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Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group  Visit the research group website

Dr Joel Segal (Head of Group)

Micro and nano-replication technologies, nanoscale fabrication and additive manufacture

Professor Dragos Axinte

Innovative Manufacturing Processes, Advanced Machining and Finishing Technologies, Abrasive Waterjet Machining, Monitoring and Optimisation of Manufacturing Processes,  Design and Construction of Miniature Machine Tolls, Design of Innovative Tools for Aerospace Manufacture, Product Innovation & Technology Transfer, Solid state properties of polymers

Professor David Branson III

Dynamics, Controls, Non-linear systems, Multibody systems, Electromechanical systems, Wearable sensor systems, Collaborative Robotics, Soft robotics

Professor Adam Clare

Non-traditional manufacturing methods to arrive at net shape while inducing favourable material properties and generating new surfaces on engineering components, developing new manufacturing methods and materials for use in the high value manufacturing sectors including aerospace and biomedical engineering

Dr Andres Gameros Madrigal

Mechatronic design of intelligent tooling, Mechatronic design of inspection systems, Functional Additive Manufacturing design, Robotic inspection systems, Numerical and analytical modelling complex systems, Computer vision for inspection in harsh environments

Dr Simon Lawes

Computing in the future of design practice, and the development of precision machines

Professor Richard Leach

Metrology, additive manufacturing, surface topography, optical techniques

Dr Abd Mohammad

Mechatronics, Robotics and Control

Dr Hengan Ou

Flexible forming technologies for aerospace, automotive and medical applications, process modelling and optimisation, formability and damage of metallic and non-metallic materials

Dr Samanta Piano

Optical Metrolog, Machine Learning, Additive Manufacturing, Form Metrology, Quantum Super-resolution

Professor Atanas Popov

Vibration Energy Harvesting, MEMS Vibrating Sensing Devices, Automotive Vehicle Dynamics and Control, Model Predictive Control, Aerostructures Design and Modelling, Manufacturing Systems

Professor Svetan Ratchev

Manufacturing systems, process modelling and simulation

Advanced Materials Research Group  Visit the research group website

Professor David Grant (Head of Group)

Biomaterials, working on bioresorbable and antimicrobial coatings, surface modifications, degradation and mechanical behaviour of isotropic and anisotropic structures, new structures and cell surface interactions, nanocomposites and scaffolds for tissue engineering and orthopaedic applications

Hydrogen storage systems, working on cost effective metal hydrides and complex systems, hydrogen and thermal energy storage systems, coatings and catalysts for hydride systems, composite structures based on carbon structures, MOFs and investigating other candidate hydrogen storage materials. Developing prototypes with industrial partners into practical tanks and thermal stores

Dr Ifty Ahmed

Biomaterials, Phosphate-based Glasses, Bioglasses, Porous Glass microspheres, Resorbable Fibre Composites, Orthobiologics, Bioengineering

Dr Emma Barney

Structure of glass and disordered materials, with a particular focus on understanding structure-property relationships

Professor Paul Brown

Materials characterisation, transmission electron microscopy, functional materials, structural materials, biomaterials; nanotechnology

Professor George Chen

Processes, Electrolytic Extraction of Titanium, Silicon, Tantalum, Zirconium, Cathodic Refining of Metals and Alloys, Electrochemical Polymerisation

Materials and Devices, Molten Salts and Ionic Liquids, Aqueous and Organic Electrolytes, Conducting Polymers and Ceramics, Composite Materials of Carbon Nanotubes, Solid and Polymeric Redox Active Materials

Energy and Environment, Regenerative Fuels, Supercapacitor, Rechargeable Battery and Supercapattery, Energy and Space Efficient Electrolysers, Capture and Conversion of CO2 via Electrolysis, Electrochemical Recycling of Waste Materials, Electro-Photocatalytic Treatment of Wastewaters, Thermochromic Materials for Smart Windows

Professor Chris Dodds

Microwave Heating, Microwave Processing, Process Engineering, Dielectric Properties, Electromagnetic Modelling, Microwave Simulation, Radio Frequency Heating, RF Heating, Microwave Scale Up, Scale Up, Chemical Engineering, Microwave Processing Engineering, Polymer synthesis, Materials Processing

Dr Xianghui Hou

Films and Coatings, Icephoibc and hydrophobic surface, Nanocomposite coatings, Nanostructured surface

Professor Tanvir Hussain 

Advanced Coatings & Surface Engineering, New Materials Discovery and Processing, New compositions development using artificial intelligence for thermal barrier coatings, environmental barrier coatings, wear-resistant coatings, corrosion-resistant coatings, insulating coatings and functional coatings for electrification, Materials processing using Suspension Plasma Spray (SPS), Suspension High Velocity Oxy-fuel Spraying (SHVOF) thermal spray and Cold Gas Dynamic Spray (CGDS)

