Professor Desmond Mapps
Professor D J Mapps B.Eng, PhD, C.Eng., F.I.E.E., C.Phys., F.Inst.P. MIEEE
+44 (0)1752 232570
+44 (0) 1752 232540
Room A306 Portland Square
University of Plymouth
BEng PhD CPhys FInstP CEng FIEE
1985 Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (FIEE)
1984 Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)
1974 C.Eng, MIEE
1970 C.Phys, MinstP
Roles on external bodies
Member of the EPSRC Electrical Engineering College 1996-2000, 2003-2006 and 2006 - 2010.
Chairman, EPSRC Engineering Panel A, February 2000
Member, EPSRC Engineering Panel A, November 1999
Founder member of the U.K. Information Storage Consortium 1996-2001
UK Inst. of Physics Magnetism Group Committee 1985-1988
Founder member of the DTI Data Storage Network 2004-
Information Storage Engineering/Information Processing, Magneto-optics, Micro-magnetics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Magnetic Sensors.
Previous lecturing experience includes approximately 3000 hours lectures in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with an additional 7000 hours seminars, tutorials and laboratory/project work. Active in the planning and formation of proposals for the BEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the MEng degree in Communication, Information and Electronic Engineering.
Staff serving as external examiners
External Examiner for Higher Degrees (34 PhD, 3 MPhil, 50 MSc)
External Examiner for University of Wales MSc course in Electrical and
Electromagnetic Engineering with Industrial Applications 1995 - 2000
External Examiner for University of Keele MSc course on Optical Data Recording 1990 – 1993
Visiting Teaching Quality Assessor for the BSc in Broadcast Engineering at DeMontfort Universitiy 2005
International Panel Member for the Quality Inspection and Peer Review of the Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland, April 2006
External Validator for the MSc in Innovative Technology, British Institute of Technology and e-Commerce, 25th May 2006External Examiner for the MSc in Innovation, University of East London, 2009 to 2012
After publishing some early papers in EEG’s Des Mapps has maintained a strong interest in biomagnetism throughout his research career. He is now applying his knowledge and expertise to the natural generation and detection of magnetic fields from organs in the human body. Conversely, he is interested in the effect of magnetic fields (for example from mobile telephones, high voltage transmission lines, wi-fi systems, computer laptops and MRI scanners) on individual biological cell (eg blood cell) processes. There is a special interest in the treatment of Depression and Schizophrenia with repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) of the human brain. He also has an interest in magnetic Nanoparticle Drug Delivery systems and Inductive Hyperthermia.
Des is intrigued by the electrical processes of the human brain and comparisons between the brain, supercomputers and the Internet.
Published 162 papers in International Research Journals, 13 patents, 77 industrial reports, 128 papers at International Conferences and 68 (mostly invited) papers at other conferences/meetings. Supervised 27 successful PhDs. Invited visiting Professor at the SONY Research Centre (Japan), EHIME University (Japan), University of California and the University of Alabama, King Monguts Instiute of Technology, Thailand. Grant income (main applicant) is approximately £2.25 million plus £690,000 (second applicant) and £431,000 for facilities. Chaired sessions at international conferences including PMRC 2004, (Sendai) and JEMS 2004 (Dresden). Past Chairman of EPSRC Engineering Panel. Member of current EPSRC College. Research interest is magnetic information storage technology and magnetic sensors.
Medical applications of magnetism.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Twenty-seven successful PhD's to date
Three successful MPhil's to date
Numerous MSc's supervised
Grants & contracts
51 research grants awarded from a variety of different funding organisations.
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Wolfson Nanomaterials and Devices Laboratory
Information Processing (Medical)
Riddington E.P., Ifeachor E.C., Allen E.M., Hudson N.R., Mapps D.J., “Knowledge-based enhancement and interpretation of EEG signals”. Proc. of the 2nd Int. Conf. on Neural Networks and Expert Systems in Medicine and Healthcare, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, U.K., 1996, pp 246-255.
