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Dr Kai Yang

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I received my BEng degree in Material Engineering from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China, in 2004, where I studied for the MSc from 2004 to 2005. I obtained my Ph.D in 2009 from the University of Leeds. My PhD topic was “Reactive Dye Ink-jet Printing on Wool Fabrics" (funded by China - Australian Wool Innovation Network).

I am currently a Senior Research Fellow in Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK. My research interests include printed electronics on textile, novel inks/pastes formulation, textile coloration and functional treatment, biocompatible materials, fabric based medical device.

Since 2009, I have been working on several research projects on e-textile mainly include MICROFLEX (EU FP7), Energy Harvesting Materials for Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles (EPSRC), Fabric Based Medical Device (Wessex Medical Research Grant) and Smart Multi-functional Materials (DSTL).

I have successfully developed a number of key state-of-the-art inks and pastes for printed electronic textile application. These know-how technologies are the key intellectual property of the university spin-out company called Smart Fabric Inks Ltd I co-founded with my colleagues in 2011.

Research

Projects

Grants

Medical Research Council (2016):"Low-cost personalised instrumented clothing with integrated FES electrodes for upper limb rehabilitation". Principal Investigator.

University of Southampton Public Engagement Funding (2015): "Wearable FES for stroke rehabilitation". Principal Investigator.

University of Southampton Zepler Institute Research Collaboration Stimulus Fund (2015) : "Tencel® electrodes for fabric based wearable medical device". Principal Investigator.

HEFCE/Innovate UK (2015): "ICURe: Intelligent e-textile". Entrepreneurial Lead.

DSTL (2013): “Smart Multifunctional Materials – Advanced Manufacturing of Smart and Intelligent Textiles“.

Wessex Medical Research Grant (2011): “Fabric Based Medical Device“. Principal Investigator.




Professional

Qualifications

BEng

Ph.D

Conferences attended

Printed Electronics Europe, Berlin, 27-28 April, 2016.
Health Wearable and Monitoring Conference, London, 30 June, 2015.
The 28th European Conference on Solid-State Transducers, Brescia, Italy, 7–10 Sep 2014.
Neurological Rehabilitation Therapy & Technology Expo, London, 10-11 June, 2014 & 2015.
Manufacturing for Printed Electronics Conference, Cambridge, UK, 20 March, 2014.
PowerMEMS School, London, 2-3 Dec 2013.
International Conference on Flexible and Stretchable Electronics Conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 12 - 13 Nov 2013.
5th International Exhibition and Conference for the Printed Electronics Industry LOPE-C, Munich, Germany, 12 - 13 June 2013.
13th AUTEX World Textile Conference 2013, Dresden, Germany, 22 - 24 May, 2013.
Textile Thinking for Sustainable Materials Event, Loughborough University, 2 - 3 May, 2012.

Duties

Publications

Wei, Yang, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2012) A novel fabrication process for capacitive cantilever structures for smart fabric applications. In, Symposium on Design, Test, Integration & Packaging of MEMS/MOEMS 2012, Cannes, FR, 25 - 27 Apr 2012. 4pp, 136-139.

Wei, Yang, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, Michael John (2012) Screen printed capacitive free-standing cantilever beams used as a motion detector for wearable sensors. In, Eurosensors XXVI 2012: The 26th European Conference on Solid-State Transducers, Krakow, PL, 09 - 12 Sep 2012. 5pp.

Wei, Yang, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2012) A novel fabrication process to realise piezoelectric cantilever structures for smart fabric sensor applications. In, IEEE Sensors 2012, Taipei, TW, 28 - 31 Oct 2012. 4pp.

Wei, Yang, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2012) Screen printed capacitive free-standing cantilever beams used as a motion detector for wearable sensors. [in special issue: 26th European Conference on Solid-State Transducers, EUROSENSOR 2012] Procedia Engineering, 47, 165-169. (doi:10.1016/j.proeng.2012.09.110).

Wei, Yang, Torah, R., Yang, Kai, Beeby, S.P. and Tudor, John (2013) Screen printing of a capacitive cantilever-based motion sensor on fabric using a novel sacrificial layer process for smart fabric applications. Measurement Science and Technology, 24, (7), 075104-[11pp]. (doi:10.1088/0957-0233/24/7/075104).

Wei, Yang, Torah, R.N., Yang, Kai, Beeby, S.P. and Tudor, John (2013) A novel fabrication process to release a valveless micropump on a flexible substrate. In, The 17th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (Transducers '2013), Barcelona, ES, 16 - 20 Jun 2013. 4pp.

Yang, Kai, Torah, Russel, Wei, Yang, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2013) Waterproof and durable screen printed silver conductive tracks on textiles. Textile Research Journal (doi:10.1177/0040517513490063).

Yang, Kai, Torah, Russel, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2013) Flexible and washable conductive textile achieved by screen printing for smart fabric applications. At 13th AUTEX World Textile Conference 2013 , Dresden, DE, 22 - 24 May 2013. 1pp.

Yang, Kai, Torah, Russel N., Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2013) Investigation of screen printed flexible silver to achieve washable conductors on textiles. At LOPE-C 2014, 11 - 13 Jun 2013. 12pp.

Chauraya, Alford, Whittow, Wulliam, Vardaxoglou, J. Yiannis, Li, Yi, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2013) Inkjet printed dipole antennas on textiles for wearable communications. IET Microwaves Antennas & Propagation, 7, (9), 760-767. (doi:10.1049/iet-map.2013.0076).

