The Microwave and Terahertz Electronics (MaTE) research group was established in 2017 by Dr. Chong Li.The group focuses on emerging energy harvesting and wireless power transfer, microwave & THz technlogy for radar, imaging, and communication applications.  

Topic 1: Millimetre-wave and Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuits

Rapid growth on data rate for next generation wireless communications and finer resolution radar for future autonomous vehicles drives the need for reliable millimetre-wave (mm-Wave) and terahertz (THz) integrated circuits. In MaTE group we are developing high power, compact and low loss mm-wave and THz transmitters and high sensitivity detectors with novel architectures using the state-of-the-art fabrication facilities at James Watt Nanofabrication Centre (JWNC) and measurement equipment at Microwave and Terahertz Electronics Laboratory with strong support from several major industrial collaborators.  

Topic 2: Novel Antennas and Remote Sensing

Public security is one of most challenging antiterrorism tasks for many countries. In MaTE group we are developing novel antenna and imaging technology for remote sensing that allows detection of hazardous materials and weapons up-to tens of meters. The novel antenna technology can also be used for anti-collision radar, meteorology and agriculture harvesting applications. We will work closely with our UK and overseas collaborators along with the world-class measurement equipment at Microwave and Terahertz Electronics Laboratory at School of Engineering.

Topic 3: Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power Transfer

Wireless sensor networks are widely deployed  in our daily life including civial engineering, medical diagnosis, eniromental and agricultural monitoring etc. The main source of power supply to the sensors is still batteries which have limited life time. In MaTE group we are developing novel energy harvesting and power transfer technologies to enable electromagnetic and (or) ultrasound means to charge batteries or directly power the sensors.

Topic 4: Affoardable and Renewable Energy Developments

Nowadays nearly 50% of the population in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa has no access to electricity. Electrification can improve living standards, including sanitation (Rao, 2017), increased levels of literacy and educational achievement (UNDESA, 2014), and better economic prospects (IRENA, 2019). Therefore, it has become a dominant goal of Governments and NGOs in developing countries. In MaTE group, we have a mission to bring affordable, reliable and renewable energy to those who still live in darkness. 

PhD opportunities

  • Ultrafast III-V semiconductor devices
  • Frequency scanning antennas
  • GaN diodes and transistors  

Research Assistants

Andrew Scott-George "Development of hyrbrid solar-hydro power systems", InnovateUK

Connor Munro "GaN_DaME", EPSRC

Current PhD Students

Michael Farage "Reflectarrays for millimeter-wave remote imaging"

Kaivan Karami " 300 GHz front end"

Yi Yi "THz Graphene modulators"

Jing Wang "THz transistors and amplifiers"

Huihua Cheng "THz MMIC tranceivers"

Mingyan Zhong  "Nonlinear THz detectors"

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Shimul Saha 

Dr. Abdalla Elblabla 

Dr. Ying Wang Northwestern Polytechinical University 

Mr. Aihua Wu 

Mr. Chen Liu