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Inaugural BP-ICAM Research Fellowship Awarded to Dr Radomir Slavchov

last modified Mar 30, 2017 04:15 PM

Dr Radomir Slavchov from this department has been announced as the inaugural BP-ICAM Research Fellow. The two-year BP-ICAM Research Fellowship will commence this month and enable Dr Slavchov to work directly with BP technologists on research for the oil and gas industry. 

Dr Slavchov, who is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, joined the University of Cambridge in 2015. Prior to this he worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria following the completion of his PhD in Physical Chemistry.

The Fellowship will provide funding for Dr Slavchov to continue his current theoretical research on understanding how deposits build up in components in gasoline and diesel engines such as fuel injectors, which he is currently undertaking as part of a BP-ICAM funded research project. As emission reduction and fuel efficiency targets become more stringent, this research will help inform the development of the next generation of BP's fuels.

This research is also of importance to BP's refining business, where new insights will further their understanding of fouling and deposition issues in refinery operations. Dr Slavchov will also begin new research into the chemistry and thermodynamics of the additives used in BP’s fuels and refining operations. 

The BP-ICAM Research Fellowship will see Dr Slavchov co-located between the University of Cambridge and BP’s Technology Research Teams located at Naperville (US), Pangbourne, Sunbury and Hull. It is hoped that the establishment of the Fellowship will further enhance the current network of world-class research collaborations between BP-ICAM and BP, as well as identifying new areas of research for the future.

"We are delighted to announce Dr Slavchov as the inaugural BP-ICAM Research Fellow," said Dr Sheetal Handa, Associate Director at BP for the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials. "We hope to announce more Fellowships in the future, providing academics based at the BP-ICAM partner universities with a great opportunity to work directly with BP to solve real-world challenges in our industry," he continued.

The BP-ICAM (BP International Centre for Advanced Materials) was set up by BP in 2012 with a $100 million investment over 10 years. It connects BP’s expertise in oil and gas with the strengths of the universities of Cambridge, Manchester, Imperial College London and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to conduct fundamental and applied research into areas such as structural materials, corrosion, separations, surfaces, deposits, imaging, modelling and self-healing materials.

For further information, please contact Alexander Chilton, BP-ICAM Communications and Marketing Officer


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