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Xander Ramage

was a postdoctoral researcher working on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. His work was in collaboration with the Welsh Government and Smart Separations who have developed a novel anti-viral coating that neutralizes coronavirus. The coating is used in a new air-purifier, Gino. Xander worked to understand how covering surfaces with the antiviral coating can help to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Xander was co-supervised by Katerina Kaouri.

Raquel Gonzalez Farina

was a postdoctoral researcher working on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. Her work was in collaboration with the Welsh Government and Smart Separations who have developed a novel anti-viral coating that neutralizes coronavirus. The coating is used in a new air-purifier, Gino. Raquel worked to understand the role of droplet dispsal in virus transmission. Raquel was co-supervised by Katerina Kaouri.

Aaron English

was a postdoctoral researcher working on tackling the Covid-19 pandemic. His work was in collaboration with the Welsh Government and Smart Separations who have developed a novel anti-viral coating that neutralizes coronavirus. The coating is used in a new air-purifier, Gino. Aaron worked to understand how placement of these air purifiers can help to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. Aaron was co-supervised by Katerina Kaouri. He is now working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Manchester.

Kris Kiradjiev

was a postdoctoral researcher working in collaboration with polymer and textile company W.L. Gore and Associates, developing mathematical models for the removal of sulphur dioxide from flue gas. Prior to this, he was a DPhil student, also working with Gore on filtration challenges. He was the winner of the 2019 STEM for Britain award for his work in this area. Kris is now working as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham.

Georgia Brennan (2020)

was a D.Phil. mini-project student as part of the InFoMM CDT who worked with domestic appliance and consumer electronics brand Beko, to develop a mathematical model to improve the filters in washing machines. Georgia is now completing her DPhil in InFoMM.

James Harris (2020)

was a D.Phil. mini-project student as part of the InFoMM CDT who worked with polymer and textile company Gore, developing mathematical models for reactive cleaning in porous materials. James was co-supervised by Chris Breward. James is now completing his DPhil in InFoMM.

Jakub Kory (2018–2020)

was a postdoctoral researcher who studied the effects of compression in filters on their filtration performance. He now works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow.

Michael McPhail (2016–2019)

was a D.Phil. student on the InFoMM CDT. Michael worked on a mathematical model to predicts how to make different shaped Cheerios. His work was in collaboration with Nestle. He has remained in Oxford and now works as a postdoctoral researcher modelling sea ice.

Ousmane Kodio (2016–2019)

was a D.Phil. student who worked on the analogies between elastic and hydrodynamic instabilities, to understand how wrinkles form. Ousmane was co-supervised by Dominic Vella. He now works as a postdoctoral researcher in MIT.

Guannan Chen (2019)

was an MSc student who worked on the mathematics of decontamination and was co-supervised by Mohit Dalwadi.

Meredith Ellis (2019)

is an InFoMM CDT student who worked on the mathematics of filtration in collaboration with Smart Separations. Meredith is now completing her DPhil in InFoMM.

Zach Wilmott (2019)

was a postdoctoral researcher who worked on challenges in the manufacture of glass sheets. Zach is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.

Maria Crespo Moya (2015–2016)

Maria Crespo Moya was a visiting researcher to our group. She completed her Ph.D. in the Complutense University of Madrid and is now based in the University of Montpellier. Her research interests lie in bioremediation for water cleaning processes. In Oxford she works on liquid crystal microfluidics along with visitor Apala Majumdar. Maria is now an assistant professor at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Graham Baird (2017–2019)

was a postdoctoral researcher who worked on global challenges concerning the removal of arsenic from water, with particular application to India.

Galina Printsypar (2017–2019)

was a postdoctoral researcher who worked in collaboration with Dyson trying to improve filter performance in vacuum cleaners. Galina was co-supervised by Maria Bruna. Galina now works in financial crime threat mitigation research for HSBC.

Armin Krupp (2013–2018)

was a postdoctoral researcher working on developing models to understand and optimize the behaviour of filters. Prior to this he completed his D.Phil. in our group, working on water filters in collaboration with Pall Corporation.

Dhaval Desai (2018)

was a summmer intern, who worked on challenges concerning the removal of heavy metals and fluoride from water.

Sourav Mondal (2015–2018)

was a postdoctoral researcher who worked on an array of challenges in membrane filtration and water purification. He also worked with the LoFFI. He was a finalist in the IChemE Young Chemical Engineer in Research Award 2016 . You can see his entry video here. Sourav has since taken a faculty position in IIT Kharagpur's department of Chemical Engineering where he remains a close collaborator.

Raka Mondal (2016–2018)

was a postdoctoral researcher who worked on Mathematical modelling of contaminant percolation through soil beds in India. This project was in collaboration with Sirshendu De based in IIT Kharagpur. Raka is now a faculty member at the Indian Institute of Petroleum Engineering.

