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Prof. Yi Qin (FIMechE, FIoN, FHeA, CEng, PhD, MSc and BEng), a Professor in Manufacturing Technology and Systems, Director of the Centre for Precision Manufacturing, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Manufacturing Review, Secretary to the Committee of the UK University Manufacturing Engineering Consortium. His interests in research include Materials Forming, Micro-Manufacturing, Numerical Modelling of Manufacturing Processes, Tool and Machine Design, Manufacturing System Technology, etc. Yi was the Project Co-ordinator and technical leader of EU flagship project - FP6 integrated project MASMICRO for the development of an integrated facility for the mass-manufacture of micro-components (2004-2008) (36 partners from 13 EU countries, with a budget of 21 millions Euros), Technical Co-ordinator of the EU FP7 Polytubes Project (2009-2012) (17 partners) and EU FP7 Micro-FAST project (2013-2017) (18 partners), and wrokpackage leader in several other EU projects. His current projects include EU Micro-FAST, LoCoLite, Counter-Fog, MMTech, SUPERMAT and MicroMAN project, EPSRC Micro-3D and AUTOMAN project, and a Royal Society International Exchange Programme. His main contributions to knowledge in manufacturing, to-date, include new design and numerical analysis methods for materials forming and micro-manufacturing, new manufacturing-machine/tool designs, micro-manufacturing system concepts, etc. Yi has published over 200 technical articles on various subjects in these fields, including a book on "Micro-Manufacturing Engineering and Technology" (published by Elsevier, 1st edition in June 2010, and 2nd edition in June 2015), 5 journal special-issues (edited as a Guest Editor) for the Journal of Materials Processing Technology, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Journal of Multiscale Modelling respectively, including a special issue on "Mass-Manufacture of Micro-Products" (published by IJAMT, April 2010) and special issue on "Multiscale Modelling of Multi-layered Coated Surface-Systems" (published by JMM, March 2011) . He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture (IJMTM) and other two journals, Advisor to the International Commercial Magazine "Micro-Manufacturing". He also edited newsletters for EU MINAM Platform and NanoFutures Platform. Yi is a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institute of Nanotechnology and Higher Education Academy. He has delivered plenary addresses/keynote papers and invited lectures/seminars at more than 30 international conferences/workshops, including Keynote speech at 23rd International Conference on Computer-aided Production Engineering (2015), 2015 International Forum on Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Aerospace Industry (2015), NEC Manufacturing Exhibition (2013), 3rd International Conference on New Forming Technology (2012), 12th Plasticity Engineering Conference (2011), International Workshop on Nanosciences and Nanotechnology (2010), 6th International Symposium on Nanomanufacturing (2008), Cutting Tool Congress (2007), 11th Int. Conf. on Metal Forming (2006) and the 1st Int. Conf. on Micro-Manufacturing (2006). He has reviewed technical papers for 20 international journals, and a member of the scientific committee for more than 30 international conferences. Yi, currently, supervises 5 Research Associates/Research Assistants and 15 PhD students, and he was the Chair of the 4th International Conference on New Forming Technology which was held in Glasgow in August 2015.

Education/Academic qualification


Master of Engineering, Chongqing University

Bachelor of Engineering, University of Shijiazhuang Railway Engineering

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Projects 2004 2021

Research Output 1994 2019

Product and process fingerprint for nanosecond pulsed laser ablated superhydrophobic surface

Cai, Y., Luo, X., Liu, Z., Qin, Y., Chang, W. & Sun, Y., 4 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Micromachines.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Pulsed lasers
Laser ablation
Contact angle
Drag reduction
2 Citations (Scopus)

A forging method for reducing process steps in the forming of automotive fasteners

Chen, S., Qin, Y., Chen, J. G. & Choy, C-M., 31 Mar 2018, In : International Journal of Mechanical Sciences. 137, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access



Electrical-field activated sintering and forming of micro-components

Author: Muhammad Bin Zulkipli, M., 1 Sep 2015

Supervisor: Qin, Y. (Supervisor) & Corney, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Finite element and experimental evaluation of injection forging for the forming of automotive fasteners

Author: Chen, S., 1 Dec 2015

Supervisor: Qin, Y. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Activities 1999 2018

International Conference on Lightweight Materials and Manufacture

Yi Qin (Keynote/plenary speaker)
18 Apr 201821 Apr 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

Multi-scale Modelling of Multi-layered Surface Systems

Yi Qin (Speaker)
11 Apr 201813 Apr 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


Improving Europe's micro-manufacturing capabilities

Yi Qin (Participant), Rajendram Balendra (Participant), Neal Juster (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce