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Dr Valeska Ting

Dr Valeska Ting

Dr Valeska Ting
BScTech, PhD

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Summary

Dr Valeska Ting is a Reader in Smart Nanomaterials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and has a background in materials synthesis, characterisation and physical properties testing. She heads the Functional Nanoporous Materials research group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, which is interested in using porous materials such as zeolites, porous carbons and metal-organic framework materials to address challenges in sustainable technologies. The group is currently 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.

Biography

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.

Teaching

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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