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Dr David Cheneler MEng (hons), PhD, CEng, MIMechE, PgCAP, FIMMM, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer

David Cheneler

Engineering Building



Tel: +44 1524 594578

Research overview

David is a chartered mechanical engineer with a research specialism in advanced manufacturing, biomedical technologies and material science. He obtained his PhD and MEng in mechanical engineering from the University of Birmingham. After his PhD he was employed as a research fellow conducting several multidisciplinary research projects in close collaboration with industry. His research interests include, but are not limited to, biomedical technologies, modelling and characterisation of biological and other soft materials and the development of sensing technologies including for nuclear detection. Current research is focussed on the detection of low energy beta particles, in particular tritium, hyperspectral imaging of gamma and neutrons, photo-electronic detection of water pollutants, characterisation of biological tissues such as bone and tendons, and advanced manufacturing, including laser processing and additive manufacturing, for material science and medical technologies development. 

He is a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Fellow of the IoM3 or the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Agency.

PhD supervision

Simulation and fabrication of lattice/composite structures Radiation detection Robotics for nuclear decommissioning

Professional Role

David is a Senior Lecturer in Engineering and is the Director of Internationalisation for the Engineering department.

Sensor Engineering and Technology Cluster Co-ordinator

Cluster to support industry to deliver cutting edge sensing technologies and applications.

Sensor Engineering and Technology Cluster

Academic Lead for Eco-I North West DTC (Nov 2021-July 2023)

This role gives academic leadership and contributes to the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation’s Eco-I North West £14m business R&D programme. With over 50 PhD and Masters by Research projects, Eco-NW is a significant university Doctoral Training Programme which links businesses with academic research. This role will lead a group of 70+ academic supervisors linked to Eco-I NW, spanning across university departments and faculties. This role brings together these individuals to forge new research links, tackle academic issues as they arise and strategically lead the research undertaken within the Eco-I NW project.



Extreme Environments Theme Lead for Lancaster Intelligent, Robotic and Autonomous systems (LIRA) Research Centre

LIRA is a focal point for cutting-edge research into intelligent, autonomous and robotic systems bringing together world-leading expertise across Lancaster University aiming to advance this technology and its applications to the economy, society and the environment.



Previous roles include:

  • Deputy Admissions Director
  • Director of the MSc in International Innovation
  • Director of Engineering Teaching Partnerships (BJTU, COMSATS and Goenka)
  • Prior to employment at Lancaster University:
    • Fellow funded through Birmingham Science City: Innovative Uses for Advanced Materials in the Modern World (West Midlands Centre for Advanced Materials Project 2), with support from Advantage West Midlands (AWM) and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
    • Research Fellow on FP7 Programme (NANOBIOTOUCH Project: FP7-NMP-228844)


MEng (Hons), PhD, CEng, MIMechE, PgCAP, FIMMM, SFHEA

Research Grants

Selected recent research grants:

Soft robotic highly active cell and pipe explorer featuring SiC semiconductors to characterise alpha, beta, gamma and neutron contamination, (iCASE), (£53,985, 1/07/22 to 30/06/26), Co-I (PI: Dr Monk), partner: Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd.

MS4MSR (Molten Salt for Molten Salt Reactor), (Mitacs), (£64,130.15, 1/07/21 to 30/06/25), Co-I, (PI: Prof. Degueldre), partners: Corporation de L'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal and Terrestrial Energy

LiNa-Wave: Development of a working model solid-state battery system for maritime applications (Innovate UK) 10007089, (£119,449 - total £387,551, 01/09/2021 to 31/03/2022), Co-I (LU PI: Prof Kennedy), partners: LiNa Energy Ltd. (lead) and Bibby Marine Services Ltd.

The development of 1kWh sodium nickel chloride battery system and associated manufacturing processes (Faraday Battery Challenge), (£84,128, 1/08/21 to 30/04/22), Co-I (LU PI: Prof Kennedy), partner: LiNa Energy Ltd. (lead) 

ASUNDER - Adaptable Semiautonomous Underwater Decommissioning Sample Retrieval Robot (UK Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme Phase 7) EP/V027379/1 (250k - total £500k, 02/11/2020 to 31/03/2023), PI (Co-Is Dr Monk, Dr Montazeri), partners: Dr So Kamada - National Maritime Research Institute (NMRI), Dr Masayuki Hagiwara – High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) and Dr Keisuke Okumura - Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA)

Low Cost High Reliability Radiation Hardened Electronics System (Innovate UK) 104026 (£114,113 - total £327,537, 01/11/2020 to 31/08/2021), PI, partners: Radmod Research Ltd., and Kallisto Consultancy Limited

ITAR: Innovative Technologies Towards Building Affordable and Equitable Global Radiotherapy Capacity, (STFC), (£54,593.92, 1/04/20 to 31/03/21), Co-I (LU PI: Prof. Burt)

Thin Neutron Detector on a Chip Utilising Silicon Carbide (UK Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme Phase 5) EP/S020411/1 (240k - total £490k, 01/10/2018 to 30/06/2021) Co-I (PI: Dr Monk), partners: Prof Tsuyoshi Misawa, Institute of Integrated Radiation and Nuclear Science, Kyoto University

PhD Supervisions Completed

Previous Successfully Completed PhD Supervisions:

Dr Nile Quane: Optimised self-calibrating microfluidic systems towards design optimisation, 2022 (with TelLabs Ltd.)

Dr Chris Nyamayaro: Practical and theoretical investigation of underwater laser cutting for decommissioning applications, 2022 (with Dr A. Pinkerton and A. Khan, P. de Bono frm TWI)

Dr Tomas Fried: In situ mechanical analysis of sludge in hazardous environments, 2021 (with Dr S. Monk)

Dr Hajir Al Hamrashdi: The design and testing of a novel compact real-time hybrid Compton and neutron scattering instrument, 2020 (with Dr S. Monk)

Dr Tilly Alton: In-situ monitoring of groundwater radionuclides with emphasis on tritium detection, 2019 (with Dr S. Monk)


Previous Successfully Completed MSc Supervisions:

Marcia Pryce: An experimental and CFD based analysis on industrial biomass drying production, 2021 (with Dr F. Aiouache and Bowland Bioenergies Ltd.)

Joshua Ingham: Surface temperature equalisation through automated laser vaporisation of thick film electrical heating elements, 2019 (with 2D Heat Ltd.)

Paul Adesoji: Turkey-leg-tendon: a model system for collagen mineralisation, 2018 (with Dr J. Kerns)

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