Microelectronics Lab (meLAB)
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Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - Research
Overview: Building miniaturised electronic systems for ubiquitous sensing, computing and perception.
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.
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.|
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
- IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology, Selected Papers of 2017 IEEE Sensors Conference, 2017.
- IEEE Sensors Journal, “Magnetic Sensors for Biomedical Applications”, 2017.
- IEEE Access Journal, "Wearable and Implantable Medical Devices", 2017.
- Applied Science Journal, “Wearable Wireless Devices”, 2017.
- Sensors Journal, “Smart Sensors for Food Monitoring Applications”, 2017.
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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
|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|
|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.
- 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
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
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: