Julian Moore

Business Engagement Manager

Julian is Business Engagement Manager within AMCASH and provides opportunities for SMEs to explore and develop their measurement, inspection and monitoring capabilities through access to technical support, world-class facilities and specialist technologies, including quantum. Julian studied Business and Marketing at the University of Wolverhampton and following successes within the soft drinks, social housing and community regeneration sectors, has spent the last 17 years developing and promoting successful engagements between academia and industry (SMEs) for West Midlands-based higher education establishments.

Julian Moore

Julian Moore

Business Engagement Manager

Michael Small

Business Engagement Manager

Mike is a Business Engagement Manager and joined the AMCASH team following ten years in the group marketing department of HVAC giant, BDR Thermea Group. Mike supported BDR’s efforts in several areas, including the development of developing innovative heating solutions to reduce energy consumption and minimise environmental impact. Prior to entering the energy & heating sector, Mike had roles in leading companies across a range of industries; including polymers, construction, telecoms. He has a track record of success in commercialising innovative solutions to meet the needs of businesses and consumers. Having worked for, and supported, SMEs within funded projects, Mike is well prepared for his role within the AMCASH team.

Michael Small

Michael Small

Business Engagement Manager

Rupi Pahal

Project Manager

Rupi is the Project Manager for AMCASH and joined the University of Birmingham in October 2021. Rupi’s responsibilities include providing strategic direction and management to ensure the £7.0m AMCASH project is delivered in compliance with ERDF guidelines. Rupi has extensive project management experience having worked in a number of industrial sectors and departments prior to joining the University.

Rupi Pahal

Rupi Pahal

Project Manager

Dr Yu-Lung Chiu

Senior Lecturer

Fields of expertise:

  • Microscopy and Materials Characterisation

Dr Yu-Lung Chiu studied Metallurgy for his BE degree at Northeastern University (Shenyang, China) and went on to study for a PhD in Materials Science at the University of Hong Kong (China). He spent a few years doing research and teaching at universities and research institutes in Hong Kong, France, Switzerland and New Zealand before his current employment at the University of Birmingham.

Dr Yu-Lung Chiu

Dr Yu-Lung Chiu

Senior Lecturer

Dr Richard Turner

Research Fellow

Fields of expertise:

Richard Turner is a Research Fellow in the computational modelling and materials simulation Research Group, PRISM2, in the School of Metallurgy & Materials.

Richard has performed research in a number of areas including simulation projects of a variety of key industrial processes, including linear and rotary friction welding, electron beam welding, TIG welding, forging and forming and machining.

Richard has used a variety of materials in simulation projects, notably titanium alloys, nickel-based superalloys and steels.

Dr Richard Turner

Dr Richard Turner

Research Fellow

Dr Catherine Kelly

Research Fellow

Fields of expertise:

Cat obtained a Chemistry degree from the University of Manchester and completed a PhD at the University of Nottingham specialising in biodegradable polymers for drug delivery. Since graduating Cat has worked in both SMEs and at the University of Birmingham. While as the University of Birmingham she has worked on two large EU funded projects in sustainable packaging. The first developed a novel system for the production of compostable foams for applications such as take away boxes. The second project formulated blends of the compostable plastic PHBV with additives to prevent the embrittlement commonly seen with this material.

Cat has been working in the polymer team of AMCASH for 5 years and has helped numerous companies and entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries. These assists have range from testing the suitability / properties of sporting goods, advising on sustainable alternatives for packaging, analysing causes of processing defects, identification of optimum materials to use for various products and consulting on recycling.

Cat’s specialist areas are sustainability, recycling, plastic identification, analysing processing issues and material selection.

Dr Catherine Kelly

Dr Catherine Kelly

Research Fellow

Dr Manmath Kumar Dash

Research Fellow

Fields of expertise:

Manmath is working in School of Metallurgy and Materials, UoB from the year 2021. He has acquired Integrated Ph.D (Doctor of Engineering) from Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), India in 2019. Manmath has twelve years’ R&D experience in interdisciplinary and collaborative science, and his expertise lies in applying basic sciences to engineer real-world structural material for application in nuclear reactors and advanced power plant (Ferritic/Austenitic stainless steel, Ni-base super alloy).

Dr Manmath Kumar Dash

Dr Manmath Kumar Dash

Research Fellow

Dr Iuliia Ipatova

Research Fellow

Iuliia holds a PhD in Materials Science for Nuclear Power from the University of Manchester. During her PhD Iuliia has been working on microstructure characterisation and radiation tolerance studies of advanced tungsten-tantalum alloys for plasma-facing components for advanced nuclear fusion reactors. Initially coming from an engineering background, the School of Materials at the University of Manchester provided her with an excellent foundation in materials science and radiation damage characterisation by different methods, including advanced electron microscopy and mechanical testing.

In May 2018, Iuliia joined the Nuclear Futures Energy Group at Bangor University as a researcher in materials for nuclear applications. There she was in charge of establishing a new nuclear laboratory in order to enable the sustainability of the nuclear sector and materials science at Bangor University providing support to the north Wales industry through manufacturing advanced nuclear fuel and new metallic compositions considered as structural materials for the reactor components.

Currently, Iuliia is an AMCASH Research Fellow helping SMEs in the regional area with research, manufacturing, and technical materials support. Her expertise is in metallic alloys using a combination of electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction which allows observing a world exponentially smaller than the one we can see with our unaided eyes or even with the familiar light microscope. With these tools, we can assess the materials at very high magnifications and gain a better understanding of materials’ properties and capabilities.

