Dr Jason Stafford BEng, PhD

Dr Jason Stafford

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • PhD in Thermofluids, University of Limerick, Ireland, 2011
  • BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland, 2007


Jason has published 40 articles in scientific journals and is co-inventor on 18 patents. His research fields include thermofluids, multiphase flows and the processing of two-dimensional nanomaterials (such as graphene). His work has been applied to areas including microelectronics cooling for telecommunications and aerospace, environmental particle fouling and clean air, and large-scale production of novel materials. He has received grants from Horizon 2020, including a Marie Curie individual fellowship, and The Royal Society. 

He received the Eurotherm Young Scientist Award for his work in thermal sciences, and recognitions from Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia for transferring fundamental research into products. In 2019, he was listed in the Top 3 fellows for "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" by the European Commission. In 2021, Jason was selected to be part of the "Emerging Stars" special issue by IChemE ChERD. Jason is also a member of the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Engineering.

Postgraduate supervision

Welcome applications with research interests covering: Thermofluids, Fluid dynamics, 2D nanomaterials, solution-processed materials.


Thermofluids, Fluid dynamics, Heat transport, Two-dimensional (2D) materials

Other activities

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Imperial College London, UK
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Imperial College London, 2017-2019
  • Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Member of the American Physical Society (APS)


Recent publications


Stafford, J & Xu, C 2021, 'Cooling in poor air quality environments - Impact of fan operation on particle deposition', IEEE Transactions on Components, Packaging and Manufacturing Technology, vol. 11, no. 8, 9440973, pp. 1206-1213. https://doi.org/10.1109/TCPMT.2021.3084047

Stafford, J & Xu, C 2021, 'Deposition of particle pollution in turbulent forced-air cooling', Aerosol Science and Technology, vol. 55, no. 4, pp. 486-500. https://doi.org/10.1080/02786826.2021.1873237

Perez-Alvarez, D, Davies, P & Stafford, J 2022, 'Foam flows in turbulent liquid exfoliation of layered materials and implications for graphene production and inline characterisation', Chemical Engineering Research and Design, vol. 177, pp. 245-254. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cherd.2021.10.041

Stafford, J, Uzo, N, Farooq, U, Favero, S, Wang, S, Chen, H-H, L'Hermitte, A, Petit, C & Matar, OK 2021, 'Real-time monitoring and hydrodynamic scaling of shear exfoliated graphene', 2D Materials, vol. 8, no. 2, 025029. https://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1583/abdf2f

Stafford, J & Marchesini, S 2021, 'Shear perfection?' Materials World, vol. 29, no. 9, pp. 47-49.

Wu, T, Lo, K & Stafford, J 2021, 'Vehicle non-exhaust emissions - revealing the pathways from source to environmental exposure', Environmental Pollution, vol. 268, 115654. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2020.115654

Farooq, U, Stafford, J, Petit, C & Matar, OK 2020, 'Numerical simulations of a falling film on the inner surface of a rotating cylinder', Physical Review E, vol. 102, 043106. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.102.043106

Stafford, J, Matar, O & Petit, C 2019, 'Producing graphene at scale' The Chemical Engineer, vol. 930, no. 31. <https://www.thechemicalengineer.com/features/producing-graphene-at-scale/>


Stafford, J, Matar, OK & Petit, C Apr. 02 2021, Method and apparatus for monitoring production of a material in a liquid dispersion in real time, Patent No. WO2021019228. <https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?FT=D&date=20210204&DB=&locale=en_EP&CC=WO&NR=2021019228A1&KC=A1&ND=4#>

Stafford, J, Matar, O & Petit, C Feb. 07 2019, Fluidic Exfoliation, Patent No. WO2019025784. <https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?II=4&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20190207&CC=WO&NR=2019025784A1&KC=A1>

Stafford, J & Jeffers, N Apr. 04 2018, A Heat Transfer Structure, Patent No. EP3301391. <https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?II=11&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20180404&CC=EP&NR=3301391A1&KC=A1>

Stafford, J, King, P & Cunningham, G Jul. 26 2018, A Method for Fabricating an Apparatus Comprising at least one Microfluidic Channel a and an Apparatus Comprising a Microfluidic Channel, Patent No. WO2018134420. <https://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?II=5&ND=3&adjacent=true&locale=en_EP&FT=D&date=20180726&CC=WO&NR=2018134420A1&KC=A1>

Review article

Singh, NS, Zhang, J, Stafford, J, Anthony, C & Gao, N 2021, 'Implementing superhydrophobic surfaces within various condensation environments: a review', Advanced Materials Interfaces, vol. 8, no. 2, 2001442. https://doi.org/10.1002/admi.202001442

Working paper

Stafford, J & Xu, C 2020 'Deposition of particle pollution in turbulent forced-air cooling' arXiv. <https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.07565>

Stafford, J, Uzo, N, Farooq, U, Favero, S, Wang, S, Chen, H-H, L'Hermitte, A, Petit, C & Matar, O 2020 'Universal scaling and real-time monitoring of the production of liquid exfoliated graphene' ChemRxiv, pp. 1-11. https://doi.org/10.26434/chemrxiv.11628267.v1

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