Wei, Yang, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2013) A screen printable sacrificial fabrication process to realise a cantilever on fabric using a piezoelectric layer to detect motion for wearable applications. Sensors and Actuators A Physical, 203, 241-248. (doi:10.1016/j.sna.2013.08.041).

Torah, R., Yang, Kai, Beeby, S.P. and Tudor, M.J. (2012) Screen-printed multilayer meander heater on polyester cotton. At 88th Textile Institute World Conference, Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia, 15 - 17 May 2012.

Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Wei, Yang, Li, Yi, de Vos, Marc, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2013) Screen and inkjet printed electronics on fabrics – the next generation of E-textiles. Plastic Electronics Conference 2013, Dresden, Germany, 08 - 10 Oct 2013.

Torah, R., Yang, Kai, Wei, Yang, Beeby, S.P. and Tudor, M.J. (2013) MICROFLEX project: microfabrication production technology for MEMS on new emerging smart textiles/flexibles. Micro Nano MEMS Exhibition, Birmingham, UK, 25 - 26 Sep 2013.

Paul, Gordon, Torah, Russel and Yang, Kai et al. (2013) A smart textile based facial EMG and EOG computer interface. IEEE Sensors Journal, 14, (2), 1-8. (doi:10.1109/JSEN.2013.2283424).

Wei, Yang, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2014) A novel fabrication process to realize a valveless micropump on a flexible substrate. Smart Materials and Structures, 23, (2), 025034. (doi:10.1088/0964-1726/23/2/025034).

Yang, Kai, Freeman, C T, Torah, R.N., Beeby, S P and Tudor, M. J. (2013) Flexible Screen Printed Fabric Electrode Array for Wearable Functional Electrical Stimulation for Medical Application. At International Conference on Flexible and Stretchable Electronics, Eindhoven, NL, 12 - 13 Nov 2013.

Yang, K., Freeman, C.T., Torah, R.N., Beeby, S.P. and Tudor, J. (2014) Screen Printed Fabric Electrode Array for Wearable Functional Electrical Stimulation. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 213, 108-115.

Almusallam, Ahmed, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Tudor, John and Beeby, Steve (2012) Flexible low temperature piezoelectric films for harvesting from textiles. At PowerMEMS 2012: the 12th International Workshop on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications, Atlanta, US, 02 - 05 Dec 2012.

Almusallam, Ahmed, Yang, Kai, Cao, Zhuo, Zhu, Dibin, Tudor, M. J. and Beeby, S.P. (2014) Improving the dielectric and piezoelectric properties of screen-printed low temperature PZT/polymer composite using cold isostatic pressing. Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 557, 012083. (doi:10.1088/1742-6596/557/1/012083).

Almusallam, Ahmed, Yang, Kai, Zhu, Dibin, Torah, Russel, Tudor, M.J. and Beeby, S.P. (2014) Development of a low temperature PZT/polymer paste for screen printed flexible electronics applications. At IEEE Sensors 2014, Valencia, Spain, 03 - 05 Nov 2014. 4pp.

Jamel, Nursabirah , Zhu, Dibin, Almusallam, Ahmed, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, S.P. and Tudor, M.J. (2014) Screen printed free-standing resonator with piezoelectric excitation and detection on flexible substrate. At Eurosesensors 2014, Brescia, Italy, 4pp.

Yang, Kai, Freeman, C. T., Torah, R, Beeby, S. P. and Tudor, M. J. (2015) Fabrication and Evaluation of Screen Printed Fabric Electrode Arrays. In, 5th Annual Conference of the International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society (IFESS) (UK and Ireland Chapter),

Almusallam, Ahmed, Yang, Kai, Torah, Russel, Komolafe, Abidone, Tudor, John and Beeby, Steve (2016) Clamping Effect on the Piezoelectric Responses of Screen-printed Low Temperature PZT/Polymer Films on Flexible Substrates. doi:10.5258/SOTON/377082 [dataset]

Torah, Russel, Wei, Yang, Li, Yi, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Steve and Tudor, John (2015) Printed textile-based electronic devices. In, Tao, Xiaoming (eds.) Handbook of Smart Textiles. Singapore, SG, Springer-Verlag Singapur, 653-687.

Freeman, C. T., Yang, K., Tudor, J. and Kutlu, M. (2016) Feedback Control of Electrical Stimulation Electrode Arrays. Medical Engineering & Physics, 1-10. (doi:10.1016/j.medengphy.2016.07.002).

Almusallam, Ahmed, Yang, Kai, Zhu, Dibin, Torah, Russel, Komolafe, A, Tudor, J and Beeby, S P (2015) Clamping effect on the piezoelectric responses of screen printed low temperature PZT/Polymer films on flexible substrates. Smart Materials and Structures, 24, 115030-[8pp]. (doi:10.1088/0964-1726/24/11/115030).

Ahmed, Zeeshan, Torah, Russel, Yang, Kai, Beeby, Stephen and Tudor, Michael (2016) Data from Investigation and Improvement of the Dispenser Printing of Electrical Interconnections for Smart Fabric Applications. doi:10.5258/SOTON/390074 [dataset]

Freeman, Christopher, Tudor, Michael, Torah, Russel, Hughes, Ann-Marie, Beeby, Stephen and Yang, Kai (2016) Printed e-textiles for wearable stroke rehabilitation. At Printed Electronics Europe, Berlin, DE, 27 - 28 Apr 2016. 1pp.

Freeman, Christopher, Yang, Kai, Tudor, Michael and Kutlu, Mustafa (2016) Dataset for Feedback Control of Electrical Stimulation Electrode Arrays. doi:10.5258/SOTON/396293 [dataset]

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