Dr Felix Leach Awarded Richard Way Memorial Prize

  • Dr Felix Leach
19 June, 2015

Congratulations are in order for College Lecturer in Engineering Dr Felix Leach, who has recently been awarded the Richard Way Memorial Prize for the best PhD Thesis in Engine Research submitted in 2014.

The annual prize is awarded by the UnICEG (Universities Internal Combustion Engine Group). UnICEG is a group of researchers in internal combustion engine research and development, and membership comprises over 100 organisations from universities and industry. Felix was presented with his prize at the JCB World Headquarters in Rocester, Staffordshire last month.

Felix’s DPhil (PhD), which was funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and Jaguar Land Rover, focused on fuel effects on particulate (soot) emissions from car engines. The thesis validated an equation linking the fuel composition to the emissions on a variety of car engines and included collaborative work between Oxford University, Jaguar Land Rover, Shell, and the University of Bath. 

The results of Felix’s experiments, demonstrating variations in the current regulations for testing new cars, were fed through ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers' Association) into the recommendations for the now current EU6 reference fuel specification – effectively influencing the EU law behind emissions tests on new cars. 

The work has been the subject of numerous academic publications, and was featured by the SMMT (the UK car manufacturers and vendors industry association) in 2014-15.