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Dr Ralf Bauer


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am a RAEng Engineering for Development Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. I received a first class Dipl.-Ing. in Mechatronics from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, in 2010 and a PhD in MEMS enabled laser systems from the University of Strathclyde in 2013.

My research aims to develop miniaturised biomedical imaging systems based on the integration of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and micro-optics. My research interests in this direction include the miniaturisation and combination of multiple imaging modalities for 3D real-time monitoring of functional biomedical processes. Further research interests of mine are also further integrations of MEMS in optical systems and miniaturised sensors for biomedical applications. I am currently a member of the Optical Society (OSA) and IEEE.

Further research details can be found at


Tunable Yb : KGW laser, CW or Q-switched, enabled by dual-axis tilt of a MOEMS mirror
Paterson Alan, Bauer Ralf, Lubeigt Walter, Uttamchandani Deepak
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics Vol 24, (2018)
Tackling Africa's digital divide
Lavery Martin, Abadi Mansour, Bauer Ralf, Brambilla Gilberto, Cheng Ling, Cox Mitchell, Dudley Angela, Ellis Andrew, Fontaine Nicolas, Kelly Anthony, Marquardt Christoph, Matlhane Selaelo, Ndagano Bienvenu, Petruccione Francesco, Slavik Radan, Romanato Filippo, Rosales-Guzman Carmelo, Roux Filippus, Roux Kobus, Wang Jian, Forbes Andrew
Nature Photonics Vol 12, pp. 249-252, (2018)
A MEMS microphone inspired by Ormia for spatial sound detection
Zhang Yansheng, Bauer Ralf, Whitmer William M., Jackson Joseph C., Windmill James F.C., Uttamchandani Deepak
The 31st IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, (2017)
Performance of a azimuthally excited 3D-printed resonator for multi-pass spectroscopic applications
Humphries Gordon S., Bauer Ralf, Lengden Michael
IEEE SENSORS 2017, (2017)
MEMS micromirror based light sheet generator for biomedical imaging
Bauer Ralf, Uttamchandani Deepak
2017 International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN), (2017)
Q-switched tunable solid-state laser using a MOEMS mirror
Paterson Alan, Bauer Ralf, Lubeigt Walter, Uttamchandani Deepak
2017 International Conference on Optical MEMS and Nanophotonics (OMN) - Proceedings, (2017)

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Research interests

Miniaturised biomedical 3D imaging systems, Optical MEMS, Bio-inspired MEMS microphones, solid-state lasers, miniaturised trace gas sensors

Professional activities

Micro and Nano Letters (Journal)
Associate Editor
IEEE Sensors 2017 Session Chair "Optical Sensors and Interrogation Techniques I "
University of Tokyo
Visiting researcher
Talks detailing work in optical MEMS in biomedical imaging and laser systems
Bridging the digital divide
Seminar on optical sensing technologies for biomedical applications

more professional activities


Enhanced heliostat-based energy generation for deployment across the developing world
Bauer, Ralf (Co-investigator)
Period 19-Dec-2016 - 31-Aug-2017
Miniaturised 3D-printed biomedical imaging system using optical MEMS - RAE Fellowships (GCRF)
Bauer, Ralf (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 30-Sep-2021

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Technology Innovation Centre

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