Areas of expertise

Background

His background is as an electrical/mechanical engineer with experience in various engineering roles, including design engineering and fault diagnosis. He is used to being part of a team as well as taking the organisational responsibility of a team leader. He has a PhD and MSc from Cranfield Univesrity in MEMS and Nanotechnology, a BSc from the University of Hull in Integrated technology (encompassing electrical/mechanical and computer engineering), and a  HND from Doncaster College in electronics and advanced computing.


Current activities

Dr Leighton is currently working as a lecturer in functional surface engineering at Cranfield University in the field of materials science & manufacturing. He is active in teaching, course design and supervising students. The research he is currently undertaking is aimed at the development of new piezo actuator structures for next generation commercial inkjet for an industrial partner. He is also involved in the development of novel Nano-materials, Nano-manufacturing and the characterisation of functional materials.

Publications

Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

Books

  • Huang Z & Leighton G (2014) Interferometry for Piezoelectric Materials and Thin Films. In: Characterisation of Ferroelectric Bulk Materials and Thin Films. Cain MG (ed.), London: Springer, p. 87-113, ed. 1.
  • Leighton GJT & Dorey RA (2012) Printed Actuators. In: Printed films: Materials Science and applications in sensors, electronics and Photonics.. Prudenziati M, Hormadaly J (ed.), Cambridge, p. 410-428.