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Experimental Investigation of Combustion and Emission Performance of Advanced Synthetics Biofuels in Diesel Engines

The blending of synthetic, fossil, aromatics, and oxygenates leads to different H/C/O ratio leading to different thermo-physical-chemical properties. The impact of thermos-physical-chemical property variations on the in-cylinder combustion and emission performance for various synthetic fuels will be investigated in a diesel engine. Candidates who are interested in this research must be highly motivated, organised, ambitious with good communication skills and having a First or Upper-second class honours degree in Chemistry or any relevant engineering field. The ability to work independently with experiments is desirable.

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Meet the Supervisor(s)


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

Thanos Megaritis -

Academic Career

  • 2011 to date. Professor in Internal Combustion Engines, Brunel University London
  • 2005-2011. Senior Lecturer/Reader in Internal Combustion Engines, 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