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Staff Profile: Prof A Porch


Prof Adrian Porch
MA, PhD, CPhys, MInstP, MIET





Teaching Discipline:

Electrical & Electronic Engineering


Research Theme:

Health, Technology and the Digital World


Research Group:

Centre for High Frequency Engineering



Room C/4.09 Newport Road



+44 (0)29 2087 5954 (direct line)





Adrian Porch is a professor the Centre for High Frequency Engineering (CHFE). He has over 25 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 (h-index of 20, average of >12 citations per paper) 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 has been funded by over £1M since 2010. This includes a current grant from the Wellcome Trust for £890k 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 enthusiastic teacher and is a specialist in electromagnetism, which he has taught for 30 years at the universities of Cardiff, Birmingham and Cambridge. He also teaches modules in high frequency engineering, electronic materials and mathematics, in all years of the degree schemes in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Cardiff. He has won teaching awards for 'excellence in teaching', voted for by the students, in every year since these were introduced by the School of Engineering in 2005. He is an active STEMNET Ambassador, promoting Science and Engineering within schools.


Professional Activities and Recognition:

• EPSRC college member

• Co-Chair of HTSHFF-2006 and International Committee Member

• Co-Chair of 29th Workshop “Compound Semiconductor Devices and Integrated Circuits” (2005) and International Committee Member

• Two research monographs published

• Funded industrial collaborations with Jaguar, Merck, Renishaw, Microsemi; consultant to Colebrand, Merck