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Professor Valeska Ting - University of Bristol. Bristol, , GB

Professor Valeska Ting Professor Valeska Ting

Professor of Smart Nanomaterials | University of Bristol


Developing materials for green energy generation and storage

Areas of Expertise (5)

Hydrogen fuel

Energy Generation


Sustainable Energy Storage

Hydrogen Power in Vehicles


Professor Valeska Ting is based in the Department of Mechanical Engineering where she leads a specialist research team developing the use of nanomaterials – highly useful materials with features between 1 nm and 100 nm in size - for sustainable energy storage and for energy use, such as in hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Her work contributes to the development of safer, more efficient ways to store and deliver sustainable energy. Professor Ting serves on the UK-based EPSRC-led national Energy Strategic Advisory Committee. She is very active in science and engineering outreach and is one of the BBC’s BAME Expert Voices. Professor Ting was named among the Top 50 Women in Engineering in Sustainability in 2020 by the Women’s Engineering Society.







Accomplishments (3)

Top 50 Women in Engineering - Awarded by the Women’s Engineering Society


Gold Medal for Engineering, and the Westminster Medal, SET for Britain competition at the House of Commons


Sir Frederick Warner Medal


Education (2)

The Australian National University: Ph.D., Inorganic and Solid State Chemistry 2007

Victoria University of Wellington: B.Sc., Science and Technology 2002

Media Appearances (3)

Women in Engineering: Celebrating Sustainability on INWED

Engineering.com  online


Valeska Ting is a Professor of Smart Nanomaterials at the University of Bristol. “I lead a research team that is working on the development of materials-based systems for storage of hydrogen, which is a zero-carbon fuel that can be used in transportation. By conducting research into how we can safely and efficiently store hydrogen onboard vehicles, we are helping to provide underpinning technologies to allow alternative energy vectors such as hydrogen to come into future widespread use."

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INWED: Female chemical engineers recognised for green leadership

The Chemical Engineer  online


The awards from the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) have been given to IChemE Members Yasmin Ali, Rachel Gomes, Caireen Hargreaves, Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Mi Tian, and Valeska Ting. They are among 50 engineers whose work supports the UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals or Net Zero Carbon Programme.

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'Molecular sponge' advancement in storing hydrogen

PhysOrg  online


The research marks a major development in our understanding of efficient hydrogen storage. It was led by Dr Valeska Ting from our Department of Chemical Engineering in conjunction with researchers from Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and collaborators in the USA and Germany.

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Articles (5)

Toward process-resilient lignin-derived activated carbons for hydrogen storage applications

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

2020 Activated carbons are promising sorbents that have been heavily investigated for the physisorptive storage of hydrogen. The industrial process for production of activated carbons is finely tuned and requires a reliable and uniform feedstock. While the natural biopolymer lignin, a byproduct of several industries, has received increasing interest as a potentially sustainable and inexpensive activated carbon feedstock, the ratio of the three aromatic monomers (S, G, and H) in lignin can be heavily affected by the lignin source and growing conditions.

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Multifunctional composites: A metamaterial perspective

Multifunctional Materials

2019 Multifunctional composites offer the ability to increase the efficiency, autonomy and lifespan of a structure by performing functions that would have been considered by designers as mutually exclusive. In the present perspective paper, a subclass of multifunctional composites is considered: metamaterials.

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Application of Experimental Design to Hydrogen Storage: Optimisation of Lignin-Derived Carbons

Journal of Carbon Research

2019 Lignin is a significant by-product of the paper pulping and biofuel industries. Upgrading lignin to a high-value product is essential for the economic viability of biorefineries for bioethanol production and environmentally benign pulping processes. In this work, the feasibility of lignin-derived activated carbons for hydrogen storage was studied using a Design of Experiments methodology, for a time and cost-efficient exploration of the synthesis process.

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Flexible ZIFs: probing guest‐induced flexibility with CO2, N2 and Ar adsorption

Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology

2019 The experimental isotherms of these frameworks were analysed in order to investigate their structural flexibility using gases with kinetic diameters equal to or larger than the diameters of their static pore apertures. The results of gas sorption measurements indicate guest‐induced phase changes for ZIF‐7 and ZIF‐9 (SOD topologies). ZIF‐12 (RHO topology) also shows uptake for gases, despite its pore‐limiting diameter being smaller than the kinetic diameters of the adsorbed molecules.

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Defective hierarchical porous copper-based metal-organic frameworks synthesised via facile acid etching strategy


2019 Introducing hierarchical pore structure to microporous materials such as metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be beneficial for reactions where the rate of reaction is limited by low rates of diffusion or high pressure drop. This advantageous pore structure can be obtained by defect formation, mostly via post-synthetic acid etching, which has been studied extensively on water-stable MOFs.

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