Dr Nicola Fenu

  • Research Assistant (Systems Power & Energy)

Biography

Dr Fenu received a BEng in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Cagliari, Italy, in 2015, and in 2017 received an MSc (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering, from the University of Dundee. Dr Fenu completed his PhD at the University of Glasgow on ‘Investigation of piezoelectric materials for ultrasonic surgery’ which focused on doped piezocrystals and lead-free piezoceramics for high-power, low-frequency ultrasonic applications. During the final year of his PhD, Dr Fenu joined the programme grant ‘Ultrasurge (Surgery enabled by Ultrasonics)’ where he worked on miniaturised ultrasonic surgical tools for integration with robotics. In 2021 Dr Fenu founded a spin-out company from the Univesristy of Glasgow called Nami Surgical Ltd. Dr Fenu leads Nami’s R&D activities and serve as interim CEO. Dr Fenu is the key named inventor in the patent ‘Ultrasonic Transducer’ (GB 2110897.2) which is at the core of Nami Surgical technology. 

Publications

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Number of items: 9.

2021

Fenu, N. G. , Giles-Donovan, N., Sadiq, M. R. and Cochran, S. (2021) Full set of material properties of lead-free PIC 700 for transducer designers. IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 68(5), pp. 1797-1807. (doi: 10.1109/TUFFC.2020.3044790) (PMID:33315558)

Chibli, A. H., Li, X. , Fenu, N. , Cochran, S. and Gachagan, A. (2021) Incorporating Planar Folded Front Masses in Bolted Langevin-Style Transducers for Minimally Invasive Surgery. In: IEEE International Ultrasonic Symposium (IUS 2021), Xi'an, China, 11-16 Sep 2021, ISBN 9781665403559 (doi: 10.1109/IUS52206.2021.9593886)

Li, X. , Fenu, N. , Cochran, S. and Lucas, M. (2021) Comparison of Performance of Ultrasonic Surgical Cutting Devices Incorporating PZT Piezoceramic and Mn:PIN-PMN-PT Piezocrystal. In: IEEE International Ultrasonic Symposium (IUS 2021), Xi'an, China, 11-16 September 2021, ISBN 9780738112091 (doi: 10.1109/IUS52206.2021.9593623)

Li, X. , Fenu, N. G. , Cochran, S. and Lucas, M. (2021) Ultrasonic Surgical Devices Driven by Piezoelectric Tubes. In: IEEE International Ultrasonic Symposium (IUS 2021), Xi'an, China, 11-16 September 2021, ISBN 9780738112091 (doi: 10.1109/IUS52206.2021.9593462)

2020

Fenu, N. G. , Giles-Donovan, N., Li, X. , Liang, Z., Chibli, A. H., Luo, H., Stock, C., Zhang, S., Lucas, M. and Cochran, S. (2020) Progress Towards the Miniaturization of an Ultrasonic Scalpel for Robotic Endoscopic Surgery Using Mn:PIN-PMN-PT High Performance Piezocrystals. In: IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS 2020), Online, 07-11 Sep 2020, ISBN 9781728154480 (doi: 10.1109/IUS46767.2020.9251823)

Fenu, N. G. , Li, X. , Lucas, M. and Cochran, S. (2020) Evaluation of PIC 181 and Mn:PIN-PMN-PT Thickness Extensional Rings for Use in Power Ultrasonic Devices for Minimally Invasive Surgery. In: IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS 2020), Online, 07-11 Sep 2020, ISBN 9781728154480 (doi: 10.1109/IUS46767.2020.9251369)

Fenu, N.G. , Giles-Donovan, N. and Cochran, S. (2020) BNT and Mn:PIN-PMN-PT Single-Sample Characterisation at Operational Temperature Range for High-Power Ultrasonic Applications. 2020 Joint Conference of the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics (IFCS-ISAF), 19-23 Jul 2020.

2018

Fenu, N. , Giles-Donovan, N., Sadiq, M. and Cochran, S. (2018) Progress Towards Piezocrystal and Pb-Free Piezoceramic Performance Prediction for High Power Ultrasound Devices. In: 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), Kobe, Japan, 22-25 Oct 2018, ISBN 9781538634257 (doi: 10.1109/ULTSYM.2018.8579653)

Sadiq, M., Irvine, M., Fenu, N. , Cochran, S. and Ouirk, I. (2018) Lead-Free Piezoceramic Based Ultrasonic Device for Medical Application. In: 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), Kobe, Japan, 22-25 Oct 2018, ISBN 9781538634257 (doi: 10.1109/ULTSYM.2018.8579647)

This list was generated on Thu May 26 20:08:45 2022 BST.
Number of items: 9.

