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Department of Engineering

Dr Adam Boies


Adam Boies

Energy Efficient Cities University Lecturer

Academic Division: Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery

Research group: Energy

Telephone: +44 1223 7 46972



Research interests

Dr Adam Boies is a Lecturer in the Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery Engineering Division at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on characterizing the evolution, dynamics and impacts of gas-phase nanoparticles and gaseous pollutants. The applications of his research extend to air quality, transportation emissions and engineered nanoparticles for energy applications.

He is a lead investigator of transportation energy and emissions within the Energy Efficient Cities initiative (EECi) and the Centre for Sustainable Freight, which focus on developing analysis tools that demonstrate achievable reductions in energy use and emissions. His transport research focuses on developing bottom-up engineering models of the UK vehicle fleet and liquid transport fuel to determine lifecycle energy use and emissions. He is principle investigator of the EPSRC-funded Airport Environmental Investment toolkit that has developed applications for evaluation of emissions (local air quality pollutants and greenhouse gases) for UK airports.

His laboratory activities include experimental studies in the area of gas-phase particle measurement with applications in emissions monitoring. Key elements of this work include nano-catalyst synthesis in collaboration with Johnson Matthey to develop materials for robust use at high temperatures. Recent work has also focused on carbon nanotube synthesis techniques in collaboration with Q-Flo and Tortech which are seeking to commercialize large scale carbon nanotube production.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

System-level analysis of the light duty vehicle fleet (Energy Efficient Cities Initiative) and heavy duty vehicle fleet (Centre for Sustainable Road Freight) for purposes of evaluating energy use and emission saving potential with a goal of 80% reduction in GHGs by 2050.

Manufacturing, design and materials

Recently established joint venture in carbon nanotube synthesis with Q Flo working with embedded researchers within the department.

Research projects

Carbon nanotube synthesis, catalyst nanoparticle production, emissions measurements, dual fuel (methane-diesel) vehicle testing.

Teaching activity

Energy MPhil Instructor