Cognate Area Leader Engineering and Technology
I worked for 13 years in the fields of production engineering and building renovation following completion of my undergraduate degree before returning to academia to complete an MSc in Energy Conversion and Management in 2009. Following this, I completed my PhD in Engineering in 2012.
My PhD research was focused on Building Physics, specifically the use of nano-engineered desiccant coatings to provide humidity buffering in enclosed airtight domestic environments that have been retrofitted with solid wall insulation to improve indoor air quality and occupant comfort.
In 2013 I was appointed as a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham to manage a research project focused on thermochemical energy storage. The project involved the development and up scaling of nano-composite absorbent systems for the capture of solar and/or waste energy during the summer period, storage of that heat through dehydration of the composite materials and release of the heat during the winter period.
I have continued my research during my lecturing post, with the assistance of two research interns. We studied the feasibility of producing fresh water and heat from humid air in natural disaster zones. The project designed and constructed a working prototype that produced fresh water, suitable for human consumption, and a small amount of night time heating where there is limited access to either clean ground water or electrical supplies.
I am currently employed as the Area Leader for HE Engineering, Science and Technology within the University Centre. I lead a team of staff across a number of programmes including Materials, Mechanical, Electrical and Operations engineering; Computer Science, Animal Management and Bioscience. I am also involved in a number of exciting initiatives that aim to further grow these areas across DN Colleges Group in the coming years.