Our group is always interested in new members to join our team of high-quality researchers and students. A number of opportunities exist for undergraduate, masters, PhD and post doctoral research positions.

Available positions:

Research Assistant/Associate in Li-Ion Battery Development

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) in the Department of Engineering, to work in the field of scalable nanomaterials for energy storage. The post holder will be located in Cambridge and work with both the groups of Michael de Volder ( and Adam Boies ( at the Department of Engineering, and Echion Technologies Ltd (

The researcher will develop and optimise scalable processes to synthesise advanced nanomaterials for commercial Li-ion battery electrodes. This research builds on continuous manufacturing processes that were developed at the University of Cambridge, and are now being commercialised by the spin-out company, Echion Technologies Ltd.

The candidate needs to be experienced in coin and pouch cell fabrication as well as the analysis of electrochemical battery performance. Experience in nanomaterials synthesis, BatPac modelling, and scale-up of processes is an advantage. The researcher will take a prominent role in planning experiments and leading research activities, as well as collaborate with industrial project partners. The candidate should be a team player, entrepreneurial and self-motivated.

We will consider candidates with various research backgrounds, including chemical engineering, battery engineering, chemistry, physics and material science. Applicants are required to have a PhD or being close to obtaining a PhD and have relevant experience in electrochemistry, battery fabrication and testing.

Further information can be found here:

Post Doctoral Position – Managing Air for Green Inner Cities

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate position in the Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED) within the Managing Air for Green Inner Cities project ( . The researcher will work with the group of Adam Boies ( and in close collaboration with colleagues at DAMTP Cambridge and Imperial College.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Real-world vehicle emissions have garnered interest recently, owing to the difference between laboratory tests and on-road measurements. Detailed vehicle models are possible, so emissions are known for various engine speeds and load maps. Maps are now obtainable for each vehicle using portable emission measurement systems (PEMS). The high time resolution data allows for emissions to be modelled by means of synthesizing emissions maps from the second-by-second PEMS data. The post-holder will collaborate to calculate pollutant concentrations resulting from the modelled emissions, as well as resulting air pollution ingress into buildings and the exposure of active travellers (pedestrians and cyclists) to air pollution.

Further information can be found here:

University of Minnesota
Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2010
University of Missouri Science and Technology
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2004
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2003



Fiona_SmailFiona Smail

Our research is aimed at scale-up production of carbon nanotube (CNT) materials from a floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (FCCVD) process. Industrial production of CNTs from a gas-phase aerosol process, requires reactor scale-up and process densification. My work seeks to scale-up CNT production while controlling material chemistry. This work is a part of a larger Advanced Nanotube Application and Material initiative,



Xiao Zhang

Xiao Zhang received his PhD degree on Condensed Matter Physics from Prof. Sishen Xie’s group, in the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, investigating the preparation of some novel carbon nanomaterials (especially ultralong suspended CNTs). He developed a novel optical visualization method for single tubes, with which intrinsic optical and thermal properties could be characterized. In University of Cambridge, during his research associate period at Department of Engineering, he will focus on the subject of CNT Synthesis and Characterization (especially on the thermal conductivity enhancement) by working together in the group of Dr. Adam Boies in Division of Energy, and the Nanomanufacturing group of Dr. Michael De Volder in Institute for Manufacturing.

Mustafizur Rahman

My research is within the PEMS4Nano group as they work to develop mobile measurement procedures for particles with mobility diameters down to 10 nm. My main role will be to create a new catalytic stripper which will be able to be used in real world tests of vehicle emissions while also meeting the new particle penetration and semi volatile removal targets of the group.

PhD Students

K HuKaiqi Hu

My research seeks to produce catalyst particles from a spark discharge generator. I have constructed a spark generator to produce small (<10 nm) particles of precious metals (Pd, Pt and Au). Deposition of these materials onto ceramic monoliths allows for applications in automotive exhaust.

JeanJean de La Verpilliere

I am synthesizing hierarchical carbon nanomaterials (CNT) for energy applications. My research focuses on detailed study of aerosol synthesis of CNT sea urchins, consisting of a metal oxide core with carbon nanotubes grown radially from the core. Applications of the materials extend to thermal, electrical and energy applications.


