Our group is always interested in new members to join our team of high-quality researchers and students. A number of opportunities exist for undergraduate, masters, PhD and post doctoral research positions.
The Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science
I have a fully funded PhD position to be conducted with me at Cambridge University Engineering Department. The students will spend their first 7 months at Bristol taking courses in aerosol science before moving to their final university placement. Apply vial the online application form by 9am on Monday 25th January 2021
PhD Opportunity in Health Effects of Aerosols
Supervisor(s): Professor Anne Willis, Dr Marion MacFarlane and Adam Boies
University of Minnesota
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2010
University of Missouri Science and Technology
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2004
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2003
Our research is aimed at scale-up production of carbon nanotube (CNT) materials from a floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (FCCVD) process. Industrial production of CNTs from a gas-phase aerosol process, requires reactor scale-up and process densification. My work seeks to scale-up CNT production while controlling material chemistry. This work is a part of a larger Advanced Nanotube Application and Material initiative, www.anam.eng.cam.ac.uk.
My work within the Center for Sustainable Road Freight is to examine noxious and climate pollutants from heavy goods vehicles. A current focus is interpreting results from a variety of research projects within the Boies Lab. These projects include evaluating gaseous emissions collected with low cost sensors from individual heavy-duty vehicles which provide useful engine emission maps, and a separate project analysing correlations between low-cost and high-end instruments in their ability to measure particles in a laboratory setting as well as in ambient conditions.
Anna works on the EPSCR Grand Challenge project MAGIC (Managing Air for Greener Inner Cities – http://www.magic-air.uk/ ) which aims to develop an integrated suite of models that allows city planners to design more sustainable cities. Her research involves using Computer Vision to accurately extract vehicle trajectories from video footage which are key to accurately model vehicle emissions. She is particularly interested in the impact of vehicle emissions on air pollution and potential mitigation measures and has led a field study in London to investigate the microscale impacts of changes of traffic signal timings on air pollution.
Before starting her current position, she completed a PhD in Mathematics at the University of St Andrews and worked as a transport planning consultant for two years.
My primary research is on characterization of airborne non-exhaust particles from brake and tyre wear in vehicles. Non-exhaust emissions contribute to ~50% of traffic-related particle emissions and this fraction is expected to rise in the future with electrification of vehicles. My research will shed light on the size, morphology, and chemical composition of non-exhaust particles and their source apportionment in urban air pollution. I am also involved in other areas of research, such as aerosol instrument development and aerosol characterization of materials for energy storage applications. My past research during graduate studies at the University of Alberta, Canada, focused on a range of topics in aerosol and combustion sciences, from gas flaring emissions and soot formation in flames to lab-scale soot generators and aircraft emissions.
My research focuses on aerosol instrumentation development, predominantly classifiers, and their novel applications. I am currently working on developing the theory and experimentally validating new applications of the Aerodynamic Aerosol Classifier (AAC). The AAC classifies nanoparticles based on their aerodynamic diameter, by inducing known drag and centrifugal forces on each particle, and thus avoids multiply-charging effects produced in electrostatic instruments. This work will allow the AAC to investigate current areas of interest to researchers and regulatory bodies, including aerosol characterization, charging and source generation (i.e. monodispersed calibration sources).
I’m investigating new methods to enhance the productivity of floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (FCCVD) process mainly by incorporating a plasma enhanced (PE) system into the current process. I also wish to develop an in-situ technique to achieve better alignment of the CNT fibrils during the CNT nucleation stage by an intelligent implantation of a magnetic and/or electric field. Better alignment of the CNTs within the non-woven CNT mat or CNT fiber should immensely improve the CNT product macro-scale properties. By collaboration with the nanomanufacturing group of Dr. Michael De Volder I will also seek ways to utilize CNT products, produced by the FCCVD process, in energy related applications such as batteries or supercapacitors.
I am working on novel anode materials for fast charging Li-ion batteries. To improve cell performance, a deep understanding of the underlying thermodynamic, kinetic, and mass transport processes as well as the crystal structures is needed. A great way to do this and to find the charge limiting process, is interpretation of large amounts of electrochemical, XRD, and SEM data, via physics-based models such as (extended) Newman models in COMSOL. For commercial energy density application of the materials, improved characterisation and modelling of the heterogeneous electrode microstructure is needed as well. I am doing this work in collaboration with Echion Technologies Ltd, a spinoff company of the research group, that is developing this new type of fast charging battery material. Ultimately, this material could make it possible to charge your electric car in less than 5 minutes, while also having a better energy density, lifetime and safety!
My research focuses on the underlying mechanisms behind the formation of gas-phase synthesized carbon nanotube (CNT) aerogels within a floating-catalyst chemical vapour deposition. I wish to obtain a detailed formulation of the actual aggregation in CNT aerosols by meso-scale modelling from the nanometer to millimeter length scales using Large-scale Atomic/Molecular Massively Parallel Simulator (LAMMPS). I’m currently investigating the entropy change during particle coalescence with LAMMPS.
