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 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 for 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:

  • Microelectronics Design
  • Wearable and Implantable Electronics
  • Spintronics
  • Biomedical Sensors and Readout Circuits
  • Magnetic Sensors and Systems
  • Point-of-Care Diagnostics
  • Magnetic Modelling and Simulation

Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - Publication/Dissemination     


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. 

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 
ISCAS Oct May www.iscas2018.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 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  
  Asfand Tanwear will start his PhD on Magnetoencephalography under the supervision of Dr H. Heidari and Dr A. Vuckovic from October 2018.
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 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 Students:

Katrin Pieper is an Erasmus visitor working on the project titled: Electronic Readout Circuits for Food Spoilage Monitoring
Lina El Dani (MSc student), project title: Magneto-Optical Air Pollution Monitoring
Xingcan Lin (MSc student), project title: Spintronics-based brain-inspired computing
Yuchi Liu (MSc student), project title: Wearable Sensors
Andreas Kyriakou (MSc student), project title: Gesture Control of Robotic/Prosthetic Hands
Jinyu Cao (MSc student), project title: Analogue-to-Digital Converters for Biomedical Systems
Jingbo Zong (MSc student), project title: Magnetic Biosensors Simulation and Modelling

Past Students:

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

Microelectronics Lab (meLAB) - News      

2016 |  2017 | 2018


June 2018:

  • Our new paper entitled "A Statistics-Optimised Organisation Technique on Matching Unary Elements for Smart Sensor Applications" has been accepted for publication in IEEE Access Journal.
  • Congratulations to Siming for awarding the International CRC 1261 Fellowship on “Magnetoelectric Sensors” to visit the Kiel UniversityGermany.

May 2018:

April 2018:

  • Congratulations to Kaung for getting the IEEE CASS Travel Award.
  • Our joint collaboration paper with Newcastle University titled: "CMOS Magnetic Sensors for Wearable Magnetomyography", has been accepted for presentation at the 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC'18) to be held at the Honolulu, HI, the USA, July 17-21, 2018.
  • Our paper titled: "On-Chip Counting and Localisation of Magnetite Pollution Nanoparticles", has been accepted for presentation at the 26th IEEE Iranian Conference on Electrical Engineering (ICEE2018).

March 2018:

  • Dr Abbasi and Dr Heidari were awarded the Rewards for Excellence Prizes from the School of Engineering. Congratulations!
  • Asfand got the EPSRC Scholarship to start his PhD in October 2018 in meLAB. Huge congrats Asfand!
  • Our paper titled "Towards Highly Linear High-Resolution Successive Approximation Register ADCs for the Internet of Things" has been accepted for publication in the Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Letters.
  • Our grant on Magnetic Neuromorphic Computing funded by Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe).
  • A paper has been accepted to Microwave and Radar Week (MIKON-2018 and Baltic URSI Symposium-2018). Congrats to Adnan!

February 2018: 

  • Our paper titled "Tuning the analog and digital performance of Germanene nanoribbon field effect transistors with engineering the width and geometry of source, channel and drain region in the ballistic regime" has been accepted for publication to the Materials Science in Semiconductor Processing Journal.

January 2018: 

  • Dr Abbasi is a Co-recipient of the Abu Dhabi Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) Award for Research Excellence 2017 on "Sensing the Human Skin for Medical Diagnostic and Prevention in Personalised Healthcare Applications", January 2018 to December 2019.
  • Two papers from melab have been accepted for presentation in the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) 2018 in Florence, Italy.
  • Dr Heidari becomes Editor of the Elsevier Microelectronics Journal.


Dec 2017: 

Nov 2017:

  • Dr Heidari gives an invited talk at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
  • IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology will publish our Special Issue on the Selected Papers of 2017 IEEE Sensors Conference.
  • Congratulations to Xiangpeng for his graduation in Master of Science in Mechatronics with distinction.
  • Congratulations to Ryan (Dadong Shang), our excellent undergraduate student in the meLAB who was awarded the GU68 Trust Fund.
  • Dr Abbasi delivered an invited talk on THz sensing and its biomedical applications in UniMap, Malaysia.
  • Dr Abbasi delivered an invited talk on  Extremely Low Profile Flexible Antenna for Medical Body Area Networks. In: 2017 IEEE Asia Pacific Microwave Conference (APMC2017), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Oct 2017: 

  • Our "Magnetic Sensing Systems for Biomedical Applications" Special Issue is considering manuscripts for IEEE Sensors Journal. Submit your paper before 31st January 2018.
  • Our Special Session on "Wearable Microelectronic Circuits and Systems" has been accepted for ISCAS 2018.
  • Our paper accepted in 9th International Conference on Environmental Science and Development-ICESD 2018.
  • Our paper accepted for publication in IEEE Sensors Letters.
  • Dr Abbasi delivered a talk on 5G antenna design and 5G smart campus in Huwaei Head office, Shenzen, China.
  • Dr Abbasi delivered a talk on Wearables and Implants at Shenzen University, Antenna Key Lab, Shenzen, China.
  • Dr Abbasi delivered a talk on Future with Wearable’s: Downscaling to Nano-Scale at SiChuan University, Chengdu, China.

Sep 2017: 

Aug 2017: 

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: 


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: