Our research

Our research

Our research is dedicated to the creation of technological solutions to problems relevant to society’s health and environment and solutions that expand the capability of people to achieve their goals. We undertake world-class research with a focus on:

  • Future Wireless Networks
  • Reconfigurable Electronics and Antennas
  • Biomedical Imaging and Sensing
  • Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering
  • Optical and Photonics Engineering
  • Power Electronics and Electrical Engineering

Our postgraduate research students benefit from financial and in-kind support, available through several schemes, state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive research environment.

Research Centres

WiMed Research Centre

WiMed Research Centre is a multi-disciplinary centre of researchers from Engineering, Medicine and Science working together to develop future wireless implant medical devices and their applications.

Visit the WiMed Research Centre website.

WiMed Research Centre

Research groups

Our research groups include:

Future Wireless Networks

Our research staff are internationally recognised and leading experts in future wireless communication systems. There is a strong focus on next generation (5G) wide-area wireless networks, as well as on small scale medical body-area communications. Other research areas include:

  • next-generation mobile cellular network architectures
  • heterogeneous networks
  • body area networks
  • Mm-wave network architectures
  • cognitive communication systems
  • ad-hoc networks
  • device-to-device communications
  • spectrum sharing
  • information theory
  • software defined networking
  • signal processing

Find out more about Future Wireless Networks.

Reconfigurable Electronics and Antennas

With internationally-recognised staff, we are a world-leading team focused to push the horizons of radio frequency electronics and antennas. Our key strengths include pulsed characterisation of microwave devices, electronic device modelling and development of simulation models, e.g. FET and HEMT models, novel antenna concepts for microwave/millimetre-wave regime, and EM modelling and characterisation. We are currently focused on developing compact directional antennas for 5G/millimetre-wave base stations, planar and passive techniques for high-power beam-steering antennas, MMIC design, and SPICE modelling of high voltage/power semiconductor devices. Other areas of interest include flexible antennas for wireless body area networks, ultra-fast digital arithmetic implementations, and low-power System-on-Chip architecture

Find out more about Reconfigurable Electronics and Antennas.

Biomedical Imaging and Sensing

Our research is focused on the development of a variety of medical imaging and sensing technologies in key areas of disease control. Our hot topics are:

  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • computerised tomography (CT)
  • biomedical signal processing
  • biomedical system modelling
  • optical sensing
  • biomechanics
  • microfluidics
  • lab-on-a-chip
  • biomedical systems modelling
  • aerosol and micro-particle inhalation modelling

Find out more about the Biomedical Imaging and Sensing Group

Sustainable Energy Systems

Our research brings together interdisciplinary expertise and skills in Mechanical and Electronics Engineering in order to tackle global issues pertaining to next generation energy conversion technology, energy efficiency and management. Hot topics include:

  • energy efficiency
  • chemical Processing
  • electric Vehicles and Smart Grid
  • wireless Power Transfer
  • solar-Thermal
  • solar Hydrolysis
  • multi-phase Flows
  • materials Synthesis
  • nanocatalysts

Find out more about the Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering Group

Materials Engineering

This research program focuses on developing and fabricating materials and micro-devices. Hot topics include:

  • fabricating materials
  • micro-devices

Find out more about Materials Engineering.

Optical and Photonics

We have a growing and diverse research group focused on the development of new optical devices for applications in medicine, industry, science and defence. Hot topics include:

  • terahertz technology, systems and applications
  • high power fibre lasers
  • high power diode-pumped mid-infrared fibre lasers
  • microwave photonics
  • micro-structured polymer waveguides
  • multiwavelength lasers

Find out more about Optical and Photonics Engineering

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