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Dr Philip Howes

Dr Philip Howes

Mechanical Engineering and Design

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I am a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Mechanical Engineering and Design, where I specialise in nano- and microscale engineering, with applications in the healthcare and energy sectors. I am also Course Co-Director of Advanced Vehicle Engineering.

I have a highly multidisciplinary academic background. Originally studying Physics as an undergraduate, I completed a PhD in nanomaterials chemistry at King’s College London, which was followed by postdoctoral work at University College London (in materials science) and Imperial College London (in bioengineering). Prior to joining LSBU in 2021, I was a Senior Scientist at ETH Zürich (in chemical engineering), having moved to Switzerland as the recipient of a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship.

I have published research articles in a range of areas, including nano- and microscale engineering, microfluidics, materials chemistry, biosensing and in vitro diagnostics, and optoelectronic materials. A central theme of my work has always been the discovery and engineering of nanomaterials for application in functional devices.

My research focuses on ways to expedite the translation of nanomaterials from the fundamental study through to advanced applications. The work combines materials chemistry with microfluidic instrumentation development in the search for more efficient, economical and higher performance functional nanomaterials. A particular focus is on photoluminescent and plasmonic nanomaterials, which have great potential to help overcome the grand challenges facing human society, including in energy and healthcare. These nanomaterials harness or transform light energy in various ways, and possess unique attributes as high performance components in advanced applications. Areas of particular impact include their use in effective solar cells, energy-efficient lighting, advanced in vivo imaging and sensitive in vitro diagnostics. Although great progress has been made in these fields already, there is vast potential waiting to be unlocked, which is exactly the aim of my research activities.

Courses taught

Mechanical Engineering - BEng (Hons)

Mechanical Engineering - MEng (Hons)

Advanced Vehicle Engineering - BEng

Advanced Vehicle Engineering - MEng

Mechanical Engineering - MSc

Mechanical Engineering - PhD

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Mr Ngonidzashe Neal MunyebvuAccelerating nanomaterial development with flow chemistry, automation, and algorithmsPhD
Mr Sherif Abdel Ghaffar Mohamed ElsoudyPerformance assessment of nanoparticle-enriched lubricants for internal combustion enginesPhD
Miss Esme Willow LaneUsing high throughput experimentation and atomistic simulations to investigate colloidal quantum dotsPhD
Julia NettePhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Akkapol Suea-NgamPhD
Shangkun LiPhD
BSc Physics

King's College London

PhD Nanomaterials Chemistry

King's College London

FunderYear wonProjectRole
Royal Society2022Enhancing wind turbine performance with nanolubricantsPrincipal Investigator
Royal Society of Chemistry 2021Ligand Engineering of Heavy-Metal Free Quantum Dots for Solar CellsPrincipal Investigator
ProposalProjectRoleFunderStatusStatus last updated
A New Data-Driven Approach to Quantum Dot Development A new data-driven approach to quantum dot development Principal InvestigatorEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)OPEN In preparationApr 2021

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Noble Metal Nanoparticle Biosensors: From Fundamental Studies toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics
Geng, H., Vilms Pedersen, S., Ma, Y., Haghighi, T., Dai, H., Howes, P. and Stevens, M. (2022). Noble Metal Nanoparticle Biosensors: From Fundamental Studies toward Point-of-Care Diagnostics. Accounts of Chemical Research. 55 (5), pp. 593-604.

An amplification-free ultra-sensitive electrochemical CRISPR/Cas biosensor for drug-resistant bacteria detection.
Suea-Ngam, A., Howes, P. and deMello, A. (2021). An amplification-free ultra-sensitive electrochemical CRISPR/Cas biosensor for drug-resistant bacteria detection. Chemical science. 12 (38), pp. 12733-12743.