Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group

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Will Bowling

PhD Student, Sustainable Hydrogen CDT,



William graduated from the University of Nottingham with a first-class MEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Engineering including an Industrial Year in 2019. His efforts in his MEng group design project contributed to him receiving the Bob Hall Award for Innovation, Teamwork and Entrepreneurship in 2018. Pursuing his interests in sustainability and transport, he embarked upon a Ph.D as part of the Sustainable Hydrogen CDT group at the University of Nottingham under the supervision of Prof. Alasdair Cairns, Dr Antonino La Rocca, and Dr Richard Jefferson-Loveday. His Ph.D topic revolves around the use of hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels such as ammonia to aid in the decarbonisation of the transportation sector. His current focus is on the use of advanced ignition technologies to enhance the combustion properties of ammonia to improve its viability as a future zero carbon fuel in heavy-duty and marine transportation.

In addition to his project work, William also actively volunteers with the Student's Union. As part of his most recent position as Post-graduate Coordinator for Welcome Week 2020, William was in a committee of 11 students responsible for managing over 250 volunteers and welcoming 2000 students to the university. This role consisted of creating and implementing a multitude of COVID-safe events including virtual and socially distanced in-person events intended to welcome new students to the university.

Expertise Summary

Low carbon internal combustion engines and fuels (heavy duty and light duty, H2, ammonia, biofuel)

Advanced combustion systems (HCCI/CAI, turbulent jet ignition, dual fuel)

Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group

Faculty of Engineering
The University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD