Dr. Haitao Ye

Professor of Materials Engineering

School/Department: Engineering, School of

Telephone: +44 (0)116 229 7377



I am Professor of Materials Engineering, University of Leicester and also Director of Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) for the School of Engineering.  Prior to that he held various academic and research positions at Aston University, University College London and NTT basic research Labs.

  • Co-Editor-In-Chief for Journal of Functional Diamond
  • Fellow of Institute of Physics (FInstP)
  • Member of Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET)
  • Member of Materials Research Society
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Member of The Gemmological Association of Great Britain (DGA)
  • Fellow of High Education Academy (FHEA) 


Research Interests:

  • CVD and PVD thin film growth
  • Antibacterial and antimicrobial materials
  • Semiconductor devices and sensors
  • Thermoelectric materials for energy and environments
  • Diamond and related materials


Research Projects:

  • Maire Sklodowska-Curie Horizon Europe SE program: Advanced Multidisciplinary Research on Antimicrobial Resistance (PI)
  • Marie Sklodowska-Curie H2020-RISE-D-SPA: Diamond based nanomaterials and nanostructures for advanced electronic and photonics applications (PI)
  • Lloyd’s Registrar Foundation PhD studentship Award: Diamond based devices for harsh environments (PI)
  • STFC PoC Project: Surface functionalised diamond for antibacterial application in Space (PI)
  • Innovate UK Industrial Challenge Project: PVD and CVD coatings for antimicrobial applications in Space (co-I)
  • Horizon 2020 Marie Curie Global Fellowship: Ion-implanted nanodiamonds for biomedical applications (PI)
  • Royal Society APEX Fellowship Award: Surface functionalised diamond for antifungal application in Space (PI)
  • Royal Society Public Engagement Award: Using diamond to fight fungi in Space in collaboration with National Space Centre (PI)
  • Royal Society International Joint Project: Diamond biosensors for tumor biomarkers analysis (PI)


1. X. Cui, S. P. Brown, X. Liu, A. Tatton, H. Ye and A. Mash, Nanodiamond promotes surfactant-mediated Triglyceride removal from a hydrophobic surface at or below room temperature, American Chemical Society - Applied Materials & Interfaces 4 (2012) 3225-3232. This article received considerable world-wide media attention and highlighted by EPSRC.
2. S. Su, J. Li, V. Kundrát, A.M. Abbot, H. Ye, Hydrogen-terminated detonation nanodiamond: impedance spectroscopy and thermal stability studies, Journal of Applied Physics 113 (2013) 023707, 1-8.
3. J. Li, S. Su, L. Zhou, V. Kundrát, A.M. Abbot, F. Mushtaq, D. Ouyang, D. James, D. Roberts, H. Ye, Carbon nanowalls grown by microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition during the carbonization of polyacrylonitrile fibers, Journal of Applied Physics 113 (2013) 024313,1-6.
4. S. Su, J. Li, G.C.B. Lee, K. Sugden, D.J. Webb, H. Ye, Surface morphological analysis of femtosecond laser-induced micro fluidic channels on single crystalline diamonds, Applied Physics Letters, 231913 (2013)1-4.
5. Y. Yang, H. Wang, Q. Zhou, M. Kong, H. Ye, G. Yang, Improved lithium storage properties of electrospun TiO2 with tunable morphology: from porous anatase to necklace rutile, Nanoscale, RSC Publishing, 5 (2013) 10267.
6. X. Cui, S. Belo, D. Krüger, Y. Yan, R. Rosales, M. Jauregui-Osoro, H. Ye, S. Su, D. Mathe, N. Kovács, I Horváth, M. Semjeni, M. A. Green, and P. J. Blower, Aluminium Hydroxide Stabilized MFe2O4 (M = Mn, Fe, or Co) Nanoparticles: Dual-modality Contrasts Agent for MRI and PET Imaging, Biomaterials, 35 (2014) 5840-5846 .
7. J. Zhao, J. Liu, L. Sang, M. Liao, D. Coathup, M. Imura, B. Shi, C. Gu, Y. Koide and H. Ye, Assembly of a high-dielectric constant thin TiOx layer directly on H-terminated semiconductor diamond, Applied Physics Letters 108 (2016) 012105.
8. H. Xu, H. Ye, D. Coathup, I. Z. Mitrovic, A. D. Weerakkody, X. Hu, An insight of p-type to n-type conductivity conversion in oxygen ion-implanted ultrananocrystalline diamond films by impedance spectroscopy, Applied Physics Letters 110 (2017) 033102.
9. A. Cumont, R. Zhang, L. Corscadden, J. Pan, H. Ye*, Characterisation and antibacterial investigation of a novel coating consisted of mushroom microstructures and HFCVD graphite, Materials and Design 189 (2020) 108498.
10. Y Zheng, R Zhang, X Chen, P Hing, J Liu, J Wei, J Wang, C Li, H Ye*, Doomed Couple of Diamond with Terahertz Frequency: Hyperfine Quality Discrimination and Complex Dielectric Responses of Diamond in the Terahertz Waveband, ACS Applied Electronic Materials 2 (2020) 1459.
11. Q. Jiang, J. Yang, P. Hing and H. Ye, Recent advances, design guidelines, and prospects of flexible organic/inorganic thermoelectric composites, Materials Advances, 82 (2020) 1, 1038-1054. This article has been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Popular Advances collection.
12. N. Miriyala, D.J. Kirby, A. Cumont, R. Zhang, B. Shi, D. Ouyang, H. Ye*, Synthesis of carbon onion and its application as a porous carrier for amorphous drug delivery, Crystal 10 (2020) 281.
13. A. Cumont, A. Pitt, P. A. Lambert, M. R. Oggioni & H. Ye, Properties, mechanism and applications of diamond as an antibacterial materials - Functional diamond 1 (2021) 1-28. 
14. A. Cumont, R. Zhang, Y. Zheng, L. Corscadden, M. R. Oggioni, C. Li, R. Liu, H. Ye, Antibacterial properties of polycrystalline diamond films, Ceramics International, 2021, in press.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • CVD and PVD thin film growth
  • Antibacterial and antimicrobial materials
  • Semiconductor devices and sensors
  • Thermoelectric materials for energy and environments


Experience of delivery:

  • EG4006: Fourth Year Project Convener
  • EG2121: Materials Process Convener
  • Third Year Project Supervision
  • MSc Project supervision
  • Personal Tutors for Year 1- 4 and industrial placement students 

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