Dr Lourdes Farrugia

Dr Lourdes Farrugia

Dr Lourdes Farrugia

 B.Sc.(Hons),M.Sc.,Ph.D.(Melit.)

Lecturer

Room 212
Maths & Physics bldg.
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 2528
Lourdes Farrugia read for her undergraduate degree at the University of Malta and received a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics and physics in 2008. She followed with an M. Sc in Physics from the University of Malta in collaboration with Methode Electronics Ltd.

Before joining the Department of Physics as a Research Officer, Lourdes gained good laboratory skills whilst working in a pharmaceutical laboratory, first as a quality control analyst and eventually as a trainer within the same environment.

She obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Malta in 2016. Her research interests are mainly focused on aspects of instrumentation and measurement of physical quantities, especially sensor design, applied electromagnetics (in particular, dielectric properties of biological tissue), electromagnetic compatibility, and biological effects of electromagnetic radiation.

She is also a member of the management committee of COST Action TD1301 and BM1309
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BONELLO, J., ELAHI, M.A., PORTER, E., O’HOLLARAN, M., FARRUGIA, L. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2019. An investigation of the variation of dielectric properties of ovine lung tissue with temperature. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, 5(4), pp. 045024.

BONELLO, J., ROSSI, F., THANH, N.T.K., FARHAT, I., FARRUGIA, L. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2019. An investigation into the use of CALNN capped gold nanoparticles for improving microwave heating, 2019 International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA) 2019, IEEE, pp. 1058-1061.

CATALDO, A., DE BENEDETTO, E., CANNAZZA, G., D’AMICO, S., FARRUGIA, L., MISFUD, G., DIMECH, E., SAMMUT, C.V., PERSICO, R. and LEUCCI, G., 2019. TDR-based Water Content Estimation on Globigerina Limestone Through Permittivity Measurements, IMEKO International Conference on Metrology for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, MetroArchaeo 2017 2019, International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO), pp. 528-533.

DI MEO, S., BONELLO, J., FARHAT, I., FARRUGIA, L., PASIAN, M., SAMMUT, C.V. and MATRONE, G., 2019. Preliminary study on the inter-and intra-species variability for the dielectric permittivity of animal kidney, 2019 International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA) 2019, IEEE, pp. 1208-1208.

DUNNE, E., O'HALLORAN, M., PORTER, E., BONELLO, J., FARRUGIA, L., SAMMUT, C.V. and SCHEMBRI-WISMAYER, P., 2019. Heparin as an anticoagulant for the dielectric measurement of blood. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, 26(1), pp. 229-234.

DUNNE, E., O'HALLORAN, M., PORTER, E., BONELLO, J., FARRUGIA, L., SAMMUT, C.V. and SCHEMBRI-WISMAYER, P., 2019. Heparin as an anticoagulant for the dielectric measurement of blood. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, 26(1), pp. 229-234.

FARHAT, I., BONELLO, J., FARRUGIA, L., DI MEO, S., POLLACCO, D. and SAMMUT, C., 2019. Dielectric Spectroscopy of Liver Mixture Model for Millimetre-Wave Imaging, 2019 European Microwave Conference in Central Europe (EuMCE) 2019, IEEE, pp. 546-549.

FARHAT, I., FARRUGIA, L., POLLACCO, D., BONELLO, J. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2019. Wideband Modelling of the Dielectric Properties of Muscle as a Function of Hydration, 2019 International Conference on Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA) 2019, IEEE, pp. 606-609.

FARHAT, I., PERSICO, R., FARRUGIA, L. and SAMMUT, C., 2019. Innovative TDR data processing: validation in coaxial cable with numerical FDTD data. Geophysical Research Abstracts 2019.

FARRUGIA, L., BONELLO, J., FALZON, J. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2019. Temperature-dependent dielectric properties of 0.1 mol/L NaCl as validation data for dielectric measurements systems, 2019 13th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) 2019, IEEE, pp. 1-3.

PERSICO, R., FARHAT, I., FARRUGIA, L. and SAMMUT, C., 2019. Investigation of the characteristics of the soil by means of TDR probes: a preliminary work on some future perspectives, 10th International Workshop on Advanced Ground Penetrating Radar 2019, European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers, pp. 1-5.

PERSICO, R., FARRUGIA, L. and PORTER, E., 2019. Characterisation of material properties for biomedical applications in COST Action MyWAVE. Geophysical Research Abstracts 2019.

POLLACCO, D., CONTI, M.C., FARRUGIA, L. and SAMMUT, C., 2019. Muscle and Adipose Mimicking Solutions for Applications in Microwave Medical Imaging, 2019 13th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) 2019, IEEE, pp. 1-5.

POLLACCO, D., CONTI, M.C., FARRUGIA, L., WISMAYER, P.S., FARINA, L. and SAMMUT, C., 2019. Dielectric properties of muscle and adipose tissue-mimicking solutions for microwave medical imaging applications. Physics in Medicine & Biology, 64(9), pp. 095009.

POLLACCO, D.A., FARRUGIA, L., CONTI, M.C., FARINA, L., WISMAYER, P.S. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2019. Characterization of the dielectric properties of biological tissues using mixture equations and correlations to different states of hydration. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, .

