Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) Group
|BEST Group members presenting their MSc research works at the School of Engineering during a poster presentation session hosted at University of Glasgow.|
|BEST group publishes a paper entitled "Nanowire FET based Neural Element for Robotic Tactile Sensing Skin" in Frontiers.|
|Multiple articles from BEST Group have been accepted in the next IEEE Sensors Conference 2017 (Glasgow, UK).|
|BEST group publishes a paper entitled "Bending Induced Electrical Response Variations in Ultra-thin Flexible Chips and Device Modeling" in Applied Physics Reviews.|
|BEST group publishes a paper entitled "Energy Autonomus, Transparent, and Flexible Tactile Skin" in Advanced Functional Materials.|
Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technology (BEST) group focuses on the multidisciplinary fields, comprising: Nanomaterials based Flexible Electronics (NanoFE), Energy Systems and Sensors, Assitive Robotic Technology (ART), and Biotronics. Our vision is to develop cost-effective high-performance flexible and large-area electronics and sensing systems on non-conventional substrates for wearable applications.
Nanomaterials based Flexible Electronics
We investigate advanced materials, including semiconductor nanowires, two-dimensional materials, and stretchable electronic materials for different applications.
Ultra-Thin Flexible CMOS Chips
Compact model for flexible Ion-Sensitive Field-Effect Transistor (ISFET) presented in BIOCAS Conference 2017 by Anastasios Vilouras:
Sensors and Energy Systems
A summary of our research about Energy Autonomous e-skin given by Dr. Garcia at IEEE Sensors Glasgow:
Integration of different types of sensors and electronics on flexible substrates, the electronic skin concept can also be extended to many other applications such as rollable sheets of solar cells or bendable photonics.
- Stretchable pH sensor presented in IEEE Sensors Conference 2017 by Wenting Dang:
Assistive Robotic Technology (ART)
A summary of our research and vision is given in Dr. Dahiya TEDxGlasgow talk:
|Prof. Ravinder Dahiya|
Dr. Md. Abdul
|Dr. Carlos Garcia Nuñez||Postdoctoral Research Assistant
|Dr. Hadi Heidari||Lecturer|
|Vincent Wong||M.Eng Student, 2015/2016|
|Alexandra Todorova||M.Eng Student, 2015/2016|
|Zhiwei Tang||M.Eng Student, 2015/2016|
|Makhdum Haider||B.Eng Student, 2015/2016|
|Zuohe Zheng||M.Eng Student, 2015/2016|
|Xin Tian||M.Eng Student, 2015/2016|
|Anton Polishchuk||Researcher, 2015-2016|
|Dr. Emre Ozan Polat||Marie Curie Fellow, 2016|
|Saleem Khan||PhD Student (Marie Curie), 2016|
|Dr. Dinesh Bhatia||Indian Council of Medical Research Fellow, 2015|
|Finlay Maclean||M.Eng Student, 2015/2016|
|Dominic Stenton||Project Student, 2015|
|David Ellen||Project Student, 2015|
|Brian Magennis||Project Student, 2015|
|Abhishek Chauduri||Nuffield Foundation visiting student, 2015|
|Anton Polishchuk||Project Student, 2015|
|Yongheng Gao||B.Sc student, 2014-2015|
|Edgars Pavlovskis||Master student, 2014-2015|
|Luigi Pinna||PhD student, 2010|
|Gergely Toldi||B.Eng Student, 2015|
|Samuel Gyimah||B.Eng Student, 2016|
|Richard Fitzpatrick||B.Eng Student, 2015|
|Alex Baguma||B.Eng Student, 2016|
|Saisai Wen||M.Sc Student, 2016|
|Enwonobong Ikono||M.Sc Student, 2016|
|Heba Salem||M.Sc Student, 2016|
|Yongheng Gao||M.Sc Student, 2016|
|Wafa Mir||M.Sc Student, 2016|
|Marie Magnaudeix||Undergraduate Visiting Student, 2016|
|Cristina Bikanga Ada||Nuffield Foundation Visiting Student, 2016|
|Catriona Murphy||Nuffield Foundation Visiting Student, 2016|
|Ensieh Seyed Hosseini||Marie Curie Fellow, 2016
- BEST group research is in Visit Scotland #SCOTLANDISNOW.
