Dr Jason Stafford BEng, PhD

Dr Jason Stafford

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • PhD in Thermofluids, Stokes Institute, University of Limerick, Ireland.
  • BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland.


Jason is an Associate Professor and RAEng/Leverhulme Trust Research Fellow at the School of Engineering. He 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, clean water, and sustainable production and processing of van der Waals materials. He has received grants from Horizon 2020, including a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, RAEng/Leverhulme Trust, EPSRC, the Rosetrees Trust Innovation Award, 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 Marie Curie 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 Chemical Engineering Research & Design.

Jason was also a member of the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Engineering from 2019-2022, using this platform to highlight the challenges early career researchers face, and contributing to the discussions and ideas on how to improve support for ECRs and their career development.

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


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

Salussolia, G, Kamal, C, Stafford, J, Pugno, N & Botto, L 2022, 'Simulation of interacting elastic sheets in shear flow: insights into buckling, sliding, and reassembly of graphene nanosheets in sheared liquids', Physics of Fluids, vol. 34, no. 5, 053311 . https://doi.org/10.1063/5.0087192

Stafford, J & Kendrick, E 2022, 'Sustainable upcycling of spent electric vehicle anodes into solution-processable graphene nanomaterials', Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, vol. 61, no. 44, pp. 16529-16538. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.2c02634

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

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

Other contribution

Si, R, Herreros, M & Stafford, J 2022, Developing interventions for non-exhaust emissions from transport. University of Birmingham. https://doi.org/10.25500/epapers.bham.00004048


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#>

Review article

Perez-Alvarez, D, Brown, J, Elgohary, E, Mahmoud, Y, El Nazer, H, Davies, P & Stafford, J 2022, 'Challenges surrounding nanosheets and their application to solar-driven photocatalytic water treatment', Materials Advances, vol. 3, no. 10, pp. 4103-4131. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2MA00276K

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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