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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Prospective students are welcome to apply for one of the following topics: - Broadband vibration energy harvesting - Vibrational structural health monitoring - MEMS nonlinear resonant oscillators - Advanced multi-functional materials and nano-composites - Urban air quality and socioeconomic inequality


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    Personal profile


    Dr Yu Jia is currently a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Aston University. Dr Jia's research expertise focuses on nonlinear dynamics, energy harvesting and smart sensing with applications in transport, energy, industrial and medical sectors. Dr Jia's teaching specialities revolve around dyanmics, statics, mechatronics and MEMS. Dr Jia has/is:

    • published 38 journal articles, 35 international conference papers, filed 12 patents,
    • been aa PI/Co-I for ~£2.1 million worth of funding and £400k worth of scholarships, generated £200k in IP royalty, and a named researcher for £800k worth of projects,
    • 686 citations, h-index: 14, i10-index: 18
    • collaborated with about 20 universities, 10 companies and 2 charities,
    • co-founder of the Cambridge spin-out company: 8power Ltd,
    • reviewer for 52 journals, grant reviewer for UKRI,
    • Senior Member of the IEEE, Fellow of HEA, Santander Fellow,
    • Steering Board member of the Energy Harvesting Network,
    • Chair/host of Energy Harvesting 2020, Birmingham, UK, 25 Nov. 2020,
    • Sessional Chair of PowerMEMS-in-Action and Poster, Poland, 4 Dec. 2019,
    • Co-chair/host of Energy Harvesting 2017, Manchester, UK, 5 April 2017.

    Research Interests

    • Nonlinear vibration dynamics
    • Energy harvesting
    • MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems)
    • Sensors and transducers
    • Structural health monitoring
    • Smart microsystems
    • Smart multi-functional composites
    • Conformal antenna
    • Printed flexible electronics and senors
    • Air pollution


    • PhD in Engineering, University of Cambridge, 2014
    • MEng in Electromechanical Engineering, 1st Class Honours, University of Southampton, 2010

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
    • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
    • Fellow, Santander Universities
    • Steering board member, Energy Harvesting Network

    Funding Applications and Awards

    • PI, IUK funding on tackling non-exhaust and non-road vehicle air pollution, 2020-2021, £1.5M
    • PI, Industry consultancy, 2019, £12k
    • PI, Academic consultancy, 2019, £8k
    • PI, Learning and Teaching pedagogy dissemination grant, 2018: £0.4k
    • Co-I, 2018-2020, Innovate UK Industrial challenge: £500k
    • PI, 2017, Industrial funded feasibility study phase 1: £25k
    • PI, 2016, International Research Excellence Award 2016/17: £1k
    • PI, 2015-2017, Vibration dynamics and MEMS lab: ~£50k
    • Co-I, 2015, CSIC core project on vibration powered WSN for automotive applications: £2k
    • Co-I, 2013-2014, CSIC core small project - energy harvesting prototype and benchmark: £25k


    • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award 2019 (SMS)
    • Publons Top Peer Reviewer, Global Peer Review Awards 2019
    • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award 2018 (SMS)
    • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer status, MSSP, Oct 2018
    • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer status, Applied Acoustics, Oct 2018
    • Elsevier Outstanding Reviewer status, Sensors and Actuators A, July 2018
    • Research Informed Teaching Award, University of Chester Learning and Teaching Conference, June 2018
    • IOP Outstanding Reviewer Award 2017 (SMS)
    • Santander International Research Excellence Award 2016/2017
    • Best Student Oral Presentation Award at PowerMEMS 2013, the Royal Society, London, UK

    Teaching Activity

    Dynamics, mechatronics and MEMS

    PhD Supervision

    Prospective PhD students are welcome to apply for one of the following topics:
    - Broadband vibration energy harvesting
    - Vibrational structural health monitoring
    - MEMS nonlinear resonant oscillators
    - Advanced multi-functional materials and nano-composites
    - Urban air quality and socioeconomic inequality

    External positions

    Associate Professor, University of Chester

    1 Jan 20191 Mar 2019

    Senior Lecturer, University of Chester

    1 Oct 201731 Dec 2018

    Visiting Academic, University of Cambridge

    1 Jan 201631 Dec 2017

    Lecturer, University of Chester

    22 Jun 201530 Sep 2017

    Research Associate, University of Cambridge

    19 Mar 201419 Jun 2015


    • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
    • TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
    • QC Physics

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    Research Output

    • 36 Article
    • 19 Conference article
    • 8 Conference contribution
    • 2 Review article

    A Nail-size Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting System Integrating a MEMS Transducer and a CMOS SSHI Circuit

    Du, S., Jia, Y., Zhao, C., Amaratunga, G. A. J. & Seshia, A. A., 1 Jan 2020, In : IEEE Sensors Journal. 20, 1, p. 277 - 285 9 p., 8835123.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Effects of inkjet printed toughener on delamination suppression in drilling of carbon fibre reinforced plastics (CFRPs)

    Shi, Y., Wang, X., Wang, F., Gu, T., Xie, P. & Jia, Y., 1 Aug 2020, In : Composite Structures. 245, 1, 112339.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Energy Harvesting from Kinetics of Prosthetic Leg

    Pu, J., Shi, Y. & Jia, Y., 30 Apr 2020, 2019 19th International Conference on Micro and Nanotechnology for Power Generation and Energy Conversion Applications (PowerMEMS). IEEE

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference publication

  • Optimisation and Management of Energy Generated by a Multifunctional MFC-Integrated Composite Chassis for Rail Vehicles

    Liu, Y., Du, S., Micallef, C., Jia, Y., Shi, Y. & Hughes, D., 28 May 2020, In : Energies. 13, 11, 2720.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Open Access