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Dr Akinmolayan Taiwo

Dr Folashade Akinmolayan Taiwo
MEng, PhD, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Engineering 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 Balcombe

Dr Paul Balcombe
MEng, PhD, CEng, MIChemE

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy
Specialises in developing unique technology-specific, probabilistic emissions/cost modelling of energy supply chains, particularly relating to methane emissions from natural gas, as well as hydrogen and ammonia supply chains.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6279     Email p.balcombe@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Boek

Dr Edo Boek
PhD

Reader in Chemical Engineering
Research in the group of Dr Edo Boek focuses on energy engineering. One of the greatest challenges of our generation is the supply of energy in a sustainable, secure and affordable manner (Energy-Trilemma). Our group investigates novel technologies to achieve this goal, including 1) Geothermal Energy Engineering, in particular development of drilling fluids stable under HPHT conditions, minimising Lost Circulation and Formation Damage; 2) design of carbon electrodes for electrochemical devices, including Redox Flow Batteries, using pore-scale imaging, reactive multi-phase flow modelling and MD simulation; 3) bio-fuel extraction from micro-algae, using Photo-Bio-Reactor (PBR) / soft matter experiments; 4) sustainable drinking water treatment, including water softening and GAC filtration, using Fluidised Bed Reactor (FBR) experiments (with Waternet Amsterdam);
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 2964     Email e.boek@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, FHEA, CSci, MIMMM, MInstP

Senior Lecturer in Functional Materials
My group's research is focused on the use of thin films and nanostructured materials for renewable energy applications, including: semiconductor photocatalysts, photoelectrocatalysis (PEC) & solar fuels; photovoltaic devices; ferroelectrics for solar energy conversion; piezoelectric energy harvesting. We have a particular interest in the use of polar (ferroelectric & piezoelectric) materials and nanomaterials in these devices with expertise in solution-based synthesis of materials, material characterisation and device fabrication and testing, including flexible devices.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3552     Email j.briscoe@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Buchan

Dr Andrew Buchan
BSc MSc PhD

Senior 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, CEng, FREng, FIMMM, FHEA

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 Cullen

Dr Patrick Cullen
PhD

Lecturer in Renewable Energy
My expertise is in synthesising scalably made nanomaterials and embedding them into energy devices for increased perfomance.
Telephone +44(0)20 7882 6596     Email p.cullen@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, MIMMM, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Energy Materials
Ana's research focuses on the development of new electroactive materials for energy conversion and storage devices. Her group's 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
My research is focussed on 'mechanobiology' or how living cells and tissues respond to physical forces. I am interested in the role of the cellular structures known as primary cilia. My group are investigating whether manipulation of cilia can be used as a therapeutic strategy. My work also explores the development of organ-on-a-chip models incorporating biomechanical stimulation for understanding human biology in health and disease and predicting the response to therapeutics. I work on a variety of different tissues such as cartilage, synovium, bone, kidney and artery, as well as diseases including osteoarthritis, cancer, atherosclerosis and inflammation.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8868     Email m.m.knight@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Livingston

Prof Andrew Livingston
PhD, MSc (Economics), BEng (Hons)

Vice-Principal (Research) and Professor of Chemical Engineering
Molecular Separations. Membrane fabrication, membrane characterisation, membrane transport processes, membrane process simulation. Chemical and biochemical processes. Synthesis of exact polymers, including oligonucleotide therapeutics, peptides, PEGs and Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADC). Membrane processes in organic systems. Organic Solvent Nanofiltration (OSN). Defined monomer sequence synthetic polymers. Polymer therapeutics. Scale up of chemical processes. Scale up of membrane fabrication processes. Creation of new technology platforms for oligo synthesis, peptide synthesis, advanced ADC, PEGylation of biopharmaceuticals.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3006     Email a.livingston@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 8875     Email h.r.c.screen@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

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

Dr Szilágyi

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

Co-director of Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy /
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 gaseous/liquid energy vectors and renewable carbon materials for catalysis and environmental applications such as water or soil remediation.
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 Zawahreh

