The Royal Academy of Engineering has announced support for 13 engineering researchers, each receiving five years’ funding to advance their work in the academic sector.

Exploring issues including energy storage, electric aircraft propulsion and new approaches to biomedical imaging, the new Research Fellows have all demonstrated excellence in the early stages of their academic careers in a range of engineering fields. The Research Fellowships are designed to advance excellence in engineering by encouraging the best researchers to continue their work at the cutting edge of engineering developments and become future leaders of the discipline.

The funding provides the researchers with freedom to concentrate on engineering research, reducing their teaching and administrative duties and allowing them time to establish a track record in their discipline. In additional to financial support, the Research Fellowships offer early career researchers the mentorship of an Academy Fellow, to provide advice and facilitate links with industry.

In addition to support from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), funding is provided for Research Fellowships by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

The full list of Research Fellows and their projects is as follows:

Funded by BEIS

  • Dr Enrique Galindo-Nava, University of Cambridge
    Developing novel materials for gas turbine engines: an integrated computational and modelling approach
  • Dr Sabina Hatch, UCL
    High-efficiency, low-cost solar cells using III-V nanowires on flexible substrates
  • Dr Gregory Jasion, University of Southampton
    Hollow microstructured optical fibres for high power laser delivery
  • Dr Domaniç Lavery, UCL
    Simplified transceiver architectures for high capacity optical networks
  • Dr Ludovic Renson, University of Bristol
    Developing next generation testing methods for nonlinear mechanical structures
  • Dr Robert Richards, University of Sheffield
    Development of indium gallium arsenide bismide for mid-wavelength infrared applications
  • Dr Min Zhang, University of Bath
    Fully superconducting machines for next generation electric aircraft propulsion

Funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation

  • Dr Rebecca Boston, University of Sheffield
    Nanostructured oxides for sustainable energy storage and recovery

Funded by the GCRF

  • Dr Ralf Bauer, University of Strathclyde
    Miniaturised 3D-printed biomedical imaging system using optical MEMS
  • Dr Jan Andries Mol, University of Oxford
    Single-molecule electronics
  • Dr Samuel Powell, UCL
    Engineering a new approach to biomedical imaging using sound and light
  • Dr Ana Namburete, University of Oxford
    Ultrasound-based atlas for longitudinal analysis of fetal brain maturation
  • Dr Thomas Vetter, University of Manchester
    Understanding impurity incorporation into organic crystals from measurements and simulations

Awards for Research Fellowships are made every year by the Academy. Applications are encouraged from outstanding early career researchers who are about to finish their PhD or have been awarded their PhD in the last four years.

Notes for editors

  1. The next round of Research Fellowships will open for applications in early summer 2017. For more information visit the Research Fellowships web pages.
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

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Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
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