Dr Shakil Awan

Dr Shakil Awan

Lecturer in Electronics and Nanotechnology

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


Lecturer in Analogue Electronics and Nanotechnology
Member of the Centre for Research in Translational Biomedicine
Wolfson Nanomaterials and Devices Laboratory


BEng (Hons) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
PhD in High Temperature Superconductors, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Senior Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory, UK (2000-2007)
Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, UK (2008-11)
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK (2009-2014)
Newnham College Lecturer, University of Cambridge, UK (2012-2014)
Academic Visitor at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, Cambridge, UK

Professional membership

Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET)

Chartered Engineer (CEng)
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Roles on external bodies

Reviewer for Research Councils & Journals

Welsh Government,
Nature Scientific Reports,
IEEE Transaction on Instrumentation and Measurements,
New Journal of Physics,
IOP Measurement, Scence and Technology,
Biosensors and Bioelectronics.

Teaching interests

Electrical Principles and Machines (Module Leader)
Analogue Electronics
Simulation of Electronic Circuits 

Research interests

Graphene & 2D materials based biosensors (biomarker detection),
Radio-frequency Graphene & 2D materials based Electronics,
ECG and EEG signal detection using Electric Potential ICs
Micro- and Nano-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS / NEMS)
Surface Plasmon Resonance detection of nanoparticles
Precision Electromagnetic Measurements
Nanscale Electronic Devices and Structures
Direct Current and Alternating Current Quantum Hall Effect
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Grants & contracts

1. Ifeachor E. (PI), Awan S. A., Pan G., Carroll C., Guy O. J and DonedduD., “Novel Point-of-Care Diagnostic Techniques for Dementia”, EPSRC, EP/M006301/1,£1M, (£0.55M to PU), Feb 2015 – Jan 2018.

2. Awan S. A. (DoS), Whitley T. and Ifeachor E., "Graphene Based RF Biosensors", PhD Studentship, Plymouth University, £65k, April 2016 - March 2019.

3. Jenkins D. F., Handy R. and Awan S. A., "Nanomaterials Workshop", British Council, Newton Fund, £23.3k, Dec 2015- Aug 2016.       

4. NPL/BIS, 'MEMS Wireless Acoustical Sensors", £1.5M joint with QinetiQ, Co-Investigator, Oct 2007.

5. NPL Strategic Research, 'Microfabricated Coaxial 3D Electromagnetic Structures', £0.25M, Principal Investigator, 2004 - 2006.

6. NPL/DTI, 'MEMS based RF and Microwave Power Sensor', £0.12M, Principal Investigator, 2004 - 2005.

7. NPL/DTI, 'Precision High-Frequency Electromagnetic Coaxial Measurement Systems', six projects £1.1M over 1997-2004, Principal Investigator.  

