Dr Richard O'Leary


Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

I am a lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, my teaching is focussed on principles of measurement, signal acquisition and data processing as applied to engineering and biomedical applications.


My research base is in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering, the emphasis is the implementation of novel transduction systems, both piezoelectric and capacitive modalities, to service applications including measurement of material properties; ultrasound imaging; sonochemistry and non-destructive testing.


Has expertise in:

    • Polymer Science

    • Acoustic Transduction

    • Wave Propagation

    • Finite Element Modelling


Quantifying ultrasound for sono-crystallization
Forbes Clarissa, Price Chris, O'Leary Richard
2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) 2019 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (IUS) (2019)
Developing a 3D printable electret material for sensing applications
Omoniyi O A, Tiller B, O'Leary R, Windmill James
2019 IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (FLEPS) IEEE International Conference on Flexible and Printable Sensors and Systems (2019)
Broadband 1-3 piezoelectric composite transducer design using Sierpinski Gasket fractal geometry
Fang Haoyu, Qiu Zhen, Mulholland Anthony J, O'Leary Richard L, Gachagan Anthony
IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control Vol 65, pp. 2429 - 2439 (2018)
Broadband piezocrystal transducer array for non-destructive evaluation imaging applications
Qiu Zhen, Fang Haoyu, O'Leary Richard, Gachagan Anthony, Moldovan Alexandru
Proceeding 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium 2018 IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium (2018)
Linear ultrasonic array design using cantor set fractal geometry
Fang H, Qiu Z, Mulholland A J, O'Leary R L, Gachagan A
2018 International Workshop on Acoustic Transduction Materials and Devices (2018)
Elucidating the mechanism of paracetamol sonocrystallization for product purity enhancement
Forbes Clarissa, Nguyen Thai T H, O'Leary Richard L, Price Chris J
Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics Vol 32 (2018)

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My teaching is focussed on principles of measurement and fundamental concepts of analogue and digital circuits and systems used for measurement and control. I contribute to a variety of modules in this area. In addition, I co-ordinate 4th year Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Individual Projects.

Research interests

My research is primarily focussed on ultrasonic transduction – primarily the application of novel polymer materials and synthesis methods to the creation of new types of transducers. The main goals are improving sensitivity, so that we can probe deeper into the material or interest, and enhancing resolution, allowing us to see the echoes from small targets especially when they are close together.

Professional activities

IEEE international ultrasound symposium (IUS) 2019
PhD external examiner
3D-Printed cellular electret sensor for acoustic applications
EngD External Examiner
External Examiner
16th International Workshop on Micromachined Ultrasonic Transdcuers
PhD Tribunal Technical University of Madrid
External Examiner

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Transformative Anatomically accurate Microvascular flow Phantoms for Ultrasound therapy research (TAMP-US)
Mulvana, Helen Elizabeth (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
Bio-Inspired Adaptive Ultrasonic NDE: feasibility study
Windmill, James (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Morrison, Laura
O'Leary, Richard (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Morrison, Laura (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021
Industrial Case Account 2015 | Winstone, Richard Martin
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Principal Investigator) Jackson, Joseph (Co-investigator) Winstone, Richard Martin (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 01-Jan-2021
Industrial Case Account 2015 / S151217-112
O'Leary, Richard (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2020
UK Research Centre In Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) 2014-2020
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator) O'Leary, Richard (Co-investigator) Windmill, James (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2020

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Royal College Building

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