Dr Yousef  Zawahreh
BEng(Hons), PhD, PGCert, FHEA

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Materials & Design
My background is in materials, an area of that spans all other engineering disciplines (almost). My interests lie in identifying and commercialising design-related solutions that come from the boundaries between disciplines. Sustainability and healthcare are at the top of my list. Engineering education is another passion of mine. The current coronavirus pandemic upheaval has been challenging but perhaps in a good way. Innovation and progress are borne out of adversity and this situation is no different. I am extremely interested in how can we use this upheaval to advance engineering education in a post-COVID era.
Email y.zawahreh@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 sustainable multifunctional materials, hierarchical composites and nanomaterials. The multifunctionalities in composites I am interested including strain and damage sensing, self-healing with preserved 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 Burggraef

Dr Maria Burggraef

Research Assistant/Early Career Researcher
Email m.burggraef@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Andrew Livingston

Dr Burrows

Dr Stephen Burrows
MEng, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone 07999088315     Email s.burrows@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Stoyan Smoukov

Dr Chen

Dr Jianxin Chen
PhD

Visiting Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44(0)7421466592     Email jianxin.chen@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Stoyan Smoukov

Dr Grossemy

Dr Simon Grossemy

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email s.grossemy@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Hazel Screen

Dr Heggo

Dr Dalia Heggo

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email d.heggo@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Paul Balcombe

Dr Heywood

Dr Hannah Heywood
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Circadian biology in mechanosensitive cells: My current research investigates the interaction between physiological and pathological mechanical stimuli and the circadian clock in mechanosensitive cells, such as the cardiovascular system and musculoskeletal system. Bioenergetics and metabolism: I discovered the Crabtree metabolic phenotype in chondrocytes and studied the contribution of energy metabolism to chondrocyte phenotype. I devised my own techniques for characterizing the bioenergetic phenotype in living cells, which have been used to understand the metabolism of stem cells during differentiation, cartilage cells, cancer stem cells. Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine: Focusing on tissue engineering and cell therapies for cartilage repair.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5368     Email h.k.heywood@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Martin Knight

Dr Hopkins

Dr Tim Hopkins

Visiting Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email tim.hopkins@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Martin Knight

Dr Li

Dr Weiqi Li
BMed, MMed, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
My research focuses on the vascular biology and vascular engineering. Particular interest goes to the endothelial glycocalyx, a protective layer along the luminal surface of the blood vessel. I aim to elucidate how the glycocalyx develops and sheds under healthy and diseased vascular conditions. I also work on endothelial mechanics and directional cell migration on different types of substrate, with the ultimate gold of understanding the process of vascular stiffening and aging.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7821     Email wei-qi.li@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Wen Wang

Miss McFie

Miss Megan McFie
BA, MSc

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email m.mcfie@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Martin Knight

Dr Melling

Dr Daniel Melling

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email d.melling@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Stoyan Smoukov

Dr Nolan

Dr Joanne Nolan
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
I am currently working on an interdisciplinary CRUK-EPSRC funded project across both SEMS and Barts Cancer Institute. This work, in partnership with Emulate, aims to develop a new organ-on-a-chip model of breast cancer bone metastasis which we will use to study the interactions which occur between breast cancer and bone cells. We believe the interactions occurring between these two cell populations influences the metastatic nice and secondary tumour development with the hypothesis that osteocyte ciliogenesis is crucial during these stages.
Email joanne.nolan@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Martin Knight

Dr Nourafkan

Dr Ehsan Nourafkan

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email e.nourafkan@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Stoyan Smoukov

Dr Thielke

Dr Michael Thielke

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email m.thielke@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Ana Jorge Sobrido

Dr Thompson

Dr Clare Thompson
MBiochem, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Mammalian cell culture, cell biology, immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry, confocal and super resolution microscopy, image analyses, PCR, molecular cloning, cell transfection, immunoprecipitation, , western blotting, ELISA, biochemical assays (various) and advanced data analyses.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3603     Email clare.l.thompson@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Martin Knight

