Dr Stephen Hanham BSc BE(Hons) PhD PGCert FHEA SMIEEE MIET

Dr Stephen Hanham

Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
Senior Birmingham Fellow and Associate Professor

Contact details

Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Stephen Hanham currently holds the position of Senior Birmingham Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering at the University of Birmingham. 

Stephen has over 70 publications in scientific journals, international conferences and book chapters spanning the fields of electronic engineering, physics and material science. His main area of expertise lies in terahertz and microwave technologies for sensing applications.

He is a regular reviewer for numerous scientific publications including Nature Publications Group, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Chemical Society and Advanced Optical Materials. He has served on numerous technical and organising committees and chaired sessions in international conferences.


  • PGCert in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, U. K., 2020
  • PhD in Electrical and Information Engineering, University of Sydney, Australia, 2010
  • BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering with first class honours, University of Western Australia, Australia 2004
  • BSc in Science, University of Western Australia, Australia, 2004
  • Senior Member of IEEE
  • Member of the IET


Stephen Hanham received the BE (Hons) and BSc degrees from the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia in 2004 and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Information Engineering from the University of Sydney, Australia in 2010.

From 2008 to 2010 he was a Research Project Officer and later a Systems Engineer at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in Sydney, Australia working on THz antennas and detectors, mobile satellite terminals and radio telescope antenna systems.

From 2010 to 2017, he worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and later as an Experienced Researcher in the Physics and Material Science Departments at Imperial College London, UK. Whilst there, his research examined biological applications of terahertz radiation as well as various aspects of terahertz plasmonics, metamaterials, two dimensional materials and dielectric resonators.

In 2012 and 2013, he was the recipient of Research Excellence Grants from the European Metrology Research Programme to investigate metrological aspects of microwave near-field imaging. 

In 2017, he moved to the University of Birmingham to take up the position of Senior Birmingham Fellow and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering. In addition to his work at the University of Birmingham, Stephen holds an Honorary Lectureship in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London.



  • MEng/MSc/MRes RF and Microwave Engineering
  • MEng/MSc/MRes projects


  • MSci Y4 projects

Postgraduate supervision

Applications from good students are always welcome. For a full list of available opportunities, please visit the Department for Electronic, Electrical and Systems Engineering Postgraduate doctoral research programmes page.


Stephen’s research has focused on developing the technologies that enable terahertz and microwave sensing, particularly at the sub-wavelength scale. His research has various themes:

  • High quality-factor dielectric resonators for sensing applications
  • mm-wave and terahertz antennas and antenna arrays
  • Terahertz plasmonics
  • Near-field terahertz and microwave scanning microscopy
  • Biological applications of terahertz radiation
  • Terahertz devices utilising two-dimensional materials
  • Photonic crystals and metamaterials
  • Applications of artificial intelligence in electromagnetics

Other activities


  • Senior Member of IEEE
  • Member of the IET
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the IEEE MTT-S Technical Committee 28 - Biological Effects and Medical Applications of Microwave Radiation


  • Reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IEEE Transactions on Microwave, Theory and Techniques, IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, ACS Photonics, Nature Scientific Reports and Advanced Optical Materials


A complete listing of Stephen’s publications is available on Google Scholar.

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