Mike Lancaster

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Michael J. Lancaster was educated at Bath University, UK, where he graduated with a degree in Physics in 1980. His career continued at Bath, where he was awarded a PhD in 1984 for research into non-linear underwater acoustics.


After leaving Bath University where he graduated, he joined the surface acoustic wave (SAW) group at the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University as a Research Fellow. The research was in the design of new, novel SAW devices, including RF filters and filter banks. In 1987 he became a Lecturer at The University of Birmingham in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, lecturing in electromagnetic theory and microwave engineering. Shortly after he joined the department he began the study of the science and applications of high temperature superconductors, working mainly at microwave frequencies. He was promoted to head of the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering in 2003. His present personal research interests include microwave filters and antennas, as well as the high frequency properties and applications of a number of novel and diverse materials. This includes micromachining as applied to terahertz communications systems


Professor Lancaster is Fellow of the IET and UK Institute of Physics. He is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Physicist. Professor Lancaster has published two books and over 200 papers in refereed journals.

Research interests

Professor Lancaster has work for over 30 years on the application of materials to passive microwave circuits as well as novel microwave device designs and applications in communications systems. His research includes work passive circuits using superconductors, ferroelectrics, ferrites, as well as various families of dielectrics with technological innovations in micromachining for terahertz communications. He has experience in many methods of processing and analysing materials to produce the microwave and millimetre wave circuits. In addition he has built up a research capability in micromachining for producing terahertz passive circuits.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Professor Lancaster’s research interests are wide and are based on the drive to produce improved high performance microwave, millimetre wave and terahertz circuits. The research includes microwave aspects of materials science, physics and device engineering all being equally important. In addition new communications technologies are of interest, particularly at terahertz frequencies. PhD projects are available in many areas and more detailed information of the latest research interest can be found at www.birmingham.ac.uk/edt