Professor Samuel Kingman

Microwave processing of minerals

Dr Andrea Laybourn

Metal organic frameworks (MOFs), continuous and batch microwave synthesis, microwave technology applied to inorganic chemistry, microporous materials synthesis and characterisation, synthesis of new porous inorganic, organic hybrid materials, interactions of microwave energy with inorganic materials (dielectric spectroscopy), ultrafast materials processing, MOFs for applications (waste treatment, healthcare technologies, molecular sensing, catalysis, gas storage and separation, anti-microbial resistance), advanced characterisation of materials, and sensor fabrication (spray coating, lithography)

Professor Ed Lester

Supercritical fluids, supercritical water reactor design, nanoparticle synthesis and applications, scaling up, fuel characterisation, biomass and fossil fuel energy

Dr Ming Li

Electroceramics, Impedance Spectroscopy, Solid State Chemistry, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, Oxygen Separation Membranes, Ionic conductors, Mixed Ionic-Electronic Conductors, Ferro and Piezo-electrics, Ceramic Capacitors

Dr Sanliang Ling

Computational materials design, atomistic modelling, machine learning, materials for energy storage and generation, porous materials

Professor Alvaro Mata

Tissue engineering, self-assembling materials, protein-based materials, supramolecular biofabrication, regenerative medicine, in vitro models of disease, protein order-disorder interactions

Dr Begum Peissel

Membrane-based separation technologies, metal organic framework membranes, zeolite membranes, water purification, desalination, gas separation, isomer separations, electro-photocatalysis, ALD, electrochemical-ALD, H2 production, water splitting, TiO2 nanotube arrays

Dr Karen Robertson

Flow crystallisation, in situ analysis, continuous crystallisation, flow technologies, flow chemistry, crystallisation

Dr Colin Scotchford

Cell-material surface interactions, biocompatibility assessment or the development of novel materials or structures for the repair or replacement of tissues

Professor Angela Seddon

Head of Mid-Infrared Photonics Group. We have a cleanroom facility for drawing MIR fibreoptics for potential applications in early diagnosis in cancer, oil fractionation monitoring, security sensing and monitoring the environment

Professor Philip Shipway

Fretting wear, Galling wear

Dr Federico Venturi

Cold spray, nanocomposite coatings, wear resistant coatings, sustainable energy materials

Dr Katy Voisey

Laser materials processing, corrosion and overlay coatings

Professor Gavin Walker

Hydrogen technologies, hydrogen storage, energy materials, energy systems

Dr Fang Xu

Nanostructures, Nanocomposites, Polymer composites, Thermal management, Power electronic packaging, Tribology, Metal composites

 Architecture, Culture and Tectonics Research Group  Visit the research group website

Professor Jonathan Hale (Head of Group)

Architectural Theory, Philosophy, Perception, Museums

Dr Paolo Beccarelli

ETFE envelopes, membrane structures, tensegrity, tensairity, coated fabrics, biaxial tests, textile architecture, temporary structures, lightweight buildings

Dr Katharina Borsi

History and theory of architecture and urbanism, sustainable and resilient cities, design research and urban design, typology and architecture's autonomy, housing domesticity and its intersection with urbanism

Dr Didem Ekici

Twentieth century, Healing Spaces, German architecture culture, housing reform in nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Dr Laura Hanks

Narrative approaches to found places, particularly the use of spolia in the retention of genius loci, and the role of art in public spaces

Dr Nils Jaeger

Adaptive Architecture, Human-building interaction, Personal Data and Architecture, Adaptive Architecture and Wellbeing, Human-centred Intelligent Buildings, Smart Schools, Theories of Embodiment, Physical Prototyping, Digital Fabrication

Dr Nicole Porter

Landscape architecture, National Park design, biophilic design, design for health, urban design, place branding and place making, mindfulness and space's​​​​​​​

Dr Amy Tang

Waterfront Regeneration, Sustainable Urban Design, Ideal Living, Conservation Planning and Practice, Age-Friendly Community

Buildings, Energy and Environment Research Group  Visit the research group website

Professor Saffa Riffat (Head of Group)

Eco-buildings, cooling, heating, refrigeration, heat recovery, renewable energy systems, sustainable technology and building materials, eucalyptus fibres and compound parabolic concentrator (CPC)

Dr Rabah Boukhanouf

Energy efficient and sustainable technologies with a focus on application in the built environment, passive and active heating and cooling systems, adsorption and absorption systems, heat pumps, low carbon technologies, heat recovery (HVAC) technologies

Dr John Calautit

History, development and application of lightweight spatial structures, timber gridshells, reinforced concrete shells, space frames and grids, ETFE and membrane architecture, sustainable construction

