Centre for Fine Print Research University of the West of England Centre for Fine Print Research

Damien Leech

Damien Leech

Research Associate

Damien joined the Centre for Fine Print Research in October 2018 as a Research Associate, focusing on 2.5D and 3D non-impact printing techniques that attempt to further modernise the photomechanical processes invented by Woodbury and Lippmann in the 19th century. This includes the exploitation of inks enhanced with nano-particles and other 'smart-material' approaches, in order to introduce novel functionality and response from such prints, for use in security, packaging and sensor applications.

Prior to this, he attended the University Of Bath for both Master’s and PhD study, with a thesis titled 'Theoretical Modelling of the Electronic Properties of Bilayer Graphene-Based Van der Waals Heterostructures', focusing on two-dimensional atomic crystals, such as graphene and hexagonal boron nitride, and their stacked composite structures. These stacks were envisioned as 'designable' electronic devices with properties dependent on the materials in the stack, their orientation and shape, amongst other things. Particular focus was given to superlattice and moiré pattern formation, whereby mismatches in lattice constants and/or rotational alignment of the layer can form a much larger periodicity, that has a distinct effect on the electronic properties of the materials.


D. J. Leech, J. J. P. Thompson, M. Mucha-Kruczyński, Negative Differential Resistance in Van der Waals Heterostructures Due to Moiré-Induced Spectral Reconstruction, accepted for publication in Phys. Rev. App. in 2018.

D. J. Leech, M. Mucha-Kruczyński, ​Controlled Formation of an Isolated Miniband in Bilayer Graphene on an Almost Commensurate √3 x √3 Substrate, Phys. Rev. B, 94, 165437 (2016).