Microelectronics Lab (meLAB)      

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Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - Research     

Overview: Building miniaturised electronic systems for ubiquitous sensing, computing and perception.

Research interests:

Spintronics and Magnetic Sensors

Various spintronic and magnetic devices including Hall effect, Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR), Tunnelling magnetoresistance (TMR),  nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and spin-Hall nano-oscillators (SHNO).  

K.M. Lei, H. Heidari et al., “A handheld high-sensitivity micro-NMR CMOS platform with stabilization for multi-type biological/chemical assays” IEEE J. Solid-State Circuits, 52:1, 2017.
V. Nabaei, N. Chandrawati, H. Heidari, "Magnetic biosensors: Modelling and simulation", Biosensors & Bioelectronics, 103, pp. 69-86, 2018.
H. Heidari, et al., “CMOS vertical Hall magnetic sensors on flexible substrate” IEEE Sensors J., 16(24) 8736-8743, 2016.
Z. Yin, E. Bonizzoni, H. Haidari, “Magnetoresistive biosensors for on-chip detection and localisation of paramagnetic particles”, in IEEE Journal Electromagnetics, RF Microwaves Medicine Biology, 2018.
S. Zuo, H. Heidari, “High-Performance Tunnelling Magnetoresistors for Next Generation Spintronics”, in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, in press, 2018.

Microelectronics Design

We are working on the CMOS sensor interfaces circuits, allowing them to be manufactured as integrated Analog Front-End (AFE) including various circuits building blocks e.g. analogue-to-digital converters (ADC) and DC-DC converters for low-power and high-speed electronics systems.

H. Heidari, et al., “A CMOS current-mode magnetic Hall sensor with integrated front-end.” IEEE Trans. Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers, 11(4), 2015. 
H. Fan, J. Li, Q. Feng, H. Sun and H.Heidari, (2018) Exploiting smallest error to calibrate non-linearity in SAR ADCs. IEEE Access, (doi:10.1109/ACCESS.2018.2852729)
K. O. Htet, H. Fan and H. Heidari, "Switched-Capacitor DC-DC Converter for Miniaturised Wearable Systems," IEEE Int. Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), 2018, pp. 1-5.
H. Heidari, E. Bonizzoni, U. Gatti and F. Maloberti, "A current-mode CMOS integrated microsystem for current spinning magnetic hall sensors," IEEE Int. Symposium Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), 2014, pp. 678-681.

Wearable and Implantable Electronics

We are also working on the wearable and implantable electronic technologies such as Magnetomyography (MMG) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG). 

H. Heidari, S. Zuo, A. Krasoulis, and K. Nazarpour, “CMOS Magnetic Sensors for Wearable Magnetomyography,” in 40th Int. Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2018.

Energy Harvesting

Our research on energy harvesting devices includes Photovoltaic (PV) cells and wireless power transfer (PWT).

K. Oo Htet, R. Ghannam, Q. Abbasi and H.Heidari, Power Management using Photovoltaic Cells for Implantable Devices. IEEE Access, 2018.
J. Zhao, R. Ghannam, Q. Abbasi, M. Imran and H.Heidari, Simulation of Photovoltaic Cells for Implantable Sensory Applications, IEEE SENSORS, 2018.
meLAB founded in July 2017, aims to promote and support engineering and physical science research in microelectronics design, spintronics, magnetic sensors, and energy harvesting. Our research is broadly ranging from theoretical, simulation, design, fabrication and experimental work in fundamental physics to applications of wearable and implantable electronics. 

Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - Publication/Dissemination     


We have authored over 70 articles in top peer-reviewed journals (e.g. IEEE Solid-State Circuits Journal, IEEE Transactions Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions Electron Devices, Applied Physics Rev., Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Scientific Reports, IEEE Sensors Journal) and in international conferences. A list of the meLAB publications can be found by clicking on this link: Publications

Special Issues:

Open Source Projects: 

Please visit our Github profile to access our open source projects: https://github.com/melabglasgow

Meet meLAB members at Conferences: 

Conference Deadline Date Website
ISSCC Sep Feb www.isscc.org 


SENSORS June Oct http://ieee-sensors2018.org
IEDM Aug Dec https://ieee-iedm.org
ESSCIRC/ESSDIRC April Sep www.esscirc-essderc2018.org
EMBC Feb July https://embc.embs.org
BioCAS June Oct http://www.biocas2018.org
PRIME March June http://prime2018.org


Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - Resources/Collaborations      

meLAB is a state-of-the-art Lab with tools to microelectronics design, simulation, layout and measurement from device to architecture.

The meLAB equipped with state-of-the-art characterization facilities from Tektronix. 

The EDA tools from CADENCE and MENTOR GRAPHICS have been provided through EUROPRACTICE. We have also licenses of COMSOL Multiphysics (NSL License No: 7078423) and ATK & VNL Synopsys QuantumWise (customer ID: A4219).

meLAB has also 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.

Electronics Systems Design Centre (ESDC), which provides resources and facilities for high-end electronic, microsystem, radiofrequency, microwave, terahertz, optical and biomedical system design, research, and development.




Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - Team    

Dr Hadi Heidari is a lecturer at the School of Engineering and lead of the meLAB team. His research interests include Microelectronics Design, Implantable electronics, Spintronics and magnetic sensors, energy harvesting and Biomedical sensors and sensor readouts.
Dr Qammer Abbasi is a lecturer at the School of Engineering. His research interests include nano communication, biomedical millimetre & terahertz communication, wearable sensors, antenna design, RF design and radio propagation, Implants, and wireless body sensor networks. 
Dr Rami Ghannam is an electronic engineer and a lecturer at the School of Engineering with research interests in the broad field of photonics. Following his PhD from Cambridge University in 2007, Dr Ghannam has spent the past ten years in the field of photovoltaics.  

