2020-21 Cohort

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

Project: Respirable Fibre Detection from Light Scattering Patterns

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

Project: Improving the Evaporative Light Scattering Detector Through Experiments and Modelling

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

Project: Optical Properties of Venusian Clouds

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

Project: Particle Transport and Losses when Sampling Aircraft Engine Combustion Emissions

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

Project: Replication and modelling of infectious respiratory droplets in humans and animals

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

Project: High Confidence Modelling of Particle Resuspension

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

Project: Inhalation Dynamics of Aerosol and Airborne Disease Transmission

Supervisors: Prof Jonathan Reid

During doing the master degree in Environmental Engineering at Cranfield University, Jianghan firstly developed research interests in studying bioaerosol emissions in occupational environments such as wastewater treatment plants. Afterwards, Jianghan found the most suitable place to continue aerosol science research of joining the CDT Aerosol Science and Bristol Aerosol Research Centre (BARC) at the University of Bristol, where she can get a better understanding of the aerosol microphysical processes and dynamics especially in the airborne disease transmission context.
Olivia Jackson - University of Manchester

Project: Towards a Better Understanding of Pesticides in the Atmosphere

Supervisors: Prof Hugh Coe, Dr David Topping

Liv undertook her integrated masters degree in Chemistry at the University of York.  During this time she enjoyed the modules on atmospheric chemistry which took her to China to attend an immersion programme at the Sichuan University, Chengdu. This two week programme focused on environmental chemistry as well as experiencing life in a Chinese university. During her master’s year Liv spend 14 months in industrial placement focusing on test development of hybrid-engine lubricants, however decided she was not done with academia and successfully applied to do a PhD at the University of Manchester.
Her PhD focuses on measurements of atmospheric aerosols and aims to investigate how pesticides are transported through the atmosphere.
Jack Macklin - University of Bath

Project: Determining the timescale of self-assembly of lyotropic phases in aerosols

Supervisors: Dr Adam Squires, Prof. Jonathan Reid

Jack graduated from the University of Bristol with a Master’s degree in chemical physics during which he studied potential routes of synthesis for a new class of superconductor. However, looking to put the physics side of his degree to greater use, he enrolled on the aerosol CDT in order to pursue his interest in both chemistry – by considering the formation of lyotropic phases – and physics – by designing and building a machine that would allow levitation of small aerosol droplets.
He is now at the University of Bath in the early stages of building an electrodynamic balance.
Stanislaw Koper - University of Hertfordshire

Project: Early warning Viral detection system for bioterrorism and pandemic monitoring

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

Project: Aerosol Jet Printed p- and n-type Semiconductor Materials: Practical Routes to Printed Electronics

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

Project: Dynamics of Aerosolized excipients on Inhalation at above 95% Relative Humidity

Supervisors: Prof. Jonathan Reid, Prof. Darragh Murnane

Lance has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology at the University of Bristol and a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutics at UCL, where he has developed a strong interest in inhaled medicine.
For his PhD project, he will be measuring the hygroscopicity of excipients at high relative humidity in the Bristol Aerosol Research Centre (BARC). The main objective of his project is to enhance the accuracy of the drug deposition models of inhaled medicines.
EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science

University of Bristol
School of Chemistry
Cantock’s Close
Bristol, BS8 1TS
aerosol-science@bristol.ac.uk