Management Team

We are core staff who manage the Centre on a daily basis.

Our duties include:

  • supervision of postgraduate students
  • working with potential supervisors from across the University
  • building collaborative networks across educational and industrial sectors
  • developing and delivering research expertise across our portfolio

Chris Brace

Co Director of AAPS

Chris is co-director for the AAPS CDT and is responsible for teaching and research around automotive propulsion systems and helping to drive collaboration between AAPS and industry. He leads a wide portfolio of propulsion systems research, with a focus on new technologies that deliver more sustainable propulsion systems and the design of new techniques to support the transition towards a more virtual product development process

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Richard Burke

Co-Director, Director of Studies for MRes Year

Richard is Professor of Sustainable Automotive Propulsion leading cutting edge research into new vehicle technologies from engines and motors to fuel cells. Richard also has a passion for teaching and learning, taking on teaching leadership roles at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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Yvonne Ascott

AAPS CDT Centre Manager

After a number of years working in sales and marketing, Yvonne joined the University of Bath in 2012 working across a variety of functions before arriving in the role of Centre Manager at the AAPS CDT at its’ launch in 2019.

Yvonne is responsible for the Leadership and Management of the Centre and delivering on the strategic vision. She oversees the Centre’s resources and administrative team with overall responsibility for strategic planning, marketing and communications, industry engagement, financial management and governance.

In her spare time, Yvonne enjoys running, reading, annoying her teenage daughter and kitten wrangling.

Jessica Ohren

Student Experience and Programme Office

After graduating from the University of Winchester, Jess worked in a number of Financial and Administrative roles at the Isle of Wight Council and at the University of Bath.

In 2016 Jessica joined the SAMBa CDT as Centre Co-Ordinator in the Department of Mathematical Science. This experience was invaluable in supporting the initial set up of the AAPS CDT and in her current role as Student Experience & Programmes Officer.

Jessica manages the student lifecycle from beginning to end. This includes co-ordinating the recruitment and admissions process, supporting the teaching and assessment process, and managing strategic and operational projects to benefit the student experience.

In her spare time, Jessica enjoys good food and drink with good friends, long holidays and watching live music, theatre and comedy. Being from the Isle of Wight she loves to go for beach walks with her dog, Rupert.

Holly Dean – Young

AAPS CDT Centre Co-ordinator

Is the AAPS CDT Centre Co-ordinator and joins the team after four years in the School of Management at the University of Bath as the Research Support Administrator. She previously worked in the Arts sector in London and Swindon after completing her Bachelor’s Honours Degree in Theology at Hull University in 2005. Holly is a big film fan and spends her weekends at the cinema and enjoys archery and K-dramas. She also enjoys theatre, museums and visiting Historical places.

Teaching staff

Dr Daniel Coren
Unit Convenor for ME50370

Daniel is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is a chartered professional engineer and educator, with a track record of successful automotive and aeronautical research and development activities..

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Prof Peter Mott
Unit Convener for ME50374

Peter is bringing his experience to teaching postgraduate masters students who are looking to build a career leading Research and Development, Operations or Technology Management organisations.

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Mr Brian Rutter
Industrial Teaching Fellow

Teaching responsibilities in the MRes Course for Innovation and Creativity, Product Development processes and the Realisation of product solutions.

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Propulsion Electrification
Prof Peter Wilson
Unit Convenor for ME50373

Peter has had a career in both industry and academia, working on aircraft power and control systems at Ferranti, latterly GEC-Marconi (Edinburgh, Scotland), Analogy, (Oregon, USA) and returning to Academia firstly at the University of Southampton, then the University of Bath

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Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration
Dr Nic Zhang
Support of Teaching for ME50375

Nic is Lecturer in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Bath and he research interests lie in Connected Automated Vehicles and Machine Learning for Automotive Powertrain R&D.

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Themes Leads

Achieving sustainable zero emissions personal transportation is one of the most vital issues of the modern age. If the automotive industry is going to evolve and develop the sustainable transport solutions of the future, it needs to adopt a full 360-degree approach. We can’t afford to focus only on engineering the solution. We also need to look at how we can make it easier for the population to embrace the zero emissions future. 

We have 11 research themes in AAPS to help us achieve this goal, each of the AAPS research themes has an academic lead and co-lead associated. The role of the theme lead is to advise and guide the AAPS CDT Management Team, and to act as an advocate for the Centre. 

