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Paul Weaver

Paul Weaver

E-Mail: paul_weaver [AT] yahoo.com

Dr. Paul Weaver’s research includes the application of piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials for novel sensing, actuation, energy storage and energy harvesting applications. A particular aspect of Paul’s work is the science and measurement of functional materials’ behaviour under extreme conditions such as harsh environments at elevated temperature or high humidity.

Paul graduated with an M.A. degree in natural science from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from Southampton University in measurement of energy exchange in multi-phase flow. He has over 15 years’ industrial experience in research and development of electro-mechanical systems and applications of functional materials, prior to joining NPL in 2008. Paul is a chartered engineer, member of the IET and is a visiting Reader at Southampton University.

Selected Publications
Paul M. Weaver, Markys G. Cain, Tatiana M. Correia, Mark Stewart , “Electromechanical Coupling and Temperature Dependent Polarisation Reversal in Piezoelectric Ceramics” IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 58, 1730 -1736 (2011)
Weaver P.M. “A Sensorless Drive System for Controlling Temperature Dependent Hysteresis in Piezoelectric Actuators” Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control, 58, pp. 704 –710, (2011).
Zheng, D.; Swingler, J. & Weaver, P. M. "Electrical conduction mechanisms in piezoelectric ceramics under harsh operating conditions" Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, 2011, 167, 19 - 24
Weaver, P. M.; Cain, M. G. & Stewart, M. “Temperature dependence of strain--polarization coupling in ferroelectric ceramics” Applied Physics Letters, AIP, 2010, 96, 142905
Weaver, P. M.; Cain, M. G. & Stewart, M. “Temperature dependence of high field electromechanical coupling in ferroelectric ceramics” Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics, 2010

Relevant Publications

Joe Briscoe, Nimra Jalali, Peter Woolliams, Mark Stewart, Paul Weaver, Professor Markys G Cain, FIMMM, CPhys, (2013) Measurement techniques for piezoelectric nanogenerators. In: Energy & Environmental Science, 6, 3035-3045.

Joe Briscoe, Mark Stewart, Melvin Vopson, Professor Markys G Cain, FIMMM, CPhys, Paul Weaver, (2012) Nanostructured p-n Junctions for Kinetic-to-Electrical Energy Conversion. In: Advanced Energy Materials, Vol. 2, pp. 1261-1268.

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