Chemical Engineering

Meet The Group

Meet the members of the Functional Nanoporous Materials Research Group, based in the Department of Chemical Engineering


Dr. Mi Tian

Mi received her Ph.D. from the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in 2014 and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the same research group to finish the project, which was a collaborative project with the industrial partner GasPlas ltd. funded by the Norwegian Research Council. With over 5 years material lab experience, she has equipped with a large range of experimental techniques including electron microscopy, thermogravimetric and spectroscopic analysis, Raman spectroscopy analysis, gas sorption testing, X-ray diffraction, and air sensitive materials synthesis and characterisation. She has also involved in the design and development of the plasma reactor for carbon production via methane cracking. She joined the Ting group at the University of Bath on a project funded by the EPSRC Hydrogen and Fuel Cells SUPERGEN in 2015.

PhD Students

Jon Wagner

Jon graduated from the University of Bath with a Masters in Chemical Engineering in 2008. After this he completed an engineering graduate scheme with BP, with placements on the onshore support team for a Northies oil platform in Aberdeen, and on a gas terminal in Teeside. Jon returned to Bath in 2012 to join the doctoral training programme in the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. Following MRes projects in the catalytic conversion of yeast oil and solar water splitting, he began his PhD on the hydrothermal liquefaction of microalgae and the development of porous catalysts for upgrading of the resulting bio-oils towards fuel range hydrocarbons. In his free time he plays clarinet in concert band, likes to travel and trying to get fit for the Bath Half Marathon.

Jemma Rowlandson

Jemma graduated with an MChem in Chemistry from the University of Southampton in 2013. Her final year included a placement with Merck Chemicals in Chilworth, where she undertook a research project involving liquid crystals. Jemma joined the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) in October 2013. In her first year she undertook research into characterisation techniques of nanoporous carbon materials, and new photovoltaic materials. Her PhD project with Valeska Ting and Karen Edler focuses on the development of sustainable activated carbons from renewable feedstocks, for water treatment applications. Jemma is also a science communicator and a big fan of communicating the group’s research through public engagement.

Huan Doan

Huan joined the integrated PhD program in Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath in 2014. In his MRes program, he did some works on flexible and small porous chabazite zeolites and on large porous metal-organic frameworks. He then chose the PhD project in synthesis, characterisation and applications of novel hierarchical porous materials. This project has the aim of designing new porous materials which have hierarchical MOF-based and zeolite-based structures for improved energy storage, drug delivery and catalysis performance. In this synthesis, he is exploring the use of supercritical CO2 with solvents to manipulate the porosity of materials. Besides research, Huan enjoys tennis, photography and travelling.

Past group members:

  • Dr Dom Wales
  • Mr Andrew Physick
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