Microelectronics Lab (meLAB)      

Welcome to the Microelectronics Lab (meLAB).

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Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - Research     

Overview: Building miniaturised electronic systems for biomedical and ubiquitous sensing applications.

We are working on the sensors compatible with CMOS IC technology, allowing them to be manufactured with integrated electronic readout, produced in mass quantities (potentially at low cost), and deployed in a one-time use, disposable format for point-of-care testing. In this regard, various magnetic sensors including Hall effect sensors, Giant Magnetoresistance (GMR), Anisotropic magnetoresistance (AMR), Tunnelling magnetoresistance (TMR), spin valve sensors, SQUID sensors, magnetic resonance sensors (NMR, ESR etc.). Furthermore, we research on the magnetic tweezing to trap and manipulate the magnetic tags with a magnetic field to potentially speed up the reaction or remove unbound tags. Our study also focuses on in-depth analysis using simulation as it’s essential before an overall system to ensure the targeted functionality.

Since William Thomson (Lord Kelvin) discovered in 1856 that “the conducting power of an iron plate, when magnetized, became greater across than along the lines of magnetization”, magnetoresistance has become an invisible companion of our lives, notably in miniature sensors that measure linear position, angle, and rotation speed, as found in cars, as well as in electronic compasses that measure the Earth's magnetic field or the electric current in a conductor. Yet, more than 160 years later, magnetoresistance still holds hidden surprises, revealing fundamental aspects of electron conduction and enabling new technological applications.

meLAB aims to promote and support engineering and physical science research in magnetism, magnetic sensors, circuits, devices, and spintronics. Research in Magnetism is broadly ranging from theoretical, simulation, design and experimental work in fundamental physics to applications of magnetic devices, sensors, and electronics. 

Research interests:

  • Integrated Circuit Design
  • Wearable Electronics
  • Biomedical Sensors and Readout Circuits
  • Magnetic Sensors and Systems
  • Point-of-Care Diagnostics
  • Magnetic Modelling and Simulation

Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - Publication/Dissemination     

Publications:

A list of the meLAB publications can be found by clicking on this link: Publications

Special Issues:

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) - Equipment/Collaboration      

meLAB 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.

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.

 Collaborations:

collaborators

 

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 analog IC Design, wearable electronics, CMOS sensors and systems, magnetoelectronics and magnetic sensors, and biomedical sensors and sensor readouts. Dr. Qammer Abbasi is a lecturer at the School of Engineering. His research interests include nano communication, biomedical millimeter & 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.  

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 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 with the meLAB. His present research focuses on smart sensors for agriculture, food and environmental monitoring applications under the supervision of Dr Qammer 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 (SIDO) 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 Wireless Power Delivery Circuit Design for Device Implants 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 supervision of Dr F. Fioranelli and Dr Heidari. He also presents interest and progress in sensor fusion and deep learning. Ali Moathin with Prof J. Marsh


MEng/MSc and BEng Students:

Asfand Tanwear is a MEng student working on the project titled: Magnetic Levitation Gesture Control Delta Robot
Naeem Mannan is a MEng student working on the project titled: Electronic Readout Circuits for Food Spoilage Monitoring
Henry Briggs is an MSc student working on the project titled: Design Low-Power SAR ADC
Dadong Shang is a BEng student working on the project titled: Gesture Control of Robotic/Prosthetic Hands
Chengzhi Fu is a BEng student working on the project titled: Circuit Design Interfaces for Biosensors
Konstantinos Giannopoulos is a BEng student working on the project titled: Magnetomyography
Himmy Tam is a BEng student working on the project titled: Wireless Power Delivery for Implantable Medical Devices

Past Students:

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 Icam, France 2017
Visitor Alex Boyd Nuffield Foundation 2017
Visitor Marie Magnaudeix Icam, France 2016
 BEng Alexandra Todorova   2016
 BEng Samyak Shah   2016
 BEng Vincent Wong   2016
 BEng Makhdum Haider   2016

Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - News      

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May 2017: 

April 2017: 

  • Paper accepted in Applied Physics Reviews.

March 2017: 

  • Dr Heidari visited Silergy Corporation, Shanghai, China.
  • Dr Heidari visited and presented a talk at Mirco Tera Company, Changsha, Hunan, China.

Feb 2017: 

  • Paper accepted in IEEE Transaction of Electron Device.
  • Paper accepted in ISCAS 2016 Conference, Baltimore, USA.
  • Dr Heidari elevated to IEEE Senior Member.

Jan 2017: 

2016

Nov 2016: Special session proposal on “Wearable Sensing Systems” accepted for inclusion in the technical program of IEEE ISCAS 2017, Baltimore, USA.
July 2016: Dr Heidari appointed as Lecturer in Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering at the University of Glasgow, UK. 
June 2016: Dr Heidari presented a talk at McGill University, Montreal, for a short research visiting.

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: