Current research funding in the Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy
£7,207,055

Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy

Research Projects

The following are current funded research projects taking place within the research division:

Synthesis of High Selecticity Membranes


Principal Investigator: Andrew LIVINGSTON
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-02-2022  /  End: 31-01-2027
Amount: £726,225

Synthesis of High Selecticity Membranes

FENCES: FErroelectric NanoComposites for Enhanced Solar energy efficiency
FENCES: FErroelectric NanoComposites for Enhanced Solar energy efficiency


Principal Investigator: Joe BRISCOE
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-06-2021  /  End: 31-05-2026
Amount: £1,599,992

FENCES will develop a new approach to solar energy conversion by incorporating nanostructured ferroelectric materials into solar energy devices for both solar-to-electric (photovoltaic) and solar-to-fuel (photocatalysis) conversion. By coupling the bulk photovoltaic effect in the ferroelectric with high efficiency solar absorbs materials, FENCES aims to demonstrate a new route to solar energy conversion with the potential to exceed established efficiency limits.

Transforming synthetic drug manufacturing: novel processes, methods and tools


Principal Investigator: Andrew LIVINGSTON
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-07-2021  /  End: 31-01-2025
Amount: £433,570

Transforming synthetic drug manufacturing: novel processes, methods and tools

Sustainable Electrodes for Advanced Flow Batteries
Sustainable Electrodes for Advanced Flow Batteries


Principal Investigator: Ana JORGE SOBRIDO
Funding source: MRC Medical Research Council
Start: 01-02-2021  /  End: 31-01-2025
Amount: £1,163,370

The research programme proposed in this Fellowship application details a plan to develop alternative electrodes for RFBs using sustainable resources. RFBs often employ carbon felts as electrodes, prepared from non-sustainable polyacrylonitrile (PAN), and their activity towards the redox reactions is poor, leading to low efficiency systems. I propose to use electrospinning, a very versatile processing technique that allows for fine control of the features of the materials prepared, to produce a new generation of freestanding electrodes with unique tailored properties that will increase the power density and voltage efficiency of RFBs.

Interstitial Hydrides of High-Entropy Alloys
Interstitial Hydrides of High-Entropy Alloys


Principal Investigator: Petra Ágota SZILáGYI
Funding source: Defence Science and Technology Lab.-GOV UK
Start: 01-10-2021  /  End: 30-09-2024
Amount: £99,930

This French-UK collaboration is focussed on developing new high-entropy alloys for hydrogen storage. The alloys obtained have high hydrogen-storage capacity, desirable and viable for energy-storage applications, also allowing for the fundamental study of processes related to the inclusion and removal of hydrogen in the metals/alloys.

Advanced Nanomembranes for Exact Polymer Production - ERC AdG 2017


Principal Investigator: Andrew LIVINGSTON
Funding source: EU Commission - Horizon 2020
Start: 01-07-2021  /  End: 31-12-2023
Amount: £1,273,951

Bottom up structuring of liquids without external fields or molds.
Manufacturing of anisotropic nano and micro- particles.
Molecular Manufacturing of Macroscopic Objects - fellowship Stoyan Smoukov


Principal Investigator: Stoyan SMOUKOV
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-09-2018  /  End: 31-08-2023
Amount: £1,180,624

This interdisciplinary proposal proposes a molecular basis for Manufacturing for the Future,[a1] to grow many types of particles in a nature-inspired way. It offers scalability, near-full utilization of the material, and the ability to carry out transformations at near ambient conditions. Manufacturing in nature spans the scales from intricate ...

Nanostar sieving for oligonucleotides manufacture - Grant Transfer


Principal Investigator: Andrew LIVINGSTON
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 30-06-2021  /  End: 30-04-2023
Amount: £486,259

Nanostar sieving for oligonucleotides manufacture - Grant Transfer

Design and assessment of solid-state alkali metal-ion conductor 1D channeled framework materials
Design and assessment of solid-state alkali metal-ion conductor 1D channeled framework materials


Principal Investigator: Petra Ágota SZILáGYI
Co-investigator(s): ANTHONY PHILLIPS and CHRISTOPHER JONES
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-12-2019  /  End: 30-11-2022
Amount: £122,221

A key challenge in developing all-solid-state batteries is the electrolyte: that is, the material that allows the charge transfer between the electrodes. This project is delivering new materials featuring one dimensional channels on the atomic scale for this application.

BP-ICAM project - Battery thermal management fluids and systems


Principal Investigator: Radomir SLAVCHOV
Funding source: BP International Ltd
Start: 01-05-2021  /  End: 30-09-2022
Amount: £10,165

Conductive ink printed on paper.
All-printed thermoelectric generators


Principal Investigator: Oliver FENWICK
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 01-10-2017  /  End: 31-08-2022
Amount: £110,748

Organic thermoelectric materials are in the early stages of development, and the excitement surrounding them lies in their low cost, solution processability (they can be printed) and their mechanical flexibility. In short, they could revolutionise thermoelectric power generation. In this project, an OTEG will be fabricated on paper by a novel printing process. It is a cheap, scalable process that is much-needed for OTEGs to become reality. Furthermore, this project follows the conviction that a fundamental understanding of OTEG device physics will accelerate the development of improved thermoelectric materials