Riddington E.P., Ifeachor E.C., Allen E.M., Hudson N.R., Mapps D.J., “Investigation into different methods of fuzzy inference using ROC analysis”. Proc. of the 2nd Int. Conf. on Neural Networks and Expert Systems in Medicine and Healthcare, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, U.K., 1996, pp 104-111.
Hellyar M.T., Ifeachor E.C., Mapps D.J., Allen E.M., Hudson N.R., "Expert system approach to electroencephalogram signal processing". Knowledge-Based Systems, Vol. 8, Feb 1995, pp 1-10.
Riddington E.P., Ifeachor E.C., Allen E.M., Hudson N.R., Mapps D.J., “A fuzzy expert system for EEG interpretation”. Proc. of the Int. Conf. on Neural Networks and Expert Systems in Medicine and Healthcare, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, U.K., 1994, pp 291-302.
Ifeachor E.C., Hellyar M.T., Mapps D.J., Allen E.M., "Knowledge Based Enhancement of Human EEG Signals". Invited, IEE Proceedings on Artificial Intelligence and Signal Processing, Vol. 137, Part F, No. 5, October 1990, pp 302-310.Magnetic Sensors
Fisher B, Panina L V, Fry N, Mapps D J. “High Performance Current Sensor Utilizing Pulse Magneto-Impedance in Co-Based Amorphous Wires” IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol 49, Issue: 1, Part: 1, January 2013. (DOI 10.1109/TMAG.2012.2220958)
Allsop T, Neal R, Mou C, Brown P, Brown P, Rehman S, Kalli K, Webb D J, Mapps D J, and Bennion I. “Multilayered coating plasmon resonance fibre sensors for aqueous chemical sensing”, Journal of Optical Fibre Technology 15 (2009), pp 407-482.
Allsop T, Neal R, Mou C, Brown P, Saied S, Rehman S, Kalli K, Webb D J, Sullivan J, Mapps D J, and Bennion I. “Exploitation of multilayer coatings for infrared surface plasmon resonance fibre sensors ”, Applied Optics Vol. 48, Iss. 2, pp. 276–286 (2009).
Allsop T., Neal R., Mou C., Brown P., Saied S., Rehman S., Kalli K., Webb D J., Sullivan J., Mapps D.J., Bennion I. “ A surface Plasmon resonance based optical fibre device for environmental testing”. Submitted to the Journal of the Optical Society of America, 2008
Allsop T., Neal R., Rehman S., Webb D.J., Mapps D.J., Bennion I. “Characterisation of infra-red surface plasmon resonances generated from a fibre optic sensor utilising tilted Bragg gratings”. Journal of the Optical Society of America, Vol. 25, No. 4, April 2008 pp 481-490.
Allsop,T., Dobb,H., Neal, R, Kalli, K, Themistos, C, Rahman, B.M.A., Webb,D.J., Mapps, D.J., Bennion, I. “Enhanced spectral sensitivity of fibre long-period gratings to refractive index of aqueous solutions utilising copper patterned coatings”, Photonics West, Proc. SPIE Vol. 6083, 60830S, Optical Fibers and Sensors for Medical Diagnostics and Treatment Applications VI; Israel Gannot; Ed, 2006.
Allsop T., Neal R., Rehman S., Webb D.J., Mapps D.J., Bennion I. “Generation of infra-red surface plasmon resonances with high refractive index sensitivity utilising tilted fibre Bragg gratings”. Journal of Applied Optics, Vol. 46, No. 22, 1st August 2007. pp 5456 – 5460.
Delooze P., Panina L.V., Mapps D.J., “AC biased sub – nanoTesla magnetic field sensor for low
frequency applications utilizing magneto impedance in multilayer films” IEEE Transactions on
Magnetics, Vol. 41, No. 10, Oct 2005, pp 3652 -3654.
