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Professor Martyn Hill BSc, PhD, MInstMC, MIOA, CEng, FHEA

Professor of Electromechanical Systems

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Martyn Hill is Professor of Electromechanical Systems in the School of Engineering.   

Previous leadership roles have included:

Much of Martyn’s research has focussed on the design, modelling and application of microfluidic ultrasonic devices for the manipulation of cells and particles, involving collaborations with colleagues in biomedical sciences. In 2003 he co-founded the Ultrasonic Standing Wave Network from which the successful international Acoustofluidics conference series has grown.

BSc, Engineering Acoustics and Vibration, University of Southampton 1985

PhD, University of Southampton, 2005

Research interests


  • manipulating cells and particles in microfluidics
  • tissue engineering
  • bio-sensing
  • modelling radiation force and streaming phenomena

Microfluidics to simulate clinical procedures

  • tumour embolisation
  • evaluating sclerosing foams

Measurement and instrumentation:

  • ultrasonic techniques for temperature measurement
  • surface characterisation

Signal processing:

  • characterisation of EEG signals in sleep

Research group

Mechatronics Engineering Group

Affiliate research group

Bioengineering Science

Research project(s)

Application of ultrasound standing wave fields for augmentation of cartilage bioengineering strategies

Application of novel acoustic trapping perfusion bioreactor to generate 3-D co-culture system for modelling tumour microenvironment interactions

Application of Data Fusion techniques in identification of sub-clinical Polysomnographic events in children with Sleep Disordered Breathing

In collaboration with the Welcome Trust Children hospital in Southampton and the School of Medicine at Southampton University, we aim to study the effects of obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) ins children and develop/improve methods for automatic detection of such abnormality.

Blocking blood supply to starve cancerous tumours

Microfluidic technology can potentially provide a platform for evaluation of clinical and patient-specific features for cancer therapy, while as an alternative to animal models to reduce the amount of animal tests.

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Book Chapters



Module titleModule codeDisciplineRole
Acoustics and Noise Control SESM3010 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Acoustics and Noise Control for Civil Engineers SESM3021 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Engineering Design SESM3001 Mechanical Engineering Course leader
Sensors and Signal Processing for Condition Monitoring SESG6027 Engineering Sciences Tutor
TT Pt I Induction Programme SESG1010 Engineering Sciences Tutor

Ultrasonic tweezers

David Allard reported about ultrasonic tweezers BBC South Today - 11/6/2014

Martyn was interviewed by Radio Solent

Professor Martyn Hill
Engineering, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton. SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number : 7/5029/M7

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