- BEST group research on ‘Energy Autonomous Electronic Skin' highlighted in University of Glasgow's Annual Review for 2017.
- BEST group research on high-performance bendable electronics discussed in University of Glasgow News.
- BEST group launches YouTube Channel.
- Stretchable health sensor research from BEST group discussed in "University of Glasgow News", "The Scotsman", "Nursing Times" "The Engineer", "Buisiness Standard", "Outlook", "India", and "India Today"
- e-skin research from BEST group discussed in BBC Radio’s Brainwaves: An Adventure in Skin.
- Paper from BEST group accepted for publication in Sensors & Actuators B: Chemical.
- Paper from BEST group accepted for publication in Biosensors & Bioelectronics.
- Paper from BEST group accepted for publication in Organic Electronics.
- BEST group continues to attract Marie Curie Fellows. This year two more fellows will join the BEST group.
- Paper from BEST group accepted for publication in Advanced Electronic Materials
- TV coverage of BEST group’s e-Skin research for prosthetics on ‘Forces 360‘ – from 5:30 min
- Prof. Dahiya presenting latest research from BEST group at InnoLAE 2018, Cambridge, UK
- Fatemeh Nikbakht, and Guanbo Min join the BEST group as PhD students.
- Paper from BEST group accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
- Prof. Dahiya gives plenary lecture at IEEE ICECS, Batumi, Georgia
- Habib Nassar from BEST group was at Duncanrig High School, East Kilbride to demonstrate different types of touch technologies under Ingenious Engineer initiative.
- Prof. Dahiya presents e-skin and wearbales for robonauts and astronauts in space at Young Professionals in Space, Bangalore, INDIA
- Prof. Dahiya giving IEEE DL talk at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
- Prof. Dahiya presents e-skin research at INCmty 2017, Entrepreneurship summit Monterrey, Mexico
- Prof. Dahiya presents e-skin research at Franco–Scottish Seminar: Robotics, The Royal Society of Edinburgh
- Shoubhik Gupta from BEST group was at Millburn Academy, Inverness to demonstrate touch sensing technologies to high school students under Ingenious Engineer initiative.
- Congratulations to MSc students of BEST group for their well deserved success and best wishes for their future goals.
- Paper from BEST group accepted for publication in Mechatronics.
- Paper from BEST group titled "Ultra-Thin Chips for High-Performance Flexible Electronics" accepted for publication in Nature NPJ Flexible Electronics.
- 1 paper from BEST group accepted for presentation in BIOCAS 2017 Conference, Turin, Italy.
- BEST group is hosting Prof.Giorgio Metta from Instituto Italiano di Technologia for talk titled "From ICub to R1".
- Prof. Dahiya invited to give Plenary talk at IEEE ICECS, Batumi, Georgia.
- Our SFC – Global Challenge Research project gets funded.
- BEST group to work with several industry partners in the new EU funded project on Advanced Manufacturing.
- Two papers from BEST group shortlisted for IEEE Sensors 2017 student awards.
- Several papers from BEST group are presented in IEEE Sensors Conference 2017 at SEC Glasgow.
- Public engagement initiative highlighting scientific heritage through posters at all Glasgow subway stations goes live, with hugely exciting initial response. About 600K people will use Glasgow subway during the display period (23 Oct – 5 Nov).
- BEST group poster appears in Glasgow's subway showcasing our Science Heritage (#OurScienceHeritage)
- Clara Smith, Markellos Ntagios and Habib Nassar join the BEST group as PhD students.
