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Greg Spratt

BEng Candidate
(+44) 01223 386322 | gdts20@bath.ac.uk

Jake Millidge

BEng Candidate
(+44) 01223 386322 | jpm58@bath.ac.uk

Dr. Matt Cole

Group Head
(+44) 01225 386322 | m.t.cole@bath.ac.uk

Joe Capper

MEng Candidate
(+44) 01223 386322 | jc2112@bath.ac.uk

Henry Jones

MEng Candidate
(+44) 01223 386322 | hrj28@bath.ac.uk

Matthew Walker

MEng Candidate
(+44) 01223 386322 | mtcw30@bath.ac.uk

Alion Kovaci

MSc Candidate
(+44) 01223 386322 | ak2688@bath.ac.uk

Adrien Gaonac'h

Undergraduate Intern
(+44) 01223 386322 | adrien.gaonach@hotmail.fr

Dr. Siva Sivaraya

Research Technician
(+44) 01223 386734 | ss414@bath.ac.uk

Adrián Sixto Abal

MSc Candidate
(+44) 01223 386322 | asa80@bath.ac.uk

Mafalda Ribeiro

MRes / PhD Candidate
(+44) 01223 386322 | mr611@bath.ac.uk

Current Group Members

Dr. Siva Sivaraya

Siva is a Research Technician in the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath. He supports research activities in the area of micro/nanofabrication and CVD growth. He received B.Sc(Hons) in Physics from the University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka and PhD in Physics from the University of Bath. He taught Physics at the University of Jaffna and held Post-doctoral positions at the University of Bath, UK and Nelson Mandela University, South Africa. He was recipient of the Claude Leon foundation fellowship for the postdoctoral studies in South Africa, Overseas Research Scholarship for the PhD studies in the UK and the Arunachalam Mahadeva Memorial Prize for the best performance in the Special degree Examinations in Physics.


Joe Capper

Joe is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath. His research focuses on the design, manufacture and testing of a nanomaterial-based X-ray gun. During his degree, Joe has spent a year working at Sony Europe where he worked on the reverse engineering of TV's, focusing on the user interface as well as Sony's Internet of Things Development Board, Spresense, helping to bring it to market. A particular highlight of his time at Sony was that he constructed the first ever, fully standard compliant HDR Transport Stream, allowing Sony to gain an advantage over the competition by testing the full functionality and compliance of their TVs. Joe is an active member in the Team Bath Racing Electric (TBRe) Formula Student (FS) team, attending both FSUK at Silverstone and FS China as a core team member. Joe played a leadership role in the Class 2 competition win at FSUK 18. Outside of engineering, Joe enjoys playing lacrosse and volleyball, reaching the last 8 of the U18 National Volleyball competition.

Thesis: Realisation of nano Xray gun technologies


Henry Jones

Henry is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath. His research focusses on the development of near imperceptible electronic skin which can be applied by novel transfer processes. His research sees him transfer printed nano circuits onto 3D printed anatomical analogues to demonstrate functioning circuitry. He is interested communications electronics as well as biosensors/bioelectronics. Throughout his time at University he has been a member of the Boat Club, competing at high level national competitions, BUCS and at Henley Royal regatta.

Thesis: Nanomaterial-based electronic skin


Matthew Walker

Matt is currently studying for a Masters Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath. His current research focusses on the repurposing of consumer electronics to realise new methods of processing nanomaterials, making such techniques accessible to the public. At Bath he has gained experience in programming and microelectronics. Outside of University he has experience as a web designer. He has experience working with Sky and Intel as a hardware designer. He is the Treasurer of the Northern Society and has a keen interest in music.

Thesis: Low cost nanotech; Hacking low-cost consumer electronics to allow en mass access to advanced nanomaterials processing


Jake Millidge

Jake is currently studying for a Bachelors Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath. His research and final year project focusses on the development of near imperceptible electronic skin where he is exploring the printing and transfer of these materials to demonstrate functional circuitry. During his studies he has gained a broad experience in disciplines such as digital system design to power systems. He has experience working on military RF Data Link Systems at MBDA. He is a keen member of the music society and enjoys playing the drums in his band.

Thesis: Fabrication of 2D Nanomaterial-based electronic skin


Greg Spratt

Greg is currently studying towards a Bachelors in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath. His current research and final year project focusses on the growth of carbon nanomaterials by chemical vapour deposition, where he is exploring methods for producing carbon nanotubes and graphene. During his studies he has gained experience in multiple disciplines including electronic devices, circuits and control systems. He has worked as an electrical test engineer at Nissan. His interests include cooking, music and cinema.

