Kit Windows-Yule is a Turing Fellow, a two-time Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellow, and an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering, working jointly with the School of Physics and Astronomy’s Positron Imaging Centre.
Kit’s research interests concern the dynamics of particulate, fluid, and multiphase systems, and the development of novel experimental and numerical methodologies through which these systems can be explored.
He works closely with a number of industrial partners in the chemical (Johnson Matthey, FMC), food (Mondelez), pharmaceutical (AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline), and other (Granutools, IFPEN) sectors, applying these techniques to solve significant open problems in their respective fields.
Using techniques such as Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT), X-Ray Tomography, Particle Tracking Velocimetry (PTV), and Discrete Element Method (DEM) modelling, Kit has studied a diverse range of particulate and multiphase systems, including vibrofluidised and gas-fluidised beds, high shear mixers, rotating tumblers, hopper flows and microgravity systems – which he has been lucky enough to explore both in simulation and experimentally.
Kit is also a part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics. This unique team brings together chemists, environmental scientists, engineers, philosophers, linguists, economists, artists, writers, lawyers, and experts in many other fields, to holistically address the global plastics problem.