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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 Botto

Dr Lorenzo Botto
PhD

Visiting Reader in Fluid Mechanics (primary affiliation: Process & Energy Dept., TU Delft, Netherlands)
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.
Email l.botto@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

Prof Mata

Prof Alvaro Mata
BSc, MSc, DEng

Visiting Professor in Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials
Our team strives to develop innovative technologies and high impact research (Science 2008, Nature Materials 2010, Nature Chemistry 2015) to generate creative technologies and solutions for a variety of bioengineering applications. We use highly interdisciplinary approaches that integrate engineering, materials science, chemistry, nanotechnology, biology, and medicine to develop materials and devices that are hierarchical, biomimetic, offer spatio-temporal control, adaptability, tuneability, self-healing, and functionality. Current research in our lab includes the development of in vitro biomimetic environments, dynamic and directed self-assembling systems, molecular printing within 3D environments, and molecularly-designed bioactive implants for applications such as tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug screening.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6279     Email a.mata@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 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

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 Briggs

Dr Adrian Briggs
BSc (Eng) PhD (Lond)

Reader in Mechanical Engineering
Enhanced Heat Transfer, Two-Phase Flow, Condensation
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8876     Email a.briggs@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

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 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, 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

Prof Knight

Prof Martin Knight
BEng, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Professor of Mechanobiology, Director of Research
My research is focussed on 'mechanobiology' or how living cells and tissues respond to physical forces. In particular I am interested in the role of the fascinating cellular structure known as the primary cilium (cilia in plural). My work also explores the development of organ-on-a-chip models incorporating biomechanical stimulation for predicting the performance of pharmaceuticals. I work on a variety of different diseases including osteoarthritis, tendonopathy and cancer and the development of novel therapeutics.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8868     Email m.m.knight@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Screen

Prof Hazel Screen
BEng MRes PhD(Lond) CEng

Professor of Biomedical Engineering
My research aims to understand how our tissues are built to be able to withstand the loads they experience in the body. I am particularly interested in understanding tendon and heart valve; how and why they get injured, and ways to prevent this happening. By looking at the ways a tissue is supposed to work when it is healthy, we can identify how small changes in the structure, such as those which occur with age, can make injury more likely and look to prevent or treat these specifically.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6167     Email h.r.c.screen@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 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

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

Prof Wang

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

Vice-Principal and Executive Dean for Science and Engineering
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

Dr Zhang

Dr Han Zhang
MEng, PhD, PGCAP, FHEA, CEng, CSci, MIMMM

Lecturer in Materials Science
My current research areas mainly focus on smart multifunctional materials, hierarchical composites and nanomaterials. The multifunctionalities in composites I am interested including strain and damage sensing, self-healing without degrading original mechanical properties, integrated energy harvesting and storage, and sustainable manufacturing based on self-regulating heating. My experiences cover from design and processing to advanced characterisation and interpretation of polymer and composite materials.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 2726     Email han.zhang@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

Mr Giannopoulos

Mr Antonios Giannopoulos

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email a.giannopoulous@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Hazel Screen

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

Ms Martinez

Ms Magda Martinez

Intern
Email m.magda@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Alvaro Mata

Dr Megone

Dr William Megone

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

Dr Nguyen

Dr Nam Nguyen
BSc MSc PhD MRSC

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

Dr Periasamy

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

Postdoctoral Research Associate
I am interested in finding renewable energy sources and developing sustainable methods to create functional materials for fabricating efficient energy devices. My research is focused on the areas of functional materials and electrochemistry in general and more specifically on electrochemical materials for electro(photo)catalysis and energy storage applications. Currently, I am developing soft templating strategies to create porous structured carbons and inorganic perovskite materials with an aim of understanding their structure-property relationships for improving their bifunctional catalytic activity towards oxygen evolution and oxygen reduction reactions in flexible Zn-air battery.
Email a.prakash@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Ana Jorge Sobrido

Dr Slater

Dr Ben Slater
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
I work with functional framework materials known as metal organic and covalent organic frameworks (MOFs and COFs). These materials possess porous channels which can be exploited for a variety of applications. My research looks at utilising these materials for lithium ion conductivity to increase the efficiency and safety of batteries by replacing the liquid electrolytes with a solid.
Email b.slater@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Petra Ágota Szilágyi

Dr Thompson

Dr Clare Thompson
MBiochem, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Mammalian cell culture, immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy and image analyses, reverse transcription and real time PCR, molecular cloning, cell transfection, immunoprecipitation and western blotting, biochemical assays (various).
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3603     Email clare.l.thompson@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Martin Knight

