School of Engineering



The Microsystems group in Mechanical Engineering has been disbanded. Group members are now associated with Bioengineering and Design, Manufacture and Materials.


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 electrical and electronic engineering research groups.

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


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

PhD Students

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.