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Research Group: Energy Technology

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The Energy Technology Research (ETR) Group is the focal point for energy research in Engineering and the Environment. We are engaged in cutting-edge fundamental and applied research underpinning sustainable energy technologies. Our activities are organised around eight research laboratories, covering a wide spectrum of mainstream and renewable energy technologies. Our mission is to address major scientific and technological challenges faced by the world in the 21st century and beyond in energy efficiency, emerging energy technologies and sustainability. We are also concerned with the social, economic and environmental impact of energy technologies.

Group Overview

We use multidisciplinary approaches and collaborate extensively with local, national and international research centres. Our activities are supported by world-class computing and experimental facilities, and are funded by research councils, TSB, industry and the EU. Excellent opportunities exist for postgraduate and postdoctoral research, as well as for visiting scholars, industrialists and policymakers.

Our eight research laboratories cover a wide spectrum of mainstream and renewable energy technologies:

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Engineering Sciences Unit

Engineering and the Environment
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ

Administrative Officer: Gwyneth Skiller
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 5568

Senior Administrative Officer: Sue Berger
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 2871



Electromechanical Energy

The ETR Group has a wide portfolio of state-of-the-art facilities which are available both for research and consultancy.

Electrochemical Engineering Lab (D. Bavykin, C.P.d Leon, R. Wills)

The research interests of the Electrochemical Engineering laboratory range from synthesis and characterisation of new electrode materials through to the design of industrial electrochemical reactors such as fuel cells and redox flow batteries.The Electrochemical lab is equipped with multiple flow cell test rigs for electrochemical processes and includes also:

  • UV-Vis spectrometer Neosys-2000
  • Hydrogen adsorption equipment PCTPro-2000
  • Flow cell rigs
  • Fuel cell rig

Combustion and Sequestration Modelling (R. Dinesh Kahanda Koralage)

Research facilities include multi-physics finite element analysis software and access to high performance computing such as the Iridis 4 supercomputer at the University of Southampton and National UK supercomputer ARCHER.

Electro-mechanical Lab (A. Cruden, Z. Jiang)

The Electro-mechanical Lab facilities include:

  • a Gas Chromatgraphy
  • a Sunlight simulator
  • aMagnetoFluidised bed reactor
  • an electrospinner
  • a Maccor battery test system
  • National Instruments Data Acquisition System
  • a Thermal Camera

Automotive Lab (A. Cruden)

The Automotive lab support research activities related to traditional, hybrid and electric vehicles and include:

  • a Cobra Electric Vehicle
  • Dynapro rolling road Dynamometer

Cryogenics and Superconductivity Lab (Y. Yang )

The Cryogenics and Superconductivity Lab is actively engaged in fundamental and applied research in cryogenic engineering and superconductivity. Lab equipment includes:

  • Several furnances for material processing up to 1000 °C with controlled atmosphere.
  • AC loss measurement system
  • Cryogen-free 10T superconducting magnet with 100mm warm bore.
  • Testbed for 100kW superconducting rotatig machines at 60K-77K.
  • Measurement System for thermal conductivity, resistivity, heat capacity, magnetic properties in the temperature range from 1.9K to 300K.
  • a Cable and a Dual Mode Cryostat
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Postgraduate opportunities

Research Staff

Staff MemberPrimary Position
Luis Arenas-MartinezPostgraduate research student
Lindsay-Marie ArmstrongLecturer
Wendell BaileyResearch Fellow; Senior Consulting Engineer
Dmitry BavykinAssociate Professor Energy Technology
Steve R BroderickEngineering Doctorate Research Engineer
Andrew J ChipperfieldSenior Lecturer
Andrew CrudenProfessor of Energy Technology
Liping FangPostgraduate research student
Scott GormanPostgraduate research students
Grant E HearnProfessor of Offshore Engineering Science
Zhiwei HuReginald Platt Lecturer in Civil Aviation
Dominic A HudsonShell Professor of Ship Safety and Efficiency
Zheng JiangLecturer in Energy, University of Southampton & Sir John Houghton Hugh Price Fellow, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Liudi JiangProfessor of Materials and Electromechanical Systems
Ranga Dinesh Kahanda KoralageNew Frontiers Fellow in Energy Technologies
Abdesselem KhenieneResearch student
Mahdi KiaeeResearch Fellow in Energy Technology
Maria KourasiResearch Fellow
Xiaohong LiSenior Research Fellow
Roberto LotProfessor of Automotive Engineering
Tom MarkvartProfessor of Energy Conversion
Paul C McDonaldPrincipal Research Fellow
Rachel McKerracherPostdoctoral Research Fellow
Jo-Han NgAssistant Professor
Konstantinos PapadikisPostDoctoral Research Associate
Stefan ParfittPostgraduate research student
Carlos Ponce de León AlbarránSenior Lecturer, Energy Technology Group
Ruben PorrasPostgraduate research student
Nakul PrasadResearch Associate
Philippa A.S ReedProfessor of Structural Materials
Edward S RichardsonAssociate Professor
Graham T RobertsSenior Lecturer
Hemdan ShalabyResearch Fellow
Suleiman M SharkhProfessor of Power Electronics Machines and Drives
John S ShrimptonProfessor
Ian SinclairProfessor of Materials Engineering
S Mark SpearingPro Vice Chancellor, International
Jessica Charlotte SpurrellPostgraduate Research Student
Marco J StarinkProfessor of Materials Engineering
Abhishek TiwaryLecturer in Bio-mediated Infrastructures
Stephen R TurnockProfessor of Maritime Fluid Dynamics
Anatoliy VorobevLecturer
John WalkerLecturer in Advanced Surface Engineering
Frank C WalshProfessor of Electrochemical Engineering, Research Institute for Industry
Richard G A WillsLecturer
Philip A WilsonProfessor of Ship Dynamics
Yifeng YangProfessor of Cryogenics and Applied Superconductivity
Edward A YoungAssociate Professor

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