Dr Waugh

Dr Charlie Waugh

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

Dr Zaidi

Dr Naveed Zaidi

Research Associate
Email n.zaidi@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Andrew Livingston

Dr Zamboulis

Dr Danae Zamboulis
DVM, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
I am a postdoctoral research associate with an interest in musculoskeletal biology and in particular the development of structure function in tendons. I completed a degree in Veterinary Medicine and an internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and subsequently undertook a PhD at the University of Liverpool. I have expertise in tendon biology, molecular biology techniques, proteomics and a good understanding of biomechanics.
Email d.zamboulis@qmul.ac.uk
supervisor icon Supervisor: Hazel Screen

Professional Services

Dr Abdouni

Dr Yamin Abdouni
PhD, MSc

Teaching Associate
Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry
Email yamin.abdouni@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Bailey

Dr Russell Bailey
PhD, FRMS, SI

Analytical Laboratories Manager
Oversees the technical support provision within the analytical laboratories of the school. Facilitates support for research and teaching, in line with the universityâ??s long-term strategic objectives. Primary areas of expertise are electron and scanning probe microscopies, and mechanical testing.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8468     Email r.j.bailey@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Di Federico

Dr Erica Di Federico
PhD

Mechanical Testing Technician
Provides comprehensive technical support for the mechanical testing facilities for academic staff, postgraduate, and undergraduate students within the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. This comprises supporting appropriate research projects, managing contract testing and assisting with practical classes, demonstrations and in the development of prototypes and experimental equipment for teaching and research. Responsible for the operation and upkeep of the materials processing and mechanical testing laboratories. Responsible for the instruction, guidance, and supervision of staff and students in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques as appropriate.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5054     Email e.difederico@qmul.ac.uk

Mr Duggan

Mr Nick Duggan

Workshop Technician
I'm a mechanical production engineer with many years experience in all aspects of mechanical maintenance, manufacture and workshop practice. I have wide experience in working on a range of equipment and plant in the chemical, process and mechanical engineering fields, specifically those in research, teaching and pilot plants.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6836     Email n.duggan@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Gridley

Dr Benjamin Gridley
MChem, PhD

Technical Facilities Manager
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8740     Email b.m.gridley@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Hakobyan

Dr Shoghik Hakobyan
PhD

Materials Characterisation Technician
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6943     Email s.hakobyan@qmul.ac.uk

Mr Ife

Mr Dennis Ife

Mechanical Workshop Manager
Provides comprehensive technical support for staff and students in the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. Responsible for the operation and upkeep of the laboratory areas of CAD-CAM. Responsible for the instruction, guidance and supervision of staff and students in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques as appropriate.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6383     Email d.ife@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Lacerda

Dr Armando Lacerda
PhD

Research Laboratories Manager
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7461     Email a.m.lacerda@qmul.ac.uk

Ms Ma

Ms Jun Ma
BSc, MSc, MPhil

Laboratory Technician
Provides comprehensive technical support for staff and students in the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. To be responsible for the operation and upkeep of the laboratory area of Instrumentation. Responsible for the instruction, guidance and supervision of staff and students in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques as appropriate.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5057     Email j.ma@qmul.ac.uk

Mr McDonald

Mr Andrew McDonald

Mechanical Workshop Technician
Apprentice trained mechanical engineer providing support to students and staff in manufacturing and CAD/CAM processes.
Email andrew.mcdonald@qmul.ac.uk

Mr Neighbour

Mr Danny Neighbour
BSc,MSc,CEng MIEE

Laboratory Technician
Provides comprehensive technical support for staff and students in the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. To be responsible for the operation and upkeep of the laboratory areas of Robotics and Servo PBL. Responsible for the instruction, guidance and supervision of staff and students in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques as appropriate.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5056     Email d.neighbour@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Santagiuliana

