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Academic Staff Group Members

Dr Avital

Dr Eldad Avital
BSc(IITHaifa), MSc(Tel Aviv), PhD(Lond) CEng FRAeS

Reader in Computational (& Experimental) Fluids and Acoustics
Fluid Mechanics and acoustics: (i) Fundamentals: Computational Aero-Acoustics, Aerodynamics and Hydrodynamics, fluids-structure interaction, bio-fluids, particle flow. (ii) Applications: Power and thrust aero and marine production, wind and water turbines, water engineering, fusion energy, bio-fluids devices
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3616     Email e.avital@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Botto

Dr Lorenzo Botto
PhD

Visiting Reader in Fluid Mechanics (primary affiliation: Process & Energy Dept., TU Delft)
I am the leader of the Fluids, Particles and Interfaces Group (https://bottogroup.wordpress.com/). I am interested in fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, with particular focus on topics at the interface between classical fluid dynamics and materials science. My group uses simulations and theory, often corroborated by experimental results, to uncover fundamental engineering principles that can be applied to practical problems, in areas such as advanced materials, bioengineering, and energy engineering. Recurring topics of research in the group are the dynamics of particulate materials (suspensions, emulsions, powders, etc.) and the mechanics of soft interfaces. I lead the "Fluid Mechanics of Nanostructured Materials" Special Interest Group of the EPSRC-funded UK Fluids Network.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3757     Email l.botto@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Cagney

Dr Neil Cagney
PhD

Lecturer
My research is focused on experimental analysis of fluid flows, often using a combination of flow measurements techniques (e.g. Particle-Image Velocimetry, visualisation) and post-processing methods (e.g. Lagrangian analysis) to identify the underlying physics of a problem. Much of my work can be grouped into three main areas; flow-induced vibration, mixing/processing of complex (non-Newtonian) fluids and thermal convection. These problems have a wide range of applications across science and industry, and I regularly collaborate with process engineers, numerical modellers, mathematicians, rheologists and geophysicists.
Telephone +44(0)20 7882 8942     Email n.cagney@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Castrejon-Pita

Dr Rafael Castrejon-Pita
PhD

Senior Lecturer in Applied Sciences
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

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Science
My research interests lie at the interface of Computer Science, Operational Research and Control 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 Ismail

Dr Ahmed Ismail
PhD, MSc, BSc

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

Dr Karabasov

Dr Sergey Karabasov
BSc, MSc, PhD, DSc, FHEA

Co-director of Division of Aerospace Engineering and Fluid Mechanics /
Reader in 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.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5421     Email j.mueller@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Nanjangud

Dr Angadh Nanjangud
PhD

Lecturer in Aerospace/Spacecraft Engineering
Modeling and autonomous control of multibody, variable mass dynamical systems with applications to: future space missions pertaining to on-orbit assembly; rocket flight; and the broad area of extreme environment robotics.
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 3757     Email a.nanjangud@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

Dr Sui

Dr Yi Sui
PhD, MInstP, Fellow HEA

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

Prof Toropov

Prof Vassili Toropov
PhD, FRAeS, AFAIAA

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)

Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering
Dynamic modelling, control engineering, simulation, space & biomimetic robotics & UAVs, biomedical control systems, aeroelasticity, smart structures, flow control
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5193     Email r.vepa@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Wen

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

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

Associate Academic Staff Group Members

Prof Busfield

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

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 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

Prof Wang

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

Vice-Principal and Executive Dean
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

Postdoc Research Associates

Dr Gravelle

Dr Simon Gravelle
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
I have a PhD in nanofluidics. My expertise is mostly numerical (molecular dynamics, monte carlo, umbrella sampling, finite elements method). I have also performed experiments using Fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.
Email s.gravelle@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Lorenzo Botto

Mr Gu

Mr Chuan Gu

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email c.gu@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Lorenzo Botto

Dr Kamal

Dr Catherine Kamal
Ph.D, MSci.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
I apply mathematical modelling to engineering challenges relating to soft particles, capsules or vesicles in liquids, with an aim to create testable models of the materials in flow for advance in industrial application. For example, an understanding on the characterisation over the state of aggregation, shape or orientation of the soft nanoparticles in flow could identify new methods used to charactering and sort nanoparticles by their thickness and aspect ratio. Such size and thickness is essential for optimising applications such as polymer reinforcement. I am also interested in modelling physical singularities, such as those involved in moving contact lines.
Email c.kamal@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Lorenzo Botto