Professor Jo Darkwa

Thermochemical energy storage technologies, Phase Change Materials (PCM), Multiphase Change Materials (MCM) systems, Sustainable Energy systems, Micro bio-fuel power systems, Low Carbon Construction Materials, Integrated Environmental Energy Management, Low carbon Buildings, Desiccant Technology, Green roofs, Urban Heat Island modelling, Green Transport Technologies, Integrated Environmental Energy Management and Total Quality Environmental Management

Dr Guohui Gan

Building heat and fluid flow, Indoor environmental quality, Building energy harvesting and storage, Natural ventilation of buildings, Sustainable heating and cooling, Transparent green facades, Dynamic transparent insulation, Ground heat and mass transfer, Ground source heat pumps, Photovoltaic thermal collectors

Professor Mark Gillott

Sustainable building design, renewable energy, local energy systems, community energy, energy storage, building performance evaluation, energy, behaviour modelling and monitoring, urban resilience, smart buildings, low carbon technologies 

Dr Ben Jones

Ventilation, air quality, health, modelling

Dr Lorna Kiamba

Sustainable design in architecture, passive design of buildings, thermal building performance, shading performance analysis, thermal comfort, comfort and energy efficiency in buildings, tropical architecture, learning from vernacular architecture and building regulations in developing countries (focus on comfort and energy efficiency)

Dr Parham Mirzaei Ahranjani

Energy saving in buildings, sustainable and green technologies, BIPV, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Numerical Modeling

Dr Siddig Omer

Design and modelling of compressed air energy storage for large-scale renewable energy integration into grid, Micro encapsulated phase change materials (MEPCM), Micro encapsulated phase change materials (MEPCM), Fuel cells and Hydrogen technologies, PV self cleaning and cooling technologies for hot and arid climates

Dr Robin Shipman

Data science and machine learning, vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle-to-building (V2B) technology, smart energy systems, smart local energy communities, demand-side response systems

Dr Yuehong Su

PV, thermal, daylighting, solar concentration, natural ventilation, air conditioning, heat pump, adsorption, absorption, ejector cooling, heat storage, desalination, applied thermodynamics, building energy simulation

Professor Lucelia Taranto Rodrigues

Energy and comfort, Carbon neutrality, net zero carbon, Transport and mobility electrification, Resilience and climate change, Sustainable cities, Urban regeneration, Housing and communities, Building retrofit, Architecture and design  

Dr Chris Wood

Building Performance, Building Airtightness, Infiltration, Building thermal performance, Building retrofit, Heat Pumps, Ground Source heat, Ground heat storage and extraction, Energy and Thermal Piles, Sustainable energy technologie

Centre for Additive Manufacturing  Visit the research group website

Professor Richard Hague (Head of group)

Additive Manufacturing

Professor Ian Ashcroft

Microstructure and nano-mechanical properties, thermo-mechanical characterisation 

Dr Martin Baumers

Broad economics of Additive Manufacturing, with an emphasis on developing a total cost vista on the technology

Professor Ruth Goodridge

New materials for Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing, predominantly focusing on laser sintering of polymers and the use of AM for biomaterials, bioengineering

Dr Yinfeng He

Multi-material 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing, Photopolymerization

Professor Derek Irvine

Application of novel polymer synthesis, catalysis and processing

Professor Chris Tuck

3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Materials, Sensing and Electronics

Dr Lyudmila Turyanska

low dimensional materials, materials for additive manufacturing, optoelectronic devices, nanomedicine

Professor Ricky Wildman

3D printing, additive manufacturing, microfluidics, materials, biomaterials

Centre for Structural Engineering and Informatics  Visit the research group website

Dr Walid Tizani (Head of Group)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) and novel information technologies to engineering design, Steel and steel-concrete composite connections, Experimental structural testing and numerical modelling, Design Process re-engineering for the design and manufacture of structural steelwork, Structural steelwork connections Blind-bolt connections to tubular columns, Composite connections, Software development for structural engineering applications

Dr Jelena Ninic

Multi-phase multi-physics numerical modelling, meta models, optimisation algorithms, sensitivity analysis, massive and parallel computations, BIM and parametric modelling, integration of numerical analysis in BIM software

Dr Carlos Osorio Sandoval

Building Information Modelling, Construction Simulation, Construction Health & Safety, Construction Management, Parametric Modelling, Serious Games, Virtual Reality, Object-Oriented Modelling

Dr John Owen

Wind Engineering, Dynamic response of structures to wind, Structural dynamics, Structural Health Monitoring

Dr Georgia Thermou

Performance assessment, Retrofitting of structures (buildings, bridges), Resilient construction, Sustainable materials in construction, Innovative concrete, Multi-scale experimental testing, Computational modelling, Damage Information Modelling 

Dr Fangying Wang

Steel structures, structural engineering, concrete-filled, design, structural stability, retrofitting, reuse and recycle, carbon zero, stainless steel, high strength steel, testing, experiments, sustainability

