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Research interests

Dr Sun’s recent research interests include developing cost effective hybrid machining method, design and manufacture of micro-photonics devices, theoretical study of FIB machining process, and developing deterministic fabrication method for FIB machining. He has successfully developed the first nanoscale diamond cutting tools that enable the fabrication of nanostructures over large area with high efficiency. Acknowledge of his achievements in research to date are evident by the award of the Heidenhain scholarship for research achievement by the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology (EUSPEN) in 2009, an opening presentation on American Society of Precision Engineering (ASPE) in 2010, and the award of EPS Thesis Prize at Heriot-Watt University in 2012. He has over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences, 1 invited book chapter (“Lecture Notes in Nanoscale Science and Technology - FIB Nanostructures”, Springer, 2013.) and several invited presentations on international conferences.
He has been involved in several industrial projects with global companies such as Contour Fine Tooling Ltd., Renishaw Plc., Spanoptic Ltd., and ST Microelectronics Ltd, where his knowledge and professionalism greatly contributed the outcomes. His collaboration with TESCAN s.r.o. led to a Research Capital Investment Fund (RCIF) supported project on nanofabrication and nanocharacterisation.

He is also the reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals such as “Applied Surface Science” and “Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)”, etc.


Dr. Sun received his BSc degree (Physics) in 2004 and MSc degree (Particle Physics) in 2007, both from Peking University, China. In 2007, he joined the National Institute of Metrology (China) as an engineer working on research and development of a national primary standard facility. After that he returned to study for micro- and nano-fabrication at Heriot-Watt University and obtained his PhD degree in 2012. He developed a deterministic fabrication method for the fabrication of 3D micro- and nano-structures by focused ion beam machining and won the EPS thesis Prize. Following on from his PhD, he worked as a research associate in an EPSRC-funded Heriot-Watt Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (HW-IMRC) project where he successfully developed the first nano-scale diamond cutting tools enabling the fabrication of nanostructures over large area with high efficiency. In 2013, he was appointed as a lecturer in School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, where he leads a micro- and nano- manufacturing research group and manages an SEM/FIB.


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Engineering & Product Design
  • Energy & Renewables
  • focused ion beam
  • hybrid manufacturing
  • lithography

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Diamonds Engineering & Materials Science
Focused ion beams Engineering & Materials Science
Machining Engineering & Materials Science
ion beams Physics & Astronomy
Nanostructures Engineering & Materials Science
Optical fibers Chemical Compounds
optical fibers Physics & Astronomy
fabrication Physics & Astronomy

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Research Output 2011 2020

  • 21 Article
  • 8 Conference contribution
  • 1 Editorial
22 Downloads (Pure)

Enhancement of surface wettability via micro- and nanostructures by single point diamond turning

Cabezudo, N., Sun, J., Andi, B., Ding, F., Wang, D., Chang, W., Luo, X. & Xu, B. B., 1 Mar 2019, In : Nanotechnology and Precision Engineering. 2, 1, p. 8-14 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Fundamental study of ductile-regime diamond turning of single crystal gallium arsenide

Chen, J., Ding, F., Luo, X., Rao, X. & Sun, J., 8 Nov 2019, In : Precision Engineering. 62, p. 71-82 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gallium arsenide
Single crystals

Material removal mode and friction behaviour of RB-SiC ceramics during scratching at elevated temperatures

Rao, X., Zhang, F., Luo, X., Ding, F., Cai, Y., Sun, J. & Liu, H., Oct 2019, In : Journal of the European Ceramic Society. 39, 13, p. 3534-3545 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Spatially Engraving Morphological Structure on a Polymeric Surface by Ion Beam Milling

Sun, A., Wang, D., Zhou, H., Li, Y., Connor, C., Kong, J., Sun, J. & Xu, B. B., Jul 2019, In : Polymers. 11, 7, 1229.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Ion beams
Contact angle
Surface roughness
17 Downloads (Pure)

A new grinding force model for micro grinding RB-SiC ceramic with grinding wheel topography as an input

Li, Z., Zhang, F., Luo, X., Guo, X., Cai, Y., Chang, W. & Sun, J., 26 Jul 2018, In : Micromachines. 9, 8, 368.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Grinding wheels
Silicon carbide
Brittle fracture


Ludwig Mond Prize

Jining Sun (Recipient), James Millar Ritchie (Recipient), Xichun Luo (Recipient) & Yifan Liu (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

chemical industry

Activities 2014 2017

Advances in Mechanical Engineering (Journal)

Jining Sun (Editorial board member)
22 Mar 2017 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

8th International Conference On Technological Advances Of Thin Films and Surface Coatings

Jining Sun (Speaker)
12 Jul 201615 Jul 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Nanometres to Metres - Scale Up Manufacturing Methods (research seminar)

Jining Sun (Speaker)
13 Apr 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Deterministic Fabrication of Micro- and Nano-structures (research seminar)

Jining Sun (Speaker)
19 Nov 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Hybrid Manufacturing (research seminar)

Jining Sun (Speaker)
26 Nov 2015

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk