Professor Jawwad Darr
Dr Jawwad A. Darr received his BSc in chemistry from the University of Manchester in 1991. After a Phd and 1 year postdoctoral research at Imperial College in Synthetic metal-organic chemistry and further postdoctoral research at Nottingham University, he worked as an experimental officer in biomedical materials for two years at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) at the IRC in Biomedical Materials. From 2001 – 2006, he was holder of an EPSRC Advanced Research fellowship (and lecturer) developing research on “Next Generation Biomedical Materials using Supercritical Fluids”. In May 2007, he joined University College London (UCL), Department of Chemistry and was appointed as full professor in October 2011. He is visiting professor in Biomaterials at COMSATS University, Lahore, and the UCL Knowledge Transfer Champion for the (MAPS faculty). Professor Darr’s group is one of the leading exponents of continuous hydrothermal (supercritical water) flow synthesis, CHFS, reactors for the production of nanoceramics and devices. The technology has been developed in numerous publications for high throughput synthesis to scale-up via a CHFS pilot plant process capable of >1kg per hour[3,4] Professor Darr has strong interactions with UK industry related to the discovery of new ceramic nanomaterials in energy (solid oxide fuel cells, Na and Li ion batteries,[5-7] supercapacitors, transparent conducting oxides), materials discovery/catalysis (reduction of CO2, water splitting/oxidation catalysis) and healthcare applications (biomedical ceramics, adjuvants).
Within ELEVATE, I am leading the UCL efforts for materials discovery of anode and cathode materials for Li ion batteries and hybrid supercapacitors as well as supporting the work on scale-up of key materials for demonstrator cells. This will be done using UCLs continuous hydrothermal flow synthesis process technology.