Centre for Synthetic Biology and the Bioeconomy

Staff Profile

Dr John Hedley

Senior Lecturer


Dr John Hedley is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Engineering at University of Newcastle with areas of expertise in MEMS, biosensors, graphene and robotics.

Roles and Responsibilities


Degree Programme Director MSc Mechanical Engineering (2022 - present)


Director of Postgraduate Studies, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering (2009 - 2013)

MSc Microsystems Enigineering Degree Programme Director (2007 - 2014)

MSc Biomedical Nanotechnology Degree Programme Director (2004 - 2006)

MSc Mechatronics Degree Programme Director (2014 - 2018)


PhD - Collisional and Radiative Processes in Atomic Spectra

BSc(Hons) - Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Research Interests

Autonomous mobile robotics

Graphene based sensors

Microsystems engineering

Postgraduate Supervision

Principal supervisor

• Abdullah Faqihi, “Rapid prototyping of biosensors”

• Fadoo Unom, “Single molecule detection using graphene resonators”

• Idris Musa, “High frequency graphene biosensors”

• Ivan Torres Cordova, “Design of a MEMS device for cell differentiation”

• Tom Bamford, “Towards printable, conductive and functionalised graphene based inks”

• Hayder Ashelaish, “Distributed element filter based biosensor”

• Davut Izci, “Developing a biosensor based on unique properties of graphene nanomaterial”

• Zeyad Al-Shibaany, “Design and implementation of a portable medical system for early warning of infectious diseases”

• Sinziana Popescu, “Graphene biosensors” (2018)

• Sanggar Dewanto, “Reliability prediction of single crystal silicon MEMS using dynamic Raman spectroscopy” (2014)

• Carl Dale, “Development of bioelectronics for inertial sensing applications” (2012)


• Subash Chinnaraj, “Modelling & experimental characterisation of bacteria adhesion, aggregation and biofilm formation”

• Katie Griffiths, “Development of graphene based biosensors” (2017)

• Alaa Jaber, “Design of an intelligent embedded system for condition monitoring of an industrial robot” (2016)

• Paramin Neranon, “Human – robot interaction using a behavioural control strategy” (2015)

• Ahmad Alsaab, “Intelligent behavioural strategies for indoor mobile robot navigation in dynamic environments” (2015)

• Harry Grigg, “Modelling, design, and fabrication of a xylophone bar magnetometer” (2014)

• Oliver Warlow, “Kinematic and anatomical measurement for biomechanical finger models” (2012)

• Mehmet Guzel, “Mobile robot navigation using a vision based approach” (2012)

• Panus Nattharith, “Mobile robot navigation using a behavioural strategy” (2011)

• Ning Han (MPhil), “Control of a mobile robot platform” (2009)


Principal investigator

"IAA Strategic Project"

EPSRC, £99,941, 16/04/2014 - 18/09/2015

"Leverhulme Visiting Professor"

The Leverhulme Trust, £82,369, 01/07/2014 - 30/06/2015

"Development of a graphene based generic sensing platform"

British Council, £15,600, 01/03/2013 - 30/12/2015

"Utilising graphene for biosensing"

EPSRC, £202,223, 22/11/2010 - 21/03/2012

"Bioelectronics development"

QinetiQ Ltd, £63,000, 01/11/2007 - 31/10/2010

"Development of a 'Dynamic Micro Analysis Raman Spectroscopy' (DyMars) System for Characterisation of MEMS and NEMS"

EPSRC, £114,000, 01/8/2005 - 30/4/2008

"Integration of Micro-sensor Platforms for the Rapid Detection of S100B Protein"

Royal Society, £11,000, 01/07/2005 - 31/07/2007


"IRC in Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases"

EPSRC, £1,573,463, 01/10/2013 - 30/09/2019

"UHF VIBROMTER: UHF-120 Polytec Ultra-High Frequency Laser Vibrometer"

EPSRC, £61,118, 29/07/2013 - 28/07/2018

"Interface Engineering for EPSRC Great Technologies Advance Materials

EPSRC, £2,723,953, 01/07/2013 - 30/09/2015

"High Frequency Degenerate Mode Acoustic Sensors"

EPSRC, £777,939, 01/11/2012 - 01/05/2016


EPSRC, £1,873,342, 01/05/2009 - 30/04/2012


Commission of the European Communities, £223,000, 01/01/2007 - 31/12/2009

"SMARTHEALTH - Smart Integrated Biodiagnostic Systems for Healthcare"

Commission of the European Communities, £1,328,000, 01/12/2005 - 30/11/2009 

"SAFER - Isolation of Foetal Cells from Maternal Blood: A Nanomolecular Approach"

Commission of the European Communities, £125,000, 15/02/2005 - 14/02/2008

"Evaluation of MEMS Resonant Mass Sensors for Generic Specific Binding Analysis (MEMSens2)"

DTI (Department of Trade & Industry), £90,000, 01/04/2004 - 30/06/2005


Current Teaching

MEC3027 Introduction to Instrumentation and Drives (Module leader)

MEC3098 Mechanical Engineering Individual Project

MEC8057 Mechatronics and Mobile Robotics (Module leader)

MEC8058 Instrumentation and Drives (Module leader)

MEC8095 MSc Project

MEC8099 Mechanical Engineering Team Project

Previous teaching

MEC1012 Mechanical Engineering Professional Skills I

ENM226 Discrete Transforms

PHY2029 Modern Topics in Physics

MEC3014 Computational Modelling

MEC3018 Design for Industry

MEC4001 Automatic Control

MEC8011 Methods in Industrial R&D

MEC8012 Nanoscale Fabrication and Manipulation

MMB8017 Nanomaterials in Healthcare Technologies

MEC8025 Mechatronic Design

MEC8026 Robotics

MEC8027 BioMEMS and Microsystems Engineering

MEC8099 Mechanical Engineering Team Project