  • Low Carbon Fuels
  • Gas Purification
  • Propulsion Electrification
  • Application of Mathematics
  • Computer Sciences
  • Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration
  • Chemical Energy Converters
  • Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition
  • Transport Behaviour and Society
  • Transport Policy and Economics

Theme leads

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration
Prof Sam Akehurst

Advanced combustion engine technologies for a net zero future

Transmission systems for future propulsion systems

Propulsion system simulation and optimisation

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition
Dr Stephen Allen

Gas Purification

Low Carbon Fuels

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition

Application of Mathematics
Prof Chris Budd

Mathematical modelling

Industrial applied mathematics

Dynamical systems and chaos

Computer Sciences
Dr Xi Chen

Driving risk quantification and estimation

Digital Systems and Optimisation

Internet of vehicle and machine learning

Chemical Energy Converters
Dr Aaron Costall

Research and development of advanced boosting and heat recovery technologies for downsized, hybridized, and electrified propulsion systems

Reduced order modelling of turbomachines and their system-level integration, optimization, and control in vehicle applications

Fundamental experimental and computational studies of unsteady flows and heat transfer, in the context of propulsion systems

Transport Policy & Economics
Dr Charles Larkin

Transport Policy and Economics

Transportation and Society

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition

Low Carbon Fuels
Prof Tim Mays

Low Carbon Fuels

Sustainable hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen storage

Gas Purification
Prof Semali Perera

Low pressure drop structured adsorbent/ catalyst filters for air purification

Air purification by functionalised membranes

CO2 removal in enclosed spaces

Transport, Behaviour and Society
Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh

Fostering sustainable travel behaviours

Modal shift and reducing travel demand

Adoption and use of low-carbon vehicles

Propulsion Electrification
Prof Peter Wilson
Unit Convenor for ME50373

Power Electronics for EVs - including Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductors and Thermal Management

Electric Vehicle Power Train Design Automation and Virtual Prototyping

Battery Systems Design and Management Systems, and Thermal Systems Design

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Co-theme leads

Gas Purification
Dr Antonio Exposito

Low carbon fuels production by artificial photosynthesis

Catalysis technologies for gas purification

Reaction engineering in the automotive industry

Chemical Energy Converters
Dr Tom Fletcher

Fuel Cells

Alternative fuel powertrains

Hybrid system modelling and optimisation

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition
Prof Marcelle McManus

Future of low carbon mobility

Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Assessments

Novel fuels and systems

Application of Mathematics
Dr Tristan Pryer

Application of Mathematics

Propulsion Electrification

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration

Propulsion Electrification
Dr Chris Vagg

Propulsion Electrification

Battery thermal management

Novel electric motor topologies

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration
Dr Nic Zhang
Support of Teaching for ME50375

Automated vehicle verification and validation

Intentions and interactions of road users

Machine learning for powertrain systems

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Supervisors

Our CDT draws on a pool of potential PhD supervisors with a range of research expertise across the University. Our academic staff teach, research and supervise PhDs in specialisms across the University's departments. Find out more about the staff who could be available to supervise your PhD project.

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition
Dr Stephen Allen

Gas Purification

Low Carbon Fuels

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition

Prof Andrew Heath

Design, construction and maintenance of transport infrastructure

Sustainable transport planning and zero carbon transition

Materials for sustainable transport infrastructure

Dr Nick McCullen

Urban design and infrastructure

Transport networks and mode choice

Traffic and pollution

Prof Steve Bull

Biorenewable fuels and products for the automobile industry

Catalytic upgrading of biorenewable products

Sustainable Chemical Supply Chains

Dr Simon Freakley

Catalytic Materials for Energy and Chemical Conversions

Nanomaterials for Hydrogen Production and Storage

Selective Upgrading of Biomass towards Fuels

Dr Matthew Grayson

Machine learning

Fuel property prediction

Chemical reaction modelling

Dr Ulrich Hintermair

Clean & Sustainable Combustion Fuels

Catalytic Chemical Energy Conversion

Biomass & CO2 Utilisation

Prof Saiful Islam

Lithium battery materials for EVs

Atomistic materials modelling

New materials for solid-state batteries

Dr Andrew Johnson

Tribology and Tribochemistry (lubrication additives and anti-wear additives)

Energy Storage Materials: Atomic Layer and Chemical Vapour Deposition of materials for energy storage and coversion

