MatSE Professor Jessica Krogstad Awarded RAEng Distinguished Visiting Fellowship


Caitlin McCoy

MatSE Professor Jessica Krogstad will travel to the UK to visit the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM) and other major institutions as part of her Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Distinguished Visiting Fellowship award. 

Professor Krogstad will deliver keynote lectures at the Universities of Birmingham, Manchester and Cambridge, as well as BP Exploration in Sunbury and the Castrol Technology Centre in Pangbourne.  Professor Krogstad will also be conducting research and establishing new collaborations in the area of developing and characterizing new surfaces. 

This Fellowship will focus on the development of novel materials with impact in transportation, communication, energy conversion, and other critical technologies that rely on the performance of such materials, often operating in extreme and demanding environments where surface chemistry, scale, and morphology may change significantly over the course of operation. 

Professor Krogstad said, “I am both honored and excited by this opportunity.  I look forward to sharing our work and exchanging ideas with world-class researchers at all of these insitutions.”

The RAEng visit is being hosted by the University of Cambridge and has been supported by the $100m BP International Centre for Advanced Materials which already links the Universities of Manchester and Illinois on fundamental and applied collaborative research for applications in the oil and gas industry of interest to BP.

Dr Colm Durkan, Reader in Nanoscale Engineering at the University of Cambridge and BP-ICAM Programme Board Member, said: “I am delighted to host Professor Krogstad’s visit to the UK as part of her Fellowship awarded by the Royal Academy of Engineering. My colleagues and I at the University of Cambridge are looking forward to collaborating further with Professor Krogstad over the coming months and have no doubt that her lecture will be of great interest to our academic community.”  

Professor Krogstad has a proven track record of research excellence in phase evolution, microstructural and surface characterization, and small-scale mechanical characterization of structural materials. She has worked to establish a dynamic research program focusing on materials operating in extreme and demanding environments, in which she brings to bear in-depth knowledge of key connections between thermodynamic and kinetic driving forces and mechanical responses of materials to tackle important research questions.  

Sheetal Handa, Associate Director at BP for the BP-ICAM said: “BP-ICAM has been particularly successful in obtaining Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Fellowships and this award recognizes Professor Krogstad’s international reputation as one of the leading proponents of surface chemistry for industrial applications. Her current work is already helping BP to address key challenges in the areas of fouling and deposition, and we hope that her visit to the UK will strengthen existing collaborations and lead to new and exciting avenues of research.”

She is a recipient of the TMS Young Leader Professional Development Award (2014), DOE Early Career Award (2016), and NSF CAREER Award (2017).