Professor Christopher R. Bowen

ERC Advanced Investigator
Chris Bowen is a Professor in Materials Science and Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath.
Professor Bowen's research areas include functional materials such as ferroelectrics and piezoelectric composites. This research is aimed at development of:
  • Sensor and actuator materials
  • Multifunctional ceramics and composites
  • Structural and functional ceramics
  • Nanoporous and nanostructured materials
  • Dielectric properties of materials
  • Embedded actuators and sensors.

Email address: C.R.Bowen(at)
Twitter: @BowenNEMESIS


Dr Mengying Xie

Pyroelectric water splitting and metamaterials for energy harvesting
Mengying received the B.S. degree in Applied Physics from Tianjin University, China, in 2010 and her PhD degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2015. In Jan 2016 she joined NEMESIS project. Her PhD work exploited the unique properties of PDMS into various wearable applications such as flexible electronic memory device, energy harvester from human motion and flexible force sensors.

Email address: M.Xie(at)


Dr Vaia Adamaki

Developing ceramic electrodes for water splitting
Vaia holds a diploma in Applied Physics and a MSc in Material Science and Technology. Having completed her PhD in 2014 in University of Bath, she started working for the NEMESIS project since the beginning of 2015. Her PhD work was on Ti-suboxides for sensing and energy applications and now she focuses on finding efficient electrodes for water splitting.

Email address: V.Adamaki(at)


Mr Andrew Avent

Thermoacoustic devices
Andrew came to academia following a successful career as a pattern-maker, boat-builder and marine engineer. Having attained his masters in mechanical engineering at the University of Plymouth he joined Prof. Chris' Bowen NEMESIS project in October 2014. Passionate about thermoacoustics and its potential across arrange of fields, he is currently building a test rig to characterize the behavior of the principle components in a range of operating conditions and is looking to pin down principle performance parameters; validating his numerical models.

Email address: A.Avent(at)


Mr James I. Roscow

Porous ferroelectric materials for energy harvesting
James Roscow is a postgraduate research student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, working within the Novel Energy Materials: Engineering Science and Integrated Systems (NEMESIS) group, led by Professor Chris Bowen. James grew up a few miles from Bristol before undertaking a B.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Manchester, graduating in 2013. After finishing in Manchester, James moved back to Bristol and worked as a technician in a mechanical testing lab for a year before beginning his Ph.D. in September 2014.

Email address: J.I.Roscow(at)


Mr Marcin Krasny

Thick film technologies for energy harvesting
Marcin Krasny has received the M.Sc.Eng. degree in Electronics and Communication with specialisation in Microsystems from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, in 2012. His interest and experience include the topic of electronics for various applications, like sensor's signal gathering, conditioning and RF data transmitting especially for sensitive bio-signals. Project being realised within his master thesis concerned development of a system for wireless electroencephalography (EEG) signal acquisition with a possibility of gathering signals from up to 20 EEG sets simultaneously. Such a system can be very beneficial for large groups brain response to external stimuli analysis for psychology or marketing purposes. After graduation he has worked for electronic company in Berlin, main focus of which was design and development of electric motors' drivers being used in industry. Marcin joined NEMESIS in August 2015 and currently is a doctoral candidate in the field of piezoelectric energy harvesting. The main focus of his research is on the Thick Film Technology which allows for producing integrated electronic systems with elements readily printed on them and their employment for gathering the power from environmental vibration sources.

Email address: M.J.Krasny(at)

Photos by George Margelis Photography