School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

MEMS and Sensors

MEMS and Sensors

About

Our group focuses on innovative technologies combining MEMS (microelectromechanical systems), nanotechnology and smart materials. We are major players in multi-disciplinary research teams in this field based at Newcastle University.

We collaborate on research with the Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Institute of Cellular Medicine and the Electrical and Electronic Engineering, School of .

We have access to the University's own fabrication facilities as well as extensive laboratories.

Areas of specialist expertise

Areas of specialist expertise include:

  • design, manufacture and characterisation of physical and biological MEMS (eg gyroscopes and resonant based mass sensing)
  • optical characterisation methods including laser-doppler vibrometry, white light interferometry and Raman spectroscopy
  • control schemes and electronics development
  • vibration modelling, measurement and analysis
  • silicon carbide high temperature MEMS
  • thick-film piezoelectric vibration sensors

Facilities

NEXUS is the UK's National EPSRC XPS Users' Service, hosted at Newcastle University.

XPS, or X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, is one of the principal methods of probing the composition and electronic structure of surfaces.

It has an increasing number of research applications in electronics, semiconductor physics, novel materials and biomaterials, surface chemistry and functionalisation, sensor surfaces, adhesion, abrasion and tribology.

To find out more visit the NEXUS website.

XPS HE Ion microscope

People

Key Staff

Key Staff

Key Staff

Professor Peter Cumpson
Science City Prof in MEMS

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7911

Professor Ian Fletcher
Prof of Surface Engineering

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Dr Barry Gallacher
Reader in Engineering Dynamics

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6221

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6219

Dr Jack Hale
Reader in Structural Dynamics

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6208

Dr John Hedley
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6002

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Telephone: (0)191 208 8224

Emeritus Staff

 

Emeritus Staff

Emeritus Staff


Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6166

Research Associates and Technical Staff

 

Research Associates and Technical Staff

Research Associates and Technical Staff

Richard Burnett
Electronics Support Engineer

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 6166

Dr Carl Dale
Research Associate

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Dr Zhongxu Hu
Senior Research Associate

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Dr Jose Portoles
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3080

PhD Students

 

PhD Students

  • Kamil Ahmad
  • Zeyad Yousif Abdoon Al-Shibaany
  • Hayder Qassim Mashri Ashelaish
  • Thomas Alexander Bamford
  • Nathan Paul Craig
  • Dr Jaya Bhanu Rao Degala Ramalu
  • Thomas Hanley
  • James Hood
  • Davut Izci
  • Alaa Abdulhady Jaber
  • Sinziana Popescu
  • Pavlos Sgardelis
  • Ivan Xavier Torres Cordova

Projects

Find out what we're currently working on, and what projects we've completed.

Research Student Profiles and Projects

If you're considering doing a PhD with us, here's a list of possible PhD project titles and current research student projects to think about.

You can also read about our students, completed projects, and publications co-authored by PhD/post doctorate students.