two years later but continued serving academia as Adjoined Faculty at the Mahidol University International College, teaching introductory physics and modern physics. In 2005 he returned to the UK, taking up a Senior Research Associate position in the School of Electrical Electronic and Computer Engineering at Newcastle University. Here he performed ground breaking measurements on the mechanical properties of heteroepitaxial poly 3C-SiC up to 600°C with a custom-made setup, besides creating and modelling a novel topology of capacitive MEMS accelerometers. At Cranfield University he created the Pizzicato Energy Harvester, the world’s first device to use plucking excitation of piezoelectric bimorphs to generate electrical energy.
Dr. Pozzi’s main interests include smart materials and structures, energy harvesting at all scales and MEMS sensors and actuators.
2001 PhD in Mechatronics from the University of Leeds
1998 Diploma di Specializzazione in Materials Science and Technology (70/70 cum laude) from the University of Milan
1996 Diploma di Laurea in Solid State Physics (110/110 cum laude) from the University of Milan
Research Fellow, Cranfield University, Cranfield, UK (2010-2012)
Chief Technology Officer, Yottawatt srl, Milan, IT (2009-2010)
Freelance web designer&developer, Thailand (2008-2009)
Senior Research Associate, School of EECE, Newcastle University, UK (2005-2008)
Adjoined Faculty Member, Mahidol University International College (MUIC) (2004)
Lecturer (and later Assistant Professor), Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) - Thammasat University - Thailand (2002-2004)
Nikles TEC Italia
Italian - English - French - Spanish
Member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP) since 2007
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2014
Dr. Pozzi’s main areas of expertise are piezoelectric materials, shape memory alloys (SMAs), MEMS sensors, Finite Element modelling and analytical modelling.
Current Research Interests
Dr. Pozzi’s research interests include:
analytical modelling and Finite Element coupled-field analysis of piezoelectric structures;
creative solutions to energy harvesting in different environments; consequent design, modelling, prototyping and testing of devices;
passive generation of electrical energy from everyday human activities like walking (wearable energy harvesters);
advanced engineered materials, both for the generation/storage of energy and as key elements of sensors and actuators;
Internet of Things (IoT): energy, communications, applications.
As an undergraduate student, Dr. Pozzi gave one-to-one private tuitions to a number of students, primarily in Mathematics and Physics. Dr. Pozzi has formally lectured in: Mechatronics, Introductory Physics, Modern Physics, Materials Science, Industrial Instrumentation, Engineering Statics and Dynamics.
Dr. Pozzi’s teaching achievements and knowledge are recognised by the Higher Education Academy (UK), of which he became an Associate Fellow in 2014. His student projects are normally of the “design-make-test” type, as he believes that the most effective engineering learning occurs in those activities. When designing, there is a strong and direct motivation to acquire the theoretical bases; when making something, practical skills are honed; finally, testing the product gives a very healthy reality check which usually stimulates serious reflective practice. Dr. Pozzi believes that a key target a university should set itself is to produce independent learners: persons with a solid basis in their field upon which to extend their knowledge and skills as life and work will require of them.
MEC2009 – Mechanics II: Vibrations and control; Simulink modelling for engineering dynamics and control
MEC3014 – Computational Modelling: Data Acquisition and Labview programming
MEC3015 – Instrumentation and Drive Systems: Passive and active electronics filters; electromechanical actuators (DC motors, asynchronous and synchronous AC machines, solenoids); piezoelectric materials; shape memory alloys and other smart materials.
MEC8025 – Mechatronic Design: Mechatronic philosophy and design process; communications; finite state machines; actuators.
MEC8043 – Software in the Professional Engineering Context: Data Acquisition and Labview programming
MEC3018 – Design for Industry: supervision of team project
MEC3098 – Mechanical Engineering Project: supervision of individual project
MEC8095 – MSc Project: Mechanical and Systems Engineering
Pavlos Sgardelis (PhD candidate)
Lu Zheng (MPhil candidate; co-supervised)
Mahmudul Taz; Lei Cai; Keerati Sooksil; John Cook; Jianxiang Gao; Elmira Alimohammadzadeh (MSc students)
Callum Swift (Stage 3 project student)
Stage 1 through Stage 4
- Sgardelis P, Pozzi M. An FE model of a cellular polypropylene: exploring mechanical properties. In: Smart Sensors, Actuators and MEMS VIII. 2017, Barcelona: SPIE.
- Pozzi M. Magnetic plucking of piezoelectric bimorphs for a wearable energy harvester. Smart Materials and Structures 2016, 25(4).
- Pozzi M, Almond HJA, Leighton GJT, Moriarty RJ. Low-profile and wearable energy harvester based on plucked piezoelectric cantilevers. In: Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS VII. 2015, Barcelona: SPIE.
- Pozzi M. Impulse excitation of piezoelectric bimorphs for energy harvesting: a dimensionless model. Smart Materials and Structures 2014, 23(4), 045044.
- Pozzi M, Zhu M. Characterization of a rotary piezoelectric energy harvester based on plucking excitation for knee-joint wearable applications. Smart Materials and Structures 2012, 21(5), 055004.
- Pozzi M, Canziani A, Durazo-Cardenas I, Zhu M. Experimental characterisation of macro fibre composites and monolithic piezoelectric transducers for strain energy harvesting. In: Smart Structures (NDE). 2012, San Diego, California, USA.
- Pozzi M, Guo S, Zhu M. Harvesting energy from the dynamic deformation of an aircraft wing under gust loading. In: Health Monitoring of Structural and Biological Systems (SPIE). 2012, San Diego, California, USA: Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers.
- Pozzi M, Zhu M. Plucked piezoelectric bimorphs for energy harvesting. In: Advances in Energy Harvesting Methods. Springer, 2012. In Preparation.
