The SimEA Post-Doctoral Fellow(s) will pursue research in Computational Science and Engineering with emphasis on multi-scale modelling, simulations and application of data analytics approaches for the study of complex nanostructured materials. They will be integrated in the team managed by the ERA Chair and will be actively engaged with the on-going research at CaSToRC associated with HPC, Data Analytics methods and the development of novel algorithms for large-scale computational infrastructures.

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Dr. Panayiota Katsamba

Dr. Katsamba is an applied mathematician with expertise in modelling the microscale mechanics arising from the interactions of fluid, elastic and chemical phenomena. Her research lies at the interface of physical mechanics, biomedicine and microengineering. She studied mathematics at the University of Cambridge, from which she graduated in 2014 with a BA (First Honours) and MMath (Distinction). She obtained her PhD in Applied Mathematics under the supervision of Prof Eric Lauga at the Department of Applied Mathematics of the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis is titled `Biophysics of helices: Bacteria, viruses, and devices'. During her doctoral research (2014-2018), she explored the microscale mechanics of the motion of bacteria, viruses and magnetic micro-robots.

She developed a mathematical framework to study flexible filaments moving in viscous fluids, and applied it to swimming bacteria and for magnetically-actuated micro-robots that have promising applications in minimally-invasive medicine. She proposed a novel control mechanism of magnetic microbots that has been recently realised experimentally. She also developed the first mathematical model of the motion of bacteriophage viruses along the flagellar filaments of bacteria that agrees with experimental observations. Following her doctoral studies, she held the position of Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, working with Dr Montenegro-Johnson. During her postdoctoral research at Birmingham (2018-2020), she developed “Slender Phoretic Theory” for the study of chemically active filaments that offer novel control capabilities for microbots through shape transformation. She joined the Cyprus Institute in the summer of 2020 as a Research Fellow. She is part of the research team associated with the European Research Area (ERA) Chair in Modelling and Simulation for Engineering Applications (SimEA), led by Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris. Her research is focused on the development of data-driven, multi-scale computational approaches for the modelling of molecular systems.



Dr. Awais Mahmood

Dr. Awais Mahmood is a Mechanical Engineer and has received his doctoral degree from Tsinghua University, China in June 2020. During his PhD studies he focused on the development of efficient simulation techniques to understand the wetting and transport behavior of a dropletIt includes intensive studies on understanding the effect of substrate curvature gradient, wettability gradient and contact angle hysteresis on the spontaneous propulsion of water droplet on different type of nanostructured surfaces. Also, he has conducted studies on understanding the influence of thermal fluctuations and substrate geometry on the movement and coalescence of gold nanoparticles. These studies are quite useful in understanding fundamental mechanism behind complex physical behaviors at nanoscale and can provide an insight for the development of number of engineering applications.

Aside from simulation studies, Dr. Awais has also conducted experimental work on the topic oil/water separation, enhanced fog collection, development of superhydrophobic/superhydrophilic surfaces, and deicing applications. By far Dr. Awais has hands on experience in molecular dynamics simulations using LAMMPS and also have sound knowledge about different experimental techniques.He has been appointed as a post-doctoral candidate by SimEA research group and he will start working form November 2020. The SimEA research group is led by Prof. Vangelis Harmandaris focusing on Modeling and Simulation for Engineering Applications, funded by the European Research Area (ERA) Chairs action. Dr. Awais will be working on the development of efficient computational techniques for engineering applications related to wetting and transport phenomena



Dr. Hilal Reda

Dr. Hilal Reda is a Mechanical Engineer with experience in microscale homogenization for generalized continuum models. His doctoral research was conducted under the direction of Prof. Jean Francois Ganghoffer at Lorraine University.  He studied mechanical engineering at the Lebanese University. He has good knowledge of and a concrete foundation in computational material, topology optimization and wave propagation analysis. He succeeded in developing 2D and 3D homogenization methods for the linear discrete structure towards generalized media such as second gradient and micropolar media: The influence of additional degrees of freedom or higher order gradients on the dispersion relations was analysed in both situations of elastic and viscoelastic behaviours of the material. He also developed a nonlinear homogenization method for the periodic discrete structure. He studied the wave propagation analysis in linear and nonlinear regions for the discrete periodic structure. In the nonlinear region, he analysed the influence of large elastic deformations on the propagation of acoustic waves in repetitive network materials: He proposed a new methodology for the construction of effective strain gradient media for heterogeneous materials combining a variational principle of linear elasticity with the extended Hill lemma, accounting for the generalized kinematics in the framework of periodic homogenization. 

Following his Doctoral studies, he held a postdoctoral position at Valenciennes University. During his postdoctoral research, he studied the solid-solid interface characterization at the nanometer scale using very high ultrasonic frequency. He succeeded in publishing more than 20 articles in international journals with high impact factors on the characterization and development of homogenization methods in linear and nonlinear regions with wave propagation analysis, taking into account the microstructure size effects (such as: Composite Structure, Journal of Sound and Vibration, International journal of Non Linear Mechanics, Journal of Engineering Science, Journal of Sound and Vibration).