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Dr Nacho Tudela-Montes

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering: Electrochemical

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Fabrication of electromechanically active electrodes for miniaturised electrochemical devices (self-funded, please contact Dr Tudela-Montes for more information about scholarship opportunities).

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseElectrochemistry, Electrochemical Engineering, Tribology

Biography

Applied Electrochemistry has always been at the core of Dr Ignacio Tudela-Montes' work since his early research days. Whether it was the development of novel sonoelectrochemical methods to remediate polluted drinking water, the manufacture of anode materials for electrochemical processes, the design and optimisation of electrochemical reactors for different applications or the development of novel tribological materials and the evaluation of their corrosion performance in non-conductive oils, Electrochemistry has always been an intrinsic part of his research career.

Dr Tudela-Montes started his research career in April 2007 as part of the former NDTESB Research Group (New Technological Developments in Electrochemistry: Sonoelectrochemistry and Bioelectrochemistry) under the direction of late Dr José González-García at the University of Alicante, Spain, where he was at the core of the research performed on the design and development of electrochemical and sonoelectrochemical processes for different applications.

In June 2011, Dr Tudela-Montes joined Daido Metal – European Technical Centre UK (ETC UK) as a Materials Researcher involved in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project between Coventry University and Daido Industrial Bearings Europe (UK subsidiary of Daido Metal) aiming at the development of novel materials for engine bearing applications. During the KTP he also started his PhD degree, fully sponsored by Daido Metal, which he completed in June 2015. After completing his PhD, he became Senior Materials Researcher at Daido Metal – ETC UK where he led the team responsible for the development of novel material solutions and manufacturing processes for engine bearing and other tribological applications ranging from crankshaft bearings for the automotive industry to large bearings for industrial, power generation and marine engines.

Since July 2018, Dr Tudela-Montes leads research in the area of Electrochemical Engineering as part of the Institute for Materials and Processes within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. He is also founding lecturer of Electrochemical Engineering within Chemical Engineering, actively driving forward educational and mentoring activities for Chemical Engineering students within the School of Engineering.

Current Research Interests

Applied Electrochemistry & Electrochemical Engineering

I am mainly interested in the broad field of Electrochemistry with special focus on its applied side (Applied Electrochemistry & Electrochemical Engineering). Over the years, my research has covered a wide range of topics within Electrochemical Engineering: from advanced designing and modelling of electrochemical reactors and electrolysers to the development of novel coatings by electrochemical processes and their scale-up to production scale. At the University of Edinburgh, I continue to work in Applied Electrochemistry & Electrochemical Engineering with a particular interest in the following areas:
Optimised design of electrochemical reactors: CFD/FEM modelling and optimisation including electrode processes (potential applications: fuel cells, batteries, electrolysers, etc.).
Synthesis of materials
- Novel electrode materials for electrochemical applications: metal, metal/polymer, piezoelectric, (potential applications: fuel cells, batteries, electrochemical reduction of CO2, etc.).
- Functional materials by electrochemical methods: coatings, thin films, (potential applications: engineering applications requiring enhanced mechanical properties/performance).
New electrochemical applications: combination of electrochemistry and other technologies (e.g. ultrasound: sonoelectrochemistry), green synthesis, environmental applications, etc.

Acoustic cavitation

Acoustically generated bubbles such as those observed in ultrasonic cleaning baths may constitute an interesting way to enhance reactions rates or change reaction pathways in chemical processes. Nevertheless, industrial scaling-up of acoustic-cavitation-driven chemical processes (Sonochemistry) remains limited, being the lack of proper understanding of cavitation activity and its distribution within sonochemical reactors. In this sense, one of my research interests is the design and optimisation of efficient large scale sonochemical reactors for different applications. My work in the field is mainly focused in these areas:
Optimised design of sonochemical reactors: FEM simulation of the acoustic pressure and reactor wall vibration.
Novel ways of using acoustic cavitation in chemical processes.

Tribology

The study of frictionwear and lubrication phenomena is of inherent interest in engineering. My main interest in the field is the development of novel functional coatings with enhanced resistance to wear and higher lubricity. This includes the manufacturing of metallic composite coatings with functional particles for different applications.

Positions available

We are always looking for outstanding prospective students who are interested in conducting a PhD project in our research areas of interest. Self-funded students are welcome to contact Dr Tudela-Montes and discuss potential PhD project topics (information on entry requiremenets, fees and costs is available here). Outstanding applicants with a very strong academic background can also consider applying for one of the several scholarships that may be available for funding PhD studies (please see list with examples below). Exceptional candidates may also be considered for full PhD scholarships from the School of Engineering.
Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships
Carnegie PhD Scholarships
Perfect Storms: Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships
Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship (for high quality overseas students only)
China Scholarships Council/University of Edinburgh Scholarships (for Chinese nationals/residents only)

Interational students are also encourage to explore applying for scholarships to conduct PhD studies abroad from their national and regional goverments. Please find below some examples:
CONICYT | Becas de Doctorado - Becas Chile (for Chilean nationals/residents only)
CONACYT | Becas de posgrado en el Extranjero (for Mexican nationals only)
SSMS Scholarchips (for candidates from Punjab/Pakistan only)
La Caixa - Becas para Estudios de Posgrado en Europa (for Spanish nationals only)

Qualifications

PhD in area of Functional Materials - Coventry University (2015)
Thesis: Novel Ultrasound-assisted electrodeposited Nickel-based coatings for bearing applications

BEng in Chemical Engineering (equivalent)University of Alicante (2008)

Teaching

Chemical Engineering (BEng and MEng):
Electrochemical Engineering 5 (CHEE11028) - Course organiser

Advanced Chemical Engineering (MSc):
Electrochemical Engineering MSc (PGEE11177) - Course organiser

Research activities & awards

  1. New Electrochemical Technologies for Sustainable Fuels, Chemicals and Industrial Processes

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. S. Rasoul Kh. Nekouei

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

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