School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering

MEMS and Sensors

MEMS and Sensors


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


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


Key Staff

Key Staff

Key Staff

Professor Peter Cumpson
Science City Prof in MEMS

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7911

Professor Ian Fletcher
Prof of Surface Engineering


Dr Barry Gallacher
Reader in Engineering Dynamics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6221

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6219

Dr Jack Hale
Reader in Structural Dynamics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6208

Dr John Hedley
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6002

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

Telephone: 0191 208 6166

Dr Carl Dale
Research Associate


Dr Zhongxu Hu
Senior Research Associate


Dr Jose Portoles
Research Associate

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3080

PhD Students


PhD Students

  • Zeyad Yousif Abdoon Al-Shibaany
  • Hayder Qassim Mashri Ashelaish
  • Thomas Alexander Bamford
  • Nathan Paul Craig
  • Thomas Hanley
  • James Hood
  • Davut Izci
  • Alaa Abdulhady Jaber
  • Idris Musa
  • Sinziana Popescu
  • Pavlos Sgardelis
  • Fadoo George Unom
  • Ivan Xavier Torres Cordova


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.