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Joe Kirkup MEng AMIChemE

DPhil Student

COLLEGE: St Anne's College


Joe obtained an MEng (Hons) degree from Loughborough University in Chemical Engineering, during which he spent 6 months as a visiting research assistant at Texas A&M University.

After graduating, he worked as a Development Engineer for PrOXisense Ltd., spearheading R&D across the pharmaceutical, aerospace/defence, and FMCG sectors; with applications including contamination/counterfeit identification, oil debris detection, and blade-tip-timing (BTT).

Joe is currently a DPhil candidate within the Oxford Turbine Research Facility (OTRF) research group at the Oxford Thermofluids Institute, with a focus on heat transfer, thermo-mechanical systems, bearings, and process analytical techniques (PAT).

Research Interests

  • Heat Transfer
  • Thermo-Mechanical Systems
  • Bearings & Transmissions
  • Process Analytical Techniques (PAT)

Current Projects

High Speed Bearings for Turbomachinery Application - Applying novel materials and heat transfer analysis to develop improved cooling for high speed aerospace bearings.

Thermal Measurement Techniques for Solute Quantification - Modelling & development of thermal process analytical techniques.