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Academic Staff Group Members

Dr Akinmolayan

Dr Folashade Akinmolayan
MEng, PhD, SFHEA

Lecturer in Engineering Science & Education
Primary research interests are: Student experience of teamwork as an indicator for employability skills; Engagement and retention of students within Engineering through active learning techniques; Cultural and social impacts on the approaches to learning; Diversity and inclusion within Engineering. Secondary research interests are: Process modelling and simulation; Clean Water Treatment processes.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7281     Email f.akinmolayan@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Boek

Dr Edo Boek
PhD

Reader in Chemical Engineering
Setting up a new research group and Division of Chemical Engineering with focus on energy engineering. My research is in soft matter, energy, flow and transport of complex fluids in confinement (porous media), multi-scale imaging and simulation. I investigate how the macroscopic behaviour of complex systems emerges from the underlying microscopic behaviour. I have a solid research track record in two-phase and reactive flow in porous media, with applications in clean fossil fuels, CO2 storage and asphaltene deposition. In my new role at QMUL, I will be extending these applications to renewable energy, battery design, fuel cells and supercapacitors. I develop both experimental and computational methods for my research. Experimental methods include micro-fluidics, (confocal) microscopy, rheology and X-ray micro-tomography. Computer simulation methods include lattice-Boltzmann, Multi-Particle Collision Dynamics, and Molecular Dynamics. I am currently hiring a PhD student in this area. Please contact me for details.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 2964     Email e.boek@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Briscoe

Dr Joe Briscoe
MSci (Hons), PhD, CSci, MIMMM, MInstP

Lecturer in Functional Materials
Nanostructured materials for renewable energy applications: Semiconductor photocatalysts, photoelectrocatalysis (PEC) & solar fuels; Nanostructured photovoltaic devices; Ferroelectrics for solar energy conversion; Piezoelectric energy harvesting. Chemical synthesis of nanomaterials and nanostructured thin films, material characterisation, device construction and testing.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3552     Email j.briscoe@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Jiang

Prof Xi Jiang
PhD, CEng, FIMechE

Director of Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy /
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
The expertise of Prof Jiang is primarily in sustainable and cleaner energy utilisation, which includes but not limited to the applications of high-fidelity modelling and simulation to the following research areas: (1) combustion utilisation of alternative and renewable fuels including chemical kinetics studies, (2) greenhouse gas mitigation technologies including combustion mitigation of low-concentration methane; (3) flow in porous media and geological carbon storage, and (4) battery thermal management and thermal management in computer systems.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5009     Email xi.jiang@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Jorge Sobrido

Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido
PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Energy Materials
My research focuses on the development of new electroactive materials for energy conversion and storage devices. My expertise ranges from the synthesis of new compounds through multiple synthesis approaches to electrode ink formulation strategies and assembly and testing into real electrochemical devices.
Telephone +44(0)20 7882 6782     Email a.sobrido@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Slavchov

Dr Radomir Slavchov
PhD

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
(i) Adsorption of surfactants and electrolytes; (ii) capillary shapes, capillary flows, wetting, biomechanics; (iii) theory of surface electric phenomena; (iv) chemical physics of mixtures, fuel chemistry; (v) combustion engines.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8938     Email r.slavchov@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Smoukov

Dr Stoyan Smoukov

Co-director of Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy /
Reader in Chemical Engineering
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5305     Email s.smoukov@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Szilágyi

Dr Petra Ágota Szilágyi
PhD, MRSC, FHEA, MSc, MA

Lecturer in Functional Materials
I am interested in developing materials for energy applications, in particular for fuel synthesis. When solid materials are of very small particles their properties (such as colour, electric conductivity. etc.) starts to depend on the particle size. My main goal is to achieve control of the properties of materials by controlling their particle size and shape. There are various ways to control particle size, and in my approach templates of well-defined size and shape are used. The above templates are pores of a kind of material called metal-organic frameworks. This is a relatively new kind of materials and they can enter very diverse interactions with guest materials, which I aim to explore to further tailor the latter's properties.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7948     Email p.szilagyi@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Titirici

Prof Magdalena Titirici
Dr. Rer. Nat. Habil.

