Welcome! The purpose of this site is to act as a platform to let you all know what I’m doing both within my research and in my day-to-day life as a researcher. My hope is that this site will serve as a place for some reflection about my own research, and a place to document my own journey through the landscape of academia with the hope that others might find this interesting, helpful or even inspiring.
Watch this space for regular updates and please feel free to take a look around the site to get a bit more of an idea about my background, my research interests and my research publications to date. Also take a look at the ORC-101 section, which is focussed on covering some of the key scientific principles behind by research in an approachable way.
Latest news and updates
In my last post I introduced the topic of supercritical carbon power dioxide power cycles. Taking that a step further, this month, as part of the European research project SCARABEUS, our team at City have published a new paper that explores the consequences of CO2-blends on cycle and turbine design. So, what are CO2-blends? And why are they interesting?
The end of 2020 brought with it a new publication - a review paper discussing the current state-of-the-art in supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) technologies for power generation. But to the uninitiated, what is a supercritical CO2 power system? Let’s see if we can cover some basics.
This October I was very pleased to welcome my first PhD student who will be working with me on a topic closely related to my Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship. To mark this occasion, here is a guest entry from Mr Pawel Ogrodniczak reflecting on his journey so far and giving an insight into what his research will seek to investigate!
It is a little over a year ago that I presented at ORC2019 and the Compressor Conference, and subsequently introduced you to the topic of a cascaded ORC system on this blog. Fast forward a year, and my latest paper published in the Energy journal has further confirmed that cascaded ORC systems can outperform single-stage ORC systems.
As part of an exciting new EPSRC-funded research project, we are currently recruiting two postdocs for a fixed term of 36 months focussing on supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles. The project is focussed on investigating supercritical carbon dioxide power cycles for waste-heat recovery applications. Details of the roles and how to apply below!
A couple of weeks ago I led the charge in organising an online poster competition and a social event for the Thermo-Fluids Research Centre of which I’m a part of.
In the middle of a heat wave it’s too hot to be writing too much. So, just a short one to advertise the latest paper that I have been involved in which was recently published in Applied Sciences as part of the Special Issue on Recent Advancement of Thermal Fluid Engineering in the Supercritical CO2 Power Cycle.
The last time I posted something it was mid-March and my wife had triumphantly returned from STEM for Britain. Fast forward a week or two, and well, we all know what happened. Evidently a few months have passed and the lack of a train ride on which to write has taken its toll on my blog activity. So, as we now settle into the so-called ‘new normal’, I thought it was about time I got back to it.
This week was a big one - but not in terms of my career. My wife clinched the silver medal within the chemistry track at the STEM for Britain poster competition! One extremely proud husband!
This month I wanted to take another opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of my latest research – this time about thermal-energy storage and waste-heat recovery. So, what’s it all about? What does waste-heat recovery mean, what is thermal-energy storage, and why are these topics important?
As we begin the new year (and decade), it is always good to reflect a little on the events of the year that has just passed. For me, 2019 has been a good one and there is a lot to be pleased about. But what have I learnt?
So, you’re an engineer, right? Can you fix this? If you are an engineer, engineering student, or just somebody with an interest in engineering, I would hazard a guess that someone has asked you this at some point in the not so distant past.
September marked the first month of my Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship and boy has it flown by! Interspersed with two conferences, meeting with my mentor for the first time and attending the Welcome Induction event at the Academy, I have moved into my new office, started to settle into the routine of life that comes with the start of the new academic year – and, somehow, found some time to start my fellowship research.
So the beginning of September brought the start of my RAEng Research Fellowship, and also my appointment as a Lecturer at City. It has also been a busy few weeks for conferences with papers being presented at both the 11th International Conference on Compressors and their Systems held in London, and the 5th International Seminar on ORC Power Systems held in Athens.
This month I have been extremely pleased to be able to officially announce that I have been awarded one of this year’s round of Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships.
For those in academia the summer months generally provides the opportunity to focus on getting some research done, alongside maybe a holiday. Anyway, with this in mind I thought this month it would be great to shine a spotlight on some my recently published research looking at a new method to identify optimal ORC systems.
Well this is exciting - my personal research website is now live.