Our interests span the full breadth of sustainable electronics systems, from component-level manufacturing, to the role of RF technologies in enabling more sustainable systems

RF Energy Harvesting and Wireless Power

The full spectrum of wireless power systems ranging from 6.78 MHz to 30 GHz, uW to W, and 0.001 to 20 metres in range.

• Antenna-rectifier co-design and rectenna optimization
• Practical implementation of Simultaneous Wireless Information and Power Transfer
• Novel foldable and "pop-up" rectenna arrays for low-power sensors
• RF-powered transceivers and packet-based wireless power transfer
• Hybrid near- and far-field high/low-power wireless power

Human-Centric Antennas and Connectivity

Enabling wireless networks to be more efficient and operate uninterrupted in new user-centric applications.
• Surface wave links and novel waveguiding for UHF to mmWave applications.
• Wearable antennas for VHF/UHF communication in remote environments
• Antennas for body-to-satellite links.
• Flexible and printed RF devices up to mmWave frequencies.

RF Sensors and Antenna-Based Sensing

Wireless and battery-less sensors using electromagnetics/materials/smart materials interactions.
• RFID and antenna-based ice detection and monitoring.
• Multi-port antenna design for RF sensing.
• On-body antennas for non-invasive vital signs monitoring.
• Resonant microwave sensors for material characterization.

Large-Area and Flexible Electronics and Packaging

Investigating new methods of integrating electronics for wireless sensing/IoT using novel materials and manufacturing. We work closely with material scientists, additive manufacturing engineers, and flexibe electronics researchers on:
• Low-cost additive manufacturing of RF passives and sub-systems.
• Reliable packaging of harsh-environment wireless RFID sensors.
• All-flexible wireless systems and integration of solution-processed semiconductors.

Sustainable Electronic Systems and Materials

Making the electronics industry more sustainable by decoupling devices from the grid, and managing their end-of-life waste footprint:
• Ultra-low power management for energy harvesting systems including triboelectric, piezelectric, and ferroelectric.
• Multi-source RF-assisted energy harvesting
• Low-power communication and backscattering
• Characterization and integration of novel electronic materials for biodegradable, biocompatible, and transient electronics.

Interested in Working Together?

Whether you are an academic undertaking related research or an industry-based end-user looking for further information, please get in touch!


(+44) 0141 330 3601


James Watt South, School of Engineering
Univeristy of Glasgow
Glasgow, G12 8QQ
University of Glasgow