Composites Research Group  Visit the research group website

Professor Nick Warrior (Head of Group)

Design and Manufacture of Composite Materials, particularly in the sectors of Automotive and Aerospace Engineering

Dr Louise Brown

 Textile modelling and simulation, Textile composites, Software engineering

Dr Davide De Focatiis

Polymer mechanics, polymer rheology, composites manufacturing, elastomers

Dr Oriol Galvada Diaz

Ceramics and composites, Fracture mechanics, Micromechanics, Advanced characterisation

Dr Lee Harper

Composites Manufacturing, Composites Process Simulation, Structural Analysis, Automated Preforming

Dr Mike Johnson

Polymer composites, Fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites, Rail vehicle lightweighting, Composite shafts, Liquid moulding, Composite design 

Professor Shuguang Li

Micromechanical characterisation of composites, Damage and failure of composites, Structural buckling and post-buckling analysis, 3D printing of continuous fibre reinforced composites

 Dr Tao Liu

Ultralight weight materials, structures, micromechanics of composite materials, numerical simulations of materials behaviour under extreme environment, impact engineering, design optimisation of multifunctional materials, structures,  modelling of live cells and cell mechanics

Dr Mikhail Matveev

Composite materials, manufacturing, multi-scale modelling

Dr Tom Turner

Aerospace design for manufacture, Automation of composite manufacturing processes & Carbon fibre composite materials recycling and reuse

Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Geoprocesses Research Group   Visit the research group website

Dr Barbara Turnbull (Head of Group)

Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Dr David Hargreaves

Computational fluid dynamics, wind engineering; dispersion modelling, multiphase flow, porous media, open channel flow, drainage, flooding

Dr Valentin Heller 

Experimental fluid dynamics, Computational fluid dynamics, Landslide-tsunamis (impulse waves), Scale effects in fluids and granular flows, Marine renewable energy

Professor David Large

Geoscience, Peatland, Remote Sensing, Hydrology, Earth Science, Modelling peatland, soil carbon, peatland restoration

Dr Bagus Muljadi

Numerical Modelling, Porous Media, Multiscale Modelling, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Method, Peatland, Geoscience, Poroelastic Modelling

Dr Rick Munro

Fluid mechanics, stratified, rotating flows, non-axisymmetric spin-up, Rossby waves, turbulence, boundary interactions

Professor Sean Rigby

Enhanced Oil Recovery, porous media

Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group   Visit the research group website

Dr Buddhika Hewakandamby (Head of Group)

Multiphase flow, Film flows, Bubble dynamics, Experimental Fluid Dynamics, Flow Modelling, Heat Transfer

Dr Mark Alston

Thermophysics, aerospace, power cooling, precise hydrodynamics, resistance scaling, microfluidic regimes, computation studies, energy capture, heat transport, conductivity active management, system integration, thermally functional materials

Professor Alasdair Cairns

Automotive propulsion systems, Internal combustion engines, Exhaust waste heat recovery, Low carbon fuels, Alternative fuels, BatteriesPowertrain thermal management, Hybrid vehicles, Hybrid aircraft, Electric motors 

Professor Kwing-So Choi

Drag reduction, Boundary-layer control, Flow control, Turbulent boundary layer structures, Boundary layer transition, Deterministic turbulence, High-lift and quiet aerofoils, Plasma actuators, Unsteady flow control, Anti-icing and de-icing control, Turbulence, Aerodynamics

Dr Sam Dakka

Droplet & Spray atomisation, Droplet & Spray combustion, alternative fuel utilisations, Gas turbine engines, Rocket and air breathing propulsion, space & electric propulsion, Aerodynamics and Green Aviation, Combustion & Propulsion, two-phase flow, Space Systems  

Dr Donald Giddings

Computational Fluid Dynamics, Experimental two phase flow in particulate-gas, Numerical and experimental heat transfer, liquid-gas-solid systems, Absorption refrigeration, multiphase flows, heat transfer, Liquid atomisation, Wet steam measurement, turbulent reacting flows

Dr David Hann 

Experimental multiphase fluids, droplet impact, optical measurement techniques, thermoacoustic for power generation, shearing flows in gas, oil, aeroengine applications

Dr Mark Jabbal

Experimental aerodynamics and fluid dynamics, boundary layer flow control, passive and active drag reduction, synthetic jet actuators, active flow control systems architectures, passive and active noise reduction, heat transfer and thermal management, passive and active cooling technologies

Dr Antonino La Rocca

Internal combustion research projects, diesel and gasoline engines projects with analytical, computational and experimental work elements such as Heat Transfer, Crystal growth, Soot, Particulate matter, Soot-in-oil, Emission control, Powertrain and hybrids

