Research Collaboration with the University of Bath
Finding expert advice and innovative solutions to address complex issues can be a daunting process.
Getting the right advice can make all the difference, whether you are a start-up business, a not-for-profit organisation or a growth SME.
This programme aims to facilitate introductions for you to collaboration with experts from the University of Bath - as research partners or through consultantancy.
Who to engage with at the University of Bath
Matthew Davidson is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at the University of Bath. He graduated in Chemistry from the University of Wales, Swansea in 1990 and received a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1993. He was elected to a Research Fellowship at St John’s College Cambridge in 1992 and held Lectureships in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge (1995) and at Durham University (1995-1999) before being appointed to a Chair of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Bath in 1999.He established the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) at Bath in 2008 and is currently Director of its EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). Professor Davidson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a previous recipient of the Harrison Memorial Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Royal Society Industry Fellowship.
David Coley is Professor of Low Carbon Design and head of the Energy and the Design of Environments research centre. His research focuses on minimising the energy use of buildings through a process of physical design and an understanding of occupant behaviour. He is also interested in citywide energy modelling.
David Coley received a BSc in Physics in 1985 and a PhD in theoretical nuclear physics in 1989 (both from Surrey University). During this time he also worked briefly for the UK Atomic Energy Authority. He joined the Centre for Energy and the Environment at Exeter University in 1998, where he worked until joining Bath as Professor of Low Carbon Design in 2011. Whilst at Exeter, his main interests were in low energy design (including Passivhaus), renewables, estimating the impact of climate change on the built environment and evolutionary computation. He was also a founding member of a London based hedge fund.
Antony Darby is a Reader in Structural Engineering and Head of the Civil Engineering Group. His research encompasses two broad fields: Use of advanced composites in concrete structures and; Structural dynamics.
Antony is a Graduate of the University of Bath. He returned to Bath as a Lecturer in 1999 and is currently a Reader in Structural Engineering. Prior to his return, he worked in industry with contractor M.W. Kellogg, designing structures for petrochemical plants, and at Matra-Marconi Space, designing satellite structures. He studied for his PhD at the University of Cambridge and spent two and a half years as a Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, where he was involved in pioneering work on real-time dynamic sub-structure testing.
Professor Dimov's research focuses on enabling, accelerating, and funding the entrepreneurial journey, from initial idea to viable venture, in independent, corporate, and social settings. An evolving entrepreneurial opportunity is central in this process: obvious in retrospect, but uncertain, nebulous, and ambiguous in prospect. He is interested in how potential entrepreneurs and investors think, act, and interact in the face of such uncertainty and how these interactions give rise to exciting new phenomena.
Professor Tina Düren received her undergraduate degree and PhD in Chemical Engineering from Hamburg University of Technology, Germany. After spending two years as a postdoctoral researcher at Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, she joined the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in Chemical Engineering in 2004 before joining the University of Bath as a professor in Chemical Engineering in 2014.
In her research, Tina uses molecular simulation techniques to design innovative porous materials with properties tailored for specific adsorption applications. She is looking at a wide range of applications from carbon capture and hydrogen purification to liquid phase adsorption, nanomedicine and heterogeneous catalysis. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the research, collaborations with researchers across the world with a wide variety of expertise ranging from material chemists synthesising porous materials to engineers interested in their applications, play an important role.
Pete Walker is a chartered civil engineer and a member of both the Institution of Engineers Australia and The Institution of Civil Engineers (UK). Pete studied at Sheffield City Polytechnic, now Sheffield Hallam University, (BSc Civil Engineering) and the University of Edinburgh (PhD Structural Engineering). Having previously worked in Zimbabwe (University of Zimbabwe) and Australia (University of New England), Pete joined the University of Bath in 1998. He was promoted to Professor in 2006 on becoming Director of the newly formed BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials.
His current research interests include bio-based construction materials, materials for improved indoor air quality, structural masonry and innovative timber engineering. Since joining Bath he has led various research projects, having attracted funding as PI or CI from the BRE Trust, Carbon Connections, DEFRA, EASME, EPSRC, FP7, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Great Western Research, and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). Pete has also received substantial financial and in-kind support from a number of SME and large scale industrial partners.
The Wilson Group in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bath carries out structural chemistry research into a wide range of materials. The principal techniques used are those of diffraction (X-ray and neutron, single crystal and powder) and computational chemistry (usually in the solid-state, periodic environment), backed up by techniques such as DSC and various spectroscopies. Our principal interest has been for many years the study of hydrogen bonding, which we examine over a very diverse set of material types. In common with many structural chemistry groups, our interests include determining hydrogen bond architectures and using these to help design hydrogen-bonded complexes using many of the techniques of Crystal Engineering. However, we are also interested in the fundamental aspects of hydrogen bonding, and employ as a matter of routine variable condition diffraction, studying the evolution of structure as a function of some external variable (e.g. pressure,. temperature), to yield deeper understanding of the forces holding our molecules and complexes together.
Tim Mays is Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bath. He has broad research interests in energy materials, with a current focus on hydrogen storage media for low carbon road vehicles. He is currently Co-Director of the EPSRC SUPERGEN Hydrogen & Fuel Cells Hub and Director of the University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (I-SEE). He gained his PhD from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Bath in 1988 for research on nuclear graphites. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.