Lecturer in Design and Manufacture

+44 (0)131 451 8259
Room 2.30
James Nasmyth Building
Heriot-Watt University
Jining Sun
Roles and responsibilities

Lecturer for B58DB, B50AB, B50JA


His 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 (£380k) 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.

Selected publications
  • Sun, J., Li, J., Maier, R. R. J., Hand, D. P., MacPherson, W. N., Miller, M. K., Ritchie, J. M. & Luo, X. 2013. Fabrication of a side aligned optical fibre interferometer by focused ion beam machining, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 22,115014. 23, 105005.
  • Sun, J., Luo, X., Chang, W., Ritchie, J. M., Chien, J. T. & Lee, A. 2012. Fabrication of periodic nanostructures by single-point diamond turning with focused ion beam built tool tips, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 22, 115014.
  • Sun, J., Luo, X., Ritchie, J. & Hrncir, T. 2012. A predictive divergence compensation approach for the fabrication of three dimensional microstructures using focused ion beam machining, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part B Journal of Engineering Manufacture, 226(2), 229-238.
  • Sun, J., Luo, X., Ritchie, J. M., Chang, W. & Wang, W. 2011. An investigation of redeposition effect for deterministic fabrication of nanodots by focused ion beam, Precision Engineering, 36(1), 31-36.
  • Luo, X., Sun, J., Ritchie, J., Chang, W. & Wang, W. 2011. Deterministic fabrication of nanostructures in plasmonic lens by focused ion beam, International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 57, 1003-1009.
  • Chang, W., Sun, J., Luo, X., Ritchie, J. & Mack, C. 2011. Investigation of microstructured milling tool for deferring tool wear, Wear, 271, 2433-2437.

For a complete list of Dr. Sun's publications, please go to his research profile portal


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.