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Miles Morgan – WCPC

Miles is studying for a PhD in Nanotechnology at the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) in Swansea University. He has a bachelor’s degree in physics and completed a master’s degree in nanotechnology at Swansea University, during which he worked at the WCPC to enhance transparent conducting films containing carbon nanomaterials. Presently he is studying the influence of ink rheology and surface instabilities on roll-to-roll printing, a process with great potential for the mass production of printed electronics.


Andrea Greenacre – WCPC

Andrea is working towards an EngD in Materials Engineering within the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) in collaboration with icmPrint. She obtained an MEng in Mechanical Engineering, first class honours in 2015 from Swansea University, and completed a summer work placement with Babcock International Group in 2014. Her current work involves flexographic printing of functional materials, particularly geared towards smart packaging, as well as expanding the colour gamut of flexography.


Patrick Gane – Aalto University/Omya International AG

Born in 1953 and schooled in England, is Professor of Printing Technology at the School of Chemical Engineering, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland (2006 -), and Vice President Special Projects at Omya International AG, Switzerland (1995 -). He graduated in Physics in 1976 from Imperial College, London, and gained his doctorate from the University of Plymouth in 1979, and granted a postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of Exeter.

1994 saw him co-establish the print test equipment company, SeGan Ltd., further developing the Ink Surface Interaction Tester (ISIT), recognized as a research tool in leading laboratories worldwide. He remained as a Company Director until 2007.

He is credited with more than 230 scientific publications and is a named inventor on over 200 corporate patents.

His first Tappi Award was received in 1997 from the Tappi Printing and Graphic Arts Division (Technical Award), and he was elected Tappi Fellow in 2013. He is a two-times winner of the Swedish Kempe Prize, awarded for his corporate and university research groups’ work, respectively, on the development of high speed inkjet print media. He contributes widely to peer reviews for scientific journals, has been and is a member of the scientific committees of selected journals and conferences, and is currently technical programme chair on the Board of iarigai.


Fabio Ippolito – Omya International AG

Fabio Ippolito received his B.Sc in chemical engineering MLS from the University of Applied Science Muttenz in 2012. Since then, Fabio works as a scientist at Omya International AG in the additive mineral development department, working on the research and development of new pigment-systems for known as well as new applications.

Since October 2015 Fabio is enrolled as a part-time PhD-Student at Swansea University focusing on the influence of calcium carbonate in polymers during the additive manufacturing process. His studies are supported and sponsored by Omya International AG.


Sarah-Jane Potts – WCPC

Sarah-Jane is currently studying for an EngD in Materials Engineering at the Welsh Centre of Printing and Coating (WCPC) at Swansea University. She has a Master’s Degree (MEng) in Product Design Engineering from Swansea University which she completed in 2015. Since starting her EngD,

Sarah-Jane has partaken a number of materials engineering, management and chemistry based modules as well as conducted research for her project on screen printing for icmPrint Consortium. Currently, Sarah-Jane’s work focuses on investigating the mathematical relationship between ink rheology and printing parameter settings for screen printing. This will enable predictive methods to be developed for producing optimal print properties.


John Lau – WCPC

Yin Cheung Lau (John) received the MEng degree in Chemical Engineering from Swansea University in 2013. He as previously interned with Bayer Material Science and Haemair Ltd. He is currently pursuing the EngD degree in Materials Engineering at Swansea University and his current research interest is the fabrication of conductive patterns on flexible substrates.


Dr David Beynon – SPECIFIC

David is a Research Officer based in Swansea Universities SPECIFIC group. Having completed a PhD researching ink transfer mechanisms in flexographic printing David’s research interests have grown to include graphics, electronic and functional printed materials. Recent projects have included printed functional devices including electromagnetics, sensors and rheological characterisation of functional inks working in collaboration with academic and industrial partners. David is currently working on upscaling and roll to roll production of perovskite solar cells.


Emily Radley – WCPC

Emily is a third year Materials Science EngD student currently working in partnership with Becker Industrial Coatings acting as her sponsor company. Her original degree is in Chemistry from the University of Sussex, meaning Emily has undergone an inter-disciplinary approach to her project.

Emily is working towards solving the problem of stress whitening in pre-coated metal systems. This has involved investigating mechanical and chemical properties of coatings and pre-coated metal systems.


