Professor Max Ammann

Prof Max Ammann


Centre Director

Fellow IEEE, PhD in Antennas and Propagation (Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland)


Antenna & High Frequency Research Centre
TU Dublin, Room CQ435, Grangegorman, Dublin, D07 ADY7, Ireland
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Dr Max Ammann is Professor of Antennas & Propagation in Technological University Dublin’s [external]School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering and is the director of the Antennas & High Frequency Research Centre. He received his PhD in antennas and propagation from Trinity College, University of
Dublin, Ireland in 1997.  A Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers since 1996, he was elevated to Fellow in 2019 for contributions to compact antennas for wideband wireless applications. 

He joined the TU Dublin in 1986 following eight years of radio systems engineering and antenna
design with TCL/Philips Radio Communications Systems in Dublin, where he was responsible for
commissioning the Nationwide Communications Network for An Garda Síochána.  He was appointed
a senior lecturer in 2003, professor in 2012 and assistant Head of School in 2015.

His research interests broadly include electromagnetic theory, antenna miniaturisation for terminal
and ultra-wideband applications, antennas for medical devices and antenna issues relating to
privacy.  He has served as an expert to industry on various antenna technologies in the
communications, medical, aviation and electronic security sectors in Ireland and abroad.  He has
more than 200 peer-reviewed papers published in journals and international conferences. 
Dr Ammann’s team received 13 best paper awards at international conferences on Antennas and
Propagation and seven commercialisation awards.

He sat on the management committee of the [external]EU COST Action IC1102, “Versatile, Integrated, and Signal-aware Technologies for Antennas” (VISTA) and EU ASSIST. As a member of the [external]IEEE International Committee for Electromagnetic Safety, TC95, he participates in the revision of the IEEE Standard for Safety Levels with Respect to Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields, 3 kHz to 300 GHz.

He has chaired and organised special sessions on small antennas, UWB antennas and UWB Wireless
Communication Systems at EuCAP and IEEE APS and chaired the Antennas and Propagation Track for
the 65th IEEE VTC, Dublin 2007.  He was the local chair for the October 2008 EU COST IC0603
workshop and meeting in Dublin.  He co-chaired an IEEE Workshop on Wearable and Implantable
Antennas and Propagation in Belfast, 2017.  He acted as Associate Editor for the IEEE Antennas &
Wireless Propagation Letters (2012-2018).

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Member of the IEEE International Committee for Electromagnetic Safety
  • Management Committee Member of the EU COST Action IC0603: “Antenna Systems & Sensors for Information Society Technologies” (ASSIST)
  • Management Committee Member of the ICT COST Action IC1102: “Versatile, Integrated, and Signal-aware Technologies for Antennas” (VISTA)
  • Member of Communications and URSI Radio Science Committee of the Royal Irish Academy
  • National Representative for URSI Commission K, Electromagnetics in Biology and Medicine

Research Interests and Expertise

His research interests include Electromagnetic Theory, Antenna Miniaturization for Terminal and Ultra Wideband applications, Antennas for Wireless Networks, Microstrip Antennas, Metamaterials, Antennas for Medical Devices and the integration with Photovoltaic Systems.


Prof. Ammann is leading funded research programs that include;
Science Foundation Ireland grants on:

  • “Multiband Reconfigurable Wireless Systems”
  • “Combined Photovoltaic and Cellular Antenna Panel for Building Façade Integration”
  • “Compact and High-Performance Circularly Polarized Antennas for the Integration of Wireless Positioning, Communications and Asset Tracking Systems”
  • “Telemetry Antennas for the Next Generation of Body-Centric Sensor Networks”
  • CTVR - the Telecommunications Research Centre
  • Bandwidth Enhancement of Omni-directional Circularly Polarized Antennas
  • Printed Multiband Circularly-Polarized Rectennas for RF Energy Harvesting
  • SFI Centre for Future Networks and Communications ([external]CONNECT)
  • SFI Centre for Research Training ([external]ADVANCE)

Enterprise Ireland funding for:

  • “Low –cost high performance antennas for UWB systems” PC/2006/011
  • “Ultra Wideband Antenna for Radar in Wireless Sensor Networks” PC/2007/199
  • “Ultra Wideband Antenna Research for DecaWave IC Asset Tags” IP/2008/0812
  • “Efficiently Optimised LTE Antennas (EOLA) with features for fast fine-tuning customisation” CF/2012/2001
  • “Reactive coupling antennas for contactless smartcards and other smart devices”

Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology support on:

  • Mr Sergio Curto - “Antennas for Medical Applications”
  • Ms Maria Jose Roo Ons - Embark Postdoctoral Fellowship “Optically transparent antennas on photovoltaic modules”
  • Dr V. Sipal, - Embark Postdoctoral Fellowship “Radiomyography – Detection of Muscle Activity as an Aid for Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disorder”

RF Awareness Training

RF Awareness Training - Electromagnetic Radiation Safety Course - Safety Issues for Mobile Communications

COMM 5001

DT086 Radio Propagation Fundamentals 2020 [pdf - 1.8MB - password protected]
DT086 ANTENNAS 2020 [pdf - 3.6MB - password protected]
DT086 SAFETY ISSUES2020 [pdf - 1MB - password protected]