Dr Li

Dr Weiqi Li

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7821     Email wei-qi.li@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Wen Wang

Dr Markesteijn (Anton)

Dr A.P. Markesteijn (Anton)
BSc, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Fluctuating Hydrodynamics / Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics / Microfluidics / Nanofluidics / Biophysical Systems and Simulations / Multiscale Methods / Coupling of Molecular Dynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics
Email a.markesteijn@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Sergey Karabasov

Dr Quadros

Dr Russell Quadros
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email r.quadros@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Jens-Dominik Mueller

Professional Services

Mr Etheridge

Mr Mick Etheridge

Lead Aerospace Technician
Provides comprehensive technical support for staff and students in the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. To be responsible for the operation and upkeep of the laboratory areas of Aero and I.C. Labs. Responsible for the instruction, guidance and supervision of staff and students in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques as appropriate.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6577     Email m.etheridge@qmul.ac.uk

Current PhD Students

NameThesis TitleSupervisor
, High-Level Search Methodologies for Search-Based Software EngineeringJun Chen
ABID, Hussain AliTheoretical and computational modelling of airframe / propulsion interaction noise for reduced noise aircraft designSergey Karabasov
AGROMAYOR OTERO, RobertoTBCJens-Dominik Mueller
AKBARZADEH LALKAMI, SiamakAdjoint Differentiation of SIMPLE-like Incompressible Flow SolversJens-Dominik Mueller
AMIT, AnamParallel Mutigrid and Mesh Refinement MethodsJens-Dominik Mueller
ARPACI, AnilNetwork Design OptimisationJun Chen
AURIEMMA, SalvatoreDevelopment of parametric CAD models for gradient-based aerodynamic shape optimisationJens-Dominik Mueller
BEKE, LillaMulti-objective shortest path approach for routing and schedulingJun Chen
BONTOFT, ElliotResearch - Multidisciplinary multifidelity stochastic topology optimisation Title - Level Set Multidisciplinary Topology OptimisationVassili Toropov
CHAIDOS, AgamemnonStudy into the performance of vertical axis wind turbinesNeil Cagney
CHEN, YangFluid-Structure Interaction Modelling for Smart Blades of Renewable Energy TurbinesEldad Avital
FERRERI, AlessandroDouble layer charging in electrospray thrusters for space applicationsJohn Stark
GRYAZEV, VasilyHot Jet Noise ModellingSergey Karabasov
GUEVARA MORALES, GuillermoMixed mode colloid electric propulsionJohn Stark
GUO, QinApplications of cell dynamics in the separation and viscoelastic measurement of cellsYi Sui
IMAM-LAWAL, OluwadamilareAdjoint Based Optimisation for Coupled Conjugate Heat TransferJens-Dominik Mueller
JESUDASAN, RejishAn Adaptive Parametrisation Method for Shape Optimisation Using Adjoint SensitivitiesJens-Dominik Mueller
JIA, DongshengOptimization of deployable structures used for drug deliveryVassili Toropov
LI, FanMultiscale modelling of nano-confined water systemsSergey Karabasov
LIN, TaoThe dynamics of particles in flows with applications in material sciences and biomedical engineeringYi Sui
LINDSAY, GordonShape optimisation of winglets and wing appendages using CAD-based shape optimisationJens-Dominik Mueller
LIU, XinjianTBCSergey Karabasov
LU, RuixinNumerical simulation of cell dynamics in inertial flowsYi Sui
MYKHASKIV, OrestOptimal shape design with automatically differentiated CAD parametrisationsJens-Dominik Mueller
NAZ, NabilaNumerical simulation of electrohydrodynamicsYi Sui
QUETZERI SANTIAGO, MiguelContact Angle Hysteresis,experimental validation of numerical methods and measurement techniques.Rafael Castrejon-Pita
SAMAD, HudairMicrofluidics for sorting circulating tumor cellsYi Sui
SCHLAPS, RalfNovel 3D Shapes for MDO of Fans and CompressorsVassili Toropov
SHAMS, SalmanApplication of ANNs for Classification, Command and Control of EMG driven Prosthetic LimbsRanjan Vepa
WANG, MingyangRiver Flow Vegetation DynamicsEldad Avital
XU, JinTBCEldad Avital
YAN, YanAerodynamic performance improvement of vertical axis wind turbines through novel techniquesEldad Avital
YUAN, YuNavier Stokes flows with meshless finite block methodPihua Wen
ZAMAN, Ar-RafiControlling Ion Emission in a Colloid ThrusterJohn Stark
ZHANG, ZhangTBCVassili Toropov
ZHOU, JunjieTBCPihua Wen