Dr Chris Phillips – WCPC

Chris has recently been appointed as a lecturer in engineering in Swansea University and is continuing his research with WCPC with a focus on functional ink development, with emphasis on carbon materials, and energy storage applications.


Dr Martin Krebs – VARTA Microbattery GmbH

Martin is currently manager of Innovative Projects and is the supervisor of the Patent Department, he is also a representative of VARTA Microbattery in the Organic Electronic Association OE-A.


Michael Wendler – Stuttgart Media University HdM

Michael Wendler started his print technology expertise with a vocational training in Screen Printing Technology in 1998. After his studies on Print and Media Technologies he received his Engineer degree from Stuttgart Media University (HdM) in 2007. Since April 2012 Michael is enrolled as part-time PhD-Student at Swansea University focussing on research of screen-printed batteries. His studies are supported and sponsored by VARTA Microbattery GmbH. Michael co-founded ELMERIC functional printing GmbH in may 2014. An innovative company which link electrical engineering to print technologies


Patrick Rassek – HdM Stuttgart/WCPC

Patrick received his M.Sc. in Print and Media Technology from Stuttgart Media University in 2013. He started his studies in the field of screen printed energy storage systems in 2012 at Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg before joining the department of Innovative Applications of the Printing Technologies IAD of Stuttgart Media University in January 2014. Since April 2017, Patrick is enrolled as a PhD student at Swansea University focusing on the research of screen printed zinc-air batteries. His research studies are supported by ELMERIC – functional printing.


Lorn Jackson

Lorn is currently studying for a PhD in Materials Engineering in association with the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) at Swansea University. He has a Bachelor of Engineering with a Year in Industry (BEng) in Materials Science and Engineering which he completed in 2016. For his PhD, Lorn is researching for new concepts for advanced large-scale energy storage systems, with emphasis on developing carbon-based electrodes for sodium-ion batteries from renewable sources.


Caitlin McCall – WCPC

Caitlin is currently in her second year of the EngD scheme at Materials and Manufacturing Academy (M2A), Swansea University. She holds a first class honours degree in Mechanical Engineering (MEng) from Swansea University. Caitlin also spent a year in industry working for Cummins, a diesel engine manufacturing company.

She worked with WCPC for her undergraduate dissertation on the paper ‘3D printed lab on a chip with microelectronics and silicon integration’ and stayed to continue the project with the company. Since graduating, Caitlin has begun her EngD project with icmPrint, studying in the field of Active and Intelligent Packaging, which is also in association with WCPC.


Dr Ben Clifford – WCPC

Ben Clifford is a research assistant at the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating in the College of Engineering, Swansea University. He recently submitted his Ph.D thesis titled “Aerosol Jet Deposition for the Development of Printed Electronics” (Swansea University, 2016). His research is primarily focused on applications of aerosol jet deposition but includes direct-write fabrication technologies, materials development and process optimisation.

Professor Paul Meredith – Swansea University

Professor Meredith is the Sêr Cymru Research Chair in Sustainable Advanced Materials at Swansea University Department of Physics in the United Kingdom. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Queensland in Australia, and formerly an Australian Research Council Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award Fellow. He was educated in the UK at Swansea, Heriot-Watt and Cambridge Universities, and also spent six years as a senior scientist at Proctor and Gamble. His current research involves the development of new sustainable high-tech materials for applications such as optoelectronics and bioelectronics. Professor Meredith has published >200 papers and 28 patents, and is co-founder of several start-up companies including XeroCoat and Brisbane Materials Technology. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Premier of Queensland’s Sustainability Award (2013) and is widely recognised for his contributions to innovation and the promotion of renewable energy. He serves on several advisory bodies and boards including the Queensland Renewable Energy Target Public Enquiry Expert Panel and the ARENA Solar R&D Program Technical Advisory Board.


Dr Davide Deganello – WCPC

Dr Davide Deganello is associate professor in the college of Engineering, SU. He is based within WCPC and his research is focussed on advanced manufacturing by functional printing and additive processing for energy storage, electronic and biomedical applications; as well as the study of underlining complex fluids rheology. Davide is currently PI for an EPSRC award (£450.000) for advanced large-scale energy storage (EP/N013727/1). Further recent projects include an EPSRC first grant on surface instabilities in roll-to-roll printing (EP/M008827/1, 2016 ), EPSRC CimLAE funded Pathfinder project on laser induced forward transfer (SIMLIFT, 2017). Davide has recently participated as investigator to the HaRFest project (2016), an Innovate UK co-funded collaborative project, in collaboration with PragmatIC, CPI, Cambridge University, CimLAE, aimed to investigate scale production of energy harvesting modules. As investigator, Davide has also been named in more than 10 projects, including NIHR funded project for printed diagnostic devices for human cytomegalovirus in newborn babies. Davide’s research has led to patents and a number of publications in leading international journals.


