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Pep Canyelles-Pericas

Research Fellow

Department: Applied Sciences

I received an electrical engineering degree from the Technical University of Catalonia UPC-BarcelonaTech, Spain, in 2006. At the same time, I obtained a BEng degree in electrical and electronic engineering (Hons) from Northumbria University through the student exchange program “UPC in Europe”. After this I continued my postgraduate education in the UK, obtaining an MSc in engineering management (Distinction) from the University of Sunderland in 2008. After a short spell working as project engineer for an SME in Northumberland I moved back home to Mallorca, Spain. In 2009 I joined the Institute for Cross Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC), at the University of the Balearic Islands, as an electronics research engineer, where I stayed until 2012. In parallel I co-founded a technological startup, which gave a first insight into tech commercialisation. I returned to Northumbria University as a PhD student in 2012, working in the field of nonlinear state observers with chaos synchronisation applications, graduating in 2016. I supported all my university education with scholarships. After the PhD I became Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate in electronics, instrumentation at control at Epigem Ltd, working in the development of lab-on-a-chip biomedical technology. KTPs are an Innovate UK programme that encourages collaboration between academia and industry, facilitating the transfer of knowledge and technology to increase competitivity and promote a culture of innovation. Our KTP partnership has been rated as “Outstanding”, the highest grade, by Innovate UK. Currently I am a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Health of Life Sciences, Northumbria University, where I joined the Innovation-to-Commercialisation of University Research (ICURe) programme, also funded by Innovate UK. This is a UK adaptation of the US National Science Foundation I-Corps, a programme that prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialisation. The ICURe programme trains, funds and supports teams led by university early-career researchers (ECRs) to determine whether there is a market for products or services that utilise their research, science or technology. In this frame I am spending several months performing intense market research and validation for our XHalescreen Exhaled Breath Collector (EBC) technology with application to several market segments. XHalescreen is a patent-protected, low-cost and simple to use handheld device for capturing EBC, suitable for medical diagnostics. This platform is based on a design that fully seals and isolates the breath condensate. As a result, saliva is separated from breath fractions, simultaneously preventing EBC contamination from the environment and sample loss due to evaporation.

Pep Canyelles-Pericas

Campus Address

EB409, Ellison Building
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


Engineering MSc June 30 2008

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Thin film flexible/bendable acoustic wave devices, Tao, R., Wang, W., Luo, J., Ahmad Hasan, S., Torun, H., Canyelles-Pericas, P., Zhou, J., Xuan, W., Cooke, M., Gibson, D., Wu, Q., Ng, W., Luo, J., Fu, R. 15 Jan 2019, In: Surface and Coatings Technology
  • A brief survey and some discussions on chaos-based communication schemes, Busawon, K., Canyelles-Pericas, P., Binns, R., Elliot, I., Ghassemlooy, Z. 27 Sep 2018, 2018 11th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Digital Signal Processing, CSNDSP 2018, IEEE
  • Bimorph material/structure designs for high sensitivity flexible surface acoustic wave temperature sensors, Tao, R., Ahmad Hasan, S., Wang, H., Zhou, J., Luo, J., McHale, G., Gibson, D., Canyelles-Pericas, P., Cooke, M., Wood, D., Liu, Y., Wu, Q., Ng, W., Franke, T., Fu, R. 13 Jun 2018, In: Scientific Reports
  • Chaos Synchronization in Visible Light Communications with Variable Delays Induced by Multipath Fading, Canyelles-Pericas, P., Haigh, P., Ghassemlooy, Z., Burton, A., Dai, X., The Son, T., Le-Minh, H., Binns, R., Busawon, K. 9 Nov 2018, In: Applied System Innovation
  • Decomposing chaos into a harmonic oscillator with nonlinear feedback using pole placement methods, Canyelles-Pericas, P., Dai, X., Binns, R., Busawon, K. 23 Jan 2018, 2017 IEEE 56th Annual Conference on Decision and Control, CDC 2017, IEEE
  • Temporal solution-based output observer design for single output LTI systems, Canyelles-Pericas, P., Binns, R., Busawon, K. 21 Nov 2016, Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Environmental Friendly Energies and Applications (EFEA), IEEE

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

My background is mixed in technical education and applied business interests. My first degrees are in electrical and electronic. As such I have experience as a research engineer, covering the areas of electronic prototyping, interfacing and instrumentation, printed circuit board (PCB) design and optoelectronic control. My master is in engineering management, where I learnt the principles of scientific management, becoming interested in such discipline. After completing my PhD studies, I was appointed KTP associate in electronics, instrumentation and control. This project developed a prototype for a commercial point-of-care healthcare diagnostic system based in surface acoustic waves (SAW) devices making use of industrial design techniques.

My research interests are in interfacing electronics, instrumentation and control. More recent interests include, surface acoustic waves, microfabrication, thin films and biomedical engineering. Future plans are to move into nanomedicine applications. In addition, I am interested in start-ups/spin-outs, knowledge exchange, lean start-up methodology, business canvas modelling and lean innovation. I find these techniques very interesting and I read around those subjects in my own time.

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