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 the application of nanotechnology in electronics, which has major impact in healthcare, computer, photonic and energy technologies etc. His research includes the investigation of low-dimensional electronic materials, such as graphene, metal-oxide and nitride nanostructures etc., in the development of ultra-sensitive nano-biosensors for the early detection of diseases, short-wavelength lasers for ultra-high density data storage and nano-plasmonics for photovoltaic technology etc.

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 scaling-up technologies for nanodevices, 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. Prof Teng serves as an Associate Editor for RSC Advances and Editor for Fluorescent Materials journals. He also serves as an organising 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, please get in touch with me. 

Areas of Expertise

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


  1. & Graphene quantum dots from chemistry to applications. Materials Today Chemistry 10, 221-258.
  2. & Uniform sensing layer of immiscible enzyme-mediator compounds developed via a spray aerosol mixing technique towards low cost minimally invasive microneedle continuous glucose monitoring devices. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 118, 224-230.
  3. & Electrochemical Biosensing of Algal Toxins in Water: The Current State-of-the-Art. ACS Sensors 3(7), 1233-1245.
  4. & Tellurium quantum dots: Preparation and optical properties. Applied Physics Letters 111(6), 063112
  5. & Facile fabrication of electrochemical ZnO nanowire glucose biosensor using roll to roll printing technique. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 247, 807-813.

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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

    To provide the student with an understanding of the basic quantum mechanics and techniques required to model the properties of particles and materials on the nano-meter scale.


  • Development of printable graphene biosensors (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Davide Deganello
    Other supervisor: Prof Vincent Teng
  • Fexographic printing of nanoscale Zn0 gas sensing layers (current)

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

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr 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