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Dr Dibin Zhu

Senior Lecturer in Energy Harvesting and Power Management


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Dr Dibin Zhu is a Senior Lecturer in the Energy Harvesting Research Group at Exeter. He received BEng in Information and Control Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in 2004. He joined the University of Southampton in October 2004 where he was awarded MSc in RF Communication Systems in 2005 and PhD in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in 2009, respectively. His PhD topic was "Methods of frequency tuning vibration-based micro-generators".  After obtaining his PhD, he had worked as a Research Fellow and later a Senior Research Fellow in Electronics and Electrical Engineering Group in the University of Southampton for over six years. He then worked at Coventry University as a Lecturer in Electronic Engineering for a year before joining the University of Exeter in September 2016. 

His research interests include energy harvesting from various sources, e.g. vibration, sound, wind, human movement, solar, RF, wireless power transfer etc and their applications as well as advanced materials for energy harvesting applications. He has worked on two EU FP7 projects, two EPSRC projects, three TSB (now Innovate UK) projects and several industry funded consultancy projects since 2009. Systems and devices he developed have been used in practical applications such as wind powered artwork in the Ropemaker Building in London and self-powered vibration sensors on Red Funnel ferries. He has over 80 publications, 5 invited talks and 1 keynote speech. The total citation is over 2400 times and his H-factor is 23 (see his Google Scholar page). He was a member of the Organising Commitee of PowerMEMS 2013 and co-chair of Energy Harvesting 2017Energy Harvesting 2018 and the Materials for Clean Energy Conference in 2019. He has also served as reviewers for various prestigious international journals and conferences as well as Royal Society Industry Fellowships. He was a Guest Editor of a Special Issue (Vibration Energy Harvesting: Linear, Nonlinear, and Rotational Approaches) in Shock and Vibration. He was chair of PowerMEMS 2019 School which was held in December 2019 in Krakow, Poland.

He is currently organising PowerMEMS 2021 conference as the General Chair. He is also a Guest Editor of the Special Issue "Advanced Energy Harvesting Technologies" in MDPI Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). You are warmly welcomed to submit your papers to this Special Issue.