Miles Morgan is finalising his PhD with the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC) in the College of Engineering at Swansea University which concerns the use of ink rheology to improve printed electronics, specifically regarding extensional flows. Concurrently he is working as a research assistant with the Complex Flow Lab, also at the college, studying the rheology of granular flows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 several materials engineering 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 and quantifying the impact of the screen printing parameter settings on the quality of the print produced for a range of carbon based inks, the effect of post processing prints using a range of techniques as well as investigating the effect of print parameters on the ink release mechanism during screen printing.
Dr Holder read Chemical Engineering at Swansea University and joined the Welsh Centre of Printing and Coating after completing his PhD in Nanotechnology. As a PhD student, he worked on validating advanced rheometric techniques such as Optimal Fourier Rheometry (OFR) and controlled stress parallel superposition (CSPS) while working closely with industrial partners on how these techniques might provide better data for their flow models. During his time at the WCPC, Alex was involved in the development of printed pressure sensors as well as developing advanced rheometric techniques to investigate fluid properties specifically of interest to printing. After a collaborative research project with centre for complex fluids within Swansea University Alex has returned to the WCPC and seeks to utilise advanced rheometric techniques to further understanding in the field of printed electronics as well as other complex biological and industrial rheological systems.