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.
- Microelectronics Design
- Wearable and Implantable Electronics
- 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
- 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.
- 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:
Meet meLAB members at Conferences:
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.|
|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|
|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|
|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
- 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 University, Germany.
- Two papers presented at the International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) 2018 in Florence, Italy.
- Dr Heidari and Siming visit the Newcastle University to continue collaboration on Magnetomyography with the Intelligent Sensing laboratory.
- Dr Heidari visits the Aarhus University, Denmark, to establish a new collaboration with the Integrated Circuits and Electronics Lab.
- 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).
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Our paper titled "Magnetic Biosensors: modelling and simulation", from meLAB team accepted in the Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
- Paper from meLAB team accepted to the 2018 IEEE 9th Latin American Symposium on Circuits & Systems (LASCAS).
- Dr Heidari gives an invited talk at the Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China.
- Dr Heidari gives an invited talk at the Southeast University, China.
- Paper from meLAB team accepted in the IEEE Sensors Journal.
- 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.
- 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.
- Project on Magneto-Optical Air Pollution Monitoring System funded by Glasgow Exchange Knowledge Fund.
- Special Issue "Smart Packaging" being co-edited at the Sensors Journal.
- Welcome to Adnan, Asfa, d and Naeem to join the meLAB.
- Two Travel Scholarships awarded from IEEE Circuits and Systems Society.
- Paper presented at the New Generation of Circuits and Systems Conference (NGCAS), Genova, Italy.
- Special Issue "Wearable Wireless Devices" being co-edited at the Applied Science Journal.
- meLAB group organised the 2nd UK-China Emerging Technologies (UCET) workshop at the University of Glasgow.
- Project on Magnetic-based Air Pollution Monitoring Systems in collaboration with UESTC funded by NFSC, China.
- Xiangpeng awarded CASS Travel Grant for NGCAS Conference.
- 3 papers accepted to the 2017 IEEE SENSORS Conference, Glasgow, UK.
- Xiangpeng paper accepted to the New Generation of Circuits and Systems Conference (NGCAS), Genova, Italy.
- Dr Heidari presented an invited talk at the Xi'an Jiaotong University, Shaanxi Sheng, China.
- Paper accepted in Applied Physics Reviews.
- Dr Heidari visited Silergy Corporation, Shanghai, China.
- Dr Heidari visited and presented a talk at Mirco Tera Company, Changsha, Hunan, China.
- Paper accepted in IEEE Transaction of Electron Device.
- Paper accepted in ISCAS 2016 Conference, Baltimore, USA.
- Dr Heidari elevated to IEEE Senior Member.
- Dr Heidari becomes member of IEEE Sensors Council Administrative Committee, representing IEEE Young Professional Programme.
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
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: