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Dr Avital

Dr Eldad Avital
PhD, SMAIAA, SFHEA, CEng, FRAeS

Reader in Computational (& Experimental) Fluids and Acoustics
Fundamentals: (i) Computational (and experimental) aero/hydrodynamics & acoustics (ii) Fluids-structure interaction (iii) Biofluids (iv) Particle flow & Magnetohydrodynamics Applications: (i) Power fluid machinery (transport: aero/marine/land, renewables: wind/water/hydrogen) (ii) Water engineering (iii) Biofluids devices and disinfection (iv) Fusion energy fluid engineering
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3616     Email e.avital@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Busfield

Prof James Busfield
FREng, MA, PhD, CEng, FIMMM, FHEA

Professor of Materials
Examining the physical behaviour by experiment and modelling techniques of soft matter such as elastomers and rubber materials. Properties of interest include abrasion, friction, fracture, creep, fatigue, viscoelastic behaviour, modulus enhancement, self healing, recycling, ageing and composite filler reinforcement. Developing smart soft materials that can sense their environment and soft actuating materials that can change shape in response to a physical stimulus.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8866     Email j.busfield@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Cagney

Dr Neil Cagney
PhD

Lecturer
My research is focused on experimental analysis of fluid flows, in particular fluid-structure interaction, flow-induced vibrations, mixing and dynamics in complex fluids.
Telephone +44(0)20 7882 8942     Email n.cagney@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Castrejón

Dr Rafa Castrejón
PhD

Senior Lecturer
Fluid Mechanics, Experimental Physics, Liquid Drops, Sprays and Jets, Optics, Instrumentation, Inkjet and 3D Printing
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7620     Email r.castrejonpita@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Chen

Dr Jun Chen
BSc (Honours), MSc (Distinction), PhD, FHEA

Reader in Intelligent Systems Engineering
My research interests lie at the interface of Computer Science, Operational Research and Control Engineering with a significant overlap with Systems Engineering. Over the years, I have consolidated and structured my research along three themes: modelling, optimisation and decision, four cross-cutting application areas: intelligent decision support for airport operations, human factors & brain-computer interface, future flight deck automation systems and intelligent sewer networks, sponsored by EPSRC and industry and supported by the well-balanced research team consisting of senior academics, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8873     Email jun.chen@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Fenwick

Dr Oliver Fenwick
MA MSci PhD FHEA MIMMM MIOP

Senior Lecturer in Materials Science
Developing materials for electronic devices such as LEDs, transistors and thermoelectric generators. The materials include organic semiconductors, carbon materials and halide perovskites, as well as self-assembled monolayers for the control of interfaces in devices. I have a particular interest in controlling nanoscale morphology and self-assembly to tune functional properties.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3150     Email o.fenwick@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Ismail

Dr Ahmed Ismail
BSc, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer in Fluid Dynamics
Electrospray, Direct Printing, Microfluidics, Drops & Bubbles, Microencapsulation, Capillary jet.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6272     Email a.ismail@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Karabasov

Prof Sergey Karabasov
BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, FHEA, FRAeS, AFAIAA

Co-director of Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics /
Professor of Computational Modelling
Fluid dynamics, computational aeroacoustics and aerodynamics, large-eddy simulations, meso-scale ocean modelling, fluctuating hydrodynamics for nano-scale flows , numerical methods for hyperbolic conservation laws
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7650     Email s.karabasov@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Motallebi

Dr Fariborz Motallebi
BSc MEng PhD

Senior Lecturer in Aerodynamics
Flow Control, Aerodynamics of Sport Vehicles, High Speed Aerodynamics, Boundary Layer Flows, Instrumentation and Optical Diagnostics in Flow Measurements
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5182     Email f.motallebi@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Mueller

Dr Jens-Dominik Mueller
Dipl-Ing, MSc, PhD

Reader in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Optimisation
Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Biofluids, Shape Optimisation, Adjoint methods, Mesh adaptation, Sensitivity Analysis, Systems Engineering
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5421     Email j.mueller@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Nanjangud