- Prof. Dahiya gives invited talk in e-skin at Human Brain Project (HBP) Summit.
- BEST group is hosting IEEE Fellow Prof. Siegfried Bauer from Johannes Kepler Universität Linz for Guest Lecture in "Dielectrics in Soft Devices".
- BEST group‘s e-skin research discussed in Horizon – The EU Research and Innovation Magazine.
- Prof. Dahiya gives invited talk at Nanoinnovations, Rome, Italy.
- Prof. Dahiya gives Keynote lecture at IEEE NGCAS, Genoa, Italy.
- BEST group is showcasing our exciting work on e-skin at Explorathon 2017.
- Prof. Dahiya gives invited talk at ARM Summit (#armsummit).
- BEST group members presenting their MSc research works at the School of Engineering during a poster presentation session hosted at University of Glasgow.
- Paper from BEST group accepted for publication in Frontiers in Neuroscience.
- Multiple papers from BEST group have been accepted as oral/poster presentations in next IEEE Sensors Conference (Glasgow, 2017).
- Prof. Dahiya to give Keynote lecture IEEE NGCAS, Genoa, Italy.
- 1 paper from BEST group accepted for publication in Mechatronics.
- 1 paper from BEST group accepted for presentation in IEEE NGCAS, Genoa, Italy.
- Prof. Dahiya gives IEEE DL talk at speak at ST Microelectronics, Catania, Italy.
- Prof. Dahiya gives invited talk at MoDeSt workshop, Italy.
- EPSRC Council members visit BEST group labs.
- BEST group congrats Prof. Dahiya for his new position at UoG.
- BEST group’s research presented at ‘Science is GREAT‘ event, Singapore.
- 2 new fully-funded PhD positions open in BEST group.
- BEST group welcomes two new members – Kaung and Adnan.
- 2 papers from BEST group accepted for presentation in ECCTD 2017, Catania, ITALY.
- New patent application on ‘Prosthetics with Embedded Touch’ submitted from BEST group.
- BEST group participates in Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering conference in Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).
- BEST group participates in the event: "Meet the Expert", organized at Glasgow Science Centre.
- Paper from BEST group accepted for publication in Applied Physics Reviews.
- Dr. Garcia to speak at 'Robots, it makes sense' event of Pint of Science in Glasgow, UK (16 May).
- Dr. Dahiya to speak at ‘From Romans to Robotics: A Medical Journey‘ event of Pint of Science in Glasgow, UK (17 May).
- BEST group organises Wearable Systems – Frontier Technology for Healthcare workshop at IISc Bangalore (17-18 Apr).
- Paper from BEST group accepted in Applied Physics Reviews.
- BEST Group latest work on energy autonomous tactile skin attracts huge interest: 1) BBC News, 2) Forbes, 3) The Times, 4) TheHindu.com, 5) Yahoo Finance!, 6) Cnet.com, 7) Inverse.com, 8) Msn.com, 9) Controlled Enviroments, 10) Techtimes, 11) Nanowerk, 12) myScience, 13)Phys.org, 14) Uncova, 15) New Atlas, 16) Bectn.Ru, 17) Med Device Online, 18) Eco-Business, 19) CBS News, 20) Nature World News, 21) Medline Plus, 22) Pourquoi Docteur, 23) Foreign Affairs, ... See further news regarding this paper at Advanced Functional Materials News.
- Paper from BEST group published in Advanced Functional Materials is already online (Click here).
- 4 papers from BEST group accepted for presentation in IEEE ISIE 2017, Edinburgh, UK.
- Dr. Dahiya to give IEEE DL talk at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.
- Dr. Dahiya to give keynote lecture at IEEE – ICPCES 2017, Allahabad, India.
- Dr. Dahiya to give IEEE DL talk at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA.
- New patent application on ‘Energy Autonomous Electronic Skin’ submitted from BEST group.
- Paper from BEST group accepted for publication in IEEE Trans. Electron Devices.
