Our second cohort of 19 students started their PhD studies in September 2020. Find out more about their interests and research projects below.
Robert Lewis - University of Hertfordshire
Supervisors: Dr Richard Greenaway, Dr Chris Stopford
Rob developed an interest in physics during his apprenticeship in engineering and after almost 10 years working in that industry, he needed a change. After an access to science and nursing course at the College of West Anglia he completed his bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Hertfordshire. The combination of his new fascination with lasers and some of the health risks of his previous job lead him to a PhD opportunity at Hertfordshire’s Particle Instrumentation and Diagnostics department.
His PhD will be to determine a relationship between laser light scattered from high aspect ratio (fibrous) aerosol and the morphological properties of the aerosol itself. Hopefully this will lead to greater detection and categorisation methods of potentially hazardous aerosolised fibres.
Frederick Bertani - University of Cambridge
Supervisors: Prof. Simone Hochgreb
Frederick Bertani is a PhD student investigating Agilent’s Evaporative Light Scattering Detector. His project involves improving the ELSD with experiments and modelling in order to more thoroughly understand the physics underlying the device, allowing for optimisation. As part of the Aerosol Science CDT Fred spent time at the University of Bristol using Optical Tweezers to measure evaporation of single trapped droplets. He holds an MSci from Durham University where he studied chemistry & mathematics, there he completed his Master’s project in the synthesis of 2D materials beyond graphene as candidates for photocatalytic artificial photosynthesis.
Joanna Egan - University of Leeds
Supervisors: Prof. John Plane, Prof. Dan Marsh, Prof. Ben Murray
Before joining the CDT, Jo completed a Masters in Physics from the University of Oxford, specialising in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Planetary Physics and Particle Physics. Her research will involve looking into the composition of Venus’s upper cloud layer to try to explain its optical properties. In particular, she’ll be trying to identify the species responsible for the absorption in the blue to ultraviolet region of the spectrum which gives Venus its characteristic yellow colour and has remained unexplained for over 90 years.
Fergus Lidstone-Lane - University of Manchester
Supervisors: Dr. Paul Williams, Dr. Amanda Lea-Langton, Dr. Adam Boies, and Dr. Mark Johnson
Fergus graduated from Cardiff University with a MEng (International with a year in Industry) in Mechanical Engineering. As part of his degree he undertook an industrial placement year at Airbus and a semester abroad at the University of Miami. After completing a final year project with Airbus, he decided to pursue industry lead doctoral research.
He is working with the University of Manchester and Rolls Royce to improve the understanding of transport and losses when sampling aircraft combustion emissions, with a particular focus on sampling close to the combustion chamber. The aim of the research is to help develop more efficient aircraft combustion engine design.
Robert Alexander - University of Bristol
Supervisors: Dr. Darryl Hill
What does a microbiologist have to do with aerosols? Robert’s project looks at how bacteria and viruses ‘survive’ the aerosolisation process when we breathe, talk, and cough. Hopefully helping to improve upon current models for disease transmission. After earning an undergraduate degree in Pathology and Microbiology from the University of Bristol, Robert continued at the School of Cellular Molecular Medicine in Bristol going on to complete a MRes developing genetically engineered nanoparticles.
Robert says “The boundaries between scientific disciplines is where the really exciting stuff happens. I am fascinated by using a variety of equipment during experimentation, characterisation and modeling. The Aerosol CDT stood out as an opportunity to further develop these skills in an interdisciplinary setting”. Outside of academia Robert enjoys cycling, drumming and chatting about his research down the pub.
Edward Neal - University of Bristol
Supervisors: Prof. Jonathan Reid, Prof. Darragh Murnane, Prof. Wuge Briscoe
Edward was first introduced to Aerosol Science when researching the lightning-induced fragmentation of pollen for his Master’s degree at the University of Manchester. The project was a great practical application of his Physics background but also offered the opportunity to engage with multiple scientific disciplines. This led him to join the CDT and he is currently based at the University of Bristol researching the various factors that affect particle resuspension, such as particle morphology, surface roughness and relative humidity, with the aim of improving models for predicting resuspension.
Jianghan Tian - University of Bristol
Supervisors: Prof Jonathan Reid
Olivia Jackson - University of Manchester
Supervisors: Prof Hugh Coe, Dr David Topping
Jack Macklin - University of Bath
Supervisors: Dr Adam Squires, Prof. Jonathan Reid
Stanislaw Koper - University of Hertfordshire
Supervisors: Dr Daniel McCluskey, Dr Ian Johnston and Dr Loic Coudron
Stanisław has a BSc Biological Science, MSc Infection & Immunity and now a PhD in Aerosol Science. Stas is a steadfast individual capable of conjuring willpower to stride through challenges of research and proactive in the inspiration of others. Disciplined and dedicated to maintaining mental and physical health.
His research focuses on the detection of viral aerosol pathogens for bioterrorism and pandemic monitoring purposes. Furthermore, building a standardised approach in all aspects of the research. He has identified key factors from start to finish in the detection process that require more investigation. His Biological background gives him a different perspective that will enhance multidisciplinary collaboration in the engineering department.
Ellie Vokes - University of Bath
Supervisors: Dr Andrew Johnson
Ellie completed an undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Bath (2016-2020). During her master’s year she undertook a project under the supervision of Dr Andrew Johnson looking at precursors for aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition. Ellie now re-joins the group as part of the CDT.
Her research focuses on the fabrication of thin films using aerosol jet printing, specifically for applications in electronics. The project will involve the synthesis of semiconducting precursor materials that can be used to add functionality to inks, and subsequently be deposited using aerosol jet printing.
Lance Jiang - University of Bristol
Supervisors: Prof. Jonathan Reid, Prof. Darragh Murnane