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Centre Members


Professor Hua Zhao Professor Hua Zhao
Pro Vice Chancellor - Research
Academic Responsibilities Vice-Provost and Dean, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Former Vice Dean Research, College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences Director, Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels (CAPF) Former Head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Former Course directors for BEng/MEng Degrees in Motorsport Engineering, MSc in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering Former faculty advisor for Brunel Formula Student and Brunel Master Racing teams Academic Qualification and Honours BEng, Tianjin University, China. PhD, Leeds University, UK. FIMechE, Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK). DSc, Brunel University London. FSAE, Fellow of Society of Automotive Engineers (US) FREng, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering Foreign Member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering Academic Career College Research Fellow, Cambridge University, 1989-1992. Research Fellow, Imperial College of London, 1992-1994. Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Brunel University London, 1994-2001. Professor, Brunel University London, 2002-now. Research Leadership Professor Zhao has published over 400 papers and 6 books on IC engines and laser diagnostics in combustion engines. He has successfully supervised over 40 PhD and postdoctoral researchers. His research covers both spark ignition and compression ignition engines and their fuels. Over the last two decades, he has carried out collaborative research and development projects with a number of international companies in Europe and China and chaired many international conferences.

Full members

Professor Thanos Megaritis Professor Thanos Megaritis
Professor/Interim Head of Department-MAE
Academic Career 2011 to date. Professor in Thermofluids, Brunel University London 2005-2011. Senior Lecturer/Reader in Thermofluids, Brunel University London 1999-2005. Lecturer in Thermofluids, Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham 1994-1998. Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, Imperial College London Academic and Professional Qualifications PhD, DIC, Internal Combustion Engines, Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London Dipl Ing Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece EurIng(FEANI) Chartered Engineer, CEng Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Internal Combustion Engines
Professor Lionel Ganippa Professor Lionel Ganippa
Academic and Professional Qualifications PhD - Internal Combustion Engines – Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden Licentiate in Engineering Chartered Engineer (CEng) Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE) Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) Member of the Combustion Institute Academic and Research Career 2014 – Reader in Internal Combustion Engines, Brunel University 2009 – 2014 Senior Lecturer in Internal Combustion Engines, Brunel University London 2005 – 2009 Lecturer in Internal Combustion Engines, Brunel University London 2003 – 2005 Post Doc, Division of Laser Physics, Radboud University, The Netherlands Administrative Responsibilities Course Director for Engineering with an Integrated Foundations Year (EIFY) Chair Board of Studies for Foundations of Engineering Thermodynamics, Internal Combustion Engines, Aircraft Propulsion
Dr Jun Xia Dr Jun Xia
Senior Lecturer in Advanced Mechanical Engineering
Mr Xinyan Wang Mr Xinyan Wang
Research Fellow - Fellowship Programme
Dr Xinyan Wang is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow on advanced fuel and propulsion technologies for future low carbon and zero carbon transport. He graduated with a Master and a PhD degree in State Key Laboratory of Engines (SKLE), Tianjin University, China. Then he moved to Brunel University London as a Research Assistant at Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels in 2015. His research interests include the modelling and experimental studies of renewable and bio fuels, advanced combustion processes, and novel hybrid powertrains for high-efficiency and low/zero emission transport. He has been involved in a number of projects supported by UKRI, EPSRC, Innovate UK and EU, as well as industry, to develop next generation fuels, high efficiency engines and hybrid powertrain systems to significantly reduce CO2 and pollutant emissions from transport sector. He was recently awarded the prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship to work on advanced renewable fuels, multi-fuel combustion engines and integrated engine generators for future low carbon transport. He works closely with research partners from both academia (UCL, Imperial College and University of Oxford, Brighton University, University of Nottingham, Tianjin University) and industry (BP, Shell, MAHLE Powertrain, Ferrari S.p.A. and Yuchai Machinery Co.,Ltd). He has authored over 40 refereed papers and given over 10 presentations at several national and international conferences/workshops. He is the member of the Combustion Institute and Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International and a reviewer for a number of high-impact journals and conference proceedings. ME3627 - Vehicle Propulsion ME5538 - MSc Automotive & Motorsport Engineering Group Project ME3620 - Major Individual Project ME5500 - Dissertation
Dr Changzhao Jiang Dr Changzhao Jiang
Lecturer in Engines and Fuels
Dr Changzhao Jiang is a Lecturer in Engines and Fuels in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. He obtained his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering department at University of Birmingham. After completion of his PhD degree, he became a research associate at Loughborough University. He joined Brunel University London since March 2021. His main research interest is in hybrid vehicle powertrain system, renewable and low CO2 emissions alternative fuels (such as Hydrogen), and advanced laser diagnostic applications in fluid. Currently my main research interests are in: Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engines Alternative fuels research for vehicle propulsion and power generation Advanced laser diagnostic technologies used in fluid dynamics Electrification of vehicle If you are interested in any of these topics (want to cooperate or to do a PhD), please contact me.