PhD Graduates

NameThesis TitleSupervisor(s)

2017

HÜKELHEIM, JanHigh Performance Flow Control & Shape Optimisation SolverJens-Dominik Mueller, Sergey Karabasov
MOZAFARI, SahandOptimal pump characteristic design for MCS devices suitable to different stages of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)Theodosios Alexander, Fariborz Motallebi
SHEN, XiangExperimental and Numerical Study of Surface Curvature Effects on the Performance of the Aerofoils Used in Small Wind TurbinesTheodosios Alexander, Eldad Avital
WANG, ZhenMotion of deformable capsules in complex flowsYi Sui
OLLAR, JonathanVassili Toropov
HUANG, XuejiaoDesign, Modelling and Fabrication of a Robotic Retractor for Colorectal SurgeryPihua Wen, Ettore Barbieri
WANG, YangRobust and Stable discrete adjoint solver development for shape optimisation of incompressible flows with industrial applicationsJens-Dominik Mueller, Eldad Avital
TAO, TianyiDesign modelling and control of a miniature robotic system for surgical applicationsM Hasan Shaheed, Ranjan Vepa

2016

SU, FangParallelization solutions for the YNANO Discontinua Simulations in 2DAnte Munjiza, Pihua Wen
KRISHNAMOORTHY, MahenthaDeveloping Cationic Nanoparticles for Gene DeliveryJulien Gautrot, John Stark

2015

SINGH, GursharanjitA Study of the Fluid Dynamic Coupling Between LP Steam Turbine and its Exhaust HoodAndrew Wheeler, Jens-Dominik Mueller
XU, ShenrenNumerical shape optimisation of flow around turbomachinery bladesJens-Dominik Mueller, Andrew Wheeler
SALEH, ZainabAn investigation into Turbine Blade Tip Leakage Flows at High SpeedsEldad Avital, Theodosios Alexander
RAYAMAJHI, MilanEfficient Methods for Robust Shape Optimisation for CrashworthinessFabian Duddeck, Jens-Dominik Mueller
BAI, XinNumerical Simulation of a Marine Current Turbine in Turbulent FlowJohn Williams, Eldad Avital

2014

BAI, XinNumerical Simulation of a Marine Current Turbine in Turbulent FlowJohn Williams, Eldad Avital

2013

CHRISTAKOPOULOS, FaidonSensitivity computation and shape optimisation in aerodynamics using the adjoint methodology and Automatic DifferentiationJens Mueller

2012

IKRAM, ZaheerNumerical investigation of the effect of free-surface flow past submerged bluff and streamlined bodiesJohn Williams, Eldad Avital
NAYEBOSSADRI, ShahrzadComputational and Experimental Study of Nasal Cavity Airflow DynamicsEldad Avital, Fariborz Motallebi

2011

AHMAD, ArsalanExperimental Aeroacoustics Study on Jet Noise Reduction Using Tangential Air InjectionEldad Avital, Chris Lawn, John Cater
TU, WeiComeld Joints: Optimisation of Geometric Parameters of the ProtrusionsPihua Wen, Felicity Guild, Paul Hogg

2010

ADETORO, OluwamayokunNumerical Structure for Milling Proceses of Thin Wall StructuresPihua Wen
RYAN, CharlesInfluence of electrostatics upon electrospray with the intention of application to colloid thrustersJohn Stark
SHELDON, AndrewVisualization of fluid motions inside Taylor cones using dye tracerJohn Stark
MD ZHAHIR, Md AmzariAdaptive Filtering Applications to Satellite NavigationRanjan Vepa
TAN, ZhikaiMechanisms involved in the electrospray of biological macromoleculesJohn Stark