Postdoctoral Researchers:



Dr Reza Saberi Moghaddam


PhD Students:

Siming Zuo is a PhD student in the Magnetoelectronics Lab (meLAB), University of Glasgow. He received his double B.E. degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) and University of Glasgow (UofG). He is currently working on the Miniaturising Magnetic Medical Devices under the supervision of Dr Hadi Heidari and Prof Sandy Cochran.
Adnan Zahid, received his BSc Hons in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University, in 2010 and MSc degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from University of Strathclyde, in 2016. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree from Oct 2017. His present research focuses on smart sensors for agriculture, food and environmental monitoring applications under the supervision of Dr Abbasi and Dr Heidari.
Kaung Oo Htet is a PhD student in the meLAB from Oct 2017. He is currently working on Wireless Power Delivery for Implantable Applications. He was awarded MPhil in Switch Capacitor approach DC-DC converter for wearable systems and MSc (Merits) in Automation and control from Newcastle University, and BEng (Hons) in Electronics from Birmingham University.
Jinwei Zhao is a PhD student in the meLAB. He is currently working on Energy Harvesting for Implantable Systems under the supervision of Prof Muhammad Imran and Dr Heidari. He was awarded his MSc in Electric Power (Distinction) from the Newcastle University and BEng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering(Hons) from the University of Edinburgh.
Haobo Li is a PhD student in the School of Engineering from Jan 2017. He achieved his BEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Northumbria University in 2015 and MSc from Newcastle University in Communication and Signal Processing in 2016. He is currently working on Remote Health Monitoring with Wearable Sensor and Radar System under the supervision of Dr F. Fioranelli and Dr Heidari. 


Asfand Tanwear will start his PhD on the Spintronics for Magnetoencephalography under the supervision of Dr H. Heidari and Dr A. Vuckovic from October 2018.
Xianpeng Liang will start his PhD on the Spintronics for Magnetomyography under the supervision of Dr H. Heidari and Dr A. Vuckovic from October 2018.

MEng/MSc Students:

Borislav Gachev (MEng), project title: Miniaturising electronics for Microultrasound applications
Lina El Dani (MSc), project title: Magneto-optical air pollution monitoring
Jon Bertram (MEng), project title: Spintronics-based brain-inspired computing
Yuchi Liu (MSc), project title: Wearable multimodal Sensing
Andreas Kyriakou (MSc), project title: Gesture control of robotic/prosthetic hands
Jinyu Cao (MSc), project title: Analogue-to-digital converters for biomedical systems
Jingbo Zong (MSc), project title: Spintronics simulation and modelling

Past Students:

MSc Katrin Pieper Perovskite photodiodes for food spoilage monitoring 2018
BEng Himmy Tam Wireless Power Delivery for Implantable Devices 2018
BEng Konstantinos Giannopoulos Magnetomyography Simulation 2018
BEng Dadong Shang Gesture Control of Robotic/Prosthetic Hands 2018
BEng Chengzhi Fu Circuit Design Interfaces for Biosensors 2018
MEng Asfand Tanwear Magnetic Levitation Gesture Control Delta Robot 2018
MEng Naeem Mannan Food Spoilage Monitoring 2018
MSc Henry Briggs Design Low-Power SAR ADC 2017
MSc Xiangpeng Liang Wearable Gesture Control Wrist-Worn 2017
MSc Zhaochen Yin On-chip Magnetic Biosensors 2017
MSc Jiuge Chen Magnetic Biosensors Simulation 2017
Visitor Leopold Deboos Gesture Control Delta Robot, Icam, France 2017
Visitor Alex Boyd Nuffield Foundation 2017
Visitor Marie Magnaudeix Flexible GMR Sensors, Icam, France 2016
 BEng Alexandra Todorova Fashion Electronics 2016
 BEng Samyak Shah Magnetic Biosensors 2016
 BEng Vincent Wong Data Analysis for Electrochemical Sensors 2016
 BEng Makhdum Haider Wearable RFID 2016

As well as our outreach activities on University and School levels, the meLAB research group has also actively promoted public understanding of our areas of expertise; including awareness about what research is, what engineers do, and how our work fits into society.


Outreach/Public Engagement: 

  • Demonstrate Delta Robot at the School of Engineering Open Day, Aug & Oct 2017.
  • Secondary school talk, Glasgow, UK, Sep 2017.
  • Hosted Nuffield foundation high school students for 6 weeks, July 2017. 


Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - Contact     


Hadi Heidari, Ph.D., SMIEEE

Lecturer (Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering)
School of Engineering
Room 533a, James Watt Building (South)
University of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8QQ, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 141 330 6789

Email: hadi.heidari@glasgow.ac.uk 


Information for Prospective Students

We are always looking for outstanding and exceptional students (both MEng/MSc thesis option and PhD). In particular, we're looking for PhD applicants who have experience in Analog Circuit Design/Solid-State Sensors/Implantable and Wearable Electronics. If you are a prospective graduate student and you have some prior background in Circuit and Sensors (papers, projects, courses etc.) then please feel free to send us an email about yourself and your research interests. Information on the application process is available at:


We are in James Watt Building (South) on University of Glasgow campus. The following Google map shows the precise location of this building: