Miao Jianmin

Miao Jianmin
Associate Professor
Tel: 6790 6038
Email: mjmmiao@ntu.edu.sg
Office: N3.2-02-20 
  • Dr.-Ing. Technical University of Darmstadt 1996
  • Dipl.-Ing. Technical University of Darmstadt 1991
  • BEng Tongji University 1985

Prof Miao Jianmin is a faculty with the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering since 1998. He received his bachelor degree from the Tongji University Shanghai, Dipl.-Ing. (Master) and Dr.-Ing. (PhD) degree in Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)/Sensor Technology from the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany.

Professor Miao established the Micromachines (MEMS) Centre (Lab) as the Founding Director. He has collaborated with MIT since 2008 and has been carrying out high impact research in environmental sensing at CENSAM/SMART. He has supervised/being supervising about 50 PhD research students/research fellows, published nearly 400 academic papers in the international journals/conferences in the field of MEMS/Sensors, and has served/been serving the best and most top journals and conferences in the field as follows:

  1. Editor, Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems;
  2. Editor, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering;
  3. Editor, Sensors;
  4. Executive Technical Program Committee Member, Transducers International Conference;
  5. Technical Program Committee Member, IEEE MEMS International Conference;
  6. Chief Delegate of Singapore, Micromachine Summit. 

Professor Miao leads a multidisciplinary team focusing on MEMS, biomimetic and bio-inspired sensors for environmental monitoring applications. He is the principle investigator (PI) and Co-PI of several projects funded by NRF, EDB, A*STAR, MOE, NTU.


  • Interest:
    Biomimetic and Bio-inspired Micro/Nano Devices, Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Sensors, Micro/Nanotechnology.
  • Projects:
    Biomimetic Water Flow Micro-Sensors
    In collaboration with MIT/SMART, we develop the lateral line fish-like and miniaturized flow sensors with biomimetic approach for measuring the underwater flow to localize the obstacle for underwater autonomous vessel (UAV) manoeuvre and navigation.
    [Micromachines Lab, Micro-Systems & Optics]
    Bio-inspired Water Quality Micro-Sensors
    In collaboration with MIT/SMART, we develop micro-sensors with bio-inspiration approach for measuring the heavy metal ions in water to monitor the quality of drinking water and coastal seawater.
    [Micromachines Lab, Micro-Systems & Optics]
    Air Quality Nano-Sensors
    In collaboration with MIT/SMART, we develop the air pollution sensors by using graphene nanomaterial for measuring NO2 and other pollutants to monitor the air quality.
    [Micromachines Lab, Micro-Systems & Optics]
    Light Field Imaging Spectroscopy (LFIS) for Atmospheric Pollution Detection by Satellite
    In collaboration with MIT/SMART, we develop air pollution systems by using Light Field Imaging Spectroscopy (LFIS) for detecting NO2 and other pollutants from the satellite to monitor the atmospheric quality.
    [Micromachines Lab, Micro-Systems & Optics]

Research Staff and Students under supervision

Research Staff
Name Title Email
Baranski Maciej Kamil Research Fellow MBARANSKI@ntu.edu.sg
Xia Xin Research Fellow XIAXIN@ntu.edu.sg
Mohsen Asadniaye Fard Jahromi Research Associate ASADNIA@ntu.edu.sg

PhD Students
Name Project
Hendrik Hans A Novel Biomimetic Hydrodynamic Wake Tracking Principle Inspired By Harbour Seal (Phoca Vitulina) Vibrissae
Muttikulangara Swaminathan Sanathanan Light field imaging spectrometer (LFIS) for atmosphere pollution monitoring by satellite
Mohsen Asadniaye Fard Jahromi Biominetic Self-powered Micro-sensors for Underwater Disturbance Sensing
Wang Nan A Chemical Sensor for the In-Situ Water Quality Monitoring of Reservoirs
Kanhere Elgar Vikram A Micromachined Biomimetic Water Flow Sensor for Underwater Object Detection with High Sensitivity
Hooi Chee Quen Microbia energy harvesting devices
Hu Liangxing Nanostructured NEMS Devices for Characterization of Biomolecular Nanomotors for Drug Delivery

Master Students
Name Project
Xue Fei Biominetic Self-powered Micro-sensors for Underwater Disturbance Sensing
Pan Shanshan Measurement and Modeling of Airflow and Temperatures in Densely Developed Urban Environments Characteristic of Singapore and the Growing Number of Asian Mega-cities

Selected Publications (click here for full publication list in PDF)
  • Kottapalli, Ajay Giri Prakash; Maghali Bora; Asadnia, Mohsen; Miao, Jianmin; Subbu S. Venkatraman, Triantafyllou, Michael, "Nanofibril scaffold assisted MEMS artificial hydrogel neuromasts for enhanced sensitivity flow sensing", Nature: Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 19336 (2016), doi:10.1038/srep19336, January 2016.
  • Liangxing Hu, Jianmin Miao and Gerhard Grueber, “Disk-Like Nanojets with Steerable Trajectory Using Platinum Nozzle Nanoengines”, ACS Advances, January 2016, 6, 3399-3405, OI: 10.1039/C5RA24202A.
  • Michael S. Triantafyllou, Gabriel D. Weymouth and Jianmin Miao, “Biomimetic Survival Hydrodynamics and Flow Sensing”, Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 48 (2016). (Impact Factor = 11.79).
  • Wu, Jin; Tao, Kai; Miao, Jianmin; et al., “Improved Selectivity and Sensitivity of Gas Sensing Using a 3D Reduced Graphene Oxide Hydrogel with an Integrated Microheater”, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, Volume:7, Issue: 49, Pages: 27502-27510, DEC 16 2015.
  • Asadnia, Mohsen; Kottapalli, Ajay Giri Prakash; Miao, Jianmin; et al., “Artificial fish skin of self-powered micro-electromechanical systems hair cells for sensing hydrodynamic flow phenomena”, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, Vol.12(111), Article Number: 20150322, October 6, 2015.
  • SW Liu, SS Pan, N Lin, JM Miao and L Norford, "Optimization of Hot-wire Airflow sensors on an Out-of-plane Glass Bubble for Two-dimensional Detection," Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Vol.24(4),   Pages: 940-948, Aug 2015.
  • Ajay Giri Prakash Kottapalli, Mohsen Asadnia, Jianmin Miao and Michael Triantafyllou,"Touch at a Distance Sensing: Lateral-Line inspired MEMS Flow Sensors" Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Vol.9 (4), Article Number: 046011, December 2014.
  • Jingyu Lu, Jianmin Miao, and Leslie K. Norford, “Localized synthesis of horizontally suspended carbon nanotubes”, Carbon, Vol.57, June 2013, pp. 259-266.
  • Zhihong Wang, Xi Xiang Zhang, Xianbin Wang, Weisheng Yue, Jingqi Li, Jianmin Miao, Weiguang Zhu, “Giant Flexoelectric Polarization in a Micromachined Ferroelectric Diaphragm”, Advanced Functional Materials,  Vol.23(1), pp.124-132, January 7, 2013.
  • Jingyu Lu and Jianmin Miao,” Growth mechanism of carbon nanotubes: a Nano Czochralski Model “, Nanoscale Research Letters, Vol 7, DOI: 10.1186/1556-276X-7-356, July 1, 2012.

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Micro Electro Mechanical Systems
  • Electronics Manufacturing and Packaging
  • Introduction to Electrical Circuits & Electronic Devices
  • Math Methods in Eng
  • Computing
  • Electrical & Electronics: Circuits & Devices