Doireann O'Kiely (2013–2018)

was a D.Phil. student who worked on understanding the physical processes that take place when glass sheets are drawn from a furnace. These glass sheets can be made into a range of high-quality goods such as computer tablet screens. Doireann's project was in collaboration with Ulrich Lange from Schott AG where she spent some time each year working at their base in Mainz, Germany. Doireann was co-supervised by Chris Breward and Peter Howell. Doireann is now a faculty member at the University of Limerick. You can read more about what she is up to here.

Abir Boualaoui (2017)

was a visiting student from Paris ENSTA. She developed models to describe compression in filtration processes and supported her results with experiments that she conducted in the Mathematical Institute's experimental observatory. Abir also worked with Armin Krupp and Finn Box. Abir now works at PwC.

Florian Charlet (2017)

was a visiting student from Paris ENSTA who studied and contrasted the Leslie-Ericksen and Beris-Edwards models for nematic liquid crystals. He was co-supervised by Apala Majumdar. Florian now works at Lydia.

Christiana Mavroyiakoumou (2017)

was an MSc student developing mathematical models that predict how to make microstructured glass optical fibres, which are used in the communications industry for data transfer. To understand this problem she studied how a complex network of connected viscous sheets evolve with time. Christiana also worked with Peter Howell on this project. Christiana is now studying for her PhD at the University of Michigan.

Scott Marquis (2017)

was a CDT student who worked on understanding the instabilities that arise when glass sheets are drawn from a preform in the Redraw Process. These glass sheets can be made into a range of high-quality goods such as computer tablet screens. Scott was co-supervised by Doireann O'Kiely and Ulrich Lange from Schott AG where Scott spent time working. Scott now works at Northvolt.

Davin Lunz (2016)

worked in collaboration with Schott AG on understanding how fractures can arise in the manufacture of glass vials. Davin now works at Institut Pasteur.

Caoimhe Rooney (2016)

is our blenders expert. She worked on developing mathematical models that predict how to make the best smoothie, in collaboration with SharkNinja. She was co-supervised by Colin Please. Caoimhe now works for NASA. In her spare time, she co-runs the website Mathematigals.com, with ex-Oxford DPhil graduate Jessica Williams, which promotes women in science and contains highly creative YouTube videos.

Mylene Wang (2016)

was a summer student visiting us from ENSTA ParisTech. She worked on understanding and modelling blocking of membranes in cross-flow filtration and was co-supervised by Sourav Mondal.

Yiliu Wang (2016)

was a summer student working on species transport in microfluidic flows and was co-supervised by Sourav Mondal.

Lewis Gaul (2015)

was our undergraduate expert in cycling science. He developed models that predicted how to make the best use of your energy when cycling.

James Herterich (2011–2015)

completed his D.Phil. in 2015 on developing mathematical models for new water purification techniques. James' expertise lies in asymptotic analysis. He was co-supervised by Dominic Vella in Mathematics and Robert Field and Nick Hankins in Engineering Science to ensure his models capture the important engineering design requirements. James is now a postdoctoral research associate in University College Dublin.

Mo Dalwadi (2014–2015)

was a postdoctoral researcher from 2014-2015 and worked on developing mathematical models for the flow of particles through inhomogeneous porous media, with specific application to filtration. Mo has expertise in homogenization theory and asymptotic analysis. The project he worked on was through 2020 Science and he was co-supervised by Maria Bruna. Mo is now an assistant professor at UCL.

Almut Eisentraeger (2012–2014)

was a postdoctoral researcher in our group from 2012-2014. Here she worked on developing mathematical models for water purification using magnetic separation. Almut's expertise lies in numerical computation and she was co-supervised by Dominic Vella. Her research was in collaboration with the Laboratory of Fields, Flows, and Interfaces at Ryerson University, who conducts complementary experiments on lab-scale devices. Almut now works in ITWM.

Cara Morgan (2008–2012)

was a D.Phil. student from 2008-2012. Cara worked on mathematical modelling of surfactant systems. She was co-supervised by Chris Breward and Peter Howell and worked in collaboration with The Thomas/Penfold group. You can read more about her research here. Cara is now a Clinical Fellow in Great Ormond Street.

Michele Taroni (2011)

was a postdoctoral researcher in our group from 2011-2012. Here he worked on developing mathematical models for water purification and on models for glass sheet manufacture. Michi was co-supervised by Dominic Vella. Michi now works at Zebra Technologies.

Anthony Lock (2011)

was a postdoctoral researcher in 2011 who worked on the ITER Project. You can read more about his research here. Anthony now works for Bank of America Merrill Lynch.