Dr Verbruggen

Dr Stefaan Verbruggen
PhD

Research Fellow
Bone biomechanics and mechanobiology, Developmental biomechanics, cancer mechanobiology
Email s.verbruggen@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Martin Knight

Dr Waugh

Dr Charlie Waugh

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow
Email c.waugh@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Hazel Screen

Professional Services

Current PhD Students

NameThesis TitleSupervisor
ABDOUNI, YaminNovel Glycopolymer Architectures for Biological Applications: A Supramolecular ApproachJulien Gautrot
ALEXIS, CardeeStudy of Liquid-liquid interfacesJulien Gautrot
CHANG, LanPolymer brush vectors for 3D RNA deliveryJulien Gautrot
CHRYSANTHOU, AlexandraStudy of the mechanical properties of liquid-liquid interfacesJulien Gautrot
COZENS, EdDesign of Biomaterials for Soft Tissue AdhesionJulien Gautrot
DA SAN MARTINO, ChiaraDesign of an organ-on-a-chip model of soft-hard tissue interfacesJulien Gautrot
DOSZCZECZKO, SzymonBifunctional Hybrid Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution and Oxygen Reduction ReactionsStoyan Smoukov
DOWDEN, AliceSilicone elastomers and 3D printingJulien Gautrot
JONES, ChristianDesign of a microfluidics integrated skin on a chip tissue model.Julien Gautrot
KANSO, HassanBiophysics of Self-Assembled Protein Nanosheets for Stem Cell-Based BiotechnologiesJulien Gautrot
KUDRIAVTCEVA, ValeriiaRemote controlled drug depot systemsGleb Sukhorukov
LI, YixiaoThe combination of fluorescent AuNCs and microcapsulesGleb Sukhorukov
LIN, EPhysical and chemical transformations for bottom-up manufacturingStoyan Smoukov
LIN, TaoThe dynamics of particles in flows with applications in material sciences and biomedical engineeringYi Sui
LU, RuixinNumerical simulation of cell dynamics in inertial flowsYi Sui
LUO, ZhifenTBCEdo Boek
MOJARES, ElijahDesign of nanosheets and microdroplet technologiesJulien Gautrot
NAZ, NabilaNumerical simulation of electrohydrodynamicsYi Sui
PENG, LihuiCulture of Mesenchymal Stem Cells on Nanosheets Assembled at the Surface of Liquid MicrocarriersJulien Gautrot
PRIMO, GastonFabrication of chemically anisotropic hydrogels by electro patterning of functional molecules for tissue engineeringGleb Sukhorukov
QU, FengjinTBCJulien Gautrot
QUADIR, FauziaBonding of soft tissues to hydroxyapatiteJulien Gautrot
SAMAD, HudairMicrofluidics for sorting circulating tumor cellsYi Sui
TAGHI, NaoualExtraction of lipids from algae suspensions for biofuel applicationsEdo Boek
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
WU, LinkeHyaluronic acid-based peptide-functionalised engineered soft matrices via thiol-ene couplingJulien Gautrot
ZHANG, JiaxinMicrochamber arrays as sensing platformGleb Sukhorukov

PhD Graduates

NameThesis TitleSupervisor(s)

2017

ZHAO, LiFabrication of non(low) permeable microcapsules and further studyGleb Sukhorukov, Himadri Gupta
GAO, HuiComposite inorganic particles/polyelectrolyte microcapsules: fabrication and applicationGleb Sukhorukov
WANG, ZhenMotion of deformable capsules in complex flowsYi Sui
COLAK, BurcuMicro-patterning of peptide-based biomaterialsJulien Gautrot, Hazel Screen

2016

PATEL, Iffat FatimaNaturally Inspired Multi-layer Composite Films on Planar and Modulated SurfacesGleb Sukhorukov, Ton Peijs
RAN, HaoTo Fabricate and Study the Properties of the Intelligent Microencapsulated Liquid Particles Containing Biologically Active CompoundsGleb Sukhorukov
KRISHNAMOORTHY, MahenthaDeveloping Cationic Nanoparticles for Gene DeliveryJulien Gautrot, John Stark

2015

DEO, Devendra InderMicrocapsule for targetted drug delivery to diseased tissuesWen Wang, Gleb Sukhorukov

2014

LIU, WeizhiMicrocapsule internalization be cells in vitro caused by physical and biochemical stimuliGleb Sukhorukov, Wen Wang

2013

YI, QiangyingUV-Triggered Encapsulation and Release by Multilayer MicrocapsulesGleb Sukhorukov

2012

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

2009

BEDARD, MatthieuOptically addressable, integrative composite polymer microcapsulesGleb Sukhorukov