Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 665992.

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) FIRE programme is an integrated 4 year Doctoral Training programme, bringing together two Centres for Doctoral Training: the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) and the Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE). 

The objective is to increase the international aspects of these successful intersectoral and inter-disciplinary programmes and to develop the elements of transnational mobility and career development.

Objectives of the programme:

  • Offer FIRE Fellows the benefits of two established national Doctoral Training Centres, as they expand their international company placement activities.
  • Bring Fellows the benefits of the cross-sectoral reach of both Centre, with vibrant industries.
  • Enhance interdisciplinarity and offer added-value training practices beyond their specialised research area, to all fellows.
  • Use these synergies to fire-up the fellows to become autonomous, creative, highly-skilled and fully ready for careers in international industries.

The programme aims to deliver 20 autonomous, creative, highly-skilled scientists and engineers fully ready for careers in international industries, and a model for intersectoral, interdisciplinary doctoral training in an international environment.


MSCA FIRE group photo

List of all fellows and their PhD projects

Felix Abeln

  • Developing a food-grade high value palm oil substitute from the yeast M. pulcherrima with Dr Chris Chuck and Dr Daniel Henk; Industrial Partners: Croda and AB Agri.

Youssef Alami Mejjati

  • Multitask learning for heterogeneous data with Professor Mike Tipping and Dr Kwang In Kim.

Tobias Bertel

  • Light field synthesis from existing imagery with Dr Neill Campbell and Dr Christian Richardt; Industrial Partner: The Foundry.

Soumya Chinnachamy Barathi

  • Adaptive Exergaming with Dr Christof Lutteroth and Professor Eamonn O' Neill; Industrial Partner: eLearning Studios.

Vicky De Groof

  • Anaerobic mixed culture processes for bio-waste valorization with Dr Ana Lanham, Dr Tom Arnot, Professor David Leak and Dr Marta Coma; Industrial Partners: Wessex Water and GENeco

Oriol Escursell

  • The fractionation and concentration of whey protein and casein streams from skimmed milk with Dr Michael Bird, Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern, Dr John Chew and Dr Jannis Wenk.

Tayfun Esenkaya

  • Spatially enhancing sensory substitution devices and virtual reality experiences with Dr Michael Proulx and Professor Eamonn O'Neill; Industrial Partner: Atkins.

Stefanie Federle

  • Bio-based monomers for high performance materials with Professor Matthew Davidson, Dr Janet Scott and Professor Richard Trask.

Azin Hosseinzadeh

  • Multiscale modelling of bio-based processes with Dr Pawel Plucinski, Dr Janet Scott and Professor Matthew Davidson.

Muhammad Kamran

  • FDCA as a building block for bio-based polymeric materials with Professor Matthew Davidson and Dr Bahar Yeniad.

Feeza Khan Khanzada

  • Understanding humans and non-human agents in emerging multi-agent systems with Professor Eamonn O'Neill.

Andrew Lawrence

  • Learning 3D Models of Deformable/Non-Rigid Bodies with Dr Neill Campbell and Dr Darren Cosker.

Jinghui Liang

  • Tackling carbon catabolite repression and sporulation in Parageobacillus spp. with Professor David Leak and Dr Albert Bolhuis.

Carlos Lopez

  • Rapid on-site colourimetric determination of drinking water safety in the developing world with Dr Simon Lewis, Professor Tony James and Dr Jannis Wenk.

Jan Malte Lichtenberg

  • Bounded rationality in machine learning with Professor Mike Tipping and Dr Özgür Şimşek; Industrial Partner: Max Planck Institute.

Maryam Naghizade

  • A new method for human/animal retargeting using machine learning with Dr Darren Cosker and Dr Neill Campbell.

Thu Nguyen Phuoc

  • Interactive fabrication-aware architectural modelling with Dr Yongliang Yang and Professor Eamonn O'Neill. Industrial Partner; Lambda Labs.

Jessica Pinheiro de Lucena-Thomas

  • Organoid expansion bioreactor development with Dr Marianne Ellis, Dr Paul de Bank and Dr Kim Luetchford.

Isabella Poli

  • Exploiting perovskites for the generation of solar fuels with Dr Petra Cameron and Dr Salvador Eslava; Industrial Partner: SPECIFIC

Yassir Saquil

  • Machine learning for semantic-level data generation and exploration with Professor Peter Hall and Dr Kwang In Kim.

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