- Paper from BEST group accepted for publication in Advanced Functional Materials.
- Malini Sen – Senior Editor (Times of India) visits BEST group laboratories.
- SFC – Global Challenge project led by Dr. Dahiya gets funded.
BEST Group Facilities & Equipments
Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group laboratory is equipped with tools needed for design, fabrication and characterization of flexible and stretcahble electronics, including:
BEST Group Lab
(lamination and extraction flow)
High Temperature Furnaces
DI water system (15 MΩ cm)
Electrical Characterization Tool
(multimeters, oscilloscope, wave generator, LCR meter, etc)
Dynamic Pressing Systems
Electro-chemical Characteriation Tools
3 and 4 points Bending System
Ultrasound bath and probe
(Microscope, Four Micrometric Probe Station)
Soldering and Mechanical Areas
High-resolution 3D Printer
BEST Group also has access to following facilities at the University of Glasgow:
- James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC), which is one of the finest nanofabrication facilities in the world, having state-of-the-art micro/nanofabrication and metrology equipment.
- Glasgow Electronics Systems Design Centre, which provides resources and facilities for high-end electronic, microsystem, radiofrequency, microwave, terahertz, optical and biomedical system design, research and development.
Access to James Watt Nanofabrication Centre
Access to Electronic Systems Design Centre
- W. Dang, L. Manjakkal, W. T. Navaraj, L. Lorenzelli, V. Vinciguerra and R. Dahiya, Stretchable Wireless System for Sweat pH Monitoring, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Vol. 107, pp 192-202, DOI:10.1016/j.bios.2018.02.025, 2018.
- L. Manjakkal, B. Sakthivel, N. Gopalakrishnan, and R. Dahiya, Printed Flexible Electrochemical pH Sensors based on CuO Nanorods, Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, Vol. 263, pp 50-58, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.snb.2018.02.092, 2018.
- W. T. Navaraj, S. Gupta, L. Lorenzelli, and R. Dahiya, Wafer Scale Transfer of Ultra-Thin Silicon Chips on Flexible Substrates for High Performance Bendable Systems, Advanced Electronic Materials, Vol. XXX, 2018 (in press)
- C. García Núñez, W. Taube Navaraj, F. Liu, D. Sakthivel, and R. Dahiya,”Large-area Self-assembly of Silica Micro/nanospheres by Temperature-assisted Dip-coating,” ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, DOI:10.1021/acsami.7b15178, 2018.
- S. Gupta, W. T. Navaraj, L. Lorenzelli, and R. Dahiya, Ultra-Thin Chips for High-Performance Flexible Electronics, NPJ Flexible Electronics, Vol. 2, Issue 1, doi:10.1038/s41528-018-0021-5, 2018.
- W. T. Navaraj, C. García Núñez, D. Sakthivel, V. Vinciguerra, F. Labeau, D. Gregor, and R. Dahiya, "Nanowire FET based Neural Element for Robotic Tactile Sensing Skin," Frontiers in Neuroscience (doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00501) 2017.
- S. Khan, L. Lorenzelli, and R. Dahiya, "Towards flexible asymmetric MSM structures using Si microwires through contact printing," Semiconductor Science and Technology, Vol. 32 (8), p. 085013, 2017.
- S. Luo, J. Bimbo, R. Dahiya and H. Liu, "Robotic Tactile Perception of Object Properties: A Review," Mechatronics, (Accepted) 2017.
H. Heidari, N. Wacker, and R. Dahiya,"Bending Induced Variations in Ultra-Thin Flexible Chips and Device Modeling," Applied Physics Reviews, Vol. 4, p. 031101, 2017.
C. García Núñez, W. T. Navaraj, E. O. Polat, R. Dahiya"Energy Autonomous Flexible and Transparent Tactile Skin," Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 27, p. 1606287, 2017.
