Jay Wadhawan leads the Electrochemical Engineering Research Group at Hull, and works at the interface between Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. He is an industry-facing academic whose work has received numerous national and international awards, such as the Best Business Impact Award at the 2019 KTP Best of the Best Awards and Runner-Up in the 2015 Wendy Schmidt XPrize on Monitoring Ocean Health.
Jay's research is focused on fundamental electrochemistry for applications in the development of economical and sustainable solutions to industrial problems. His work has led to over 80 papers (h-index = 28).
Jay is the Knowledge Transfer Partnership Champion at Hull, having worked successfully with numerous industrial collaborators including Analox, Ansell Microgard, Centrica Storage, Johnson-Matthey, ParagonID, Schumberger, Singleton Birch and TWI. He is the Industrial Placements and Study-Abroad Co-ordinator for Chemical Engineering undergraduates at Hull.
Jay trained as a chemist at Oxford University and completed his DPhil in Electrochemical Sensor Engineering in 2003 under the auspices of Professor Richard Compton. He was a Leverhulme Trust scholar with Professor Christian Amatore of the French Academy of Sciences (a former science advisor to the French President and a recipient of the Legion of Honour). Jay moved to Hull as a Lecturer (2005), progressing to Senior Lecturer (2011) and Reader (2019). He co-founded the Department of Chemical Engineering at Hull (2012) which awards degrees accredited by the IChemE, and was an Associate Member of the Hull-York Medical School (2012-18). He has served on Hull University Senate and Court (2012-14), was Vice-Chair in Division 6 at International Society of Electrochemistry (2011-14), editor of RSC Specialist Periodical Reports in Electrochemistry (2011-14), and a member of the Executive Committee for the RSC Electrochemistry Group (2007-12). Jay has held visiting academic positions (Brazil/France) and is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris.
Jay teaches Chemical Engineering students at all levels. He has received the Hull University Union Student-led Teaching Award for 'Best Supervisor' (2015), and was shortlisted for the 'Overall Outstanding Achievement' award (2017). He received a Faulty Award for "Outstanding Research Collaboration" (2019) and a Faculty Excellence Award (2019), and a University Employee Excellence Award for "Enterprise and Innovation" (2019).
Level 4: Chemistry
Level 5: Mass Transport II
Level 5/6: Industrial Placements and Study-Abroad Partnerships
Level 6: Sustainability in the Chemical Industry and Chemical Thermodynamics
Level 7: Electrochemical Engineering and Product Development
Level 7: Research Projects - typically between four and six projects per year offered.
Performance of lyotropic liquid crystal-based photoelectrochemical capacitors for solar-to- electrical energy conversion
Halls, J. E., Ward, H. J., Althali, A. A., Testut, L., Kocsis, D., Alhassan, H. S., …Wadhawan, J. D. (2018). Performance of lyotropic liquid crystal-based photoelectrochemical capacitors for solar-to- electrical energy conversion. In F. Kongoli, H. Inufasa, M. Boutelle, R. Compton, J. Dubois, & F. Murad (Eds.), Sustainable Industrial Processing Summit SIPS2018 Volume 2. Amatore Intl. Symp. / on Electrochemistry for Sustainable Development. , (121-130)
Imaging immunoassay in negative: Surface--catalysed chemiluminescence for the detection of pregnancy hormones in artificial saliva
Wright, K. J., Oiaidha, Z. O., Love, D. P., Aljohani, M., Greenway, G. M., & Wadhawan, J. D. (2018). Imaging immunoassay in negative: Surface--catalysed chemiluminescence for the detection of pregnancy hormones in artificial saliva. New journal of chemistry = Nouveau journal de chimie, 42(23), 18641-18648. https://doi.org/10.1039/c8nj02974a
Synthesis and antibacterial effects of cobalt–cellulose magnetic nanocomposites
Kelly, S., Kornherr, A., Alahmadi, N. S., Betts, J. W., Francesconi, M. G., Prior, T. J., …Kornherr, A. (2017). Synthesis and antibacterial effects of cobalt–cellulose magnetic nanocomposites. RSC advances, 7(32), 20020-20026. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ra00920h
Electrochemical measurement of antibody-antigen recognition biophysics: thermodynamics and kinetics of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) binding to redox-tagged antibodies
Partington, L. I., Atkin, S. L., Kilpatrick, E. S., Morris, S. H., Piper, M., Lawrence, N. S., & Wadhawan, J. D. (2018). Electrochemical measurement of antibody-antigen recognition biophysics: thermodynamics and kinetics of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) binding to redox-tagged antibodies. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, 819, 533-541. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jelechem.2018.02.062
Synthesis and antimicrobial effects of highly dispersed, cellulose-stabilized silver/cellulose nanocomposites
Alahmadi, N. S., Kelly, S. M., Betts, J. W., Heinze, T., Wadhawan, J. D., & Koschella, A. (2018). Synthesis and antimicrobial effects of highly dispersed, cellulose-stabilized silver/cellulose nanocomposites. RSC advances, 8(7), 3646-3656. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ra12280b
Current interests include the following projects.
1. The hydrogen economy.
2. Industrial decarbonisation via the electrification of chemical manufacture.
3. Process and technology development for maximising resource recovery for the waste and extractive industries.
4. Molecular electrochemistry for power-to-X.
5. Formulation and manufacture of sustainable inks for high-speed printing, with ease of product disassembly and recycling.
6. Development of new industrial electrochemical and biomedical sensors for performance in extreme environments.
7. Offshore asset corrosion and its mitigation.
8. Computational modelling of transport and chemical reactions within nano-structured materials and systems.
Postgraduate research topics in any of the eight broad research interest areas.