Dr Leonard Ng（黄伟达) is a Hughes Hall Research associate and a Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow at the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge. Leonard’s research interests are in printed electronics and the novel use of 2d materials in tackling issues such as climate change. A large part of his work in printed electronics is in developing new methods of printing in order to produce large-area electronics in a low-cost, high-throughput manner. He has also begun to explore the use of machine learning in his field, for instance in the development of predictive algorithms in ink formulation.
In addition, Leonard also leads a spinout company from the engineering department, established to commercialise intellectual property based on 2d material composites developed during his PhD in collaboration with his supervisor, Dr Tawfique Hasan and his co-workers. The patent discloses a platform technology that is an environmentally-friendly method of dispersing 2d materials into a liquid phase that has a multitude of different applications including in printed electronics, printing inks, coatings, composites and textile technologies. The company is currently developing applications for the wind industry in the form of a nanomaterial-enhanced coating designed to protect wind turbines against rain erosion. Other products in the pipeline include enhanced textiles for protective clothing and apparel and printed electronics.