Robert Nishida

I am developing a low-cost sensor for airborne nanoparticles suitable for environmental air quality monitoring. My research involves the study of aerosol nanoparticle behaviour including transport, electric charging and particle/ion recombination mechanisms using a combination of experimental and modelling techniques.

Brian Graves2Brian Graves

I am developing a system to synthesize carbon nanotube fibres and mats directly from the reactor, using microwave plasma in place of a tube furnace. The plasma system has several key advantages which include direct heat input to the carrier gas and reactants, high mass throughput, large temperature gradients which allow for precise control over reaction stages, and the ability to decouple reaction stages such as catalyst particle formation and nanotube growth. The ability to decouple reaction stages may help prevent thermal breakdown of methane and the subsequent formation of amorphous carbon, ultimately improving the quality and purity of the nanotube material.


Andres Gonzalez

I am developing a low-cost mobile sensor system for detection of airborn pollutants, including PM, NO, NO2, CO, CO2, O3, UHCs and SOx. The system will be mounted on Minneapolis buses for high spatial coverage of pollutant concentrations throughout the Twin Cities. This work will provide insights into pollutant “hot spots”, as well as develop methods for wide-scale deployment of wireless sensor systems.


Thomas Whitney

My current research takes place in the Center for Sustainable Road Freight at the University of Cambridge.  The project focuses on the development of a low-cost method of measuring greenhouse and noxious gas emissions from on-road vehicles, utilizing existing low-cost electrochemical sensors.  The research seeks to measure this data in real-time through an existing Android app and accompanying software. The system will measure the emissions produced and the data will be used to help generate engine emissions maps for in-use vehicles.

TJJ Photo.jpgTyler Johnson

My research focuses on aerosol instrumentation development, predominantly classifiers, and their novel applications.   I am currently working on developing the theory and experimentally validating new applications of the Aerodynamic Aerosol Classifier (AAC).   The AAC classifies nanoparticles based on their aerodynamic diameter, by inducing known drag and centrifugal forces on each particle, and thus avoids multiply-charging effects produced in electrostatic instruments. This work will allow the AAC to investigate current areas of interest to researchers and regulatory bodies, including aerosol characterization, charging and source generation (i.e. monodispersed calibration sources).

Master’s Students

Nick Kateris, 2017-Present

Tom Stakes, 2017-Present


Khuzaimah Saeed, 2017-Present

My project involves investigating the manufacture of Carbon Nanotube Sea Urchins (CNTSUs) by continuous vapour deposition (CVD) for use in Lithium Ion Batteries. The aim is to ascertain the relationship between various parameters in the manufacturing process and the final battery performance.

Dharma KrisnaKrisna Dharma, 2017-Present

My project is to enhance the thermal and electrical conductivity of carbon nanotube (CNT) mats using microwave radiation. While the properties of individual CNTs are impressive, the bulk properties of macroscopic CNT mats can still be improved. Using microwave radiation, I am hoping to increase the connectivity between individual CNTs to improve its properties.

LarkinSayre.jpgLarkin Sayre, 2017-Present

I am working on my dissertation project for the MPhil in Energy Technologies. I am exploring the use of magnetic fields to control carbon nanotubes as they are produced via the floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition process.

Naomi Mowat-Amiet, 2017-Present

Previous Group Members

Justin Bishop, Post Doctoral Researcher 2012-2017

Christian Hoecker, PhD 2013-2017

Maxime Duvieusart, MPhil 2016-2017

Nihal El-Fahim, MPhil 2016-2017

Mariam Ibrahim, MPhil 2016-2017

Wesley Blank, Undergrad Researcher Summer 2016

Nicholas Kateris, Undergrad Researcher Summer 2016

Richard Findley, MPhil 201 5-2016

Marc Stetter, PhD and Researcher 2010-2015

Uven Chong, PhD 2010-2014

Niall Martin, PhD 2012-2015

Howard Saffey, MPhil 2013-2014

Mark Bajada, MPhil 2013-2014

Jacob Swanson, Researcher 2012-2013

Xiou Yan, Researcher 2011-2013

Nurul Alam, Researcher 2012-2013

George Harris, MPhil 2012-2013

Laura Pillari, MPhil 2012-2013

Nathan Brakely, MPhil 2012-2013

Joseph Ritchie, 2011-2012