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Cranfield University (Materials)

Address: Cranfield, Bedford
URL: www.cranfield.ac.uk

Cranfield University, whose mission is to create and transform world class science, technology and management into viable, practical and environmentally desirable solutions, provides an excellent pool of knowledge for supporting this proposed research. Cranfield is unique in its entirely postgraduate focus. The School of Applied Sciences at Cranfield University has a strong track record of successful projects in the areas of piezoelectric enegy harvesting.

Alessandro Giuliano

Position: Researcher
E-Mail: a.giuliano [AT] cranfield.ac.uk

Bhupinder Saini

Position: PhD Researcher
E-Mail: p.p.saini [AT] cranfield.ac.uk

Meiling Zhu

Position: Senior Resaerch Fellow
E-Mail: m.zhu [AT] cranfield.ac.uk
Telephone: (01234) 750111 ext.2092

Dr Meiling Zhu gained her BEng degree in 1989, MEng in 1992, and PhDEng in 1995 at Southeast University, Nanjing, China. She joined the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Centre at Cranfield University in 2002 as a Research Officer and then became a Senior Research Fellow in 2007. Prior to joining Cranfield she worked with different international Universities. She was awarded a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Fellowship in Germany in 1999. She has been awarded a number of research grants/contracts from China, Germany, and the UK and EU funding bodies and industry. She is currently Principal Investigator of an EPSRC and a Cranfield IMRC Grants, and a Co-Investigator of IMRC Grant, a Research-Co-Investigator of an EPSRC Flagship Grants. She has published about 60 refereed journal and conference papers in Macro/Microsystems technology and applications. She is a Fellow of the AvH, a member of the Institute of Physics (IOP), and a Chartered Engineer and Scientist.

Related Projects

Relevant Publications

Meiling Zhu, Emma Worthington , Ashutosh Tiwari , (2010) Design Study of Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Devices for Generation of a Higher Electrical Power Using a Coupled Piezoelectric-Circuit Finite Element Method. In: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, vol. 57, no.2, 427-437.

Meiling Zhu, Emma Worthington, James Njuguna, (2009) Analyses of Power Output of Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Devices Directly Connected to a Load Resistor Using a Coupled Piezoelectric-Circuit . In: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, July 2009, vol.56, no.7, 1309-1318.

Meiling Zhu, Emma Worthington , (2009) Design and Testing of Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Devices for Generation of Higher Electric Power for Wireless Sensor Networks. In: Proceeding IEEE Sensors 2009, Chrischurch, New Zealand, 25-28 Oct., 2009, pp.699-702.

Paul Jones

Position: Research Fellow
URL: http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/aboutus/staff/jonesp.html
E-Mail: paul.jones [AT] cranfield.ac.uk

Qi Zhang

Position: Senior lecturer
URL: http://www.cranfield.ac.uk/sas/aboutus/staff/zhangq.jsp
E-Mail: q.zhang [AT] cranfield.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 1234 750111

Dr Qi Zhang (PI) has a BSc in the field of Electrochemistry, an MSc in Inorganic Materials and a PhD in Sol-Gel Chemistry. He joined the Nanotechnology Centre at Cranfield University as a post-doctoral Research Officer in January 1996 following the completion of his PhD at Monash University. His first projects at Cranfield involved the development of sol-gel ferroelectric thin and thick films for the pyroelectric applications.

In 1998 he was promoted to the position of senior research fellow, and then to Senior Lecturer in January 2007. Dr Zhang has been responsible for the growth of the materials on Microsystems and Nanotechnology and runs a research group that focuses on materials fabrication and the applications of nanoengineered materials to devices. He has over 15 years experience in the fabrication of nanostructured materials through sol-gel techniques, particularly in the fabrication of nano- or micro-particles with core-shell structure and thin and thick films.

Recently he has been leading a group working in the fabrication of metal or metal oxide nanoparticles for their applications in micro engineering and nanotechnology. He is a Fellow in IOM3 and a chartered scientist in the Science Council. He has published more than 90 papers in refereed journals and conferences. He is a PI on current grant �¢ï¿½ï¿½Exploring Giant Electrocaloric Effect�¢ï¿½ï¿½ (EP/E035043/1) and a CoI on current grant �¢ï¿½ï¿½Integrated functional materials for system-in-package applications�¢ï¿½ï¿½ (EP/D064783/1). He is also a Recognized Researcher on current grant �¢ï¿½ï¿½PLATFORM GRANT RENEWAL: Nanoscale Multifunctional Ferroic Materials and Devices�¢ï¿½ï¿½ (EP/D506638/1).

Vlad Marsic

Position: Research Fellow
E-Mail: v.a.marsic [AT] cranfield.ac.uk

Yong Zhang

E-Mail: yong.zhang [AT] cranfield.ac.uk

Zhaorong Huang

Position: Senior Research Fellow
E-Mail: z.huang [AT] cranfield.ac.uk
Telephone: 01234750111 ext2721

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