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.
University of Minnesota
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2010
University of Missouri Science and Technology
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2004
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2003
Molly Haugen, email@example.com
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.
Akshay Kale, firstname.lastname@example.org
The objective of my project is to develop and characterise engineering systems capable of generating a desired number concentration of charged aerosol particulate matter. The state of art commercial technologies available for generating charged aerosols exhibit a strong dependence of the output number concentration of aerosol particles on the input number concentrations. Producing a fixed number concentration of charged aerosols remains a currently unmet challenge, which can lead to breakthrough applications across transport and energy sectors. Funded by the Germany-based non-profit initiative “AiF Projekt GmbH” (https://www.aif-projekt-gmbh.de/ueber-uns/unternehmen.html), this project is a collaborative effort between the University of Cambridge and Catalytic Instruments GMBH, Germany (https://catalytic-instruments.com). My other interests lie in developing MEMS and NEMS devices for healthcare applications, which I have been actively pursuing since my PhD studies at Clemson University, USA.
Shahzad Hussain, email@example.com
My research focuses on the production of high-density CNT without the formation of non-CNT species, e.g., soot by controlling the reactant delivery and thermal conditions by FC-CVD production. The kinetics of precursor breakdown, soot formation, catalyst coarsening, and CNT growth bound the FC-CVD reactor conditions. Maximizing CNT growth requires conditions that have high rates of carbon radical-catalyst collisions while limiting catalyst-catalyst collisions and carbon-carbon collisions. To achieve increased reactor yields of high-quality CNT products my research objectives are the measurement of hitherto unknown rates carbon radical formation, catalyst nucleation and growth, and CNT growth. The empirical relations stemming from these measurements will enable the synthesis community to bound synthesis conditions, find new optimums for high yield, and design new reactor configurations to maximize CNT production.
Aliki-Marina Tsopelakou, firstname.lastname@example.org
My research aims to investigate the fundamental kinetics of low concentration methane oxidation to mitigate atmospheric greenhouse gases. In particular, I focus on kinetics in methane oxidation catalyst systems to optimize both catalyst and support chemistries and morphologies through experimental measurements and calculations. My work involves screening various catalyst and support materials, optimizing catalyst synthesis processes, and developing a system that allows for thorough testing of catalysts in thermal, photo, and electrochemical environments. This project is a collaborative effort between myself and members of the Energy Group and the Centre for Climate Repair. Together, we strive to advance our understanding of methane oxidation and its potential to combat climate change.
Joe Stallard, email@example.com
I am developing new ways of tailoring the properties of direct-spun carbon nanotube materials for different applications. One goal is to manufacture dense, aligned carbon nanotube fibres at large scale to provide an exceptionally strong and stiff material for lightweight structures. Another aim is to transform them into a sparse yet efficient conductive network that can provide lithium ion batteries with a high rate capability. Because carbon nanotubes adhere well to one another, they form an entangled web of bundles that is hard to process in a dry state. A key challenge is to temporarily reduce the strength of the bonds that bind the nanotubes together so that their microstructure can be transformed. Previously, strong acids or other chemicals have been successfully used to separate them, as is common in the manufacture of high strength polymer fibres. We hope to invent new, less expensive and more environmentally friendly methods that can control bond strength precisely during processing, and to then create nanotube materials of preferred density, alignment and orientation.
Jack Peden, firstname.lastname@example.org
I work on projects to improve the FC-CVD process for CNT production, with the goal of improving process efficiency, reliability and CNT production rates. My research focusses on the kinetics of the FC-CVD process; understanding the chemical reactions that turn precursors into CNTs within the reactor and their sensitivity to different conditions. I take in-flight measurements of particles and gaseous species inside the reactor using CPC, SMPS, CPMA, FTIR and other techniques to classify them. My work has led to the first in-situ measurements of the CNT growth rate inside an FC-CVD reactor and provided experimental evidence for the role of acetylene as a precursor to CNT growth. I’m now working on the development of transparent reactors to allow in-situ spectroscopy of the process, hoping to unlock further insights into the reaction kinetics.
Fiona Smail, email@example.com
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.
Anna Schroeder, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Maurits Houck, email@example.com
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!
Xiaoyu Qiu, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Kelvin Risby, email@example.com
Particle number standards, widely adopted to regulate emissions from mobile sources such as road vehicles and aircraft, rely on accurate measurement of number concentrations, yet no aerosol source exists that can be used as a reference standard for direct calibration of particle number counters (PNC). My research is focused on developing a novel system capable of producing a known, constant concentration of particles from transient sources for use as a calibration source. The project will combine CFD modelling and experimental techniques for characterisation of particle charging techniques, analysis of charged particle dynamics, and investigation of a range of precursor materials for aerosol generation.
Shaamrit Balendra, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am currently developing a novel ultrasmall water condensation particle counter (UWCPC) that is capable of detecting nanometer particles (NP). The device will be designed in terms of compactness, cost, low power consumption in addition to multi-hour data gathering capability, suited for both indoor/outdoor settings producing safe non-toxic fumes in respiratory zones. The work involves a coupled iterative approach of parametric design optimisation through COMSOL Multiphysics, rapid prototyping using 3D printing technology, and experimental testing of the device through custom made rigs and aerosol instrumentation.
Alexander Ward, MRes, Scaled Solid Carbon Production
Inaam Sammoon, MRes, Microfluidic Device Measurement of Aerosols
Toby Proudfoot, MRes, Break Ware Particles
Jason Pahatouridis, MRes, Reactor Kinetics of Methane Pyrolysis
Previous Group Members
Liron Issman, PhD 2018-2022, Advancing Direct-Spun Carbon Nanotube Textiles, From Field Alignment to Innovative Applications
Mohsen Kazemimanesh, PDRA 2018-2022, Characterization of airborne non-exhaust particles from brake and tyre wear in vehicles
Anna Schroeder, PDRA 2018-2021, Managing Air for Greener Inner Cities – http://www.magic-air.uk, micro-scale emissions modelling and measurement.
Nasser Chouwdhury, MRes 2021-2022
Ben Wood, MRes 2021-2022
Jason Allen, MRes 2020-2021
Julie Pongetti, MRes 2020-2021
Adam Wronski, MRes 2020-2021
Tyler Johnson, PhD 2017-2021, Theory and Applications of the Aerodynamic Aerosol Classifier
Brian Graves, PhD 2016-2020, Synthesis of Carbon Nanotube Materials from a Microwave Plasma
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