Dr Ian Lowndes

The development and application of computational models to improve the understanding of multi-phase chemical and environmental process engineering problems including, modelling of the emission, dispersion and mitigation of fugitive dust, surface minerals extraction, environmental fluid flow phenomena

Dr Mirco Magnini

Thermal management, fluid mechanics, simulation, boiling

Professor Yuying Yan

Fluid flow and heat transfer, biomimetics, efficient cooling technology, microchannel boiling and condensation, heat pipes, jet impingement, film cooling, Elelctrohydrodynamic, low carbon vehicle thermal management, Power electronics, Battery thermal management, HVAC in the built environment, Thermofluids

Dr Jie Zhu

Energy efficiency, vapour compression, heat pump, desiccant refrigeration, evaporative cooling, co-and tri-generations, thermal energy storage and recovery, building energy performance simulation and improvement, energy policy study, renewable energy (Solar, geothermal, wind, etc.)

Food Water, Waste Research Group  Visit the research group website

Professor Rachel Gomes (Head of Group)

Water quality, micropollutants (pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, metals, antimicrobial resistance, microplastics), wastewater treatment, bioprocesses, novel adsorbents, enzymes, waste to resource, circular economy, modelling and analytics

Dr Mike Clifford

Appropriate technology, sustainable materials, biogas, cookstoves, natural fibre composites, engineering education research

Dr Helena Gomes

Environmental remediation, Resource Recovery, Wastewater treatment, Contaminated soils, Waste Management

Dr Nicholas Watson

Digital Food and Drink Manufacturing, Ultrasonic Process Analytical Technologies, Machine Learning and Sensor Fusion, Industrial Internet of Things Applications, Online Food Quality Assessment

Gas Turbine and Transmissions Research Centre  Visit the research group website

Professor Carol Eastwick (Head of Group)

Computational fluid dynamics (CFD), experimental fluid dynamics, analytical approaches to thermofluid design, Two phase flow, thermal management, rotating machines

Dr Stephen Ambrose

Computational modelling of multiphase flows in aero-engine oil systems, Thermal management of bearing chambers and gearboxes, CFD verification and validation, Gas-liquid flows, Turbulence modelling, Multiscale modelling using coupling algorithms, Lattice Boltzmann modelling, Finite Volume methods for multi-phase flow

Dr Mohammedreza Amoozgar

Structural dynamics, vibration, aeroelasticity of fixed and rotary wing, morphing aircraft, aerospace structures, composite and multifunctional structures

Dr Chris Bennett

Computational mechanics, non-linear Finite Element Analysis (FEA), Structural integrity, Welded structures, Contact mechanics, Plasticity, Fatigue, Room and high temperature material testing and characterisation, Additive material characterisation, Process Modelling, Phase transformations, Residual stress prediction, Residual stress measurement, Inertia friction welding, Direct Energy Deposition, Nanoindentation, FE modeling of depth-sensing indentation Inverse analysis

Professor Seamus Garvey

Rotordynamics, Machine Vibration and Dynamics, The Mathematics of Vibration, Integrating Energy Storage, The dynamics of coupled electrical and mechanical systems, Active Control of Machine Vibrations using Magnetic Bearings

Dr Chris Hyde

Applied Creep Mechanics, Mechanical Testing, Material Modelling & Lifing, High Temperature Materials, Additive Manufacturing, Critical Application

Dr Richard Jefferson-Loveday

Computational Fluid Dynamics, CFD, Aerodynamics, Multi-phase flow, High-Performance Computing, Chemical reactors, Reacting Flows, Combustors, Gas Turbines, Modelling, Hydrogen, Noise, Transmissions, Oil, Large Eddy Simulation

Professor Kathy Johnson

Application of experimental and computational (CFD) approaches to the flow and heat transfer in aeroengine transmissions elements and systems, including high speed imaging. Application of CFD in Thermofluids engineering applications, particularly multiphase systems

Dr Stewart McWilliam

MEMS systems, Thermoelastic damping, Reliability of structures subjected to extreme events, Fokker Planck Kolmogorov equation

Dr Humberto Medina

Aerodynamics, boundary layer transition, turbulence modelling, particulate matter filtration, unmanned aerial vehicles, wind turbine aerodynamics

Dr Benjamin Rothwell

Thermo Elastic- Hydrodynamic lubrication (TEHL), Visco-plastic modelling, Multiphysics modelling, Journal and tilting pad Bearings, Machine and deep learning techniques

George Green Institute for Electromagnetic Research  Visit the research group website

Professor Ana Vukovic (Head of Group)

Electromagnetics, optoelectronics and microwave

Dr Georgios Dimitrakis 

Industrial microwave heating, microwave, materials interactions, dielectrics, insulation breakdown, microwave plasma, dielectric spectroscopy, process monitoring, microwave sensors, hyperthermia