Thesis: Growth by Chemical Vapour Deposition of Carbon Nanomaterials


Alion Kovaci

Alion is currently studying for a Masters in Robotics & Autonomous Systems, in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath. Prior, Alion graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Plymouth, and from a Computer Networks course from the Institute of Vocational Training AKMI in Athens, Greece. He has experience in control, embedded systems programming, and design. During his studies he has gained experience in autonomous navigation using Robotic operating systems. He has worked as a web developer and currently is am a member of the Path Planning Team as part of Bath University's Racing team. His extracurricular activities include playing the guitar and piano.

Thesis: Design, Build & Test of a Low-Cost Drone Platform


Adrián Sixto Abal

Adrián is currently studying for a Masters in Robotics & Autonomous Systems, in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath. He is currently working remotely as Electrical Engineer for a Spanish shipyard. Prior, Adrián graduated with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Vigo, Spain. He has experience in electrical design, programming and embedded systems. His extracurricular activities include playing sports and traveling.

Thesis: Design, Build & Test of a Low-Cost Drone Platform


Adrien Gaonac'h

Adrien is a visiting student intern studying for a Masters in Electronic Engineering (UK postgraduate equivalent) at the University of Rennes, France.

Thesis: Realising a Low-Cost Drone Concept


Mafalda Ribeiro

Mafalda is currently studying on the intergated MRes / PhD programme in Computer Science as part of the UKRI's Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible, and Transparent AI (ART-AI) at the University of Bath. She recently completed her Masters Degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath, with a final year project focusing on the development of a microfluidic multielectrode arrays for the detection of cellular electrical activity. She also has experience in IC digital design and verification from a year long placement at Intel, where she also published a paper on Design-for-Test automation for a Synopsys User Group Conference. She is supervised by Dr Metcalfe and Co-Supervised by Dr Cole. Outside of engineering, Mafalda enjoys travelling and painting.

Thesis: Controlling the Growth of Cultured Neuronal Networks for the Creation of Animats


Group Alumni

Yangrui Liu - University of Bath, Electrical Engineering (MSc, '17-'18)
Lewis Margetts - University of Bath, Electrical Engineering (MEng, '17-'18)
Ellie Christianakis - University of Bath, Integrated Mechanical & Electrical Engineering (MEng, '17-'18)
Dr Clare Collins - University of Cambridge, EPSRC Doctoral Training Center in Ultra-Precision (PhD, '14-'17)
Dr Moon Kang - University of Cambridge, Electrical Engineering Division (PhD, '13-'17)
Dr Richard Parmee - University of Cambridge, Electrical Engineering Division (PhD, '12-'18)
Emily Williams - Cambridge University, Nano Doctoral Training Centre (PhD Mini-Project, '16-'17)
Kate Sanders - Cambridge University, Nano Doctoral Training Centre (PhD Mini-Project, '16-'17)
Xuesong Yuan - Visiting Assoc. Prof., University of Electronic Science and Technology of China ('15-'16)
Ningli Zhou - Visiting PhD Student, Peking University (Visiting MSc student, '15-'16)
Vito Cientanni - Cambridge University, Center for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology (PhD Mini-Project, '15-'16)
James Xiao - Cambridge University, Nano Doctoral Training Centre (PhD Mini-Project, '14-'15)
Matthew Griffiths - Cambridge University, Nano Doctoral Training Centre (PhD Mini-Project, '13-'14)
Jeffrey Lee - Cambridge University, Department of Engineering (MEng, '13-'14)
James Dolan - Cambridge University, Nano Doctoral Training Centre (PhD Mini-Project, '12-'13)

Joining Us

PhD Positions

We are currently seeking students for PhD, MSc, MRes and MEng projects related to the groups core research activities. In the first instance, applicants should contact Dr Cole with an up to date CV. For information on sources of funding please consult the Universitys Doctoral College, the Brian Nicholson Scholarship, the Ko Scholarship, the Whorrod Studentship, the China Scholarship Council, and the EPSRC Doctoral Training Centres. Further details are avilable on the Departments research funding pages.

A high-ranked Bachelor's or Master's degree (>2i or equivalent) in a suitable Engineering discipline, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, or Physics is required. Prior research experience is an advantage. Further information on applying to the University, fees and funding is available here.



Current Funded PhD Studentships Available

  • Investigating the Nanoscale Synthesis of 2D Materials for Advanced Flexible Electronics - Further Details
  • Novel Layered 2D Nanomaterial Heterostructures for Advanced Electron Emission Systems - Further Details


  • Post-Doctoral Opportunities

    If you are interested in joining the group for postdoctoral research, please contact Dr Cole in the first instance with an up to date CV. For information on sources of Fellowship funding please consult;