Dr Giovanni Santagiuliana
BSc, MSc, PhD

Polymer Research Manager
Thermoplastic polymer processing, nanocomposites, graphene-based composites, materials characterisation, analytical modelling, materials and products development, cycling
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 2792     Email g.santagiuliana@qmul.ac.uk

Mr Searles

Mr James Searles

Mechanical Workshop Technician
I have 20 years experience in the manufacturing industry primarily in the f1 and aerospace industry
Telephone 02078826577     Email j.searles@qmul.ac.uk

Current PhD Students

NameThesis TitleSupervisor
AHLI, HudaAffect of mechanical deformation of solar cell performanceJoe Briscoe
AUGURIO, AdrianaSolution processed nanostructured ferroelectric thin films for photoelectrochemical water splittingJoe Briscoe
BEJA FERREIRA, MartaBiophysical biomarkers to characterize cancer-associated fibroblasts in drug screening strategies.Martin Knight
CHEN, ChengLarge Eddy Simulation of Supercritical Fuel Injection and Spray CombustionXi Jiang
DOSZCZECZKO, SzymonBifunctional Hybrid Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Evolution and Oxygen Reduction ReactionsAna Jorge Sobrido
DRAIN, BenPost-Polymerisation modification to form functional polymersJames Busfield
FORRESTER, ChloeFerroelectric-enhanced photovoltaics: synthesis and study of photovoltaic-ferroelectric nanocompositesJoe Briscoe
GAINS, ConnorDeveloping a rat model of tendinopathy to investigate mechanobiology of the diseaseHazel Screen
GARCIA SANCHEZ, BrendaNovel Models of Tendinopathy on a ChipHazel Screen
GUO, QianHematite-based Photoelectrodes for Photoassisted Oxygen Evolution ReactionAna Jorge Sobrido
GUO, ZiyuModelling and characterisation of cells in flowsYi Sui
HE, QinrongNovel flexible piezoelectric energy harvesters (nanogenerators) for wearable and composite applicationsJoe Briscoe
HOHENBERGER, TravisThe design of down hole elastomer packers for the oil and gas industryJames Busfield
JURADO TERRAZAS, DarielOrgan-on-a-chip model of cartilage diseaseMartin Knight
KAUR, AnureetSelf Healing ElastomersJames Busfield
KYEI-MANU, WilliamFracture behaviour in high performance tyresJames Busfield
LU, RuixinNumerical simulation of cell dynamics in inertial flowsYi Sui
MCFIE, MeganHigh throughput confocal screen of 1727 compounds to identify novel regulators of primary cilia structureMartin Knight
MENG, HuanThe effect of substrate stiffness on primary cilia and regulation of the tumour microenvironment.Martin Knight
MINGOES, CarlosChiral nanohybrids - Photocatalysis with a spin.Ana Jorge Sobrido
MOHAN, LokeshwariTBCJoe Briscoe
MOHANAKRISHNAN, JeviyaPEDOT:PSS-based hybrid systems for optimised photoelectrochemistryJoe Briscoe
NABI, RaheemEnhanced Heat Transfer For Engineering Cooling Systems Using CFD For Acoustically Driven Flows.Xi Jiang
NAZ, NabilaNumerical simulation of electrohydrodynamicsYi Sui
NIU, KaiyuanIL-10 signalling in human vascular development (human vascular cell differentiation from induced-pluripotent stem cell (iPSC))Wen Wang
NORTON, RebeccaFactors Impacting Tissue Compliance in the Human Left Atrium and its Effect on Radiofrequency Ablation SuccessHazel Screen
PATEL, RuhiOptimisation of a Novel Polymeric Heart ValveJames Busfield
PHILBROOKS, LukeThe interfascicular matrix niche ? novel approaches to identify the aetiology of tendinopathyHazel Screen
RAFIQUE, FCatalyst design for water splittingJoe Briscoe
RATNASINGHAM, RyleyTBCJoe Briscoe
RUTHERFORD, KirstyNanostructured reinforcing fillers to enhance physical and mechanical propertiesJames Busfield
SAMAD, HudairMicrofluidics for sorting circulating tumor cellsYi Sui
SASSO, GiacomoGraphene based transparent electrodes for tuneable optical devicesJames Busfield
SHIVAPATHAM, ShivapathamInvestigating human Achilles tendon biomechanics using novel ultrasound imaging approachesHazel Screen
TAGHI, NaoualExtraction of lipids from algae suspensions for biofuel applicationsEdo Boek
THORN, ThomasMultifunctional composites with integrated sensing and easy repairing capabilitiesHan Zhang
TIAN, GengyuInvestigation of new electroactive materials for solar redox flow batteries.Ana Jorge Sobrido
TRAN THI NGOC, LinhBiomass-derived electrospun fibres / transition metal oxide perovskites for oxygen electrocatalysis applicationsAna Jorge Sobrido
VICTORIA TAFOYA, JorgeB-doped Carbon Nano-ribbons for Oxygen Reduction ReactionAna Jorge Sobrido
VIZCAINO VERGARA, MariaTBCJames Busfield
WANG, SikunAdvanced Study of Holographic Acoustic Trapping using UltrasoundXi Jiang
YANES NUNEZ, EduardoFrictional Properties of Rubber in Elastomer Seals.James Busfield
YU, MengweiPhysicochemical Modelling of Multi-Component Liquid Biofuel CombustionXi Jiang
YUAN, HaozhenDevelopment of new photo-ferroelectric materials for photoelectrocatalysis and photovoltaicsJoe Briscoe
ZHANG, YuanTextile-based wearable energy harvestersJoe Briscoe
ZHAO, LuoguangNumerical simulation of cells in flowsWen Wang

