Professor Yi Qin

Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management

Personal statement

Professor Yi Qin (FIMechE, FIoN, FHeA, CEng, PhD, MSc and BEng), is a Professor in Manufacturing Technology and Systems, Director of the Centre for Precision Manufacturing, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Manufacturing Review, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Lightweight Materials and Manufacture, Secretary to the Committee of the UK University Manufacturing Engineering Consortium, and a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Professor Qin’s interests in research and technological development (RTD) include Materials Forming, Micro/Precision-Manufacturing, Numerical Modelling, and Manufacturing System Technology. He has taken the lead in several large-scale RTD projects, including co-ordination of one of the largest manufacturing research projects in EU - FP6 integrated project MASMICRO for the development of an integrated facility for the mass-manufacture of micro-components. He is the Project Co-ordinator of EU FAST-SMART Project (2020-2024). His recent/current RTD projects include EU Micro-FAST, LoCoLite, Counter-Fog, MMTech, SUPERMAT, LoCoMaTech, MicroMAN, M3DLoC and FAST-SMART project, and UK EPSRC Micro-3D, AUTOMAN and Manufacturing the future SMART project.

Professor Qin has published over 250 technical articles on various subjects in the fields of materials, manufacturing and numeric modelling, including a book on "Micro-Manufacturing Engineering and Technology" (published by Elsevier, 1st edition in June 2010, and 2nd edition in June 2015), and 5 journal special-issues. He is also an Advisor to the International Commercial Magazine "Micro-Manufacturing", and edited newsletters for EU MINAM Platform and NanoFutures Platform.

Professor Qin has delivered keynote speeches and invited lectures at more than 30 international conferences/workshops. He has reviewed technical papers for more than 20 international journals and been a member of the scientific committee for more than 40 international conferences. He was the Chair of the 4th International Conference on New Forming Technology (ICNFT) (Glasgow, August 2015), and Co-Chair of the 5th ICNFT (Bremen, Sept. 2018).


Flexible single-step fabrication of programmable 3D nanostructures by pulse-modulated local anodic oxidation
Luo Xichun, Gao Jian, Xie Wenkun, Hasan Rashed Md Murad, Qin Yi
CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology (2023)
Atomistic insights into bias-induced oxidation on passivated silicon surface through ReaxFF MD simulation
Gao Jian, Luo Xichun, Xie Wenkun, Qin Yi, Hasan Rashed Md Murad, Fan Pengfei
Applied Surface Science Vol 626 (2023)
Characterization of magnetron sputtered BiTe-based thermoelectric thin films
Zhang Zhenxue, Gurtaran Mikdat, Li Xiaoying, Un Hio Ieng, Qin Yi, Dong Hanshan
Nanomaterials Vol 13 (2023)
Improving thermal conductivity of a nickel-based alloy through advanced electromagnetic coupling treatment
Zhang Qianwen, Wang Xiaotong, Qin Yi, He Gening, Zhang Shiyuan, Huang Kunlan, Wang Jie
Journal of Materials Research and Technology Vol 21, pp. 4708-4723 (2022)
A novel current sensor indicator enabled WAFTR model for tool wear prediction under variable operating conditions
Kundu Pradeep, Luo Xichun, Qin Yi, Chang Wenlong, Kumar Anil
Journal of Manufacturing Processes Vol 82, pp. 777-791 (2022)
Residual stress reductions of carbide cutting tools through applying pulsed magnetic field and coupled electromagnetic field – mechanism analysis and comparison study
Zhong Fu, Wang Jie, Zhang Qianwen, Huang Jigang, Wang Wei, Xu Jie, Huang Kunlan, Qin Yi
The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Vol 121, pp. 4757–4775 (2022)

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Professional activities

The 4th Int. Conf. on Emerging Technologies in Materials Engineering
The 18th and 19th Int. Conf. on Manufacturing Research (Event)
The 11th & 12th EASN Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space (Event)
2019 International Conference on Lightweight Materials and Manufacture (LMM 2019)
Keynote/plenary speaker
The 9th EASN International Conference on Innovation in Aviation & Space
World Congress on Micro and Nano Manufacturing (Event)

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Advanced manufacturing for insulating and energy harvesting/storage materials for climate adaptive building envelopes
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 28-Jan-2025
Injection Moulding Repurposing for Medical Supplies enabled by Additive Manufacturing
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
New generation of offshore turbine blades with intelligent architectures of hybrid, nano-enabled multi-materials via advanced manufacturing
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator) Luo, Xichun (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
A Multiscale Digital Twin-Driven Smart Manufacturing System for High Value-Added Products
Luo, Xichun (Principal Investigator) Qin, Yi (Co-investigator) Ward, Michael (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2024
FAST and Nano-Enabled SMART Materials, Structures and Systems for Energy Harvesting (FAST_SMART)
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
FAST and Nano-Enabled SMART Materials, Structures and Systems for Energy Harvesting - FAST-SMART (H2020)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2024
Numerical modelling of laser metal deposition (LMD) process for melt pool temperatu re distribution and deposited tracks’ geometry prediction(Route-to-Impact project)
Zeng, Quanren (CoPI) Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator) Tian, Yankang (Co-investigator) Reimer, Andreas (Administrator) Fitzpatrick, Stephen (Administrator)
The project was focused on the development and validation of an integrated approach for the modelling of  Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) for melt pool temperature distribution and deposited tracks’ geometry prediction for the fabrication of metal components by this additive manufacturing process. 

The project was funded by the "Route to Impact" call from the Advanced Forming Research Centre, a High Value Manufacturing Catapult Centre which is funded and managed by Innovate UK.
01-Jan-2019 - 15-Jan-2020

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