Dr. Jonathan Sands


Dr. Jonathan Sands is a cross-disciplinary researcher, currently holding a lectureship within the Faculty of Engineering at Burapha University. In 2010 he obtained an integrated masters at the undergraduate level in Mathematical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK, where his final year project was on the mathematical modelling of microfluidic fuel cells. This work led him to join the fuel cell research group at the School of Chemical Engineering, also at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he graduated with a PhD in Hydrogen Fuel Cells and their Applications in 2014. His thesis resolved to study undesirable current oscillations in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), which led to a reaction-diffusion model that explained the oscillatory mechanism, and was validated through a series of experiments on tubular SOFCs. After obtaining his doctorate, Jonathan was employed by Alceli Co. Ltd., Thailand, to participate in the design and optimisation of a linear particle accelerator for proton radiotherapy in cancer patients. He continues to work with Alceli whilst lecturing on the Engineering English Program at Burapha University.

Research Interests

Applied/industrial mathematics. • Mathematical modelling. • Finite element, computational mathematics and programming. • Dynamical systems. • Fuel cells and renewable energy. • Linear particle acceleration.


Industrial collaboration with Airmax Group Ltd., UK in which the problem of alignment of an in-vehicle diagnostics unit was addressed. The solution utilised equations of motion and linear algebra, requiring the analysis of large data sets, and implementation of the algorithm in MATLAB. • Design engineer and principal scientific trainer for Alceli Co. Ltd., Thailand. His key role was to design and simulate components for a linear particle accelerator, with the primary driver being cost minimisation. Additionally, he taught courses in fundamental mathematics, applied mechanics, and computational techniques to the staff. He developed analytic techniques to implement a simulation strategy in order to achieve the goal of cost minimisation. The simulations have been carried out in MATLAB, Superfish (Los Alamos Laboratory), and the finite element software packages COMSOL Multiphysics and CST Microwave Studio. • Outreach projects which disseminate university level research to both schools and the general public. These include open lectures, demonstrations of microgrids, and public engagement with regard to the relevance of university research. • International conference presentations