Dr Patrick J Smith

BSc, PhD

Dr Patrick Smith


Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kroto Research Institute
Broad Lane
S3 7HQ

Telephone: +44(0)114 222 7738
Fax: +44(0)114 222 7890

email : patrick.smith@sheffield.ac.uk


Dr Patrick J Smith was awarded a first class BSc degree in Applied Chemistry from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1997, which he studied for part-time whilst working as Technical Officer for Ilford Ltd.

In 2002, he was awarded his PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge for his research into increasing the critical current density of bulk high-temperature superconductors.

He then had a number of post-doc positions working first with Brian Derby in Manchester (2002 – 2005), Ulrich Schubert in Eindhoven (2005 – 2007) and Jan Korvink (2007 – 2010).

In July 2010, he was appointed to the position of Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield.

Areas of Research

Dr Smith's current research areas are additive manufacture, aerosol deposition, rapid prototyping, reactive inkjet printing, metal-organic decomposition inks and droplet behaviour on the substrate.

He is particularly interested in solution-based inks, particularly hybrid-containing inks and precursor inks for hybrids, and discovering cost-effective ways to make photovoltaic and electronic devices.

Research Projects (Funded)

As Principle Investigator:

  • "Inkjet printed sensors", Pennine Water Group (£6000)
  • "Security printing on copper cables", KTA R&D Collaborative Award (£33,625)
  • "Reactive inkjet printing and controlled crystallisation", Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (£121,459)

As Co-Investigator:

  • "Inkjet-assisted creation of self-healing layers between composite plies", European Office of Aerospace Research and Development ($50,000) PI: Prof. Alma Hodzic


Dr Smith teaches the following course:

  • Manufacturing Technology, MEC130


Journal articles

Conference proceedings papers

  • Gregory DA, Zhang Y, Smith PJ, Ebbens SJ & Zhao X (2016) Altering the Bubble Release of Reactive Inkjet Printed Silk Micro-rockets. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, Vol. 2016 (pp 452-456), 12 September 2016 - 12 September 2016. View this article in WRRO
  • Zhang Y, Gregory DA, Smith PJ & Zhao X (2016) Regenerated silk fibroin as an inkjet printable biomaterial. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies, Vol. 2016 (pp 406-409), 12 September 2016 - 16 September 2016. View this article in WRRO
  • Tse C & Smith PJ (2016) Reactive inkjet printing applications for tissue engineering. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies (pp 442-445)
  • Smith PJ & Zhang Y (2016) Multi-functional carbon fibre reinforced composites obtained using inkjet printed polymers. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies (pp 482-485)
  • Edney L, Smith PJ & Hatton PV (2016) The use of inkjet printing and thermal phase change inks to create sacrificial prevascular networks. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies (pp 419-423)
  • Cartledge A, Pinna C, Hodzic A & Smith PJ (2015) The fatigue of carbon fibre composites containing interlaminar inkjet printed polymer droplets. 20th International Conference on Composite Materials, 19 July 2015 - 24 July 2015.
  • Zhang Y, Stringer J, Grainger R, Smith PJ & Hodzic A (2015) Fabrication of patterned thermoplastic microphases between composite plies by inkjet printing. Journal of Composite Materials, Vol. 49(15) (pp 1907-1913) View this article in WRRO
  • Zhang Y, Stringer J, Smith PJ, Hodzic A & Grainger R (2014) Toughening composites with self-ameliorating capability using inkjet printing technique. 16th European Conference on Composite Materials, ECCM 2014
  • Mager D, Raimann M, Smith PJ & Korvink JG (2009) MicroStack3D: A low cost production platform for micromanufacturing by inkjet printing. AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1181 (pp 317-323)
  • Smith PJ, Mager D, Löffelmann U & Korvink JG (2008) Inkjet printing silver-containing inks. International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies (pp 689-692)
  • Mager D, Smith PJ & Korvink JG (2007) Phase change rapid prototyping with aqueous inks. NIP 23: 23RD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DIGITAL PRINTING TECHNOLOGIES, TECHNICAL PROGRAM AND PROCEEDINGS/DIGITAL FABRICATION 2007 (pp 908-911)
  • Stringer JE, Smith PJ & Derby B (2004) Droplet behaviour in inkjet printing. Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings, Vol. 860 (pp 1-6)