Fry N., Makhnovskiy D.P., Panina L.V., Sandacci S., Mapps D.J., Akhter M., "Off –diagonal
magnetoimpedance in NiFe/Au/NiFe layered film and its application to linear magnetic sensors".
IEEE Trans.Mag.Vol 40, No.5, Sept 2004, p3358.
Makhnovskiy D.P., Fry N., Panina L.V., Mapps D.J., "Effect of magnetic anisotropy on magneto-impedance characteristics in NiFe, Au, NiFe sandwich thin films". Journal of Applied Physics, Applied Physics Letters. Accepted for publication 2004.
Delooze P., Panina L.V., Mapps D.J., Ueno K., Sano H., "Sub-nano Tesla Differential Magnetic Field Sensor Utilising Asymmetrical Magneto Impedance in Multilayer films", IEEE Trans. Magn. 2004. Accepted for publication
Delooze P., Panina L.V., Mapps D.J., Ueno K., Sano H., "Effect of transverse magnetic field on thin-film magnetoimpedance and application to magnetic recording", J. Magn. Magn. Mater, 2004, Accepted for publication
Lu Z.Q., Pan G., Lai W.Y., Mapps D.J., Clegg W.W., “Exchange anisotrophy in NiFe/FeMn bilayers studied by planar Hall effect”. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 242, 2002, pp525-528.
Panina L.V., Makhnovskiy D.P., Fry N., Mapps D.J., “Magneto-impedance in NiFe/Au/NiFe sandwich films with different types of anisotropy”. Accepted for publication, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. 2004.
Delooze P., Panina L.V., Mapps D.J., Ueno K., Sano H., “CoFeB/Cu layered film for asymmetrical magneto-impedance”. Accepted for publication. IEEE Trans. Mag. 2004.
Mahdi A.E., Panina L.V., Mapps D.J., “ Some new horizons in magnetic sensing: high Tc-SQUIDS, GMR and GMI materials”. Sensors and Actuators A : Physical, vol 105, Issue 3, August 2003, pp 271-285
Grigorenko A.N., Mapps D.J., “Magnetic tunnel junctions with non-collinear anisotropy axes for sensor applications”. Journal of Physics D-Applied Physics 36, No.7, 2003, pp 791-797.
Grigorenko A.N., Panina L.V., Sandacci S.I., Makhnovskiy D.P., Mapps D.J., Khrushchev I.Y., Dubov M.V., Larin V., Torkunoc A., “Laser processing effect on magnetic properties of amorphous wires”. Applied Physics Letters 81, No.25, 2002, pp 4790-4792.
Allsop T., Neal R., Giannone D., Webb D.J., Mapps D.J., Dennion I., “Sensing characteristics of a novel two-section long-period grating”. Journal of Applied Optics, Vol 42, No.19, July 2003.
Mapps D.J., “Remote Magnetic Sensing of People”. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical. Vol 106, Issues 1-3 15th Sept 2003, pp 321-325. European Journal of Magnetic Sensors and Actuators. 2003.
Allsop T., Neal R., Giannone D., Webb D.J., Mapps D.J., Bennion I. “Discrimmination between temperature and refractive index using a single long period grating”.
Panina L.V., Makhnovskiy D.P., Mapps D.J., Mohri K., Nikitin P.I., “Effect of frequency and d.c. current on a.c. biased asymmetrical magneto-impedance in wires”. Materials Science Forum, Vols. 373-376, 2001, pp 741-744. Trans. Tech. Publications, ISBN 087849-880-X.
Makhnovskiy D.P., Panina L.V., Mapps D.J., “Field-dependent surface impedance tensor, in amorphous wires with two types of magnetic anisotropy: Helical and circumferential”. Physical Review B, Vol. 63, No. 14, 2001, p 144424.
Makhnovskiy D.P., Panina L.V., Mapps D.J., "Surface impedance tensor in amorphous wires with helical anisotropy: magnetic hysteresis and asymmetry". Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 89, No. 11, 2001, pp 7224-7226.
