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Students & Post-docs

Current group members include:

Claudia Fanelli. Claudia is the most recent member of the group. She studied in Rome and now has PhD funding, through the Barcelona Graduate School of Mathematics, to work on nanocrystal growth.

Dr Matt Hennessy. Matt joined the group in September 2016. He obtained his PhD from Oxford, followed by a post-doc at Imperial. He is currently funded by a Marie Curie Individual fellowship and working on nanoscale heat transfer.

Marc Calvo is a PhD student, funded by la Caixa. he is working on nanoscale heat transfer, in collaboration with the Statistical Physics group at UAB.

Gary O'Keeffe​ is a PhD student at the University of Limerick, joint supervised by TM. He visits annually and works on solar energy capture by nanofluids.

Helena Ribera, PhD student funded by La Caixa grant, working on nanoparticle melting. This project is in conjunction with the Inorganic Nanoparticles group

Vincent Cregan, Post-doc funded by La Caixa grant working on Ostwald ripening of nanoparticles, nanofluid based direct absorption solar cells and boiling crisis. This project is in conjunction with the Inorganic Nanoparticles group. and the Departament de E.C.M., U. Barcelona 
Vicent Ribas, Scientific collaborator.

Previous members include: 

Francesc Font, PhD 2010-2014, Beyond the classical Stefan problem. Now a post-doc at University of Limerick.

fran graduated Cum Laude and his thesis was awarded the ECMI-Anile prize, for 'an excellent PhD thesis in industrial mathematics successfully submitted at a European university in 2014-2016', see

(and I know it looks suspicious that I am on stage giving the prize, but I didn't make the decision I was in charge of the Master's prize)

Francesc's thesis was aimed at the study of nanoparticle melting. His work demonstrated how including nano-effects, such as the decrease in melt temperature with particle size, dramatically decreased melt times. When density variation between solid and liquid phases is included the additional kinetic energy due to fluid flow can also lead to large differences in melt times, as the particle radius increases the difference remains at around 15%. This means that the multitude of mathematical studies ignoring density change will have significant errors in melt times. 

Another contribution of the thesis concerns the standard one-phase reduction of the Stefan problem. With melting point depression the one-phase reduction loses energy. Francesc provides an energy conserving reduction which fits extremely well with results from the full two-phase model. FFontThesis.pdfFFontThesis.pdf

Michelle MacDevette, PhD 2010-2014, Heat transfer analysis of nanofluids and phase change materials. Now a post-doc at the University of Cape Town. Michelle also graduated Cum Laude.

Her thesis involved nanofluid flow and proved an important and controversial point that nanofluids may not be the saviour for modern heat transfer (at least using one standard model for nanofluid flow and heat transfer). Here is a copy of the PhD MacDevette_PhD_Thesis.pdfMacDevette_PhD_Thesis.pdf

Jarrod Williams, Visiting Undergraduate student, 2013.

Teresa Cao, Post-Doc 2012-2013, now working at the University of Santiago de Compostela

Jonathan Low, Post-Doc, 2010-2012. 

Prospective Masters, PhD and Post-docs should send an email to if you are interested in finding out more about our work and opportunities. Local students looking for projects can also contact me on this address.