Adrian Porch

Cardiff University

Adrian Porch is a professor the Centre for High Frequency Engineering (CHFE), Cardiff University. He has 30 years of experience in using high frequency electromagnetic techniques to study the fundamental properties of materials and their applications.

He read Natural Sciences at Cambridge University (Pembroke College), graduating in Physics in 1986. He remained in Cambridge for his PhD research from 1986-1989, studying the microwave surface impedance of superconductors in the Low Temperature Physics Group at the Cavendish Laboratory. From 1989-1990 he worked as a research scientist at GEC (Caswell). From 1990-2000 he was a research fellow, then lecturer and senior lecturer in the Electronic Materials and Devices Group in the School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Birmingham, with main focus on the basic high frequency science and applications of high temperature superconductors. He joined the School of Engineering at Cardiff University in the Autumn of 2000, was promoted to reader in 2004 and awarded a personal chair in 2007.

He has authored over 100 journal papers in the area of the high frequency properties and applications of materials, and co-authored two research monographs. Much of his research is interdisciplinary, involving collaborations with colleagues in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Materials Science, Biosciences, Pharmacy and Medicine.

Recently, he has used his expertise to develop new types of electromagnetic sensors. For example, research on non-invasive blood glucose sensors includes a current grant from the Wellcome Trust for £1M on which he is PI, with 2 key patents on the sensor head and novel sensor instrumentation required to realise a commercial product.

He is an active STEMNET Ambassador, promoting Science and Engineering within schools.