Dr Andrew Claypole
Andrew obtained a 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), performance testing printed silver heaters, he came up with a concept for a printed wearable heater using functionalised graphene nano-platelet inks. Following his third year project in which he successfully developed a low power, flexible wearable printed heater, which was subsequently patented, he was offered the opportunity to further develop this device for his EngD in Materials engineering at the Materials to Manufacture Academy, Swansea University, funded by Haydale Limited. 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 the ink and process optimisation through analytical techniques but also analysis of the heater’s thermal and electrical 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 the heater design to maximise the sporting performance benefits.