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Research interests

My research interests include a range of subject areas including experimentation and numerical simulations in sports engineering, development of digital fabrication design tools, processes and machines, and the use of additive manufacturing to support medical device development.

Supervisory Interests

I am happy to supervise students in a variety of areas including digital fabrication (additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, electronics), design engineering, sports engineering, and biomedical engineering. 

Scholarly biography

After a first degree in medical engineering at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, Dr Covill undertook a PhD in engineering at the University of Brighton in the UK. As a chartered engineer, he has worked on a number of industrial projects in the areas of sports engineering and footwear, medical device and orthopaedic design, heavy engineering and product design, working with and consulting for Clarks International (footwear), Grays International (hockey sticks and cricket bats), Dando Drilling (large scale drilling rigs), OSET (electric motorbikes), ATC (CNC machining of titanium medical devices) and Suteborow (orthopaedic shoulder implants) in the past few years. Dr Covill is currently a principal lecturer at the University of Brighton, and his areas of expertise focus on computer aided design and engineering, structural and thermal modelling, design for manufacturing and additive manufacturing techniques. His current research projects include the steel bicycle project which aims to promote the technical aspects of bicycle engineering, the development of functionally graded biological scaffolds using additive manufacturing techniques, and using additive and subtractive techniques in developing medical devices.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton


Bachelor, Queensland University of Technology

Jan 1997Dec 2000

External positions

External examiner (MSc Sports Engineering), Sheffield Hallam University


External Examiner (BA/BSc Product Design), University of Chichester


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Projects 2017 2021

Research Output 2002 2019

Investigating the effect of sterilisation methods on the physical properties and cytocompatibility of methyl cellulose used in combination with alginate for 3D-bioplotting of chondrocytes

Hodder, E., Duin, S., Kilian, D., Ahlfeld, T., Seidel, J., Nachtigall, C., Bush, P., Covill, D., Gelinsky, M. & Lode, A., 4 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. 30, 1, 10.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Physical properties

Thermoreversible hydrogel-coated microneedles for dermal drug delivery

Hill-Tout, J., Covill, D., Lau, W. M. & Ng, K. W., 11 Sep 2019. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
Polymethyl Methacrylate

Three-Dimensional-Printed Electrochemical Sensor for Simultaneous Dual Monitoring of Serotonin Overflow and Circular Muscle Contraction

Bin Hamzah, H., Keattch, O., Yeoman, M., Covill, D. & Patel, B., 27 Aug 2019, In : Analytical Chemistry. 91, 18, p. 12014-12020 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Electrochemical sensors

On the effects of tube butting on the structural performance of steel bicycle frames

Covill, D. & Drouet, J-M., 22 Feb 2018, In : Proceedings. 2, 6, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Energy absorption
Strain energy

On the exposure of hands to vibration in road cycling: an assessment of the effect of gloves and handlebar tape

Drouet, J-M., Covill, D. & Duarte, W., 22 Feb 2018, In : Proceedings. 2, 6, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Exercise equipment