Panina L.V., Makhnovskiy D.P., Mapps D.J., Zarechnyuk D.S., "Two-dimensional analysis of magneto-impedance in magnetic/metallic multilayers". Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 89, No. 11, 2001, pp 7221-7223.
Sandacci S.I., Grigorenko A.N., Panina L.V., Mapps D.J., “Dynamic hysteresis in magnetostrictive amorphous microwires”. IEEE Transactions on Magnetics 38, No.5, 2002, pp 2409-2411.
Zhukova V.A., Chizhik A.B., Gonzalez J., Makhnovskiy D.P., Panina L.V., Mapps D.J., Zhukov A.P., “Effect of annealing under torsoin stress on the field dependence of the impedance tensor in amorphous wires”. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 249, 324, 2002.
Makhnovskiy D.P., Panina L.V., Sarychev A.K., Mapps D.J., “Effect of transition layers on the electromagnetic properties of composites containing conducting fibres”. Physical Review B64, Vol. 64(9), 134205, 2001.
Reports & invited lectures
“Multimedia, Nanotechnology and the Human Brain”. Invited lecture to the IET. University of Plymouth, March 2012.
“Type and Limitations of Data Storage Hardware in Supporting Multimedia Platforms” Keynote Invited Lecture, Euromedia 2011, British Institute of Technology and e-Commerce, London, 18-20 April 2011.
"Advances in functional materials for sensing biomedical magnetic fields” Invited Plenary lecture and Bogolyubov medal winner. International conference on Functional Materials, Partenit, Ukraine, October 5th to 10th 2009.
“Sensing biomedical magnetic fields”. Invited lecture. Symposium on magnetoresistive sensors and magnetic systems’. Wetzlar, Germany, 31st March to 1st April 2009.
“Remote magnetic sensing of people”. Invited lecture. Microtechnology Innovation Forum, Villingen, Germany, January 21, 2009
“Functional materials for present and future data storage systems” Invited Plenary Lecture. International Conference on Functional Materials, Crimea, Ukraine. October 1-6, 2007.
“Magnetic fields from high frequency devices and their effects on people” Invited Lecture. International Storage Technology Symposium 2007, Kalamata, Greece, June 17-22, 2007. “Magnetic domain wall reversal labelling using glass – coated magnetic microwires” Invited Lecture. International Storage Technology Symposium, Kalamata, Greece, Sept 11 – 16, 2005
“AC biased Sub – nano Tesla Magnetic field sensor for low frequency applications utilising magneto impedance in multilayer films” Int. conf on Magnetism, Nagoya, Japan, April 2005, (with P Delooze and L V Panina)"Remote magnetic sensing of people". Invited Lecture. 19th UK-Japan High Technology Industry Forum, Bristol U.K., July 2004.“A scenario for magnetic information storage in the 21st Century”. Invited lecture. Magnetism Institute of the Ukrainian Academy of Science, March 2004.
• “Remote Magnetic Sensing of People”. Guest Speaker, San Jose Chapter of the IEEE Magnetics Society, San Jose, U.S.A. January 14th 2003 (Also given to the University of Plymouth Neuroscience Institute and the Medical Physics Group at Derriford General Hospital, Plymouth and the Institute of Metal Physics, Academy of Science of the Ukraine, March 2004). Given as a public lecture at the City of Plymouth Museum, March 2004.
“Approximate 3-D head fields for perpendicular magnetic recording”. IMST 2002, Exeter, Sept 2002.
“Storing information in computers”. U.K. Science Year public lecture. Plymouth City Museum. 5th March 2002.
• "Giant magnetic impedance effect in amorphous wire and thin films". UK Magnetics Society on Sensors and Actuators, 12 February 2002.
• "Low field magnetic measurements in biological applications". Invited Lecture (twice) at the U.K. Magnetics Society Meetings in Birmingham University (Magnets in Medicine), U.K., 26 September 2001 and in the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, U.K., (low Field Magnetic Measurements), 10 October 2001.