Articles

Fenu, N. G. , Giles-Donovan, N., Sadiq, M. R. and Cochran, S. (2021) Full set of material properties of lead-free PIC 700 for transducer designers. IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 68(5), pp. 1797-1807. (doi: 10.1109/TUFFC.2020.3044790) (PMID:33315558)

Conference or Workshop Item

Fenu, N.G. , Giles-Donovan, N. and Cochran, S. (2020) BNT and Mn:PIN-PMN-PT Single-Sample Characterisation at Operational Temperature Range for High-Power Ultrasonic Applications. 2020 Joint Conference of the IEEE International Frequency Control Symposium and International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics (IFCS-ISAF), 19-23 Jul 2020.

Conference Proceedings

Chibli, A. H., Li, X. , Fenu, N. , Cochran, S. and Gachagan, A. (2021) Incorporating Planar Folded Front Masses in Bolted Langevin-Style Transducers for Minimally Invasive Surgery. In: IEEE International Ultrasonic Symposium (IUS 2021), Xi'an, China, 11-16 Sep 2021, ISBN 9781665403559 (doi: 10.1109/IUS52206.2021.9593886)

Li, X. , Fenu, N. , Cochran, S. and Lucas, M. (2021) Comparison of Performance of Ultrasonic Surgical Cutting Devices Incorporating PZT Piezoceramic and Mn:PIN-PMN-PT Piezocrystal. In: IEEE International Ultrasonic Symposium (IUS 2021), Xi'an, China, 11-16 September 2021, ISBN 9780738112091 (doi: 10.1109/IUS52206.2021.9593623)

Li, X. , Fenu, N. G. , Cochran, S. and Lucas, M. (2021) Ultrasonic Surgical Devices Driven by Piezoelectric Tubes. In: IEEE International Ultrasonic Symposium (IUS 2021), Xi'an, China, 11-16 September 2021, ISBN 9780738112091 (doi: 10.1109/IUS52206.2021.9593462)

Fenu, N. G. , Giles-Donovan, N., Li, X. , Liang, Z., Chibli, A. H., Luo, H., Stock, C., Zhang, S., Lucas, M. and Cochran, S. (2020) Progress Towards the Miniaturization of an Ultrasonic Scalpel for Robotic Endoscopic Surgery Using Mn:PIN-PMN-PT High Performance Piezocrystals. In: IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS 2020), Online, 07-11 Sep 2020, ISBN 9781728154480 (doi: 10.1109/IUS46767.2020.9251823)

Fenu, N. G. , Li, X. , Lucas, M. and Cochran, S. (2020) Evaluation of PIC 181 and Mn:PIN-PMN-PT Thickness Extensional Rings for Use in Power Ultrasonic Devices for Minimally Invasive Surgery. In: IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS 2020), Online, 07-11 Sep 2020, ISBN 9781728154480 (doi: 10.1109/IUS46767.2020.9251369)

Fenu, N. , Giles-Donovan, N., Sadiq, M. and Cochran, S. (2018) Progress Towards Piezocrystal and Pb-Free Piezoceramic Performance Prediction for High Power Ultrasound Devices. In: 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), Kobe, Japan, 22-25 Oct 2018, ISBN 9781538634257 (doi: 10.1109/ULTSYM.2018.8579653)

Sadiq, M., Irvine, M., Fenu, N. , Cochran, S. and Ouirk, I. (2018) Lead-Free Piezoceramic Based Ultrasonic Device for Medical Application. In: 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS), Kobe, Japan, 22-25 Oct 2018, ISBN 9781538634257 (doi: 10.1109/ULTSYM.2018.8579647)

This list was generated on Thu May 26 20:08:45 2022 BST.

Grants

 

Nov 2021

University Innovation Fund

Awarded by: University of Glasgow 

Role: PI

Budget: £40k

Jan 2022 – 

Apr 2022

Fabrication and validation of a functional miniaturised ultrasonic scalpel for robotic surgery

Awarded by: EPSRC - IAA. (EP/R511705/1)

Role: PI

Budget: £30k

Oct 2021 – 

Jan 2022

Nami Surgical Ltd. Business Plan

Awarded by: Innovate UK – UKRI.

Role: Entrepreneurial Lead – CoI

Budget: £15k

Jun 2021 –

Oct 2021

Miniaturised ultrasonic device for robotic surgery

Awarded by: Midlands ICURe, Innovate UK – UKRI.

Role: Entrepreneurial Lead – CoI

Budget: £35k