- A. Vilouras, H. Heidari, S. Gupta, and R. Dahiya, Modelling of CMOS Devices and Circuits on Flexible Ultra-Thin Chips, IEEE Transactions on Electron Devices, Vol. 64, NO. 5 2017.
- W. Dang, V. Vinciguerra, L. Lorenzelli and R. Dahiya, Printable Stretchable Interconnects, Flexible and Printed Electronics, Vol. 2, 013003, 2017.
- M. Simi´c, L. Manjakkal, K. Zaraska, G. M. Stojanovi´c and R. Dahiya, TiO2 Based Thick Film pH Sensor, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 17 (2), pp 248-255, 2017.
- S. Gupta, H. Heidari, A. Vilouras, L. Lorenzelli and R. Dahiya, Device Modelling for Bendable Piezoelectric FET-Based Touch Sensing System, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I, Vol. 63 (12), pp 2200-2208, 2016.
- H. Heidari, E. Bonizzoni, G. Umberto, F. Maloberti and R. Dahiya, CMOS Vertical Hall Magnetic Sensors on Flexible Substrate, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 16(24), pp 8736-8743, 2016.
- S. Khan, L. Lorenzelli and R. Dahiya, Flexible MISFET Devices from Transfer Printed Si Microwires and Spray Coating, IEEE Journal of Electron Device Society, Vol. 4 (4), pp 189-196, 2016.
- E. O. Polat, O. Balci, N. Kakenov, H. Burkay Uzlu, C. Kocabas and R. Dahiya, Synthesis of Large Area Graphene for High Performance in Flexible Optoelectronic Device, Scientific Reports, Vol. 5, Art no. 16744, 2015. – Top 100 read Scientific Reports articles in 2015 (from about 11000 papers)
- H. Heidari and R. Dahiya, Multiple facets of tightly coupled transducer-transistor structures, Nanotechnology, Vol. 26, pp 482501, 2015.
- S. Khan, N. Yogeswaran, W. Taube, L. Lorenzelli and R. Dahiya, Flexible FETs using ultrathin Si microwires embedded in solution processed dielectric and metal layers, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Vol. 25 (12), pp 125019, 2015.
- N. Yogeswaran, W. Dang, W.T. Navaraj, D. Shakthivel, S. Khan, E.O. Polat, S. Gupta, H. Heidari, M. Kaboli, L. Lorenzelli, G.Cheng and R. Dahiya, New Materials and Advances in Electronic Skin for Interactive Robots, Advanced Robotics, Vol. 29 (21), pp 1359–1373, 2015.
- K. Kühnlenz, B. Kühnlenz and R. Dahiya, T. Someya, A. Yamamoto, G.Cheng, Guest Editorial Special Issue on Robotic Sensor Skins, Advanced Robotics, Vol. 29 (21), pp 1357, 2015.
- S. Khan, W. Dang, L. Lorenzelli and R. Dahiya, Flexible Pressure Sensors based on Screen Printed P(VDF-TrFE) and P(VDF-TrFE)/MWCNTs, IEEE Transactions on Semiconductor Manufacturing, Vol. 28 (4), pp 486-493, 2015.
- R. Dahiya, G. Gottardi and N. Laidani, PDMS residues-free micro/macrostructures on Flexible Substrates, Microelectronic Engineering, Vol. 136, pp 57-62, 2015. (Area – Flexible Electronics) – Among top 5 most downloaded articles of MEE since publication.
- R. Dahiya, M. M. Tentezeris, Z. Cui and M. Singh, Guest Editorial Special Issue on Printable Sensors and Systems, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 15(6), pp 3093-3093, 2015.
- S. Khan, L. Lorenzelli and R. Dahiya, Technologies for Printing Sensors and Electronics over Large Flexible Substrates: A Review, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 15, pp 3164-3185, 2015. – Among most popular articles of IEEE Sensors J. since publication.