Dr Iuliia Ipatova

Dr Iuliia Ipatova

Research Fellow

Dr Gokul Obulan Subramanian

Research Fellow

Gokul has recently completed his PhD in Nuclear Engineering from KAIST, a world-renowned institute dedicated to science and technology. He has strong interests in developing advanced materials for futuristic nuclear power plants, which he believes will deliver a secure low-carbon energy at an affordable price. Within his research, Gokul investigates corrosion and mechanical failure at higher temperatures, to develop advanced materials with improved structural integrity. Furthermore, he successfully communicated his research findings through various scientific publications, patents and conference presentations. Currently he will utilise the exclusive irradiation facilities to test materials in simulated nuclear environments.

In the AMCASH team, he offers his technical expertise to resolve material-related problems SMEs often encounter. He provides assistance to improve the material’s performance or to determine failure causes. For instance, he performs a review of recent scientific research to suggest alternative materials, analyse microstructure that influence the material’s performance, or use electron microscopes to inspect the fine features causing premature failure. Gokul is looking forward to engaging with SMEs and solve material-related challenges.

Dr Gokul Obulan Subramanian

Dr Gokul Obulan Subramanian

Research Fellow

Dr Christopher Cooper

Research Fellow

After working in an industrially based research environment at the start of my career, Chris hase spent his subsequent time at the University of Birmingham in a variety of roles. Throughout this time there has been an emphasis on laboratory based research work covering a wide range of subject areas, but with an accent towards mechanical property measurement. Chris has experience in tensile, creep, fatigue fracture toughness and hardness testing including at ambient and elevated temperatures and in corrosive environments for certain tests.

Chris is also experienced in in-situ SEM testing and observation of failure processes. Of course, this has also required the necessary analysis, reporting and presentation of research data. He currently works on the AMCASH project, principally focussed on mechanical testing.

Dr Christopher Cooper

Dr Christopher Cooper

Research Fellow

Dr Zhaohe Gao

Research Fellow

Zhaohe currently is Research Fellow in Advanced Materials Characterisation And Simulation Hub, University of Birmingham. Zhaohe went to University of Manchester to study Materials Science for PhD since 2014, and became a postdoctoral researcher in University of Manchester and Henry Royce Institute since 2018.

Zhaohe’s research area covers: 1)ceramics and ceramic coatings for applications in demanding environments; 2) characterisation on ceramics and coatings by cutting-edge analytical microscopy.

Dr Zhaohe Gao

Dr Zhaohe Gao

Research Fellow

Dr Kate Robbins

Research Fellow

Fields of expertise:

Kate joined the polymer group of the AMCASH team as a research fellow in 2018. Her role is to support businesses with the research and development of products made from plastics or containing some plastic elements. Polymers have received a lot of negative attention from the media in recent years and Kate is keen to help companies understand and avoid greenwashing, as well as the importance of factoring in the entire life cycle of their products, so that they are able to make informed choices about the materials and processes they use.

Kate’s current research is focused on the sustainability of polymers, with interests in recycling, processing, degradation and the properties of polymers being created from renewable sources. A lot of her work has involved thermal and mechanical testing, as well as infrared analysis.

Kate is also passionate about outreach work, engaging with primary and secondary school students to build understanding and encourage participation in materials science and STEM subjects in general.

Dr Kate Robbins

Dr Kate Robbins

Research Fellow

Dr Vinothini Venkatachalam

Senior Research Fellow

Fields of expertise:

Vinothini (Vinu) is a Materials Scientist, currently a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Metallurgy & Materials at the University of Birmingham. Her current research focuses on developing ultra-high-temperature ceramic matrix composites (UHTCMCs) using radio frequency-enhanced chemical vapour infiltration for Aerospace applications with Professor Jon Binner. During her initial research career, she worked as a Scientist at the National Aerospace Laboratory in India, on ternary carbides and joining advanced materials for Aerospace applications prior to obtaining PhD from the Department of Materials Loughborough University.

Her PhD focus was on developing nanostructured passive devices using microwave-assisted processing. She then worked in industrial R&D at Syfer Technology in the UK on new product development using a new range of capacitor devices. The project received an outstanding innovative product of the year at the 10th Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards, 2012.

As a Research Fellow at the Technical University of Denmark, she resumed her academic research, working on high-temperature corrosion & protective coatings. Vinu has wide international experience of ceramic processing, from powders to product, in academia and industry.

She is an Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK and is a member of the European Ceramic Society, the American Ceramic Society, and a professional member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3). She has published and presented several research papers, including invited talks, and contributed to review many research papers.

Vinu brings diverse areas of expertise in advanced materials science and a blend of academic, industry, and geography experience. She is passionate about collaborating with industry, academic institutions and partners, towards future ceramics research on sustainability and go green policies.

Dr Vinothini Venkatachalam

Dr Vinothini Venkatachalam

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Feng Wang

Research Fellow

Feng Wang obtained his Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering from The University of Queensland. His research experience is mainly in metallurgy with focus on the aluminium and magnesium alloys. His expertise includes microstructure characterisation from micro-meter to nano-meter scale using optical microscopy and various electron microscopes such as scanning electron microscope, dual beam microscope and transmission electron microscope. He has ten-years hands on operation experience of electron microscopes with a wide range of materials ranging from nano particles to pieces of components in cars. In addition, He is also experienced in correlating the microstructures to the mechanical properties for metals and alloys. Moreover, he has solid knowledge of nucleation and growth of grains, secondary phases, and precipitates in aluminium and magnesium alloys, in particularly deep understanding of the crystallography relationship between phases in phase transformations.

Dr Feng Wang

Dr Feng Wang

Research Fellow