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Dr Agnieszka S. Dzielendziak is a Visiting Researcher within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Career history

Agnieszka was a Research Fellow within the Energy Technology Group working on Multiscale Modelling of Carbon Capture and Utilisation processes in EPSRC grant number: EP/N013883/1

Agnieszka is a member of Clean Carbon University Strategic Research Group (USRG).

Agnieszka obtained her first-class Master of Science degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Wroclaw University of Technology, Poland, in 2008. She embarked on a career in academia and continued her research as part of the Molecular Modelling and Quantum Chemistry Group at the Wroclaw University of Technology.

In 2012 she decided to combine her passion for sailing, derived i.e. from being a sailing instructor aboard STS Fryderyk Chopin, with her research interests and became a postgraduate research student in the Fluid Structure Interactions research group at the University of Southampton

Her multidisciplinary PhD project joint between Fluid Structure Interactions group (Faculty of Engineering and the Environment) and Molecular assembly Functions and structure (Faculty of Natural Sciences) focused on durability of sustainable polymeric composites in harsh marine environment.

Agnieszka worked on composite materials operating in a harsh marine environment that are exposed to a range of detrimental factors, namely water diffusion, sunlight, photo-oxidative degradation, chemicals, temperature and impact energy of waves. It was therefore vital that the physical and chemical properties of these sustainable composite materials to be well understood from a molecular level to large structural components level in order to meet the stringent requirement of operation in this environment.

In her work Agnieszka presented a multiscale approach bringing together chemical and physical analytical methods, quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics simulations, supported by range of mechanical testing. Her work gave a valuable insights into the mechanism behind marine ageing and degradation processes that sustainable epoxy based composites are subject to, and how it affects their chemical and structural properties and consequently allowing the development of methods to tackle those degradation process.

During her PhD Agnieszka was awarded bronze in Engineering at the SET for Britain 2015 in the House of Common, a major scientific competition and exhibition in Parliament for the early career stage researchers. Organised by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee and supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Society of Biology, The Physiological Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Council for the Mathematical Sciences, the Clay Mathematics Institute, and the Institute of Physics.

In 2013 Agnieszka was among 25 successful candidates from around the world selected by The Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) to attend the annual Collegium on “Coastal Eco-cities”. This resulted in an authored book

In 2014-2015 Agnieszka was a part of the team working on Global Marine Technology Trends 2030, a collaborative project between Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and the University of Southampton examining the transformative impact of 18 technologies on ship design, on naval power and on the use of ocean space in 2030.

Currently Agnieszka is a Research Fellow at the Energy Technology Research Group working on multi-scale modelling of carbon capture and utilisation processes. Agnieszka uses computational fluid dynamics (OpenFoam) to model reactive flows.

Awards

2015 Bronze in Engineering at SET for BRITAIN 2015, the House of Common  (http://www.setforbritain.org.uk/2015winners.asp, http://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2015/march/materials-engineer-wins-gold-at-set-for-britain)

Research interests

  • Shipbuilding
  • Marine environmental ageing of composite materials
  • Marine application of (bio)composites
  • Polymeric materials for shipbuilding applications
  • Lightweight Structures
  • Physical chemistry
  • Multiscale modelling including Molecular Modelling
  • Spectroscopy
  • Sustainability

Past projects:

  • PhD project

Title: Durability of sustainable composites in ship design for enhanced environmental performance: a multiscale approach.
Supervisors: Dr James I. R. Blake (FEE), Dr Alan R. Chambers (FEE), Dr Robert Raja (FNES).
Funding agencies: Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (LRET), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) via University of Southampton Faculty of Engineering and the Environment.

Cross-disciplinary project focusing on environmental impact on sustainable polymeric composites for maritime applications, aiming at developing structure-property correlation and enabling development of novel chemical methods to tackle those degradation process.

Fig.1 Greenboat – from the boat to atoms and back
Fig.1 Greenboat – from the boat to atoms and back
  • Additional projects
     

Title: Lloyd’s Register Collegium on Coastal Eco Cities

Funding agencies: Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (LRET), University of Southampton

In this project effort was aimed at developing the concept of hydrogen fuel cell-powered river buses and taxis to reduce carbon footprint from public city transport and enable the use of underutilised land and resources. Project also involved engagement with Southampton City Council and potential key stakeholders.

The LR Foundation and University of Southampton Research Collegium 2013

Title: Global Marine Technology Trends 2030

Collaborative project between Lloyd’s Register, QinetiQ and the University of Southampton.  The project examined the transformative impact of 18 technologies on ship design, on naval power and on the use of ocean space in 2030.

Global Marine Technology Trends 2030

Global Marine Technology Trends 2030
Global Marine Technology Trends 2030

Current Project

Title: Multiscale Modelling of Carbon Capture and Utilisation processes

Funding agencies: EPSRC

Utilising computational fluid dynamics (OpenFoam) to model reactive catalytic flows for conversion of various alcohols into useful products, such as ethylene.

Fig.2 Species fractions distribution in ethanol dehydration.
Fig.2 Species fractions distribution in ethanol dehydration.

Research group

Energy Technology

Affiliate research group

Maritime Engineering

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Report

  • Shenoi, R. A., Bowker, J. A., Dzielendziak, A. S., Lidtke, A. K., Zhu, G., Cheng, F., Argyos, D., Fang, I., Gonzalez, J., Johnson, S., Ross, K., Kennedy, I., O'Dell, M., & Westgarth, R. (2015). Global Marine Technology Trends 2030. University of Southampton.

2012-2016

Demonstrator at undergraduate modules:

  • Materials and Structures,
  • Mechanics, Structures and Materials
  • Computer Design

Demonstrator at postgraduate module:

  • Presenting your research skills

Demonstrator at Summer Schools for future maritime engineers

  • Smallpeice
  • Marine Headstart
Dr Agnieszka S Dzielendziak
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Building 25/ Room 2033

Email: a.s.dzielendziak@soton.ac.uk

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