Dr Gabriele Gradoni

Statistical Electromagnetism, Reconfigurable Metasurfaces, Wireless Communication, Wave Illusion and Camouflage

Dr Steve Greedy

Experimental electromagnetics, computational electromagnetics, electromagnetic compatibility, electromagnetic coexistence, smart wireless infrastructure, wireless communications

Dr Sendy Phang

Nonlinear optics, neuromorphic photonics, artificial photonic material, optical sensing

Professor Phillip Sewell

All aspects of computational electromagnetics, with applications primarily to photonics and electromagnetic compatibility

Professor David Thomas 

Electromagnetic Compatibility, Computational Electromagnetics, Protection and Simulation of Power Networks

Human Factors Research Group  Visit the research group website

Professor Gary Burnett (Head of Group)

Human Factors, Future Vehicles, Automation, Human-Machine Interface, Driver Behaviour, Extended Reality (XR), Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR/AR), The Metaverse

Dr Sue Cobb 

Human factors aspects of virtual reality and interactive systems

Professor Tim Heath

Urban Design, Public Realm, Public Spaces, Place-making, People and Places

Dr Rob Houghton

Cognition in context, systems ergonomics, future work systems, human reliability, digital interfaces and HMI, citizen science

Dr Glyn Lawson

Human factors, ergonomics, virtual reality

Professor Donal McNally

Spinal Biomechanics, Biomechanical Evaluation, Implant Design, Impact Biomechanics, Injury Mechanisms

Dr Ed Morris

Digital mental health monitoring, Biomedical image processing, Sensor networks 

Dr Peter Rutherford

Education for sustainability, Building thermal performance, Acoustics, Psychoacoustics

Dr Brendan Ryan 

Human factors in railways, railway trespass and suicide, accident / incident investigation, evaluation of safety interventions, inclusive design and passenger experience

Professor Sarah Sharples

Human factors and digital technologies, human factors in future transport, technologies to support healthcare, digital manufacturing, intelligent mobility

Dr Samuel Smith

Movement analysis, Biomechanics, Motion capture, Musculoskeletal modelling

Dr Florian Wiedmann

Sustainable urbanism, Urban transformation, Urban renewal, Emerging cities, Mega cities, Housing, Space Syntax, Transit-oriented development, Urban design management, Urban acupuncture

Dr Robin Wilson

Acoustics of complex structures, porous materials, Structural power flow measurement techniques

Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies Research Group  Visit the research group website

Professor Hao Liu (Head of Group)

Low carbon fuels, energy resources, distributed combined heat and power generation, co-generation, biomass technologies including combustion, gasification and pyrolysis, clean fossil fuel technologies, carbon capture technologies, materials, sustainable waste management and disposal, hydrogen production from biomass, waste, fossil fuels, Integration of renewable, cleaner fossil energy systems into buildings and built environment, fluidized beds

Dr Eleanor Binner

Microwave processing, biomass valorisation, plastics recycling, soil remediation, Microwave-Assisted Extraction, pectin extraction

Dr Ioanna Dimitriou

Process modelling, process optimisation and techno-economic analysis of low-carbon energy technologies, including carbon capture and utilisation, as well as thermochemical and biochemical conversion of biomass and waste

Dr Will Meredith

Biochar, pyrogenic carbon, biomass conversion, petroleum geochemistry, oil biodegradation, analytical pyrolysis

Professor John Robinson

Use of sustainable feedstocks, bioenergy and biochemical production, oil, solid separation processes and microwave heating technologies

Professor Colin Snape 

Greenhouse gas removal, biochar, carbon capture, pyrolysis, hydrothermal conversion

Dr Cheng-gong Sun

Chemical catalysis for bioenergy, carbon capture technologies including direct air capture, combustion and gasification of solid fuels, advanced carbon materials, hydrothermal technologies for smart materials and waste treatment

Professor Yupeng Wu

Solar façade (Smart Window, PV, Concentrating PV, Transparent Insulation Materials etc.), Thermal Energy Storage, District Heating System, Building energy simulation, Integration of renewable, cleaner fossil energy systems into buildings and built environment

Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics  Visit the research group website

Professor Alec Marshall  (Head of group)

Tunnelling, soil-structure interaction, geotechnical centrifuge testing, numerical and analytical modelling

Dr Charles Heron

Cyclic behaviour of soil-structure interfaces, Geotechnical centrifuge testing, Element testing

Dr Athina Grizi

Construction vibrations, Pile dynamics, Geohazard monitoring, Health assessment of aging infrastructure, Modern subsurface characterization, Soil dynamics

Professor Glenn McDowell 

Micromechanics of granular materials, Constitutive modelling, Ballast mechanics, Discrete element modelling, Mechanics of clay

Dr Luke Prendergast

Vibration-Based Damage Detection, Soil-Structure interaction, Offshore Foundations, Structural Health Monitoring, Vehicle-Bridge Interaction

