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Dr Martin White awarded prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship

The Fellowship will support Dr White’s ongoing research in to waste-heat recovery systems

by Sophie Cubbin (PR and Communications Manager)

An academic from City, University of London is one of those to be supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s new series of Research Fellowships.

Dr Martin White, a Research Fellow in City’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, will receive five years’ worth of funding and mentorship to advance his research career.

His research is on the development of small-scale energy systems suitable for the power generation from low and medium temperature heat sources.  

During his fellowship he will focus on developing next generation waste-heat recovery systems based on two-phase expansion.

Dr White explained:


Waste-heat recovery power systems have an important role in improving the energy efficiency of many processes, but are currently not widely employed due to relatively poor performance and high costs. This research will investigate novel expander technologies that can successfully expand a liquid-vapour mixture, leading to a potential 30% improvement in the performance waste-heat recovery systems.

The Academy’s Research Fellowships are designed to advance excellence in engineering by enabling early-career researchers to concentrate on basic research in any field of engineering. Awardees also receive mentoring from experienced Academy Fellows, providing valuable advice and industry links that will enable the researchers to establish themselves as future leaders in their fields.

Professor Philip Nelson CBE FREng, Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships Steering Group, says:

“I am delighted to announce these five-year Research Fellowships to 18 of the most promising engineering academics working in the UK today. Engineering research plays a vital role in addressing societal and industrial challenges, both today and in the future, and the variety and impact of the research being done by these awardees demonstrates the depth and breadth of world-leading engineering expertise we have within our universities.

“We have been able to appoint a record number of new engineering Research Fellowships this year, thanks to the government’s Investment in Research Talent initiative, which has provided the Academy with a significant increase in funding over the next few years to attract and retain the best research talent in the UK and support their work.”

Funding for the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowships is provided by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Engineering for Development Research Fellowships through the government’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

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