Facility News

Here is some of the latest news of what has been happening at the UKRI National Millimetre Wave Measurement Facility.

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This month we have a new user of the National mmWave facility, Mr Meshari Alanazi, we look forward to working with you.

I am a PhD student working on the efficient design of mmWave dielectric resonator antennas. The designed antennas operate at the 28 GHz, 40 GHz and 60 GHz frequency bands with excellent agreement between simulations and measurements using the mmWave facility.

Mr Meshari Alanazi


 Last month we had a visit from Dr Sergio Rodriguez-Albarran, the first ever user of the National mmWave Facility. It was great to see him on his graduation day.

I’m honoured to have been the first ever user of the cutting-edge National mmWave facilities in the University of Sheffield back in late 2019.

My project was about exploring tunable materials in dielectric resonant antennas (DRAs) at mm-Wave typical frequencies (24 -26 GHz) the resonators I studied were 3D-Printed in Polylactic Acid (PLA) and filled with graphene oxide gel, which, in presence of an incident biasing voltage achieved electronic tunability in the desired frequency range. The involvement of the innovative equipment was crucial in obtaining the frequency response, reflection coefficient and both 2D and 3D radiation patterns of all the antennas I designed constructed and characterised in my last chapters of the Thesis I presented to obtain my PhD degree in March 2020.

Dr. Sergio Rodriguez-Albarran 

Image of Sergio outside the Portobello building
Image of Sergio and Eddie in the mmWave Facility

In February we had a visit from Ming Yang and Ryan Fairclough from Arralis to test their antenna design on our NSI spherical measurement system.

Image of the front  of Arralis Antenna
Image of the users from Arralis
Image of the antenna from Arralis