Nottingham Geospatial Institute  Visit the research group website

Professor Stuart Marsh (Head of Group)

Geological mapping, natural resources exploration, mapping and monitoring of geohazards. Satellite, airborne and ground based Earth Oberservation techniques

Professor Richard Bingley

Development of GPS, GNSS techniques for monitoring vertical land movements at tide gauges in relation to climate-driven changes in sea level

Dr Paul Blunt

Acquisition and tracking of GNSS signals, Space applications of GNSS, Interference and multi-path mitigation technique, Modulation, coding and multiplexing of GNSS signals

Dr Chantal Cappelletti

CubeSat, Small satellites, Space Systems, Biomedical research in space, Space debris, AODCS

Dr Stephen Grebby

Geological mapping, natural resources exploration, mapping and monitoring of geohazards. Satellite, airborne and ground based Earth Oberservation techniques

Dr James Pinchin

Design and Application of Human Tracking Systems, Movement Model Supported Navigation, Ubiquitous Positioning Technologies, Position and Orientation Determination

Dr Panagiotis Psimoulis

GNSS applications, deformation monitoring related to structures and geohazards, GNSS reflectometry, spatio-temporal analysis of monitoring data, sensors integration for navigation and monitoring applications, geodetic timeseries modelling

Dr Xinhua Wang

Design, navigation and Control of UAVs, sensor technologies and control of aircraft systems

Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre  Visit the research group website

Professor Gordon Airey (Head of Group)

Micro-structural and mechanical properties of asphalt mixtures

Professor Nick Dodd

Coastal dynamics, coastal engineering, morphodynamics, beach nourishment, nearshore physical oceanography

Dr Alvaro Garcia Hernandez

Materials and structures, automation of construction and maintenance techniques

Dr Tony Parry

Life cycle assessment and carbon footprint of construction products, corporate social responsibility, skidding resistance and its relation to accidents and pavement materials and design

Dr Nick Thom

Design and analysis of pavements and railway trackbeds, materials for pavements and railway trackbeds

Optics and Photonics Research Group  Visit the research group website

Dr Steve Bull

High-power lasers, Laser diodes, Degradation and reliability studies

Dr Ricardo Concalves Correia 

Fibre optic sensing, Pressure sensing, healthcare sensors development

Dr George Gordon

Optics, optical fibres, metasurfaces, endoscopes, medical imaging, artificial intelligence

Professor Barrie Hayes-Gill 

Medical device, regulations (UKCA, CE, MDD, MDR, FDA 510k), electronic engineering, ECG, fibre optic sensors, wearables, photoplethysmography, oxygen saturation, SpO2, electronics manufacturing, optoelectronics, analogue electronics, signal processing, fetal (foetal) monitoring, cardiotocography (CTG), fetal heart rate, contractions, child birth, newborn monitoring, technology transfer, the academic director

Dr Serhiy Korposh

Nanoscale Bioelectronics and Biophotonics

Professor Eric Larkins

Design and fabrication of nanophotonic devices and photonic integrated circuits, nano-biophotonics high-speed and high-brightness semiconductor lasers

Professor Melissa Mather

Optical microscopy, quantum sensing, multi-modal microscopy, Nitrogen vacancy defects, biological imaging, biosensing, ultrasonics, metabolic imaging and sensing, biofluid analysis

Professor Steve Morgan

Biomedical engineering, optical fibre sensing for healthcare, smart medical devices, medical sensors, monitoring in critical care

Dr Richard Smith

Laser ultrasound, Non-destructive evaluation, Material characterisation, Spatially resolved acoustic spectroscopy, Imaging, Instrumentation and sensing, Picosecond laser ultrasound

Dr Kevin Webb

Imaging, microscopy, fluid transport physiology, biosensing, hydrodynamics

Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group  Visit the research group website

Professor Patrick Wheeler (Head of Group)

Power Electronics, Power Electronic Converters, More Electric Aircraft, Power Converters for Power Systems, All Electric Aircraft, Transportation Electrification, Electric Aircraft propulsion, Electric Superbikes, Matrix Converters, Multi-level/Modular Power Converters, Use of SiC/GaN Power Semiconductors, AC Motor Drives

Dr Rishad Ahmed 

Integrated power converter, Wide bandgap devices, Resonant converter, High-speed drive, Electric vehicle charger, Electric vehicle DCDC converter, Packaging of semiconductor devices, Aerospace power electronics, EV battery health management

Professor Serhiy Bozhko

Aircraft electrification, onboard power systems, power electronics, distribution, management, control, optimisation, modelling, simulation

Professor Jon Clare 

Power converter topologies and applications, modular multi-level converters and derived circuits, high power resonant converters, matrix converters and other direct AC-AC converters, HVDC power conversion systems, high power DC-DC converters, control and modulation strategies for power converters

Dr Tom Cox

Electrical machines, electromagnetic launch systems, linear machines, induction machines and transportation systems

Dr Michele Degano 

Permanent Magnet Machines, Synchronous Reluctance Motors, High Power Density Machines, Motor Design and Optimisation, Electrification of Transports, Hybrid/electric Aerospace, Automotive, High-Power High-Voltage Machines

Dr Paul Evans

Computational modelling of power electronics, thermal management in power electronics, applications for wide-bandgap power semiconductor devices

Professor Michael Galea

Design, analysis and thermal management of electrical machines and drives

Professor Christopher Gerada

Electrical Machines, Electrical Drives, Transport Electrification, High Performance Motor Drives for Aircraft Propulsion, High speed machines, Electric Vehicles, Machines and Drives for Electric Vehicles, More Electric Aircraft, Integrated Drives, Thermal Management, Hybrid-Electric Aircraft, Electrical Machines and Drives Manufacturing, High torque density electrical machines, Advanced Electrical Dive Control, Fault Tolerant Machines and Drives, Magnetic Materials, Insulation Systems, Actuators, IP Strategy, IP Litigation

Professor Mark Johnson

Power semiconductor devices, power device packaging, reliability and thermal management, power module technology

Dr Christian Klumpner

Design, control and evaluation of novel, advanced power electronic converter topologies for various applications where fast control of power and/or high conversion efficiency

Dr Neo Lophitis

Power semiconductor device technologies, design, optimisation, evaluation, Silicon and Wide bandgap semiconductors and applications, Technology Computer Aided Design (TCAD), Power Electronics testing and evaluation, Physics of failure, Electrical power systems

Professor Mark Sumner

Energy management strategies for renewables and smart distribution systems, fault detection and location strategies, including for arc faults, and applied to ships and aircraft

Dr Gaurang Vakil

Analysis, design and optimization of high power density electrical machines, high speed high frequency machines and synchronous generators, and magnetic material characterization and their applications

Dr Adam Walker

Electrical machine design, Electrical machine manufacture, Magnetic components, Traction applications, Electric vehicles

Dr Alan Watson

Power Electronics and Control for High Power Industrial Applications

Dr Tao Yang

High-speed high-power electrical drives, High-efficiency power electronics converters, Micro-grid system control and stability analysis, Power electronics and electric drive design using Artificial Intelligent technologies

Dr Minglei You

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and advanced Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Integrated Energy Systems, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Grid, Smart City, Signal Processing and Wireless Communication Networks

Professor Pericle Zanchetta

Control modelling and stability of power converter systems, Control of electrical drives, Model predictive control, repetitive control, grid connected converters, power quality and active filters, design and system identification using heuristic optimization Algorithms

Resilience Engineering Research Group  Visit the research group website

Professor John Andrews (Head of Group)

Risk analysis, asset management, system reliability and availability, maintenance modelling, resilience engineering, safety modelling

Dr Luis Canhoto Neves

Bridges, structures, reliability analysis, deterioration, asset management, railways, highways, life-cycle, sustainability, safety assessment, existing structures

Dr Darren Prescott

Railway track asset management, modelling maintenance in railway infrastructure management

Dr Rasa Remenyte-Prescott

Fault diagnostics, Asset management, Risk, Reliability, Resilience, Healthcare safety, Healthcare efficiency

Sustainable Process Technologies Research Group  Visit the research group website

Professor Alex Conradie (Head of Group)

Biochemical processes, mass transfer in novel reactor designs, Sustainable development, connecting industrial and agricultural waste streams to value-adding products, Synergistic integration between biochemical and chemical conversion, Creation of carbon efficient non-natural biochemical pathways

Dr Anna Croft

Radicals, free radicals, radical enzymes, ionic liquids, intermolecular interactions, reactivity, chemical mechanisms, enzymology, mycolic acids, phenolics, biotransformations, bioprocessing, data science, computational chemistry, molecular dynamics, quantum mechanics

Dr Christof Jaeger

Computational chemistry, enzymatic and chemical catalysis, rational enzyme design, molecular modelling and self-assembly

Dr Konstantina Kourmentza

Microbial fermentation, bioprocess engineering, waste and biomass valorisation, bio-based products, biofuels, materials science

Dr Jonathan McKechnie

Life cycle assessment, life cycle analysis, LCA, Techno-economic analysis, TEA,  Evaluating emerging process technologies, materials, and energy products, Waste valorisation and circular economy, Policy analysis, biofuels, waste

Dr Anca Pordea

Biocatalysis, enzyme engineering, (artificial) metalloenzymes

Dr Yanming Wang

Bioreactor, fermentation, cell culture, process control, fermentation data mining, bioenergy, renewable energy, photo-bioreactor, gas fermentation, scale up, microbial consortium, carbon capture and utilisation

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