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Academic Staff Group Members

Dr Boek

Dr Edo Boek
PhD

Director of Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy /
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, ProfGradIMMM, 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

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

Academic Fellow
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 5582     Email a.sobrido@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 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
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6272     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

Dr Zhang

Dr Han Zhang
BEng, MEng, PhD

Lecturer in Chemical and Materials Engineering
Smart materials with multi-functionalities; Polymers and Composites; Nanomaterials and nano-engineered hierarchical composites; Self-healing and self-sensing devices; Structural health monitoring (SHM); Structural performance and its relationship with internal micro/nano-structures; Nanofibres and electrospinning.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 2726     Email han.zhang@qmul.ac.uk

Associate 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 Botto

Dr Lorenzo Botto
PhD

Senior Lecturer (equiv. Associate Professor) in Fluid Mechanics
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

Dr Gautrot

Dr Julien Gautrot
PhD

Reader 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 Simulation-Modelling of Engineering Systems
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
PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FAIMBE

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 Au

Dr Heather Au

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5262     Email h.au@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Magdalena Titirici

Dr Bosch Fortea

Dr Minerva Bosch Fortea

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

Dr Burrows

Dr Stephen Burrows

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email s.burrows@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Stoyan Smoukov

Dr Crespo-Ribadeneyra

Dr Maria Crespo-Ribadeneyra

Marie Curie Fellow
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3119     Email m.ribadeneyra@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Julien Gautrot

Dr Duong Quang Nguyen

Dr Khai Duong Quang Nguyen

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

Mr Gu

Mr Chuan Gu

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

Mrs Kamal

Mrs Catherine Kamal

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
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

Mr Li

Mr Xuan Li

Research Assistant
Email xuan.li@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Joe Briscoe

Dr Madhu

Dr Rajesh Madhu
M.Sc, M.Phil, PhD

Marie Skłodowska-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

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 Prakash Periasamy

Dr Arun Prakash Periasamy

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email a.prakash@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Ana Jorge Sobrido

Professional Services

PhD Graduates

NameThesis TitleSupervisor(s)

2017

WANG, ZhenMotion of deformable capsules in complex flowsYi Sui
GAO, HuiComposite inorganic particles/polyelectrolyte microcapsules: fabrication and applicationGleb Sukhorukov
ZHAO, LiFabrication of non(low) permeable microcapsules and further studyGleb Sukhorukov, Himadri Gupta
ASARE, EricSmartNanoHeat - Self-regulating heating compoundsEmiliano Bilotti, James Busfield
COLAK, BurcuMicro-patterning of peptide-based biomaterialsJulien Gautrot, Hazel Screen
ZAHABI, HediyehDevelopment of materials and applications for electroactive compositesJames Busfield, Federico Carpi
WU, GuangchangPredicting tyre compound wear.James Busfield, Emiliano Bilotti
CHEN, BinElectric Breakdown of Dielectric Elastomer Actuator MaterialsFederico Carpi, James Busfield
BAUMARD, ThomasFatigue life prediction in aircraft tyresJames Busfield

2016

YANG, JunyaoThe role of HDAC7-related peptide in stem cell differentiation towards endothelial cellWen Wang
RAN, HaoTo Fabricate and Study the Properties of the Intelligent Microencapsulated Liquid Particles Containing Biologically Active CompoundsGleb Sukhorukov
PATEL, Iffat FatimaNaturally Inspired Multi-layer Composite Films on Planar and Modulated SurfacesGleb Sukhorukov, Ton Peijs
HUANG, MenglongThe Strain Dependent Dielectric Behaviour of Carbon Black Filled Natural RubberJames Busfield, Emiliano Bilotti
YU, BaoqiThe synergistic role of mechanical stimuli and VEGF treatment in stem cell differentiation to endothelial cellsWen Wang
LIN, MiaoInteraction between the circulating blood and vascular endothelial cells in health & disease. Cell Mechanics for endothelial glycocalyxWen Wang, Asa Barber
WANG, ZhaoThe effects of the rate of hypo-osmotic challenge and IFT88 mutation on the biomechanics of chondrocytes.Martin Knight, Wen Wang
CHEN, XiaInvestigating the effects of cholesterol on phospholipid bilayer with molecular dynamics simulations.Wen Wang, Yiling Lu
JIA, LiyongMicro-structure reorganisation of the aortic heart valve under a biaxial loading conditionHazel Screen, Wen Wang
KRISHNAMOORTHY, MahenthaDeveloping Cationic Nanoparticles for Gene DeliveryJulien Gautrot, John Stark
MARINOVIC, AdamCarbon quantum dots via hydrothermal carbonizationMagdalena Titirici

2015

LU, ZhengjunMicrofluidics for a novel bioreactorWen Wang, Pankaj Vadgama
LI, Wei-QiElectrical stimulation on cell-cell interactions in vitroWen Wang
WANG, XiaocongThe Role of DKK3 in Vascular Smooth Muscle DifferentiationWen Wang
TUNNICLIFFE, LewisThe development of a novel nanostructured silica filler for high friction and low rolling resistance rubber applications.James Busfield
YU, XiaotianFunctional impact of microRNA-34a on stem cell differentiation towards smooth muscle cellWen Wang
DEO, Devendra InderMicrocapsule for targetted drug delivery to diseased tissuesWen Wang, Gleb Sukhorukov

2014

ASARE, SamuelFailure of Rubber Components under FatigueJames Busfield
QIU, LinNovel polymeric matrix and its interaction withbiological cellsWen Wang, Ton Peijs
LIU, WeizhiMicrocapsule internalization be cells in vitro caused by physical and biochemical stimuliGleb Sukhorukov, Wen Wang
SHORTER, RobThe behaviour of hollow sphere filled rubber materials under strainJames Busfield

2013

YI, QiangyingUV-Triggered Encapsulation and Release by Multilayer MicrocapsulesGleb Sukhorukov
SAKULKAEW, KartpanTearing of rubberJames Busfield

2012

LOWE, DavidNatural Rubber/Organoclay NanocompositesJames Busfield
HOTHI, Hardip SinghThe Impact and Deformation of Press-Fit Metal Acetablular ComponentsJulia Shelton, James Busfield
BAI, KeSpatial distribution, temporal development and mechanical properties of the endothelial glycocalyx in vitroWen Wang
LIU, YankaiModelling studies on biological tissue property and mechanical responses under external stimuliWen Wang
PAVLOV, AntonMultilayer Microcapsules for Delivery, Control and Triggered Release of Bioactive CompoundsGleb Sukhorukov

2011

MA, JiaProcessing of Polymer-based Systems for Improved Performance and Controlled ReleaseGleb Sukhorukov, Ton Peijs
YE, Shang JunComputational modelling of flows in porous scaffold materials using a lattice Boltzmann methodWen Wang
LUO, ZhenlingmicroRNAs play a role in human embryonic stem cell differentiation into endothelial cellsWen Wang
CHAI, ChanyuanCan Interface Conditions be Modified by Support Surfaces to Minimise the Risk of Pressure Ulcer Development?Wen Wang, Dan Bader

2010

SUPHADON, NutthanunViscoelastic Properties of Elastomer under Complex LoadingJames Busfield
GABRIEL, PhilipInvestigation and Modelling of Rubber FrictionJames Busfield

2009

BEDARD, MatthieuOptically addressable, integrative composite polymer microcapsulesGleb Sukhorukov
GUO, LeiNovel biosensors and Their application in Mass TransportWen Wang, Pankaj Vadgama
JHA, VineetkumarCarbon Black Filler Reinforcement of ElastomersJames Busfield