Dr Tatyana Korochkina – WCPC

Tatyana obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Voronezh, Russia in 1978. She worked for the Metal-Polymer Research Institute of Belarus Academy of Sciences from 1978 to 1999, while also completing her PhD. Since 1999, Tatyana has been a senior researcher in the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating. Her areas of expertise include both numerical modelling and experimental investigation in all aspects of the process for different applications including printed electronics, sensors and energy harvesting. Currently she is involved in functionalisation by printing of low cost steel foils by adding an insulating and planarising layer to be used as substrates for thin-film Organic, CIGS and a-Si:H PV technologies.


David O’Connor – WCPC

David is a first year EngD student at the WCPC, sponsored by EPSRC on the M2A scheme. In 2016 he completed his first degree at Swansea University in Mechanical Engineering, before working with Haydale Ltd, as research assistant, on pressure sensor technology. He has a background in areas such as electronics, programming, product design, manufacturing, 3D printing, and polymer composites manufacture. David’s current research interests are focused around nano-particle ink formulations for industrial printing and coating applications.


Joseph Morgan – WCPC

Joseph Morgan is a postgraduate research student in the Welsh Centre of Printing and Coating (WCPC) at Swansea University and a member of the M2A Academy. Joseph attained a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (1st Class Hons.) from Swansea University in 2014 and is currently working toward an Engineering Doctorate within the WCPC.

The EngD scheme is a full scholarship which is partly funded through a sponsor company ‘Haydale Ltd’ and ‘MATTER’. He has represented both the WCPC and Haydale Ltd. at the annual LOPE-C printed electronics conference and exhibition in Munich, Germany.

In this current position, Joseph has undertaken a number of masters level modules to broaden the knowledge gained during his time as an undergraduate student and enable him to work towards developing new technologies through experimental research within the printed electronics sector. His current project incorporates intelligent formulation, processing, characterisation and development of carbon nanomaterial inks, with the aim to commercialise a hybrid-carbon strain sensor ink through Haydlae Ltd. in the future. Joseph has an interest in taking research ideas through to production whilst minimising environmental impact through intelligent engineering solutions and strives to consider potential implications of the technologies he is investigating.

Whilst not undertaking research at the university, Joseph spends time at the sponsor company site making use of their advanced laboratory facilities and developing a working knowledge of the company and small-scale manufacturing in this sector.


Andrew Claypole – WCPC

Andrew obtained first class honours in Sports Science and Engineering at Swansea University. Having spent time as an undergraduate gaining experience working within the prestigious Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC). Following his third-year project in which he was offered the opportunity to further develop printed technologies for wearable applications for his EngD in Materials engineering at the Materials to Manufacture Academy, Swansea University, funded by Haydale. Working within the world leading print research group at WCPC will give Andrew access to their fantastic research facilities at Swansea University’s new Innovation Bay Campus, as well as the facilities of their worldwide partners, allowing not only for ink and process optimisation through analytical techniques but also analysis of device performance. Working in collaboration with the A-STEM sports research group at Swansea University, Andrew will utilise his background in sports science to perform physiological experiments to help him optimise device design to maximise the sporting performance benefits. Andrew has been working closely with Haydale to investigate the effect that plasma functionalisation has upon the print, rheological and electrical performance of graphene enabled inks for use within wearable technology.


Dr Tim Mortensen – WCPC

Tim studied in the physics department at Swansea university and obtained an MPhys degree and a PhD in experimental physics before taking on a post-doctoral role in the GBar experiment in Paris. The GBar experiment aims to better understand the effect of gravity on antimatter and required the creation of a wide range of bespoke high performance hardware and accompanying software interfaces. The combination of his PhD and subsequent research gave Tim a great deal of experience developing these custom devices. This experience has proved key when in 2014 Tim accepted a role at the WCPC working to produce a novel design of printed pressure sensors with a custom computer interface. Since this initial project Tim has worked on a range of printed electronic devices developing wireless energy harvesting systems and low cost smart packaging to more recently working to bring a range of printable carbon based devices to market.