Dr Angadh Nanjangud
PhD

Lecturer in Aerospace/Spacecraft Engineering
My research group develops robotics and AI technologies; our focus is to work on long-term challenges in the space sector. At this moment, the group focuses on developing the technology stack and investigating the engineering science challenges to unlock autonomous robotic on-orbit assembly of large space structures (telescopes and habitats). A lot of these solutions will be applicable to terrestrial robotics, as well- e.g., nuclear robotics. The foundational research area that underpins our work falls in the area of multibody dynamics (their modeling, simulation, and autonomous control).
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 3757     Email a.nanjangud@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Romero-Gonzalez

Dr Maria Romero-Gonzalez
MSc, PhD

Reader in Science & Engineering Education
Biomineralization, surface chemistry, biomaterials, environmental chemistry, engineering and sustainability. Flipped learning, student centred learning, curriculum design.
Email m.romero-gonzalez@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Screen

Prof Hazel Screen
BEng MRes PhD(Lond) CEng

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
My research aims to understand how our tissues are built to be able to withstand the loads they experience in the body. I am particularly interested in understanding tendon and heart valve; how and why they get injured, and ways to prevent this happening. By looking at the ways a tissue is supposed to work when it is healthy, we can identify how small changes in the structure, such as those which occur with age, can make injury more likely and look to prevent or treat these specifically.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8875     Email h.r.c.screen@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Stark

Prof John Stark
BSc(Exon) MSc(Man) PhD(Lond) FRAS FRAeS

Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Electrospray technology, spacecraft propulsion, Spacecraft Design, Direct printing
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8875     Email j.p.w.stark@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Sui

Prof Yi Sui
PhD, MInstP, Fellow HEA

Professor of Fluid Mechanics
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7763     Email y.sui@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Toropov

Prof Vassili Toropov
PhD, FRAeS, AFAIAA, CEng

Director of Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics /
Professor of Aerospace Engineering
- Development of design optimization techniques for large-scale engineering problems - Applications to various engineering systems - Improvement of reliability and robustness of engineering systems - Optimization of composite structures - Inverse problems
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6296     Email v.v.toropov@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Vepa

Dr Ranjan Vepa
BTech(IITMadras) MASc(Wat) PhD(Stan)

Reader in Aerospace Engineering
My research interests are in dynamic modelling, simulation and control applications related to aircraft flight dynamics, UAVs , robotics, space robotics and space vehicle orbit and attitude dynamics with a focus on aeroelaticity, electric propulsion and optimal trajectory synthesis for aircraft flight, UAVs and space missions.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5193     Email r.vepa@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Wang

Prof Wen Wang
PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FHEA, FAIMBE, FREng

Vice-Principal and Executive Dean for Science and Engineering
Vascular endothelial mechanics, cell mechanobiology, flow and solute transport in extracellular matrices, microcirculation, arterial haemodynamics, cell & tissue mechanics
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3031     Email wen.wang@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Wen

Dr Pihua Wen
BA MSc(CSU), PhD(WIT), FHEA

Reader in Computational Solid & Fluid Mechanics
Solid and Fluid mechanics, fracture and damage, computational methods, numerical simulation in manufacturing and engineering
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5371     Email p.h.wen@qmul.ac.uk

Postdoc Research Associates

Dr Grossemy

Dr Simon Grossemy

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email s.grossemy@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Hazel Screen

Dr Gryazev

Dr Vasily Gryazev

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email v.gryazev@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Sergey Karabasov

Dr Li

Dr Weiqi Li
BMed, MMed, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
My research focuses on the vascular biology and vascular engineering. Particular interest goes to the endothelial glycocalyx, a protective layer along the luminal surface of the blood vessel. I aim to elucidate how the glycocalyx develops and sheds under healthy and diseased vascular conditions. I also work on endothelial mechanics and directional cell migration on different types of substrate, with the ultimate gold of understanding the process of vascular stiffening and aging.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7821     Email wei-qi.li@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Wen Wang

Dr Markesteijn

Dr Annabel Markesteijn
BSc, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Fluid Dynamics, Computational Aeroacoustics and Aerodynamics, Large-Eddy Simulations, GPGPU Computing, Multiscale Methods, Fluctuating Hydrodynamics, Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics, Droplet Formation
Email a.markesteijn@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Sergey Karabasov

Dr Naderizadeh

Dr Sara Naderizadeh
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
I am currently working on BFTT, or Business of Fashion, Textiles and Technology project, funded by AHRC-UKRI. This project is a five-year industry-led project, which focusses on delivering sustainable innovation within the entire fashion and textile supply chain. There are several academic and industrial partners around UK in this project. The main project that I involved is in collaboration with Nurvv company, to develop a wearable sensing technology that enables monitoring physical gait and body health with sports, ageing, and healthcare applications.
Email s.naderizadeh@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: James Busfield

Dr Rajabi

Dr Alireza  Rajabi
BSc, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
My research is focused on searching for new technologies for producing small droplets, as they are used in many applications including printing, food production, painting, and energy conversion. We study and use affecting parameters (pressure, surface tension, viscosity and electric stresses) in order to control liquid jets and droplets in small scales, that is below one millimeter down to sub-micrometer.
Email a.rajabi@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Ahmed Ismail

Dr Shi

Dr Jing  Shi

Scientist -KTP Research Associate
Email jing.shi@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Rafa Castrejón

Dr Zamboulis

Dr Danae Zamboulis
DVM, PhD

Visiting Postdoctoral Research Assistant
I am a postdoctoral research associate with an interest in musculoskeletal biology and in particular the development of structure function in tendons. I completed a degree in Veterinary Medicine and an internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and subsequently undertook a PhD at the University of Liverpool. I have expertise in tendon biology, molecular biology techniques, proteomics and a good understanding of biomechanics.
Email d.zamboulis@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Hazel Screen

Professional Services

Dr Gridley

Dr Benjamin Gridley
MChem, PhD

Technical Facilities Manager
Technical operations lead with overall responsibility for SEMS laboratory and workshop resources. Strategic resource planning for space, technical infrastructure and staffing; capital projects lead; SEMS Technical Team line manager. Chemist with interests in organometallic synthesis, highly reactive transition metal complexes, metal-metal bonding modes, small molecule activation, anaerobic/anhydrous techniques, materials and polymer chemistry, single crystal XRD, computational chemistry.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8740     Email b.m.gridley@qmul.ac.uk

Current PhD Projects

Thesis TitleSupervisor
Theoretical and computational modelling of airframe / propulsion interaction noise for reduced noise aircraft designSergey Karabasov
Design, Simulation and Control of an Integrated Wave and Tidal Energy Converter (WATEC) for optimum power transfer in shallow seasRanjan Vepa
Halide perovskite thermoelectric materialsOliver Fenwick
Structural optimization of the RAT rotor of a commercial ACEldad Avital
OOAC models - integrating 3D mechano-predictive environmentsHazel Screen
Research - Multidisciplinary multifidelity stochastic topology optimisation Title - Level Set Multidisciplinary Topology OptimisationVassili Toropov
Identifying the causes of age-related tendon dysfunctionHazel Screen
Fluid-Structure Interaction Modelling for Smart Blades of Renewable Energy TurbinesEldad Avital
Optimal Distributed Propulsion Systems for All-Electric AircRanjan Vepa
Lifetime predictions of ElastomersJames Busfield
Development of an Organ-chip Model to examine Muscle DegenerationHazel Screen
Novel Models of Tendinopathy on a ChipHazel Screen
On the fundamentals of pure ionic emission in electrospray thrusters: A computational and experimental study using ionic liquidsJohn Stark
Modelling and characterisation of cells in flowsYi Sui
Prediction of Leakage in Elastomeric Seals for High Pressure ApplicationsJames Busfield
EPSRC ICASE VVT: Rich Simulation Driven Design OptimisationVassili Toropov
Optimization of deployable structures used for drug deliveryVassili Toropov
Optimal Design and Simulation of All Electric AircraftRanjan Vepa
2022 SEMS DSTL OFOliver Fenwick
Development of Self-healing and Recyclable ElastomersJames Busfield
Tyre Degradation Performance - SRIJames Busfield
Fracture behaviour in high performance tyresJames Busfield
Multiscale Modelling of Dissolutive WettingYi Sui
Shape optimisation of winglets and wing appendages using CAD-based shape optimisationJens-Dominik Mueller
Numerical simulation of cell dynamics in inertial flowsYi Sui
N-type organic thermoelectric materialsOliver Fenwick
Thermoelectric Metal-Organic Frameworks: Design, Synthesis and AssessmentOliver Fenwick
supersonic jet noise modelingSergey Karabasov
Fluid-Structure Interaction of offshore aquaculture units and particle dynamics for disinfection controlEldad Avital
Development of a framework and data tools for the sustainablJames Busfield
Numerical simulation of electrohydrodynamicsYi Sui
IL-10 signalling in human vascular development (human vascular cell differentiation from induced-pluripotent stem cell (iPSC))Wen Wang
Factors Impacting Tissue Compliance in the Human Left Atrium and its Effect on Radiofrequency Ablation SuccessHazel Screen
Filler Reinforcement of ElastomersJames Busfield
Optimisation of a Novel Polymeric Heart ValveJames Busfield
PRINTED THERMOELECTRIC GENERATORSOliver Fenwick
The interfascicular matrix niche ? novel approaches to identify the aetiology of tendinopathyHazel Screen
Optimisation of Tyre Wear PerformanceJames Busfield
Nanostructured Reinforcing Fillers to Enhance Physical and Mechanical PropertiesJames Busfield
Microfluidics for sorting circulating tumor cellsYi Sui
Graphene based transparent electrodes for tuneable optical devicesJames Busfield
Novel 3D Shapes for MDO of Fans and CompressorsVassili Toropov
Fully printed thermoelectric devices.Oliver Fenwick
Controlling Droplet Impact and PenetrationRafa Castrejón
Role of CD34+ Stem Cells in Isografted Vessel RemodellingWen Wang
Frictional Properties of Elastomer Seals.James Busfield
Printed thermoelectric generatorsOliver Fenwick
Navier Stokes flows with meshless finite block methodPihua Wen
Numerical simulation in composite-metal joint analysisPihua Wen
Numerical simulation of cells in flowsWen Wang
Next generation organ-chip models - 2022 EPSRC DTP HRCS?Hazel Screen

Past PhD Projects

Thesis TitleSupervisorYear
Vassili Toropov2017
Design modelling and control of a miniature robotic system for surgical applicationsM Hasan Shaheed, Ranjan Vepa2017
Development of materials and applications for electroactive compositesJames Busfield, Federico Carpi2017
High Performance Flow Control & Shape Optimisation SolverJens-Dominik Mueller, Sergey Karabasov2017
Motion of deformable capsules in complex flowsYi Sui2017
Experimental and Numerical Study of Surface Curvature Effects on the Performance of the Aerofoils Used in Small Wind TurbinesTheodosios Alexander, Eldad Avital2017
Optimal pump characteristic design for MCS devices suitable to different stages of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)Theodosios Alexander, Fariborz Motallebi2017
Micro-patterning of peptide-based biomaterialsJulien Gautrot, Hazel Screen2017
The Effects of Loading Frequency on Tenocyte MatabolismHazel Screen2017
Electric Breakdown of Dielectric Elastomer Actuator MaterialsFederico Carpi, James Busfield2017
Predicting tyre compound wear.James Busfield, Emiliano Bilotti2017
Design, Modelling and Fabrication of a Robotic Retractor for Colorectal SurgeryPihua Wen, Ettore Barbieri2017
Fatigue life prediction in aircraft tyresJames Busfield2017
Robust and Stable discrete adjoint solver development for shape optimisation of incompressible flows with industrial applicationsJens-Dominik Mueller, Eldad Avital2017
SmartNanoHeat - Self-regulating heating compoundsEmiliano Bilotti, James Busfield2017
Micro-structure reorganisation of the aortic heart valve under a biaxial loading conditionHazel Screen, Wen Wang2016
Parallelization solutions for the YNANO Discontinua Simulations in 2DAnte Munjiza, Pihua Wen2016
The synergistic role of mechanical stimuli and VEGF treatment in stem cell differentiation to endothelial cellsWen Wang2016
The role of HDAC7-related peptide in stem cell differentiation towards endothelial cellWen Wang2016
Investigating the effects of cholesterol on phospholipid bilayer with molecular dynamics simulations.Wen Wang, Yiling Lu2016
Interaction between the circulating blood and vascular endothelial cells in health & disease. Cell Mechanics for endothelial glycocalyxWen Wang, Asa Barber2016
The effects of the rate of hypo-osmotic challenge and IFT88 mutation on the biomechanics of chondrocytes.Martin Knight, Wen Wang2016
Developing Cationic Nanoparticles for Gene DeliveryJulien Gautrot, John Stark2016
A novel fibre composite system to investigate tenocyte metabolism under physiological and pathological loading conditions.Hazel Screen2016
The Strain Dependent Dielectric Behaviour of Carbon Black Filled Natural RubberJames Busfield, Emiliano Bilotti2016
The Role of DKK3 in Vascular Smooth Muscle DifferentiationWen Wang2015
Microfluidics for a novel bioreactorWen Wang, Pankaj Vadgama2015
The development of a novel nanostructured silica filler for high friction and low rolling resistance rubber applications.James Busfield2015
Efficient Methods for Robust Shape Optimisation for CrashworthinessFabian Duddeck, Jens-Dominik Mueller2015
Electrical stimulation on cell-cell interactions in vitroWen Wang2015
Microcapsule for targetted drug delivery to diseased tissuesWen Wang, Gleb Sukhorukov2015
An investigation into Turbine Blade Tip Leakage Flows at High SpeedsEldad Avital, Theodosios Alexander2015
Functional impact of microRNA-34a on stem cell differentiation towards smooth muscle cellWen Wang2015
Numerical Simulation of a Marine Current Turbine in Turbulent FlowJohn Williams, Eldad Avital2015
Numerical shape optimisation of flow around turbomachinery bladesJens-Dominik Mueller, Andrew Wheeler2015
A Study of the Fluid Dynamic Coupling Between LP Steam Turbine and its Exhaust HoodAndrew Wheeler, Jens-Dominik Mueller2015
Microcapsule internalization be cells in vitro caused by physical and biochemical stimuliGleb Sukhorukov, Wen Wang2014
Numerical Simulation of a Marine Current Turbine in Turbulent FlowJohn Williams, Eldad Avital2014
The behaviour of hollow sphere filled rubber materials under strainJames Busfield2014
Failure of Rubber Components under FatigueJames Busfield2014
Novel polymeric matrix and its interaction withbiological cellsWen Wang, Ton Peijs2014
Tearing of rubberJames Busfield2013
Sensitivity computation and shape optimisation in aerodynamics using the adjoint methodology and Automatic DifferentiationJens Mueller2013
A Biomechanical Characterisation of Eccentric and Concentric Loading of the Triceps Surae ComplexHazel Screen2013
The Impact and Deformation of Press-Fit Metal Acetablular ComponentsJulia Shelton, James Busfield2012
Structure-Function Relationships in the Aortic ValveHazel Screen2012
Numerical investigation of the effect of free-surface flow past submerged bluff and streamlined bodiesJohn Williams, Eldad Avital2012
Computational and Experimental Study of Nasal Cavity Airflow DynamicsEldad Avital, Fariborz Motallebi2012
Spatial distribution, temporal development and mechanical properties of the endothelial glycocalyx in vitroWen Wang2012
Natural Rubber/Organoclay NanocompositesJames Busfield2012
Modelling studies on biological tissue property and mechanical responses under external stimuliWen Wang2012
Can Interface Conditions be Modified by Support Surfaces to Minimise the Risk of Pressure Ulcer Development?Wen Wang, Dan Bader2011
Comeld Joints: Optimisation of Geometric Parameters of the ProtrusionsPihua Wen, Felicity Guild, Paul Hogg2011
Computational modelling of flows in porous scaffold materials using a lattice Boltzmann methodWen Wang2011
microRNAs play a role in human embryonic stem cell differentiation into endothelial cellsWen Wang2011
Experimental Aeroacoustics Study on Jet Noise Reduction Using Tangential Air InjectionEldad Avital, Chris Lawn, John Cater2011
Investigation and Modelling of Rubber FrictionJames Busfield2010
Viscoelastic Properties of Elastomer under Complex LoadingJames Busfield2010
Numerical Structure for Milling Proceses of Thin Wall StructuresPihua Wen2010
The Influence of Microstructure on the Mechanical Behaviours of TendonsHazel Screen, Julia Shelton2010
Influence of electrostatics upon electrospray with the intention of application to colloid thrustersJohn Stark2010
Adaptive Filtering Applications to Satellite NavigationRanjan Vepa2010
Mechanisms involved in the electrospray of biological macromoleculesJohn Stark2010
Visualization of fluid motions inside Taylor cones using dye tracerJohn Stark2010
Carbon Black Filler Reinforcement of ElastomersJames Busfield2009
Novel biosensors and Their application in Mass TransportWen Wang, Pankaj Vadgama2009