Joseph Morgan is a postgraduate research student in the Welsh Centre of Printing and Coating (WCPC) at Swansea University and a member of the M2A Academy.
Joseph attained a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering (1st Class Hons.) from Swansea University in 2014 and is currently working toward an Engineering Doctorate within the WCPC. The EngD scheme is a full scholarship which is partly funded through a sponsor company 'Haydale Ltd' and 'MATTER'. In this current position, Joseph has undertaken several masters level modules to broaden the knowledge gained during his time as an undergraduate student and enable him to work towards developing new technologies through experimental research within the printed electronics sector. Joseph has an interest in minimising environmental impact through intelligent engineering solutions and strives to consider potential implications of the technologies he is investigating.
Whilst not undertaking research at the university, Joseph spends time at the sponsor company site making use of their advanced laboratory facilities and developing a working knowledge of the company.
The focus of the project is to explore the use of carbon nanomaterials, including carbon nanotubes and graphene, within printed electronics and to produce demonstrators to showcase the technologies. The effect of various functional groups, different forms of carbon nanomaterials and hybrid materials will all be investigated. At present, the project is focusing on the development and characterisation of stretchable, conductive inks for use in wearable electronics. Initial experiments have shown promising results - particularly for the hybrid materials - and the next phase is to explore the cyclic loading characteristics of the inks which would replicate their use in a range of real-life applications.