I graduated in 2018 with MNatSc Natural Sciences with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Maths from the University of Leeds. For my master’s project I investigated the combustion kinetics of potential ether biofuels at temperatures relevant to HCCI conditions. I also undertook an industrial placement sandwich year at Lubrizol, in their additives sector, in Hazelwood, Derby in their testing laboratories conducting mainly oxidation and corrosion tests for fuels and lubricants.
Having been exposed to the transport sector through my previous research and through my placement I am particularly interested into the decarbonisation of transport sector, both personal transportation and good transportation, through the utilisation of biofuels, as although electrification is coming it will still not be applicable for some of the heavy goods transportation just yet. I am also interested in the chemistry of the potential fuel and how this can impact the combustion and the performance of an engine.
Why I chose the CDT in Bioenergy:
Having an interdisciplinary background the CDT enables me to continue with this approach and apply it to tackling the issues that arise from bioenergy and trying to combat climate change. I have always had an interest in energy generation and the associated chemistry and bioenergy is one of the key energy sources of the future. The CDT will enable me to apply this interest and develop through the associated training, as well as provide links to industry and since I have had the taste for industry the possibility to collaborate with industry is a huge benefit of the CDT.