- S. Khan, S. Tinku, L. Lorenzelli and R. Dahiya, Flexible Tactile Sensors using Printed P(VDF-TrFE) and Composites of MWCNT/PDMS, IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol. 15, pp 3146-3155, 2015. – Among most popular articles of IEEE Sensors J. since publication.
Opportunities in the BEST group
We are looking for three highly motivated Post-Docs and PhDs in the following areas. Interested candidates are encouraged to discuss their research plan with Dr. Ravinder Dahiya.
EPSRC CDT Integrative Sensing and Measurement Projects (2016/17 Entry):
G_RD_1: Sweat Based Sensors for Health Monitoring (link)
First Supervisor: Dr Ravinder Dahiya, Second Supervisor: Prof. Sandosh Padmanabhan, MVLS, University of Glasgow
To apply for these PhD positions,please submit a CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include transcripts of your academic record if you have them available. Your covering letter should list the above mentioned projects and highlight how your experience and interests are pertinent to these projects.
Available PhD/Post-Docs Position:
We are currently looking for highly motivated PhD/Post-Docs in the multidisciplinary area of flexible/bendable and printable electronics. In particular, looking for 3 highly motivated PhDs on following topics:
- Flexible Magnetic Sensing Microsystem (link)
- Compact Modeling of Electronic Devices on Flexible Substrates (link)
- Ultra-thin Bendable Microsystems for Biomedical Applications (link)
- Flexible Electronic devices using Compound Semiconductors (link)
Interested candidates are encouraged to discuss their research plan. For prospective PhD students, the detailed application process is available at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/colleges/scienceengineering/graduateschool/postgraduateresearchstudy/howtoapply/
Available B.Eng, M.Eng and M.Sc projects:
Students from universities who are interested in one of the projects listed below, please contact Dr. Dahiya by email, phone or in person. It is sometimes possible to have two students working on the same project. Please discuss the formalities and other informal discussion with BEST group members at room number 461, James Watt South Building.
- Smart Multi-sensor Electronic Glove for Sensitive Artificial Prosthetic/Robotic Hand
- Polycrystalline Si-nanowires as efficient thermoelectric materials
- Ultra-Thin Flexible CMOS Magnetic Sensors for Wearable Applications
- Analog Sensor Interfaces for Biomedical Applications
- Low-Power Ultra-Low Offset Op-Amp
- Ultra-low power Capacitive-to-Digital Converter (CDC)
- Low-Power Piezoelectronic Transistors (PET)
- Ultra-low power SAR ADC
- 3D Bendable Magnetic Hall Sensor Flexible Electronics Application
- Gesture controlled prosthetics/robotics
- Modelling and Simulation of Silicon Nanowires based Neural Logics and Circuits
- Silicon nanowires fabrication towards flexible electronics application
- Atomistic Modelling and Simulation of Silicon Nanowires
- Si-nanowire based flexible photo-sensors array/solar cells
Details of major current and past projects are available at Research Projects.
Major Current Projects
➤ PRINTSKIN – EPSRC Fellowship for Growth – Printable Tactile Skin.
➤ North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (NWCAM) – EU funded project.
➤ FLEXI-G – EU funded Marie Curie Fellowship Project.
➤ ELECTROHEAL – EU funded Marie Curie Fellowship Project.
➤ BEND – EU funded Marie Curie Fellowship Project.
➤ Wearable Blood Pressure Monitoring Device – Newton Fellowship Project.
Major Past Projects
➤ ‘FLEXELDEMO’ – Flexible Electronic Device Modelling.
➤ ‘CONTEST’– EU funded Marie Curie ITN project (Webpage – http://www.contest-itn.eu)
➤ FLEXSENSOTRONICS– EU Funded Marie Curie Fellowship project.
➤ POSFET Tactile Sensing Arrays
➤ ROBOSKIN – EU funded Project.
➤ RobotCub – EU Funded Project (Webpage – http://www.robotcub.org)