Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research

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 and graphene.

Roles and Responsibilities

MSc Mechatronics Degree Programme Director (2014 - 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)


PhD - Collisional and radiative processes in atomic spectra
BSc(Hons) - Astronomy and astrophysics

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Research Interests

Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) - design and characterisation
Autonomous robotics

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

MEC1012 Mechanical Engineering Professional Skills I
MEC8025 Mechatronic Design
MEC8026 Robotics
MEC3098 Mechanical Engineering Individual Project
MEC8095 MSc Project: Mechanical & Systems Engineering

Previous teaching

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
MEC8027 BioMEMS and Microsystems Engineering
MEC8099 Mechanical Engineering Team Project