Professor Vincent Teng
Telephone: (01792) 602461
Room: Academic Office - A_014
Ground Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus

Prof Kar Seng (Vincent) Teng leads the Nanoelectronics Research Group within the Systems and Process Engineering Centre at the College of Engineering.

His research interest is in the study of nanoscale electronic materials and devices. This involves research of low-dimensional electronic materials, such as graphene, metal-oxide and nitride nanostructures etc, for development of devices that deliver major impact on healthcare, optoelectronics and energy technologies.

Prof Teng's expertise is in the designing, fabrication and characterisation of nanoscale electronic materials and devices, as well as controlling their properties through surface engineering for novel applications. His expertise also includes the development of scaling-up technologies for nanotechnology-based devices to ensure commercial viability, the use of scanning probe microscopy and other surface science techniques for the study of semiconductor surfaces and interfaces.

His research has been supported by awards from the NHS-National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), European Commission Horizon 2020, The Royal Society, Welsh Government, HEFCW, Sir Halley Stewart Trust and industries etc. He is the principal inventor on at least ten patents/patent applications and serves as a Scientific Director of a University spin-out company. Prof Teng also serves as an Associate Editor for the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Advances and as technical committee member for a number of international conferences in the area of Nanotechnology and Material Sciences. 


Interested in doing a PhD?

If you are highly motivated and interested in PhD research on the development of nanobiosensors for early detection of diseases, please get in touch with me. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Nanoelectronics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanobiosensors
  • Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
  • Semiconductor Surface and Interface
  • Scanning Probe Microscopy


  1. & Recent Advances on Electrochemical Sensors for the Detection of Organic Disinfection Byproducts in Water. ACS Sensors 4(5), 1138-1150.
  2. & In2S3 Quantum Dots: Preparation, Properties and Optoelectronic Application. Nanoscale Research Letters 14(1)
  3. & Preparation and photoelectric properties of cadmium sulfide quantum dots. Chinese Physics B 28(4), 047803
  4. & Recent Advances in Graphene Homogeneous p–n Junction for Optoelectronics. Advanced Materials Technologies, 1900007
  5. & SnS2 quantum dots: facile synthesis, properties and applications in ultraviolet photodetector. Chinese Physics B 28(3), 037801

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  • EG-152 Analogue Design

    The module covers aspects of Engineering Applications for Level 1 students and all aspects of the design process for analogue circuits. It includes preparation, performance and reporting on a structured series of experiments supporting the taught modules at this level and gives practice in using IT packages to assist with report writing.

  • EG-242 Electronic Materials and Devices

    The module introduces the fundamental properties of semiconducting materials and the principles of operation of electronic devices.

  • EGA305 Nanoelectronics

    Nanoelectronics will soon succeed today's microelectronics technology and revolutionise the electronics industry. This cutting edge technology has major applications in both information and healthcare technologies, hence improving our quality of life. This module introduces the fundamental principle of nanoelectronics and its applications.

  • EGNM04 Nanoscale Structures and Devices

    This module explores the novel properties of semiconductors and metals when their dimension reach the nanometre scale. The module reviews various types of nanostructures (nanowires, quantum dots, graphene, carbon nanotubes) focussing on fabrication techniques, properties and practical applications. It also details the challenges faced by the Silicon industry beyond Moore's law and highlights possible replacements for CMOS technology.


  • Fexographic printing of nanoscale Zn0 gas sensing layers (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Vincent Teng
    Other supervisor: Dr Thierry Maffeis
  • Development of printable graphene biosensors (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Davide Deganello
    Other supervisor: Prof Vincent Teng
  • Development of Zn0 Nanobiosensors for the direct Detection of Pathogen (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Prof Davide Deganello
    Other supervisor: Prof Vincent Teng

Key Grants and Projects

  • NHS-National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Product Development Award 2018 - 2021

    Development of a Rapid, Low Cost Human Cytomegalovirus Diagnostics

  • EU Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award (Research Fellowship for Dr Wei Zhang) 2017 - 2019

    Electrochemical Sensors as Early Alert Tools for Algal Toxin Detection in Water

  • Life Science Bridging Fund 'Follow-on Fund' Award 2017 - 2018

    In-vivo Assessment of Microneedle Sensor for Continuous Glucose Monitoring

  • Life Science Bridging Fund 'Pathfinder' Award 2016 - 2016

    Continuous Glucose Monitoring for Diabetes Using Microneedle Sensor Technology

  • NHS-National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 2014 - 2017

    Development of a Low Cost, Easy to Use Point-Of-Care Diagnostic Device for the Detection of Human Cytomegalovirus in Urine

  • Sêr Cymru National Research Network for Advanced Engineering and Materials 2014 - 2016

    Development of Breath Analyser Using Field-Effect Transistors Based on Hybrid Nanomaterials, with (PI-Thierry Maffeis)

  • Welsh Government Academic Expertise for Business (A4B)/Sir Halley Stewart Trust 2014 - 2016

    Direct Detection of Virus Using Electrochemical Nanowire Biosensors

  • Welsh Government Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) 2014 - 2014

    Development of Continuous Blood Glucose Sensor Based on the Applications of Nanotechnology and Microneedles

  • Welsh Government Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) 2014 - 2014

    Swansea Nano: surfACe ChEmcial analySiS system (ACCESS) Knowledge Transfer Centre, with (PI-Owen Guy)

  • EPSRC Bridging the Gap 2012 - 2013

    Effective Management of Chronic Diseases and Ageing Population Through Innovative Technology

  • HEFCW Welsh Crucible 2012 - 2013

    Novel Point-Of-Care Testing for the Early Detection of Human Cytomegalovirus

  • HEFCW Welsh Crucible 2012 - 2013

    ARMED: Automated Ruminant Methane Emission Detector, with (PI-Jeff Kettle, Bangor University)

  • EPSRC Building Global Engagement in Research 2012 - 2013

    Development of Novel Lab-on-a-chip Technology for Circulating Tumour Cells Isolation and Enumeration

  • Welsh Government Academic for Business (A4B) Collaborative Industries Research Project (CIRP) 2011 - 2013

    Non-invasive, Ambulatory and Continuous Monitoring of Chronic Diseases

  • Welsh Government Academic Expertise for Business (A4B) Collaborative Industries Research Project (CIRP) 2011 - 2014

    Grid Parity Photovoltaics, with (PI-Owen Guy)

  • Royal Society 2008 - 2009

    Investigation of Ferromagnetic Enhancement Mechanism in Copper-doped Zinc Oxide

  • Royal Society 2007 - 2008

    Investigation of Device Problems Using Cross-Sectional Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2018 Present Professor Swansea University
2014 2018 Associate Professor Swansea University
2012 2014 Senior Lecturer Swansea University
2006 2012 Lecturer Swansea University