Current research funding in the Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy

Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy

Research Projects

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

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 ...

Sustainable Processing of Energy Materials from Waste

Principal Investigator: Petra Ágota SZILáGYI
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-01-2019  /  End: 31-12-2021
Amount: £32,669

Bacterial Nanocellulose for Energy Applications

Principal Investigator: Ana JORGE SOBRIDO
Co-investigator(s): Petra Ágota SZILáGYI
Funding source: Newton Fund , (British Council)
Start: 14-04-2020  /  End: 16-10-2021
Amount: £50,000

3D printed electrodes for energy conversion and storage technologies

Principal Investigator: Ana JORGE SOBRIDO
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 01-07-2020  /  End: 30-06-2021
Amount: £17,182

2-Dimensional Materials for Novel Battery Electrodes

Principal Investigator: Patrick CULLEN
Funding source: UKRI EPSRC
Start: 01-06-2018  /  End: 01-06-2021

There is an urgent need for the development and manufacture of advanced batteries for the electrification of vehicles in order to enable long, energy efficient trips on a single, fast charge with minimal loss of capacity and exceptionally high safety standards. Critical to achieving this aim is improving the capability of battery technology. By making new active materials for Li -ion and Na-ion batteries I aim to improve battery capacity, charge time and power.

The National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR)

Principal Investigator: Kaspar ALTHOEFER
Co-investigator(s): Andrea Cavallaro, Lorenzo JAMONE, Ildar FARKHATDINOV, Miles Hansard and Stefan Poslad
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 02-10-2017  /  End: 30-04-2021
Amount: £1,020,239

Nuclear facilities require a wide variety of robotics capabilities, engendering a variety of extreme RAI challenges. NCNR brings together a diverse consortium of experts in robotics, AI, sensors, radiation and resilient embedded systems, to address these complex problems. In high gamma environments, human entries are not possible at all. In alpha-contaminated environments, air-fed suited human entries are possible, but engender significant secondary waste (contaminated suits), and reduced worker capability. We have a duty to eliminate the need for humans to enter such hazardous environments wherever technologically possible. Hence, nuclear robots will typically be remote from human controllers, creating significant opportunities for advanced telepresence. However, limited bandwidth and situational awareness demand increased intelligence and autonomous control capabilities on the robot, especially for performing complex manipulations. Shared control, where both human and AI collaboratively control the robot, will be critical because i) safety-critical environments demand a human in the loop, however ii) complex remote actions are too difficult for a human to perform reliably and efficiently.

Conductive ink printed on paper.
All-printed thermoelectric generators

Principal Investigator: Oliver FENWICK
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 01-10-2017  /  End: 31-03-2021
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

Understanding the excited states in carbon dots and hybrids for solar fuels production

Principal Investigator:
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 01-03-2018  /  End: 28-02-2021
Amount: £111,000

ISCF Wave 1:Designing Electrodes for Na Ion Batteries via Structure Electrochemical Performance Correlations

Principal Investigator:
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physcial Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-01-2018  /  End: 31-12-2020
Amount: £1,049,962

Thermal neutron distribution within a small reactor core
Predictive Modelling for Nuclear Engineering (Early Career Fellowship)

Principal Investigator: Andrew BUCHAN
Funding source: E.P.S.R.C
Start: 19-06-2017  /  End: 18-12-2020
Amount: £464,161

To develop numerical models that predict the coupled neutronics-thermal hydraulics physics with nuclear reactor cores and to quantify the uncertainties in these predictions.

Testing of a Freestanding Oxygen Bifunctional Electrocatalyst for Alkaline Regenerative Fuel Cell Ap

Principal Investigator: Ana JORGE SOBRIDO
Funding source: Science & Technology Research Council (STFC)
Start: 16-12-2019  /  End: 15-12-2020
Amount: £2,000

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

Principal Investigator: Petra Ágota SZILáGYI
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-12-2019  /  End: 30-11-2020
Amount: £99,990

Bifunctional electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction and evolution reactions derived from Argentinian

Principal Investigator:
Funding source: Royal Society
Start: 30-11-2018  /  End: 29-11-2020
Amount: £12,000


Principal Investigator: Jun CHEN
Funding source: EPSRC Engineering and Physcial Sciences Research Council
Start: 01-06-2017  /  End: 01-10-2020
Amount: £252,934

TRANSIT (Towards a Robust Airport Decision Support System for Intelligent Taxiing) is a four site project between Queen Mary University of London, the University of Sehffield, University of Stirling and Cranfield University, funded by the UK EPSRC (grant numbers EP/N029496/1, EP/N029356/1, EP/N029577/1). The lead at each site is, respectively, Dr Jun Chen, Prof Mahdi Mahfouf, Dr John Woodward and Dr Mudassir Lone, with Dr Chen as the overall project director. The project also has an extensive list of industrial partners, which currently includes Air France – KLM, BAE Systems, Manchester Airport Plc, Rolls-Royce Plc, Simio LLC and Zurich Airport. The TRANSIT project aims to develop a unified routing and scheduling system which will be more Realistic, Robust, Cost-effective and Configurable, producing better conformance of flight crew in response to 4 Dimensional Trajectories.


Principal Investigator:
Funding source: Commission of the European Community
Start: 01-10-2016  /  End: 30-09-2020
Amount: £386,118