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Professor Valeska Ting

Professor Valeska Ting

Professor Valeska Ting
BScTech, PhD

Professor of Smart Nanomaterials

Area of research

Nanomaterials for Energy

Office Room 0.112, ACCIS Office, Queens Building
Bristol Composites Institute (ACCIS),
University of Bristol, Queen's Building BS8 1TR
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+44 (0) 117 33 15330


Prof Valeska Ting is a Professor of Smart Nanomaterials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and has a background in materials synthesis, characterisation and physical properties testing. She currently holds a prestigious EPSRC Research Fellowship in Energy Materials, sits on the EPSRC Strategic Advisory Committee for the cross-council Energy Theme, and is also the School Research Director for the Departments of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol. Her research into functional nanoporous materials involves using porous materials such as zeolites, porous carbons and metal-organic framework materials to address challenges in sustainable technologies. She leads a team of researchers interested in exploring the possibility of enhancing the storage capacity of existing nanoporous hydrogen storage materials, creating materials for selective storage and sequestration of gases such as carbon dioxide and designing multifunctional materials by combining properties of different sets of materials to produce hybrid systems that can perform several specialised functions.

The group employs a large range of experimental materials characterization techniques including X-ray and neutron diffraction, electron microscopy, thermogravimetric and spectroscopic analysis, gas sorption testing and physical properties testing for design and development of new materials-based solutions.

Valeska is also an accomplished STEM communicator, is an BAME Expert Voice for the BBC Academy, and has presented public lectures on composites for the Bristol Composites Institute, public webinars on energy storage for the Institution of Chemical Engineers, Nanomaterials Masterclasses for the IOM3 and video content on the laws of thermodynamics to support the 2016 Royal Institution Christmas lectures.

Related links:

Engineering Research Showcase talk:

Composites Public Lecture (Opening of Bristol Composites Institute):

BBC BAME Academy profile:

Sir Frederick Warner Medal (press release):

Westminster medal (press release)

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures (videos for 2016 advent calendar):



Valeska has a broad interdisciplinary background, with a first degree (BscTech) majoring in Advanced Mateirals and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, as well as being a Chartered Chemical Engineer (IChemE). She is currently a Reader and research group leader in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bristol.

Her interdisciplinary research has close ties with collaborators in Physics, Chemistry, Electrical, Aerospace and Chemical Engineering, as well as with industry. The group also collaborates widely with international partners including established collaborations with groups in the USA, France, Germany, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa and Australia.

The group's research is supported through competitive grant funding from a range of funding institutions including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Research Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, and the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council.


Valeska is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught on a range of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These range from the introduction of challenging, fundamental thermodynamic concepts (Engineering Thermodynamics, 2nd year), practical hands-on laboratory skills training (Engineering Skills and Practice, 1st and 2nd year) to developments in materials science with clear links to applications and industry (Advanced Materials and Porous Solids, 4th year, Nanocomposites and Nanoengineering, MRes). She also has experience of supervising 3rd year undergradate and Masters research projects, 4th year Engineering Design projects, and postgraduate courses on Sustainable Energy.

Outside of the standard curriculum, she has additionally delivered postgraduate skills training on effective inter-disciplinary collaboration and career progression, has helped to deliver week-long national training courses in Chemical Engineering for school-age students for the Engineering Development Trust and In2Science, as well as a “Nanomaterials Masterclass” for the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and the West Surrey Materials Society.



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