Professor in Sustainable Materials Chemistry
Porous Materials, Energy Storage, CO2 Capture, Biofuels, Fuel Cells, Hydrothermal Carbonization
Email m.m.titirici@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Volpe

Dr Roberto  Volpe
PhD

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering
I design pyrolysis and gasification experiments to study the fundamental aspects of biomass thermal decomposition. My expertise ranges from the investigation of the pathways to thermo-chemical breakdown of solid biofuels to the synthesis of renewable carbon materials via thermal processes and the development of sustainable gasification technologies for small-scale applications in Decentralised Renewable Energy Systems
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7748     Email r.volpe@qmul.ac.uk

Associate Academic Staff Group Members

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 Buchan

Dr Andrew Buchan
BSc MSc PhD

Lecturer in Engineering Science
I design numerical models for predicting the behaviour and understanding the uncertainties in the operation of nuclear reactor cores and other nuclear processing facilities. In particular I develop mathematical models to accurately predict neutron and gamma transport within nuclear reactors, and couple these to thermal hydraulic codes that model coolant flows and heat transfer within a core. I am particularly interested in analysing both current nuclear reactors as well as those due to be built within the UK in the coming years, in particular the boiling water reactors. I am also heavily involved in the design of new mathematical models that predict the progression/state of a nuclear reactor?s core in the event of severe accident scenarios.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6087     Email a.buchan@qmul.ac.uk

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 Gautrot

Prof Julien Gautrot
PhD

Professor in Biomaterials and Biointerfaces
Synthesis and characterisation of biomaterials. Micro- and nano-patterning. Bio-interfaces. Stem cell biology.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5263     Email j.gautrot@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 Sukhorukov

Prof Gleb Sukhorukov

Professor of Biomedical Materials
Physical Chemistry, Biophysics, Materials Science. Area of research: Multifunctional Nanoengineered Delivery Systems
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5508     Email g.sukhorukov@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Wang

Prof Wen Wang
FREng

Vice-Principal and Executive Dean (Science & Engineering)
Vascular endothelial mechanics, 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 Bosch Fortea

Dr Minerva Bosch Fortea

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Email m.bosch@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Julien Gautrot

Dr Di Cio

Dr Stefania Di Cio
MEng

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 5301     Email s.dicio@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Julien Gautrot

Dr Duong Quang Nguyen

Dr Khai Duong Quang Nguyen

KTP Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7306     Email k.nguyen@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Julien Gautrot

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 Kong

Dr Dexu Kong

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 5306     Email d.kong@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Julien Gautrot

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 Madhu

Dr Rajesh Madhu
M.Sc, M.Phil, PhD

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow
Porous Carbon Materials, Nanocomposites, Electrochemistry, Electrodeposition, Biosensors, Supercapacitors, Fuel Cells
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5301     Email r.madhu@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Magdalena Titirici

Dr Megone

Dr William Megone

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email exx207@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Julien Gautrot

Mr Modugno

Mr Pierpaolo Modugno

ESR Marie-Curie Researcher
Email p.modugno@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Magdalena Titirici

Miss Nicolae

Miss Sabina Alexandra Nicolae

ESR Marie Curie Researcher
Email sabina.nicolae@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Magdalena Titirici

Dr Periasamy

Dr Arun Prakash Periasamy
M.Phil, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Carbon Nanostructures, Functional Nanomaterials, Electrochemistry, Electrocatalysis, Photoelectrocatalysis, Energy Conversion and Storage.
Email a.prakash@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Ana Jorge Sobrido