Mable Qiao, firstname.lastname@example.org
My research project focuses on the in-flight measurements of CNTs in an FCCVD process to determine CNT growth kinetics, with the aim to help understand the physical fundamentals governing the CNT synthesis process. I also wish to experiment with different particle measurement techniques used for CNTs, such as the Aerodynamic Aerosol Classifier (AAC) and the Centrifugal Particle Mass Analyser (CPMA), as reliable in-flight continuous measurement methods could greatly accelerate future research efforts in this area.
Cyprien Jourdain, email@example.com
My research project focuses on the in-flight measurement of nanoparticles to provide reliable surface area, volume, and subsequent morphological properties of fractal aggregates. Joint experimental and numerical efforts are sought to shed light on adsorption, liquid partitioning, and heterogeneous condensation mechanisms, all driving particle growth in nature and many industrial fields. Computing techniques, including Molecular Dynamics (MD) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), are used to investigate the above multi-scale phenomena. An experimental chamber will be designed to grow in-flight particles and will be coupled with by a range of aerosol instrumentation for real-time measurements.
Michael Glerum, firstname.lastname@example.org
My research is focused on the development of a pseudo-packed bed reactor for carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis. The project aims to develop a higher reaction density reactor to make the synthesis process of CNTs more efficient, versatile and scalable. The project is coupled with the investigation of the kinetic pathways between the catalyst and the species to more clearly understand the current limitations in the floating catalyst chemical vapour deposition reactor (FC-CVD). The knowledge of the chemical and physical limitations of the FC-CVD reactor will ultimately aid in the design of an optimised synthesis route in the packed bed reactor. In addition, my project involves the infiltration of the CNT mat during the nanotubes agglomeration within the reactor; the purpose of the infiltration is to develop multifunctional CNT mats and fibres for the implementation across a myriad of applications.
Manar Almazrouei, email@example.com
I am working on producing improved materials for high power density lithium-ion battery by spray drying process. The focus is on multi-element layered oxide materials such as nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC). Spray drying produces microscale particles by a scalable and continuous process. The influence of the size, morphology, structure and surface chemistry of the synthesised microparticles on the battery performance and stability will be measured experimentally.
Jason Allen, MRes, Application of CNT materials for automotive and aerospace applications.
Julie Pongetti, MRes, Development of a micro-scale nanoparticle detector.
Adam Wronski, MRes, Energy and CO2 implications of carbon nanotube manufacturing.
Previous Group Members
Xiao Zhang, PDRA 2017-2020, Faculty at Beijing Institute of Technology
George Giannopoulos, PDRA 2018-2020, Faculty at University College London
Lee Gordon, MPhil 2019-2020
Cameron McKie, MPhil 2019-2020
Islam Abdelkader, MPhil 2019-2020
Kai Tan, MRes 2019-2020
Steven Ibrahim, MRes 2019-2020
Andres Gonzalez, PhD 2015-2020
Robert Nishida, PhD 2015-2019
Cathy Zhou, MRes 2018-2019
Josh Hassim, MRes 2018-2019
Jamie Blaiklock, 2018-2019
Mustafiz Raman, Post Doctoral Researcher 2018-2019, https://pureportal.coventry.ac.uk/en/persons/mostafiz-rahman
Nick Kateris, MEng 2017-2018
Tom Stakes, MEng 2017-2018
Khuzaimah Saeed, MEng 2017-2018
Krisna Dharma, MEng 2017-2018
Larkin Sayre, MPhil 2017-2018
Naomi Mowat-Amiet, MPhil 2017-2018
Justin Bishop, Post Doctoral Researcher 2012-2017
Jean De la Verpilliere, 2013-2017, CEO https://echiontech.com/
Christian Hoecker, PhD 2013-2017
Maxime Duvieusart, MPhil 2016-2017
Nihal El-Fahim, MPhil 2016-2017
Mariam Ibrahim, MPhil 2016-2017
Wesley Blank, Undergrad Researcher Summer 2016
Nicholas Kateris, Undergrad Researcher Summer 2016
Richard Findley, MPhil 2015-2016
Marc Stetter, PhD and Researcher 2010-2015, https://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/m.stettler
Uven Chong, PhD 2010-2014
Niall Martin, PhD 2012-2015
Howard Saffey, MPhil 2013-2014
Mark Bajada, MPhil 2013-2014
Wojciech Nodzynski, MEng 2013-2014
Jacob Swanson, Researcher 2012-2013, https://cset.mnsu.edu/ie/swanson.html
Xiou Yan, Researcher 2011-2013, https://cset.mnsu.edu/ie/swanson.html
Nurul Alam, Researcher 2012-2013
George Harris, MPhil 2012-2013
Laura Pillari, MPhil 2012-2013
Nathan Brakely, MPhil 2012-2013
Joseph Ritchie, 2011-2012