Dr Paul Smith PhD, MSc,CPhys.

Dr Paul Smith

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering

Contact details

44 (0) 121 414 4335
+44 (0) 121 414 4291
School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Smith is a Lecturer in the School of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng (EESE) and a member of the Emerging Devices & Technology (EDT) group. He is a keen researcher in the field of microwave devices and materials. He has been an invited speaker on microwave measurements at conferences organised by NIST in the USA and also at conferences organised by the European Space Agency (ESA). Dr Smith has also published on the application of innovative dielectric structures for use in filter applications. He has received funding from EPSRC, DSTL, and the European Space Agency.


Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Eng.:
• CPhys.
• PhD in 1991 in Superconducting Materials and Devices.
• MSc in Microwave Eng 1989
• BSc in Physics 1986


Paul A. Smith received the B.Sc. (with honours) from The University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K., in 1986, the M.Sc. degree in microwave engineering from Bradford University, Bradford, U.K., in 1989, and the Ph.D. degree in the microwave properties of High-Temperature Superconductors (HTS’s) from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester, U.K., in 1991.

From 1991 to 1993, he was a Research Fellow with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics with UMIST. In 1993, he joined the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Materials for High Performance Applications as a Research Fellow. He then worked for several years on mobile communications applications of HTS. In 1999 he left to join the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), Malvern, U.K., where he was involved with high-performance radar.

In 2001, he returned to The University of Birmingham, taking up a lectureship with the Department of Electrical, Electronic, and Systems Engineering. He has authored or coauthored papers in the field of microwave HTS’s and microwave dielectrics. He is currently involved with novel communication components and ferrite materials and devices.


1st Year Introductory Labs
Introductory MSc courses

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Smith has supervised PhD’s in several areas such as:
• Microwave measurements on ferrite materials
• Modeling of novel microwave devices.

PhD opportunities


The use of ferrite materials to miniaturise broadband antennas at HF and RF. Ferrite materials can potentially reduce the size of an antenna whilst still maintaining a reasonable bandwidth, unlike the use of dielectric materials. This work was supported by UK industry.

Measurements on ferrite materials for Circulators and Isolators for space applications

The use of novel dielectric resonator components, such as a spiral or helix, which could be employed in a high performance microwave filter.

The use of novel ferrite components, such as a helix, which could be employed in a variety of applications such as phase shifters and possibly TWT’s

The use of novel testing systems to measure the losses of high permittivity low loss planar substrates at 1.8 GHz

Other activities

Dr Smith is the Admissions Tutor for the School of EESE.


Holmes J.E., Yang C.P., Smith P.A., and Button T.W., Dielectric Helical Resonators, IEEE Trans. on Microwave Theory & Techniques, Vol. 53, No. 1, Jan 2005, pp 322-329

Yang C.P., Smith P.A., Dolman G., Button T.W., Cruickshank D., Helical Ferrite Devices for Non-Reciprocal Applications, Ferroelectrics, 387, 1, 2009, pp197-203.

Benmerah S., Yang C.P., Smith P.A., Button T.W. Dielectric Spiral Resonators, Electronics Letters, 2010, 46, pp608-609.