PhD Graduates

NameThesis TitleSupervisor

2017

CHEN, BinElectric Breakdown of Dielectric Elastomer Actuator MaterialsFederico Carpi, James Busfield
WU, GuangchangPredicting tyre compound wear.James Busfield, Emiliano Bilotti
UDEZE, ChineyeThe Effects of Loading Frequency on Tenocyte MatabolismHazel Screen
WANG, ZhenMotion of deformable capsules in complex flowsYi Sui
BAUMARD, ThomasFatigue life prediction in aircraft tyresJames Busfield
ZAHABI, HediyehDevelopment of materials and applications for electroactive compositesJames Busfield, Federico Carpi
ASARE, EricSmartNanoHeat - Self-regulating heating compoundsEmiliano Bilotti, James Busfield
COLAK, BurcuMicro-patterning of peptide-based biomaterialsJulien Gautrot, Hazel Screen

2016

PATEL, DharmeshA novel fibre composite system to investigate tenocyte metabolism under physiological and pathological loading conditions.Hazel Screen
LIN, MiaoInteraction between the circulating blood and vascular endothelial cells in health & disease. Cell Mechanics for endothelial glycocalyxWen Wang, Asa Barber
CHEN, XiaInvestigating the effects of cholesterol on phospholipid bilayer with molecular dynamics simulations.Wen Wang, Yiling Lu
YANG, JunyaoThe role of HDAC7-related peptide in stem cell differentiation towards endothelial cellWen Wang
YU, BaoqiThe synergistic role of mechanical stimuli and VEGF treatment in stem cell differentiation to endothelial cellsWen Wang
DALBAY, MelisRoles of primary cilia in hMSC in differentiationMartin Knight
JIA, LiyongMicro-structure reorganisation of the aortic heart valve under a biaxial loading conditionHazel Screen, Wen Wang
HUANG, MenglongThe Strain Dependent Dielectric Behaviour of Carbon Black Filled Natural RubberJames Busfield, Emiliano Bilotti
WANG, ZhaoThe effects of the rate of hypo-osmotic challenge and IFT88 mutation on the biomechanics of chondrocytes.Martin Knight, Wen Wang

2015

DEO, Devendra InderMicrocapsule for targetted drug delivery to diseased tissuesWen Wang, Gleb Sukhorukov
WANG, XiaocongThe Role of DKK3 in Vascular Smooth Muscle DifferentiationWen Wang
LU, ZhengjunMicrofluidics for a novel bioreactorWen Wang, Pankaj Vadgama
LI, Wei-QiElectrical stimulation on cell-cell interactions in vitroWen Wang
ZEINELABDEEN, MudatherModelling Condensation on Banks of Plain TubesAdrian Briggs, Huasheng Wang
SLIOGERYTE, KristinaMechanical properties of stem cells using micropipette aspirationMartin Knight, David Lee
YU, XiaotianFunctional impact of microRNA-34a on stem cell differentiation towards smooth muscle cellWen Wang
TUNNICLIFFE, LewisThe development of a novel nanostructured silica filler for high friction and low rolling resistance rubber applications.James Busfield

2014

SHORTER, RobThe behaviour of hollow sphere filled rubber materials under strainJames Busfield
LIU, WeizhiMicrocapsule internalization be cells in vitro caused by physical and biochemical stimuliGleb Sukhorukov, Wen Wang
KAMRAN, MuhammadNumerical and experimental investigation of room temperature magnetic refrigerators/heat pumpsHua Sheng Wang, Adrian Briggs
ASARE, SamuelFailure of Rubber Components under FatigueJames Busfield
DE VILLIERS, Danielle SimoneAccelerated wear protocols for understanding clinical wear in modern hip prosthesesJulia Shelton, Martin Knight
QIU, LinNovel polymeric matrix and its interaction withbiological cellsWen Wang, Ton Peijs

2013

SAKULKAEW, KartpanTearing of rubberJames Busfield
IRIANTO, JeromeNuclear Related Responses to Osmotic Challenge in ChondrocytesDavid Lee, Martin Knight
CHAUDHRY, SairaA Biomechanical Characterisation of Eccentric and Concentric Loading of the Triceps Surae ComplexHazel Screen
THOMPSON, ClaireInteraction between primary cilia length and hedgehog signalling in response to mechanical and thermal stressMartin Knight

2012

HOTHI, Hardip SinghThe Impact and Deformation of Press-Fit Metal Acetablular ComponentsJulia Shelton, James Busfield
ANSSARI-BENIM, AfshinStructure-Function Relationships in the Aortic ValveHazel Screen
PRAVINCUMAR, PriyankaViscoelastic Response of Cells and the Role of Actin Cytoskeletal RemodellingMartin Knight
LOWE, DavidNatural Rubber/Organoclay NanocompositesJames 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

2011

CHAI, ChanyuanCan Interface Conditions be Modified by Support Surfaces to Minimise the Risk of Pressure Ulcer Development?Wen Wang, Dan Bader
LUO, ZhenlingmicroRNAs play a role in human embryonic stem cell differentiation into endothelial cellsWen Wang
YE, Shang JunComputational modelling of flows in porous scaffold materials using a lattice Boltzmann methodWen Wang
HOSNY, NeveenDevelopment of a non-invasive method to detect pericellular spatial oxygen gradients using FLIMMartin Knight
FITZGERALD, ClaireForced-convection condensation heat-transfer on horizontal integral-fin tubes including effects of liquid retentionAdrian Briggs
ALI, Hafiz MFree-convection condensation on single horizontal pin-fin tubesAdrian Briggs

2010

GABRIEL, PhilipInvestigation and Modelling of Rubber FrictionJames Busfield
SUPHADON, NutthanunViscoelastic Properties of Elastomer under Complex LoadingJames Busfield
TOORANI, ShimaThe Influence of Microstructure on the Mechanical Behaviours of TendonsHazel Screen, Julia Shelton

2009

GUO, LeiNovel biosensors and Their application in Mass TransportWen Wang, Pankaj Vadgama
JHA, VineetkumarCarbon Black Filler Reinforcement of ElastomersJames Busfield
VAUGHAN, NatalieThe potential of pulsed low-intensity ultrasound to stimulate chondrocytes in a 3D model systemMartin Knight