Micro- and nano-structured thin film materials

Prof Frank Marken

Electrochemical processes and electroanalysis

Energy conversion including photoelectrochemistry

Innovative fuels and chemically stored energy

Dr Adam Squires

Fuel cells: hydrogen, alcohol, and other fuels

Electrocatalysis: oxygen reduction, water splitting, redox flow

Mesoporous metals for high performance electrodes

Dr Ruth Webster

Hydrogen release chemistry

Iron catalysis

Catalytic reaction mechanisms

Dr Bernardo Castro Dominguez

Gas Purification

Low Carbon Fuels

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition

Prof John Chew

Air purification in transport systems

Process modelling and optimisation of SCR catalytic converters

Purification of exhaust gas

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Low Carbon Fuels
Prof Chris Chuck
Chemical Engineering

Sustainable biofuels

Process scale up

Yeast biotechnology

Gas Purification
Dr Antonio Exposito

Low carbon fuels production by artificial photosynthesis

Catalysis technologies for gas purification

Reaction engineering in the automotive industry

Dr Alfred Hill

Ammonia as a low-carbon fuel and energy storage media

Energy systems and electromagnetic heat transfer

Catalytic applications

Low Carbon Fuels
Prof Tim Mays

Low Carbon Fuels

Sustainable hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen storage

Gas Purification
Prof Semali Perera

Low pressure drop structured adsorbent/ catalyst filters for air purification

Air purification by functionalised membranes

CO2 removal in enclosed spaces

Dr Ming Xie

Energy efficient separation

Low dimensional material for solar energy capture

Nanofabrication for advanced manufactue

Computer Sciences
Dr Xi Chen

Driving risk quantification and estimation

Digital Systems and Optimisation

Internet of vehicle and machine learning

Prof James Davenport

Cybersecurity

Algebraic Methods in Computing

Secure programming

Dr Marina De Vos

Intelligent systems

Self-regulated systems

Knowledge representation and reasoning

Dr Tom Fincham Haines

Machine learning

Probabilistic models

Optimisation

Dr Wenbin Li

Driver and User Behaviour

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration

Application of Mathematics

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Dr Julian Padget

(symbolic) knowledge representation and reasoning

software agents and their governance

agent-based modelling

Dr Tareq Assaf

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration

Driverless systems

Propulsion Electrification

Dr Matthew Cole

Nanoelectronics

Sustainable Nanomaterial Growth

Flexible Electronics

Prof Adrian Evans

Driver and User Behaviour

Driver monitoring and authentication

Interactions between autonomous driving modes and human users

Dr Chenghong Gu

Impact of EV charging on electricity grid

Climate change on EV driving

Integrated energy economy and environment modelling

Prof Furong Li

Grid integration of electric vehicles

Enabling electricity markets for transition to zero emission vehicles

Business models for flexible low carbon vehicles

Dr Benjamin Metcalfe

Driver behaviour monitoring

Novel sensing technologies

Digital systems, optimisation and integration

Dr Ali Mohammadi

Advanced MEMS Sensors for Electric Vehicle Safety

Data Driven Tactile Feedback for Navigation in Cars

Autonomous Sensors for Minimising the Environmental Impacts Automotive Sensors

Dr Xiaoze Pei

Electric motor analysis, modelling, and validation

Novel electric motors analysis and design

Cryogenic and superconducting propulsion system

Dr Dingguo Zhang

Human driving behaviour

Brain-computer interfaces

Human-machine systems

Propulsion Electrification
Prof Peter Wilson
Unit Convenor for ME50373

Power Electronics for EVs - including Wide Bandgap Power Semiconductors and Thermal Management

Electric Vehicle Power Train Design Automation and Virtual Prototyping

Battery Systems Design and Management Systems, and Thermal Systems Design

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Prof Dimo Dimov

Entrepreneurship

Business model design

Innovation

Dr Vaggelis Giannikas

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration

Transport, Behaviour and Society

Freight and people logistics

Dr Kostas Iatridis

Sustainability and low carbon transition

Circular economy

Responsible innovation

Application of Mathematics
Prof Chris Budd

Mathematical modelling

Industrial applied mathematics

Dynamical systems and chaos

Prof Paul Milewski

Applications of Mathematics

Modelling traffic and driver behaviour

Modelling emission dispersal

Dr Matt Nunes

Application of mathematicsin industrially-motivated problems

Statistical modelling and forecasting

Optimisation methods

Application of Mathematics
Dr Tristan Pryer

Application of Mathematics

Propulsion Electrification

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration
Prof Sam Akehurst

Advanced combustion engine technologies for a net zero future

Transmission systems for future propulsion systems

Propulsion system simulation and optimisation

Dr Nicola Bailey

Improving efficiency through effective sealing

Control systems

Novel mathematical modelling and numerical techniques

Prof Chris Brace
Co Director of AAPS

Powertrain system modelling, optimisation, and validation

Human driving behaviour

Novel experimental and simulation methods

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Prof Richard Burke
Co-Director, Director of Studies for MRes Year