BONELLO, J., ATHANASIADIS, A.I., FARRUGIA, L. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2018. A study on the variation of dielectric properties of grey matter with temperature, 2018 EMF-Med 1st World Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF-Med) 2018, IEEE, pp. 1-2.

BONELLO, J., ELAHI, A., FARRGUIA, L., SAMMUT, C.V., O'HOLLARAN, M., PORTER, E. and BALDUINO, R., 2018. Temperature-Dependent Dielectric Properties of Lung, 2018 2nd URSI Atlantic Radio Science Meeting (AT-RASC) 2018, IEEE, pp. 1-4.

BONELLO, J., ELAHI, M.A., PORTER, E., O'HALLORAN, M., FARRUGIA, L. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2018. An investigation of the variation of dielectric properties of ovine lung tissue with temperature. Biomedical Physics & Engineering Express, .

CATALDO, A., DE BENEDETTO, E., CANNAZZA, G., D’AMICO, S., FARRUGIA, L., MIFSUD, G., DIMECH, E., SAMMUT, C.V., PERSICO, R. and LEUCCI, G., 2018. Dielectric permittivity diagnostics as a tool for Cultural Heritage preservation: Application on degradable globigerina limestone. Measurement, .

FARRUGIA, L., BONELLO, J. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2018. Dielectric properties of breast: a review.

FARRUGIA, L., MICLAUS, S., MOISESCU, C., ARDELEAN, I.I. and SAMMUT, C., 2018. Measurements of complex permittivity and permeability in the GHz range of magnetotactic bacteria suspensions, 2018 EMF-Med 1st World Conference on Biomedical Applications of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF-Med) 2018, IEEE, pp. 1-2.

PERSICO, R., FARHAT, I., FARRUGIA, L., D'AMICO, S. and SAMMUT, C., 2018. An Innovative Use of TDR Probes: First Numerical Validations with a Coaxial Cable. Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 23(4), pp. 437-442.

POLLACCO, D.A., FARINA, L., WISMAYER, P.S., FARRUGIA, L. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2018. Characterization of the dielectric properties of biological tissues and their correlation to tissue hydration. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, 25(6), pp. 2191-2197.

BONELLO, J., FARRUGIA, L. and SAMMUT, C., 2017. Effects of preservative solutions on the dielectric properties of biological tissue, Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2017 International Conference on 2017, IEEE, pp. 1216-1219.

BONELLO, J., FARRUGIA, L., SCHEMBRI WISMAYER, P., ALBOROVA, I.L. and SAMMUT, C.V., 2017. A study of the effects of preservative solutions on the dielectric properties of biological tissue. International Journal of RF and Microwave Computer‐Aided Engineering, .

S. SALAHUDDIN, M. O'HALLORAN, E. PORTER, L. FARRUGIA, J. BONELLO, C. V. SAMMUT and P. S. WISMAYER, 2017. Effects of standard coagulant agents on the dielectric properties of fresh human blood. IEEE Transactions on Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation, 24(5), pp. 3283-3289.

SALAHUDDIN, S., FARRUGIA, L., SAMMUT, C.V., O'HALLORAN, M. and PORTER, E., 2017. Dielectric properties of fresh human blood, Electromagnetics in Advanced Applications (ICEAA), 2017 International Conference on 2017, IEEE, pp. 356-359.

FARRUGIA, L., WISMAYER, P.S., MANGION, L.Z. and SAMMUT, C., 2016. Accurate in vivo dielectric properties of liver from 500 MHz to 40 GHz and their correlation to ex vivo measurements. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine, 35(4), pp. 365-373.

FARRUGIA, L., SAMMUT, C.V., GAUCI, G. and KORPINEN, L., 2016. Extremely low frequency magnetic fields in the work environment, Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS) 2016, IEEE, pp. 3666-3669.

KORPINEN, L., PÄÄKKÖNEN, R., FARRUGIA, L., TARAO, H. and GOBBA, F., 2016. Directive 2013/35/EU for electromagnetic fields of workers' exposure and working from the ladder near a 400 kV power line, Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS) 2016, IEEE, pp. 2106-2108.

PÄÄKKÖNEN, R., FARRUGIA, L., TARAO, H., GOBBA, F. and KORPINEN, L., 2016. Possibilities to decrease the extremely low-frequency electric field exposure with a Faraday cage under a 400 kV power line, Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium (PIERS) 2016, IEEE, pp. 2109-2112.

FARRUGIA, L., SCHEMBRI WISMAYER, P. and ZAMMIT MANGION, L AND SAMMUT, C V, 2015. Analysis and evaluation of waveguide methods to measure the dielectric properties of biological materials. Progress in Electromagnetic Research Symposium 2015.

ABDILLA, L., SAMMUT, C. and MANGION, L.Z., 2013. Dielectric properties of muscle and liver from 500 MHz–40 GHz. Electromagnetic biology and medicine, 32(2), pp. 244-252.

ABDILLA, L., MANGION, L. and SAMMUT, C., 2012. Eddy current sensing using planar coils. IEEE Instrumentation & Measurement Magazine, 6(15), pp. 14-18.

  • PHY1145 - Electricity and Magnetism and Optics
  • PHY1193 - Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory
  • PHY3111 - Advanced Experimental Physics
  • PHY3208 - Short Review Paper and Philosophy of Science
  • PHY3209 - Seminar
  • PHY3279 - Applied Electromagnetism
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