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Professor Steve Beeby

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Professor of Electronic Systems and Devices in the Electronics and Electrical Engineering Group, EPSRC Leadership Fellow


Research interests

I have been awarded a prestigious EPSRC Leadership Fellowship on the subject of Energy Harvesting Materials for Smart Fabrics and Interactive Textiles. This project brings together the two main aspects of my current research activities: energy harvesting and printed low temperature active materials for flexible and textile substrates.

With regard to the fabrics related research, I am the Southamton lead on the EPSRC funded IRC project SPHERE which is concerned with the powering of wearable systems for assisted living applications. I was the project co-ordinator of a Large Scale Integrated Project MICROFLEX (Micro fabrication production technology for MEMS on new emerging smart textiles/flexibles) with a €7.7 million total budget with £1.2 million for Southampton. I manage a team of 5 post docs and supervise 14 PhD students all working on aspects of energy harvesting and e-textiles related research.

I have built up a strong international reputation in the field of energy harvesting and am at the forefront of Southampton’s activities in this area. I am PI on EU, EPSRC and TSB energy harvesting related projects and I manage the originally EPSRC funded Network on Energy Harvesting and co-chaired the 2013 PowerMEMS conference in London. These research activities combine state of the art development of flexible energy harvesting systems with practical applications in aeronautics and building management. The energy harvesting network provides an important focus for the community with the objective of raising the profile of research in this area and identifying future opportunities.

The Leadership Fellowship in particular is concerned with the development of novel energy harvesting materials that can be integrated onto fabrics using standard printing processes. This project combines my expertise in both areas with the objective of fully integrating an energy harvesting capability within the fabric which will power electronics from movement and/or thermal gradients.

To date I have published 87 refereed journal papers and letters, 101 refereed conference papers, 5 review papers, 3 books, 6 chapters within books, 8 patents plus numerous other general publications and colloquia presentations. My publications have an average of 15.2 citations per item with an h-index of 18 (source: ISI Web of Knowledge).