Professional Services

Current PhD Students

NameThesis TitleSupervisor
ALAZMI, AmiraTBCMagdalena Titirici
ALPTEKIN, HandeCarbon Materials as anodes in Na-ion batteriesMagdalena Titirici
AUGURIO, AdrianaSolution processed nanostructured ferroelectric thin films for photoelectrochemical water splittingJoe Briscoe
BARR, MeredithProduction of renewable carbon materials for environmental applications via thermochemical reactions.Roberto Volpe
CHEN, ChengLarge Eddy Simulation of Supercritical Fuel Injection and Spray CombustionXi Jiang
CHEN, RuixuanFree-standing Bifunction Electrocatalyst For Regenerated Electrochemical Energy Conversion DevicesMagdalena Titirici
DA SILVA MACHADO DE FREITAS, RodolfoTBCXi Jiang
DOSZCZECZKO, SzymonBifunctional Hybrid Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution and Oxygen Reduction ReactionsStoyan Smoukov
FENG, JingyuBiomass Based Nitrogen Doped Free Standing Electrode for Energy Conversion DeviceMagdalena Titirici
FILDAH, AyaaTBCXi Jiang
FORRESTER, ChloeTBCJoe Briscoe
GUO, QianHematite-based Photoelectrodes for Photoassisted Oxygen Evolution ReactionJoe Briscoe
GUO, ZhenyuAmorphous carbon composites as anodes in LI/HA dual ion batteriesMagdalena Titirici
HE, QinrongNovel flexible piezoelectric energy harvesters (nanogenerators) for wearable and composite applicationsJoe Briscoe
KING, JamesMetal-organic frameworks: a new approach to control the geometry and surface chemistry of nanocatalysts.Petra Ágota Szilágyi
LIN, ETBCStoyan Smoukov
LOBO, RichardTBCMagdalena Titirici
LUO, ZhifenTBCEdo Boek
MANISCALCO, ManfrediTBCRoberto Volpe
MENG, HanGraphitic Carbon Nitrite Quantum Dots For Photocatalytic Water SplittingAna Jorge Sobrido
MINGOES, CarlosChiral nanohybrids - Photocatalysis with a spin.Joe Briscoe
MODUGNO, PierpaoloProduction of magnetic catalysts via Hydrothermal Carbonisation and their use as heterogeneous catalysts for biomass conversion into biofuelsMagdalena Titirici
MOHAN, LokeshwariTBCJoe Briscoe
MOSONIK, MaryanneBiomass energy for rural Eastern Sub-Saharan AfricaRoberto Volpe
NABI, RaheemEnhanced Heat Transfer For Engineering Cooling Systems Using CFD For Acoustically Driven Flows.Xi Jiang
NICOLAE, SabinaPh.D. project title: Production of hierarchically porous carbons adsorbents for gas separation (CO2 and H2S adsorption)Magdalena Titirici
RATNASINGHAM, RyleyTBCJoe Briscoe
SAFAVI, Seyedeh MasoumehTBCRoberto Volpe
SCHLEE, PhilippLignin derived carbon materials for electrochemical energy storage systems supercapacitors and Na-ion batteriesMagdalena Titirici
TAGAR, UroosaModel based Monitoring of Atmospheric Pollutants in the EnvironmentRoberto Volpe
TAGHI, NaoualExtraction of lipids from algae suspensions for biofuel applicationsEdo Boek
TIAN, GengyuInvestigation of new electroactive materials for solar redox flow batteries.Joe Briscoe
TRAN THI NGOC, LinhBiomass-derived electrospun fibres / transition metal oxide perovskites for oxygen electrocatalysis applicationsStoyan Smoukov
VICTORIA TAFOYA, JorgeB-doped Carbon Nano-ribbons for Oxygen Reduction ReactionStoyan Smoukov
WANG, SikunAdvanced Study of Holographic Acoustic Trapping using UltrasoundXi Jiang
XU, ZhenNature-inspired Carbon Materials as Electrodes for Sodium-ion Hybrid CapacitorsMagdalena Titirici
YU, MengweiPhysicochemical Modelling of Multi-Component Liquid Biofuel CombustionXi Jiang
YUAN, HaozhenTBCJoe Briscoe

PhD Graduates

NameThesis TitleSupervisor(s)

2016

MARINOVIC, AdamCarbon quantum dots via hydrothermal carbonizationMagdalena Titirici