Research fellows

Doctoral researchers

Mr Antonio Esposito Mr Antonio Esposito
PhD Student
PhD Title: Development of new Ignition and Combustion Technologies for Internal Combustion (IC) Engines Principal Supervisor: Professor Hua Zhao Industrial project: Brunel-Yuchai, CNG converted heavy duty engine with pre-chamber technology. Funding: EPSRC DTP PhD Studentship. IMechE, Whitworth Senior Scholarship Award. Doctoral Researcher, Advanced Powertrain and Fuels, Brunel University London. 2019 Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Whitworth Scholar. 2018 MSc, Advanced Nuclear Engineering, Imperial College London. 2016 BEng, Mechanical Engineering, Brunel University London. 2013 NVQ Level 3, Advanced Level Apprenticeship, Engineering Maintenance (Mechanical). 2009
Mr Alexander Michael Lauterkorn Mr Alexander Michael Lauterkorn
PhD Student
Alexander Lauterkorn was born 1994 in Regensburg, Germany. He graduated as a Bachelor of Engineering in 2017 in Nürnberg, where he wrote his Bachelor Thesis „Thermal calculation of a radiator battery" within the Siemens AG. Afterwards he started his Master studies, which he completed in 2019. The title of his Master thesis was „Machine learning for an R744 circulatory system” which he wrote within the Continental AG. He started working as an Early Stage Researcher for the EDEM project and the Brunel University in March 2020. Development and study of more efficient ways to produce and operate Internal Combustion Engines
Mr Raghul Nagarajan Mr Raghul Nagarajan
PhD Student
Low Temperature Combustion, Plasma Ignition Systems
Mr Kevin Pinto Da Mota Longo Mr Kevin Pinto Da Mota Longo
PhD Student
Mr Kevin Longo is a Doctoral Researcher at Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels in the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. The main focus of his research is the study of high-efficiency Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engines. This includes single- and dual-fuel combustion solutions using hydrogen. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal, before moving to Brunel Unversity London to complete a Master of Science in Automotive and Motorsport Engineering. Mr Kevin developed a Dynamic Simulation Model for a Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) car during his MSc Dissertation in collaboration with a Motorsport team from the World Endurance Championship (WEC). Recently, he has also worked as a Data and Performance Engineer in several motorsport championships, including FIA British F4 and British GT. Qualifications 07/2019 - BSc. Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal 09/2020 - MSc. Automotive and Motorsport Engineering, Brunel University, United Kingdom Honors and Awards BSc: Degree obtained with Honours Award MSc: Degree obtained with Distinction Award PhD: Fully-funded scholarship by Brunel University London and Yuchai Machinery Co. Ltd Dual-fuel Combustion RCCI combustion H2ICE Hydrogen combustion Low- and zero-carbon emissions ME5541 - Racing Vehicle Design and Performance 2021/22 and 2022/23
Mr Abin Mathew Mr Abin Mathew
PhD Student
I am a doctoral research in the center for advanced powertrains and fuels of the Department of Mehcnaical and Aersospace Engineering. My research is on the topic: Research and Development of the Low and Zero Carbon Fuel Engine and Aftertreatment Technologies. I will be investigating the fessibility of ammonia combustion engines and associated aftertreatment methods. Internal combustion engines, Alternate fuels, Engine aftertreatment


Mr Andrew Selway Mr Andrew Selway
Senior Technician - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mr Eamon Wyse Mr Eamon Wyse
Senior Technician - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering