John Batchelor received the B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K., in 1991 and 1995, respectively. From 1994 to 1996 he was a Research Assistant in the Electronics Department of the University of Kent, becoming a lecturer in 1997 and Senior Lecturer in 2006. In 2005 he became head of the Antennas Group at Kent. Dr Batchelor has published work in international journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, IET Proceedings on Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation and Electronics Letters. He has attracted EPSRC and industrial funding and has collaborated with groups at the Universities of Manchester and Surrey (UK) and Auckland (New Zealand). He has also collaborated with DERA and PITO (now National Policing Improvement Agency) and numerous industrial companies. His current research interests include bodyworn antennas, platform independent RFID tags including transfer tattoo tags for skin, compact multiband antennas, Electromagnetic-Band Gap (EBG) structures, long-wavelength Frequency-Selective Surfaces (FSS) and the use of passive wireless sensors for Assistive Technologies.
Think Kent Talk: Everyday Things As Sensors: www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3AxoMn50lI
University of Kent
John is currently an EPSRC Foresight Manufacturing Fellow and much of his research is concerned with wearable wireless technologies and low energy or passive systems for the Internet of Things. His work has primarily been funded by EPSRC, the European Commission and by Industrial Contract. He is currently Principal Investigator on EPSRC project EP/J000086/1, ‘Digital Fabrication of UHF Electromagnetic Structures’ and EP/L019868/1, 'Sustainable Digital Fabrication of Low Energy Passive Wireless Sensors'. These projects aim to develop inkjet printed passive wireless sensing RFID tags on challenging substrates and are both in collaboration with inkjet specialists at the University of Manchester, and the later with Dr Simon Holder, a polymer scientist from the School of Physical Sciences at Kent.
Other EPSRC funded collaborations have developed human scanned avatars to evaluate body-centric wireless channels (with Sheffield University), bodyworn antenna designs in the form of Jeans buttons (with Dr Benito Sanz-Izquierdo), RFID transfer tattoos (with Dr Ali Ziai), Frequency Selective Surfaces for spectrum control and frequency re-use within buildings (with Manchester and Auckland Universities), and LTCC Surface Integrated Waveguide Antennas for mm-wave systems (with Surrey University).
His latest research involves thin magnetic screening for HF RFID tags and passive sensors for Assistive Technologies. He is also working with Dr Maria Alfredsson from the Materials group at Kent to develop ultra-low profile printed batteries with integrated antennas. John's RFID transfer tattoo design was highly commended in the IET 2011 innovation awards.
He has recently been awarded the EPSRC funded project AART-BC (Assistive, Adaptive and Rehabiliative Technologies - Beyond the Clinic). This project is in collaboration with the universities of Warwick, York, Cardiff, UCL, Oxford Brookes and Salford. The focus is on the development of a platform to monitor the use of AT and compliance with RP and support the patient outside of the clinic. The project will demonstrate the technology in three patient groups: wheelchair users, prosthetic users and the elderly.
- Genetic Algorithm Design and Development of Convoluted Printed Elements
- Antennas for Integrated Milli-Metre Wave Modules
- ROSETTE Project - Broadband Multi-Function Uni-Planar PIFA Antenna
- Reduced Sized Cells for Electromagnetic Bandgap Structures
- Convoluted Array Elements for FSS: Influence of Interweaving
- Wearable Button Antenna
- Field Distribution and RFID Reading within Metallic Roll Cages
- EXTRACTT - WP2 (Antenna Design)
- Wearable Antenna Research - House of Lords Recognition
- Application of Frequency Selective Surfaces to Enhance the Properties of Buildings in Radio Communications
- The Electromagnetic Architecture of Buildings
- Fibre Optic Networks for Distributed and Extendible Heterogeneous Radio Architectures and Service Provision (FUTON): General
- Fibre Optic Networks for Distributed, Extendible, Heterogeneous Radio Architectures and Service Provisioning (FUTON): Work Package 5
- Convoluted FSS
- Finite FSS
- Low Power Wearable Antenna Systems
- Ultra Thin and Wearable UHF RFID Tags
- TECS - Time Domain Electromagnetic Characterisation and Simulation for EMC
- APMEN – Active Probes for Measurement of Electromagnetic Near-Field
- RFID Body Tags - Shortlisted for the IET Innovation Awards 2011
- Digital Fabrication of UHF Electromagnetic Structures
- Autonomous and Intelligent Healthcare System (SYSIASS)
- Active FSS
- Flexible smart surfaces for augmented indoor communications
Teaching responsibilities include:
Microwave Circuit Design (second year)
Mobile Transmission Systems (third year)
Antennas for Modern Communications (third year)
Mobile Antennas and Propagation (Msc)