Dr Alfonso Martinez-Felipe
Lecturer, School of Engineering
Tel: +44(0) 1224 273 074 / +34 648865382
As a lecturer in Chemical Engineering since September 2015, I am committed to lead Aberdeen in becoming a main player in the energy transition in the UK and overseas. My aim is to integrate research and teaching excellence, through different development areas.
My research interests cover the preparation and characterisation of materials used as electrolytes in energy conversion and storage devices, and more specifically, by synthesising, characterising and testing new liquid crystals and polymers.
More specifically, I am currently studying new mechanisms for improved ionic transport through ionic liquids, which will upgrade anhydrous fuel cells with higher efficiencies, and I am investigating new mechanisms for harvesting energy from solar light. My work is carried out supported by different funders, including the University and School, the Carnegie Trust, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Academy of Engineering or the Royal Society,
I have published 40 research papers with an h-index of to 21 (August 2020, ResearchGate), and my highest cited paper “A Twist-Bend Nematic Phase Driven by Hydrogen Bonding”, was qualified as Hot Paper in the liquid crystal section by the journal (Angewandte Chemie-International Edition), with over 100 citations (Scopus).
I teach at the MEng/BEng of Chemical Engineering, and also at the MSc of Renewable Energy Technologies and Advanced Chemical Engineering, covering courses in energy conversion and storage and advanced separation techniques. In addition, I am the Coordinator of the MSc in Decommissioning, with strong links with the National Decommissioning Centre.
My vision for teaching is to engage UG (as well as PG) students into research and innovation activities, by the publication of manuscripts in scientific journals after their individual projects or Erasmus traineeships, by the supervision of Carnegie vacation scholars and by running grants within the Students Experience Fund (Development Trust).
I am also the School of Engineering senior advisor of the PrototAU team, formed by students from different disciplines, whose aim is to build and optimise a prototype car using hydrogen-powered fuel cells. The team won the Best Newcomer Award in the European Shell Eco-Marathon held in London in 2019.
With the aim to promote internationalisation and establish links between academia and industry, I am PI in Aberdeen of the Erasmus+ Strategic Alliance “Add your value/ ADIUVA” (2019-2021), and I have strong collaborations with the University of Malaya, Tokyo University of Science, MARA University of Technology, Universities of Bologna and Genoa, University of Zaragoza, and University of Nevada Las Vegas.