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Professor Yi Qin

Design, Manufacture and Engineering Management

Personal statement

Prof. Yi Qin (FIMechE, FIoN, FHeA, CEng, PhD, MSc and BEng), a Professor in Manufacturing Technology and Systems, Director of the Centre for Precision Manufacturing, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Manufacturing Review, Secretary to the Committee of the UK University Manufacturing Engineering Consortium. His interests in research include Materials Forming, Micro-Manufacturing, Numerical Modelling of Manufacturing Processes, Tool and Machine Design, Manufacturing System Technology, etc. Yi was the Project Co-ordinator and technical leader of EU flagship project - FP6 integrated project MASMICRO for the development of an integrated facility for the mass-manufacture of micro-components (2004-2008) (36 partners from 13 EU countries, with a budget of 21 millions Euros), Technical Co-ordinator of the EU FP7 Polytubes Project (2009-2012) (17 partners) and EU FP7 Micro-FAST project (2013-2017) (18 partners), and wrokpackage leader in several other EU projects. His current projects include EU Micro-FAST, LoCoLite, Counter-Fog, MMTech, SUPERMAT and MicroMAN project, EPSRC Micro-3D and AUTOMAN project, and a Royal Society International Exchange Programme. His main contributions to knowledge in manufacturing, to-date, include new design and numerical analysis methods for materials forming and micro-manufacturing, new manufacturing-machine/tool designs, micro-manufacturing system concepts, etc. Yi has published over 200 technical articles on various subjects in these fields, including a book on "Micro-Manufacturing Engineering and Technology" (published by Elsevier, 1st edition in June 2010, and 2nd edition in June 2015), 5 journal special-issues (edited as a Guest Editor) for the Journal of Materials Processing Technology, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Journal of Multiscale Modelling respectively, including a special issue on "Mass-Manufacture of Micro-Products" (published by IJAMT, April 2010) and special issue on "Multiscale Modelling of Multi-layered Coated Surface-Systems" (published by JMM, March 2011) . He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture (IJMTM) and other two journals, Advisor to the International Commercial Magazine "Micro-Manufacturing". He also edited newsletters for EU MINAM Platform and NanoFutures Platform. Yi is a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Nanotechnology and Higher Education Academy. He has delivered plenary addresses/keynote papers and invited lectures/seminars at more than 30 international conferences/workshops, including Keynote speech at 23rd International Conference on Computer-aided Production Engineering (2015), 2015 International Forum on Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Aerospace Industry (2015), NEC Manufacturing Exhibition (2013), 3rd International Conference on New Forming Technology (2012), 12th Plasticity Engineering Conference (2011), International Workshop on Nanosciences and Nanotechnology (2010), 6th International Symposium on Nanomanufacturing (2008), Cutting Tool Congress (2007), 11th Int. Conf. on Metal Forming (2006) and the 1st Int. Conf. on Micro-Manufacturing (2006). He has reviewed technical papers for 20 international journals, and a member of the scientific committee for more than 30 international conferences. Yi, currently, supervises 5 Research Associates/Research Assistants and 15 PhD students, and he was the Chair of the 4th International Conference on New Forming Technology which was held in Glasgow in August 2015.


Superhydrophobic structures on 316L stainless steel surfaces machined by nanosecond pulsed laser
Cai Yukui, Chang Wenlong, Luo Xichun, Sousa Ana M.L., Lau King Hang Aaron, Qin Yi
Precision Engineering, (2018)
Integrated, multi-disciplinary approaches for micro-manufacturing research, and new opportunities and challenges to micro-manufacturing
Qin Yi
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part N: Journal of Nanomaterials, Nanoengineering and Nanosystems, (2018)
A forging method for reducing process steps in the forming of automotive fasteners
Chen Senyong, Qin Yi, Chen J.G., Choy Chee-Mun
International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, (2017)
Numerical modelling of the gas-powder flow during the laser metal deposition for additive manufacturing
Zeng Quanren, Tian Yankang, Xu Zhenhai, Qin Yi
15th International Conference on Manufacturing Research ICMR 2017, (2017)
Thermal behaviors simulation for laser metal deposition of TiAl powders
Zeng Quanren, Xu Zhenhai, Tian Yankang, Qin Yi
EuroMAT 2017, (2017)
Hydrophobicity of pyramid structures fabricated by micro milling
Cai Yukui, Chang Wenlong, Luo Xichun, Qin Yi
2017 World Congress on Micro and Nano Manufacturing, pp. 1-4, (2017)

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Professional activities

Invited speaker at the International Conference on Frontiers in Materials Processing, Applications, Research & Technology (FiMPART' 2017), France.
The 16th Int. Conference on Metal Forming, 2018, Japan (Event)
The 5th International Conference on New Forming Technology
EUSPEN SIG Workshop on Micro & Nano-Manufacturing
Member of programme committee
The 15th International Conference on Manufacturing Research (Event)
Materials Forming Research Towards Industrial Applications
Invited speaker

more professional activities


Low-cost materials processing technologies for mass production of lightweight vehicles (H2020-NMBP) LoCoMaTech Project
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2016 - 31-Aug-2019
Medical Devices Doctoral Training Centre Renewal | Caselton, Justin
Yao, Wei (Principal Investigator) Qin, Yi (Co-investigator) Caselton, Justin (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 01-Oct-2016
The VIRTUAL Centre for Integration of INNOVATIVE synthesis and Processing methods (SUPERMAT) (H2020 - TWINN - 2015)
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jan-2016 - 31-Dec-2018
European Training Network on "Process Fingerprint for Zero-defec Net-shape MICROMANufacturing" H2020 MSCA ETN)
Luo, Xichun (Principal Investigator) Qin, Yi (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 30-Sep-2019
New aerospace advanced cost effective materials and rapid manufacturing (MMTECH)
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator) Zeng, Quanren (Researcher)
Period 01-May-2015 - 30-Apr-2019
Device For Large Scale Fog Decontamination (COUNTERFOG)
Qin, Yi (Principal Investigator) Tian, Yankang (Researcher) Zeng, Quanren (Researcher)
Period 01-Nov-2013 - 31-Oct-2017

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