- Pozzi M, Aung MSH, Zhu M, Jones RK, Goulermas JY. The pizzicato knee-joint energy harvester: characterization with biomechanical data and the effect of backpack load. Smart Materials and Structures 2012, 21(7), 075023.
- Dorey RA, Zhang Q, Zhu M, Samson C, Pozzi M, Jones PM, Rocks SA. Green nano-enabled solutions for local energy networks. In: Piezo 2011. 2011, Sestriere, Italy: Piezo Institute.
- Pozzi M, Zhu M. Plucked piezoelectric bimorphs for energy harvesting applications. In: Smart Sensors, Actuators, and MEMS V. 2011, Prague, Czech Republic: S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering.
- Pozzi M, Zhu M. Plucked piezoelectric bimorphs for knee-joint energy harvesting: modelling and experimental validation. Smart Materials and Structures 2011, 20(5), 055007.
- Pozzi M, Harris AJ, Burdess JS, Argyrakis P, Lee KK, Cheung R, Phelps GJ, Wright NG. Design, fabrication and testing of 3C-SiC sensors for high temperature applications. In: Device and process technologies for microelectronics, MEMS, photonics, and nanotechnology IV: Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering. 2007, Canberra, Australia: Society for Optical Engineering.
- Pozzi M, Harris AJ, Burdess JS, Argyrakis P, Lee KK, Cheung R, Phelps GJ, Wright NG. Design, fabrication and testing of 3C-SiC sensors for high temperature applications - art. no. 68001S. In: Device and Process Technologies for Microelectronics, Mems, Photonics, and Nanotechnology IV: Proceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering. 2007, Canberra, Australia: Society of Photo Optical.
- Pozzi M, Hassan M, Harris AJ, Burdess JS, Jiang L, Lee KK, Cheung R, Phelps GJ, Wright NG, Zorman CA, Mehregany M. Mechanical properties of a 3C-SiC film between room temperature and 600 °c. Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics 2007, 40(11), 3335-3342.
- Pozzi M, Harris AJ, Burdess JS, Lee KK, Cheung R, Phelps GJ, Wright NG, Zorman CA, Mehregany M. Mechanical properties of poly crystalline 3C-SiC heteroepitaxial layers. In: 2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - NSTI Nanotech 2007, Technical Proceedings. 2007, Santa Clara, California, USA: Nano Science and Technology Institute.
- King T, Pozzi M. Piezoelectric Materials. In: Worden, K., Bullough, W.A., Haywood, J, ed. Smart Technologies. River Edge, New Jersey, USA: World Scientific Publications, 2003, pp.141-170.
- Pozzi M, King T. Piezoelectric Modelling for an Impact Actuator. Mechatronics 2003, 13(6), 553-570.
- Sukkaew P, Katemake P, Pozzi M. Selection of the Optimum Offset Ink Set for Colour Digital Image Reproduction by Gamut Matching. In: Proceedings of AIC: Color Communication and Management. 2003, Bangkok, Thailand: The Color Group of Thailand.
- Pozzi M, King T. Piezoelectric actuators in micropositioning. Engineering Science & Education Journal 2001, 10(1), 31-36.
- Pozzi M, King T. Unlatching Piezoelectric Actuators. In: 3rd Workshop on European Scientific and Industrial Collaboration: WESIC 2001. 2001, University of Twente, The Netherlands: Drebbel Institute for Mechatronics.
- Pozzi M, King T. Distributed mass modelling of piezoelectric multilayer actuators in Matlab Simulink. In: Mechatronics 2000: The 7th Mechatronics Forum International Conference. 2000, Atlanta, Georgia, USA: Pergamon.
- King T, Pozzi M, Manara A. Piezoactuators for `real world' applications. Can they deliver sufficient displacement?. Power Engineering Journal 2000, 14(3), 105-110.
- Pozzi M, King T. Dynamic characteristics of piezoelectric multilayer stack actuators. In: Recent Advances in Mechatronics: 2nd International Conference on Recent Advances in Mechatronics (ICRAM). 1999, Istanbul, Turkey: Boğaziçi University Publications.
- Airoldi G, Piredda S, Pozzi M, Shelyakov AV. The electrical resistance of Ni/sub 50/Ti/sub 30/Hf/sub 20/ and Ni/sub 50/Ti/sub 40.5/Hf/sub 9.5/ melt-spun ribbons during current-driven thermal cycles. In: International Symposium and Exhibition on Shape Memory Materials (SMM). 1999, Kanazawa, Japan: Trans Tech Publications Ltd.
- M. Pozzi,G. Airoldi. The electrical transport properties of shape memory alloys. Materials Science & Engineering: A-Structural Materials Properties Microstructure & Processing 1999, 273, 300-304.
- G. Airoldi,M. Pozzi. The electrical transport properties of shape memory alloys under a stress state. Journal of Engineering Materials & Technology-Transactions of the ASME 1999, 121(1), 108-11.
- G. Airoldi,M. Pozzi. The electrical transport properties of shape memory alloys for sensing/actuating. In: 9th CIMTEC - World Ceramics Congress & Forum on New Materials, 14-19 June 1998. 1998, Florence - Italy: Techna Publishers srl.
- G. Airoldi,D. A. Lodi,M. Pozzi. The electric resistance of shape memory alloys in the pseudoelastic regime. Editions de Physique. Journal de Physique IV 1997, 7(C5), 507-512.
- G. Airoldi,M. Pozzi,G. Riva. The electrical resistance properties of shape memory alloys. In: Materials for Smart Systems II. Symposium. Mater. Res. Soc. 2-5 December 1996. 1996, Boston, MA, USA: MRS.