Dr Davide Deganello
Associate Professor
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 295095
Room: Academic Office - A128
First Floor
Engineering East
Bay Campus

Research interests include:

• Fabrication by printing of thin film devices for electronic and biomedical applications
• Development of roll-to-roll printing and coating technologies
• Study of underlying complex fluids rheology
• 3D printing for functional applications
• CFD modelling of free surface flows and printing processes

Publications

  1. & Spray-Coating Thin Films on Three-Dimensional Surfaces for a Semitransparent Capacitive-Touch Device. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 10(23), 19948-19956.
  2. & Formulation, characterisation and flexographic printing of novel Boger fluids to assess the effects of ink elasticity on print uniformity. Rheologica Acta 57(2), 105-112.
  3. & Printed-Sensor-on-Chip devices – Aerosol jet deposition of thin film relative humidity sensors onto packaged integrated circuits. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 255, 1031-1038.
  4. & Facile fabrication of electrochemical ZnO nanowire glucose biosensor using roll to roll printing technique. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 247, 807-813.
  5. & The effect of graphite and carbon black ratios on conductive ink performance. Journal of Materials Science 52(16), 9520-9530.

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Teaching

  • EG-163 Design and Laboratory Classes 1

    Competence in engineering drawing using an industry standard CAD system and essential laboratory skills

  • EG-236 Design for Medical Engineering

    This module has two main components: Component 1 (Engineering drawing and CAD): The first is the development of their engineering drawing skills using a CAD software package to the required British Standard. Component 2 (Design project): The second component involves the students working together in groups to address a medical device design brief developed with a local rehabilitation engineering unit. Students will be introduced to the medical design development process, which they will follow in order to develop their product concepts. There will be an emphasis on the importance of identifying end user needs (i.e. functional requirements), and how these inform the design process. The importance of having a robust product design specification is emphasised, along with an introduction to innovative design tools and approaches. The selected concept design will be developed virtually in CAD. Each group participant will be responsible for a component or element of the device, which will then be part of the overall product assembly which will be outlined in the group element of the report.

  • EG-299 Swansea University Race Engineering 2

    This module is for students who are actively involved in Swansea University Race Engineering (SURE), where the team design, build and race a single seat racing car in the annual Formula Student competition. Students on this module work as a group to design and make a complete vehicle. Testing may also be required in the lab and on the track.

  • EG-M103 Advanced Thermo Fluid Mechanics

    This module advances thermal-fluid flow modelling from that studied at a previous level. Students are assumed to have an understanding of the flow of air and water, but this module advances knowledge into multiphase materials that may be Non-Newtonian and have temperature dependent properties. It also includes study of heat transfer, solidification and melting processes. The aim is to equip the student with the theoretical understanding to solve thermal and fluid flows problems and their application to real life situations. Examples will be drawn from oil and gas applications and processes such as casting of metals, moulding of polymers, printing of inks and melting of powders.

  • EGA163 Design and Laboratory Classes 1

    Module Aims: competence in engineering drawing using CAD and essential laboratory skills.

  • EGA335 Race Engineering 3

    This module is for students who are actively involved in Swansea University Race Engineering (SURE), where the team design, build and race a single seat racing car in the annual Formula Student competition. Students on this module work as a group to design and make a complete vehicle. Tasks include advanced component design, component analysis and manufacture. Further tasks include the analysis and management of costing, funding and communication. Testing may also be required in the lab and on the track. Students MUST be team members in level 2 and attend the competition in order to enrol on this module.

  • EGZ305 Swansea University Race Engineering 3

    This module is for students who are actively involved in Swansea University Race Engineering (SURE), where the team design, build and race a single seat racing car in the annual Formula Student competition. Students on this module work as a group to design and make a complete vehicle. Tasks include advanced component design, component analysis and manufacture. Further tasks include the analysis and management of costing, funding and communication. Testing may also be required in the lab and on the track.

Supervision

  • Interaction of formulation with the performance of functional inks and resins (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof Timothy Claypole
  • Advanced packaging solutions for shelf life management within fresh food (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Phillips
  • Investigation of radar signal interaction with crossflow wind turbine for aviation application. (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Amit Mehta
  • Brand protection for steel packaging products (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Eifion Jewell
  • Anilox cell geometries for printable electronics and flexible packaging (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Gethin
    Other supervisor: Prof Timothy Claypole
  • 3D printing artificial beef with plant protein (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Zhidao Xia
  • Optimising the software settings and conditions for 3D bioprinting and analysing the printed scaffolds. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Wright
  • Novel thin film solid-state energy storage technologies with rapid processing (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Phillips
  • 'The printing of natural materials for medical applications' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Gethin
  • Three Dimensional Printing Material in Bio-medical Application for Bone Regeneration (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Iain Whitaker
    Other supervisor: Dr Zhidao Xia
  • Smart and Safe Packaging (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Gethin
  • Development of printable graphene biosensors (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Vincent Teng
  • “A new concept for advanced large-scale energy storage: secondary batteries with seawater as open self-replenishing cathode”. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Serena Margadonna
  • Extensional flows and surface flow instabilities in printing: towards improved printed electronics (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Rhodri Williams
  • Development of Zn0 Nanobiosensors for the direct Detection of Pathogen (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Vincent Teng
  • 'The development of monitoring wearable module for smart compression garments' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Raoul Van Loon
  • 'Aerosol Jet Deposition for the Development of Printed Electronics' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof David Gethin

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Faculty advisor - Swansea University Formula Student Team: Sure

    2013 - Present

  • Deputy Director - Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating (WCPC), centre of excellence for printed electronics

    2013 - Present

External Responsibilities

  • MInstP: committee member , IOP Printing and Graphics Science Group

    2013 - Present

  • Ingegnere (Ing), Italian Chartered Engineer for Industrial, Civil, IT sectors

    2013 - Present

Key Grants and Projects

  • Principal Academic Investigator for TSB grant (approved, under signature) 2015 - 2016

    "HarFest" on printed electronics manufacturing to produce battery-free RF powered systems. Project in collaboration with Cambridge University, PragmatiC and CPI

  • Principal Investigator for EPSRC grant 2015 - 2016

    The role of surface instabilities into extensional industrial flows of complex fluids: towards improved printed electronics"

  • Principal Investigator for A4B (Academia For Business) funded project 2014 - 2014

    "Development of large area pressure transducer networks fabricated by printing" dedicated to development of advanced piezoresitive nano-carbon printable materials and technology for printable systems, aiming to force platform applications.

  • Principal Investigator 2013 - 2014

    "Microsemi interposers" dedicated to micro-integration of printing into sillicon chips. Industry directly funded.

  • Principal Investigator 2012 - 2013

    "Graphene-based electronic devices printed by 3D micro-nozzle printing", funded by Cambridge Integrated Knowledge Centre (CIKC)

  • Investigator in more than 10 projects, including NIHR funded project"Development of a low-cost diagnostic device for human cytomegalorvirus in newborn babies" 2015

    A4B projects Non-invasive, Ambulatory and Continuous Monitoring of Chronic Diseases" and on "Direct detection of virus using electrochemical nanowire biosensors"; 'Development of Breath Analyser using Field-Effect Transistors Based on Hybrid Nanomaterials'

  • EPSRC “Adventure in Energy” project 2016 - 2018

    “Advanced large-scale energy storage: secondary batteries with seawater as open self-replenishing cathode"