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Stephen’s study on Energy Harvesting tops Google Scholar category

Published: 3 October 2017
Prof. Neil Stephen
Prof. Stephen’s paper has broad practical and academic applications.

With the wealth of articles published on acoustics and sound, Google Scholar selects this paper as one of the most influential in academia.

A publication by Professor Neil Stephen, Head of Academic Affairs at the University of Southampton Malaysia Campus, was among the most highly read and cited peer-reviewed papers according to Google Scholar.  Published in the Journal of Sound and Vibration (JSV), the paper currently has more than 660 citations. 

Google Scholar has identified the 2006 paper, ‘‘Energy Harvesting from Ambient Vibration’’ as the most highly-cited article in its mid-2017 release of Classic Papers: Articles That Have Stood the Test of Time.  The collection identifies the ten most highly-cited papers that were published ten years earlier, in a broad range of subject areas, in this case Physics & Mathematics, Acoustics & Sound.

Prof. Stephen’s paper has broad practical and academic applications.  The technical paper looks into the future of low-power microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) that are able to harvest and store energy from their operating environment.  His study is in response to the growing interest in MEMS and the challenges in extending its lifespan to improve development and broaden its application in healthcare, environment monitoring and so forth.

Asked about the inspiration behind this work, Prof. Stephen said, ‘’I was inspired by speculative conversations I had with colleagues on how a stent used in cardiology to open arteries might in the future be designed to absorb energy from blood flow and to harness that energy to power a heart pacemaker.’’

The paper had already achieved recognition through the award of the prestigious P.E. Doak Award in 2012, as the most downloaded and cited paper in the JSV over the previous five years.  

‘‘It is a great honour to have my work recognised in this way, and to be able to share my findings with the research community,’’ said Prof. Stephen.

During his 36 years of service at the University of Southampton, Prof. Stephen has been a recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award and has published nearly a hundred papers in the areas of structural mechanics, vibration, applied mathematics and mechanics.

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