Powertrain design and control optimisation

Thermal evaluation and modelling of powertrain components

Evaluation of powertrain behaviour in stochastic operating conditions

Dynamic characterisation and experimental techniques

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Dr Daniel Coren
Unit Convenor for ME50370

Tyre and brake particulate emissions

Air motion in reciprocating and rotating internal combustion engines

Low drag vehicle airflow management

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Chemical Energy Converters
Dr Aaron Costall

Research and development of advanced boosting and heat recovery technologies for downsized, hybridized, and electrified propulsion systems

Reduced order modelling of turbomachines and their system-level integration, optimization, and control in vehicle applications

Fundamental experimental and computational studies of unsteady flows and heat transfer, in the context of propulsion systems

Dr Elies Dekoninck

User-centred Product, Service and System Design

Eco-Innovation tools and methods

Sustainable product development

Chemical Energy Converters
Dr Tom Fletcher

Fuel Cells

Alternative fuel powertrains

Hybrid system modelling and optimisation

Dr Joseph Flynn

Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing

Design Optimisation

Electrification

Dr Hamideh Khanbareh

Functional materials for sensing, energy harvesting and catalytic activities

High temperature piezoelectric sensors and actuators

Recyclable functional materials

Dr Alex Lunt
Mechanical Engineering

Micromechanics

Non-destructive characterisation

Microscopy-based methods

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition
Prof Marcelle McManus

Future of low carbon mobility

Life Cycle Assessment and Carbon Assessments

Novel fuels and systems

Prof Michele Meo
  • Nondestructive Testing
  • Structural Health Monitoring
  • Smart Materials and Structures
Prof Linda Newnes

Whole Life Value

People-Led Digitalisation within the automotive sector

Manufacturing the Future: impact of disruptive technologies within the automotive sector

Dr Min Pan

Smart Actuation and Motion Control

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration

System Modelling, Optimisation and Validation

Dr Oliver Pountney

Experimental simulation of heat transfer problems

Modelling of additively manufactured heat exchangers

Improving the efficiency of fluid dynamic systems involving heat transfer

Dr Andrew Rhead

Structural Batteries

Carbon fibre composites

Hydrogen Propulsion

Dr James Roscow

Functional ceramics

Materials for sensors, actuators and energy harvesters

Materials processing

Propulsion Electrification
Dr Chris Vagg

Propulsion Electrification

Battery thermal management

Novel electric motor topologies

Dr Vincent Zeng

Power electronics

Cryogenic propulsion system

Smart grid

Digital Systems, Optimisation and Integration
Dr Nic Zhang
Support of Teaching for ME50375

Automated vehicle verification and validation

Intentions and interactions of road users

Machine learning for powertrain systems

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Transport Policy & Economics
Dr Charles Larkin

Transport Policy and Economics

Transportation and Society

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition

Dr Malgorzata Gosia

Emotions (e.g., awe, interest, curiosity, surprise, boredom, confusion)

Expectations (and what happens when they are disconfirmed or exceeded)

Adoption of new technologies

Prof Gregory Maio

Sustainability and Low Carbon Transition

Transportation and Society

Driver and User Behaviour

Dr Michael Proulx

Human cognition and perception

Interactive technologies (VR/AR/XR)

Human factors and ergonomics

Dr Punit Shah

Psychology & Human Behaviour

Environmental Attitudes & Behaviour

Community Traffic Schemes (e.g., Low Traffic Neighbourhoods)

Transport, Behaviour and Society
Prof Lorraine Whitmarsh

Fostering sustainable travel behaviours

Modal shift and reducing travel demand

Adoption and use of low-carbon vehicles

Cohort 1

Cohort 1

Our first cohort of students undertaking the AAPS CDT programme arrived in Bath on 23rd September 2019, with 9 core members from a wide range of backgrounds including Aeronautical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Psychology.

Cohort 2

Our second cohort of students virtually joined the AAPS CDT programme in September 2020. With 19 core members from a wide range of backgrounds including Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, Psychology, Maths, Natural Sciences, Chemistry and Business and Management.

Cohort 3

Our third cohort of students joined the AAPS CDT programme in Bath in September 2021. There are 14 core members of cohort 3 who will be taking the MRes year, from a wide range of backgrounds including Innovation and Technology Management, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Economics, Engineering with Management, Environmental Psychology, Environmental Sciences, Mechanical Engineering.

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