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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.
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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.
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 Munyebvu||Accelerating nanomaterial development with flow chemistry, automation, and algorithms||PhD|
|Mr Sherif Abdel Ghaffar Mohamed Elsoudy||Performance assessment of nanoparticle-enriched lubricants for internal combustion engines||PhD|
|Miss Esme Willow Lane||Using high throughput experimentation and atomistic simulations to investigate colloidal quantum dots||PhD|
Awarded in the last 5 years
King's College London
King's College London
|Royal Society||2022||Enhancing wind turbine performance with nanolubricants||Principal Investigator|
|Royal Society of Chemistry||2021||Ligand Engineering of Heavy-Metal Free Quantum Dots for Solar Cells||Principal Investigator|
|Proposal||Project||Role||Funder||Status||Status last updated|
|A new data-driven high-throughput approach for precision quantum dot manufacture||A new data-driven approach to quantum dot development||Principal Investigator||Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)||OPEN In preparation||Apr 2021|
Accelerating colloidal quantum dot innovation with algorithms and automation
Howes, P., Munyebvu, N., Lane, E. and Grisan, E. (2022). Accelerating colloidal quantum dot innovation with algorithms and automation. Materials Advances. https://doi.org/10.1039/d2ma00468b
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. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.accounts.1c00598
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. https://doi.org/10.1039/d1sc02197d
A review of Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing of aluminium alloys: Microstructure and properties
H.R.Kotadia, G.Gibbons, A.Das and Howes, P. (2021). A review of Laser Powder Bed Fusion Additive Manufacturing of aluminium alloys: Microstructure and properties. Additive Manufacturing. 46, p. 102155. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addma.2021.102155