Key publications are highlighted

Damiati S, Haslam C, Sopstad S, Peacock M, Whitley T, Davey P & Awan SA 2019 'Sensitivity Comparison of Macro- and Micro-Electrochemical Biosensors for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) Biomarker Detection' IEEE Access 7, 94048-94058 , DOI PEARL
Awan SA 2018 'Label-Free Sensors Based on Graphene Field-Effect Transistors for the Detection of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Cancer Risk Biomarker' Diagnostics , DOI PEARL
Li B, Pan G & Avent N 2016 'A Simple Approach to Preparation of Graphene/Reduced Graphene Oxide/Polyallylamine Electrode and Their Electrocatalysis for Hydrogen Peroxide Reduction' Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology , DOI PEARL
Awan SA, Lombardo A, Colli A, Privitera G, Kulmala TS, Kivioja JM, Koshino M & Ferrari AC 2016 'Transport conductivity of graphene at RF and microwave frequencies' 2D Materials 3, (1) 015010-015010 , DOI PEARL
Li B, Pan G, Jamil NY, Al Taan L, Awan S & Avent N 2015 'Shielding technique for deposition of Au electrical contacts on graphene by sputtering' JOURNAL OF VACUUM SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY A 33, (3) Author Site , DOI PEARL
Awan SA, Pan G, Al Taan LM, Li B & Jamil N 2015 'Radio-frequency transport Electromagnetic Properties of chemical vapour deposition graphene from direct current to 110 MHz' IET CIRCUITS DEVICES & SYSTEMS 9, (1) 46-51 Author Site , DOI
Omer H, Dickinson RJ & Awan SA 2014 'Phased array coil for implementing parallel MRI in intravascular imaging: A feasibility study' Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A 43, (6) 267-276 , DOI
Li B, Pan G, Awan SA & Avent N 2014 'Techniques for Production of Large Area Graphene for Electronic and Sensor Device Applications' Graphene and 2D Materials 1, (1) , DOI PEARL
Pan G, Li B, Heath M, Horsell D, Wears ML, Taan LA & Awan S 2013 'Transfer-free growth of graphene on SiO2 insulator substrate from sputtered carbon and nickel films' Carbon 65, (n/a) 349-358 Publisher Site , DOI PEARL
Salah NH, Jenkins D, Panina L, Handy R, Pan G & Awan SA 2013 'Self-Sensing Surface Plasmon Resonance for the Detection of Metallic Nanoparticles' Smart Nanosystems in Engineering and Medicine 1, Author Site Publisher Site PEARL
Awan SA 2012 'Design and Development of a Planar B0-Coil for Patient Respiratory Motion Correction in Magnetic Resonance Imaging' Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part B (Magnetic Resonance Engineering) 41B, (4) 130-138 , DOI
Kärkkäinen A, Awan SA, Kyynäräinen J, Pekko P, Oja AS & Seppä H 2005 'Optimized design and process for making a DC voltage reference based on MEMS' IEEE Trans. Instrumentation and Measurement 54, 563-566
Awan SA & Kibble BP 2005 'Towards Accurate Measurement of the Frequency Dependence of Capacitance and Resistance Standards up to 10 MHz' IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement 54, (2) 516-520 , DOI
Awan SA, Callegaro L & Kibble BP 2004 'Resonance frequency of four-terminal-pair air-dielectric capacitance standards and closing the metrological impedance triangle' Measurement Science and Technology 15, (5) 969-972 , DOI
Awan SA, Jones RG & Kibble BP 2003 'Evaluation of coaxial bridge systems for accurate determination of the SI Farad from the DC quantum Hall effect' Metrologia 40, (5) 264-270 , DOI
Awan SA & Sali S 2002 'Self-field AC Power Dissipation in High-Tc Superconducting Tapes and a Prototype Cable' Progress In Electromagnetics Research 36, 81-100 , DOI
Awan SA & Sali S 2002 'Self-field AC power dissipation in high-TC superconducting tapes and a prototype cable' IEE Proceedings - Science, Measurement and Technology 149, (1) 2-8 , DOI
Awan SA & Sali S 2002 'Self-Field Ac Power Dissipation in High-Tc Superconducting Tapes and a Prototype Cable - Abstract' Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications 16, (7) 1007-1008 , DOI
Awan SA, Kibble BP, Robinson IA & Giblin SP 2001 'A new four terminal-pair bridge for traceable impedance measurements at frequencies up to 1 MHz' IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement 50, (2) 282-285 , DOI
Friend CM, Spiller DM, Le Lay L, Awan SA & Beales TP 1998 'Using electrical measurements to determine the self-field AC losses of cable models' Physica C: Superconductivity 309, (3-4) 187-196 , DOI
Friend CM, Awan SA, Le Lay L, Sali S & Beales TP 1997 'Explaining the self-field AC loss behaviour of silver-clad (Bi,Pb)-2223 tapes for power engineering applications' Physica C: Superconductivity 279, (3-4) 145-152 , DOI
Awan SA, Sali S, Friend CM & Beales TP 1997 'Study of self-field AC losses in mono and multi-filamentary Bi-2223 tapes for power applications' IEEE Transactions on Appiled Superconductivity 7, (2) 335-338 , DOI
Awan SA, Sali S, Friend CM & Beales TP 1997 'Self-field a.c. losses in mono- and multi-filamentary Bi-2223/Ag tapes at power frequencies' Cryogenics 37, (10) 633-635 , DOI
Awan SA, Sali S, Friend CM & Beales TP 1996 'Transport AC losses and nonlinear inductance in high temperature superconductors' Electronics Letters 32, (16) 1518-1518 , DOI
Haslam C, Damiati S, Whitley T, Davey P, Ifeachor E & Awan SA 0 'Chemical Vapour Deposition Graphene Field-Effect Transistors for Detection of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Cancer Risk Biomarker' , DOI
Giblin SP, Awan SA, Williams JM, Schurr J, Melcher J, Von Campenhausen A, Pierz K & Hein G 0 'Frequency dependence of the AC quantum Hall effect; comparison of data from two laboratories' Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements. Conference Digest. CPEM 2000 (Cat. No.00CH37031) , DOI
Awan SA, Kibble BP & Schürr J 2011 Coaxial Electrical Circuits for Interference-Free Measurements. London Institution of Engineering and Technology Author Site Publisher Site
Conference Papers
Nicolas J, Van Theemsche A & Awan SA 2010 'Verification of LCR meters by means of a 4TP 100 Ω Linearity Test Standard over the frequency range 100 HZ to 1 MHZ' 2010 Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements (CPEM 2010) 13/06/2010 18/06/2010 IEEE , DOI
Awan SA 2008 'Theoretical model of the frequency response coefficient of calculable coaxial resistance standards from DC to 100 MHz' 2008 Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurements (CPEM 2008) 08/06/2008 13/06/2008 IEEE , DOI
Awan SA & Kibble BP 2007 'A Universal Geometry for Calculable Frequency-Response Coefficient of LCR Standards and New 10-MHz Resistance and 1.6-MHz Quadrature-Bridge Systems' Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 221-225 , DOI
Shakil A 2004 'Editorial: Electromagnetic measurements and techniques' Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) 354-355 , DOI
Awan SA, Robinson IA & Kibble BP 2000 'Calibration of IVDs at frequencies up to 1 MHz by permuting capacitors' 193-195 , DOI
Friend CM, Awan SA, Spiller DM, Le Lay L & Beales TP 1998 'Using Electrical Measurements to determine the self-field ac losses of cable models' 471-474
Awan SA, Kibble BP, Robinson IA & Giblin SP 0 'A new four terminal-pair bridge for impedance measurements at frequencies up to 1 MHz' CPEM 2000 IEEE , DOI
Awan SA, Jones RG & Kibble BP 0 'A re-evaluation of NPL coaxial bridge systems used in the realization of the SI farad via the DC QHE' 2002 Conference on Precision Electromagnetic Measurement IEEE , DOI
Awan SA & Kibble BP 0 'Characterisation of resistance and capacitance standards up to 1 MHz' Conference on Precision Electromagnetic: Measurements IEEE , DOI
2013 Graphene-based Metal-Insulator-Metal Diodes and Photodetectors.
Awan S Awan S 0 'Exploiting Natural Nanomaterials in Biosensor Technology' 0 0
Awan S Awan S 0 'Natural Nanomaterials as Building Blocks for Designing Biosensors' 0 0
Awan SA Awan SA 0 'PO-088 A modified electrochemical biosensor for sensitive detection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) biomarker' 0 0 , DOI PEARL