Dr Brendan J. Howlin joined the University of Surrey in September 1987 to teach on the new computer aided chemistry degree course. He currently teaches IT skills, advanced mathematics, molecular modelling and DNA profiling.
He graduated with BSc and PhD from the University of Essex, having studied the inorganic chemistry of microbial iron transport compounds, using Mossbauer spectroscopy and X-ray crystallography. He also carried out postdoctoral pharmaceutical and protein modelling studies at Birkbeck College in the University of London and Pfizer Ltd.
Areas of specialism
University roles and responsibilities
- Chemistry Athena Swan Lead
- Member of IT Governance Committee
- Member of FEPS Equality and Diversity Committee
Alternative to traditional batteries moves a step closer to reality after exciting progress in supercapacitor technology
New breed of supermolecule ‘hunts down’ harmful drugs and removes them from water
In the media
My research interests currently centre on molecular modelling and developing supercapacitors. Molecular modelling covers molecular mechanics, molecular dynamics, QSPR and molecular orbital calculations on synthetic polymers, proteins and drug design. The supercapacitor research involves developing the next generation of high energy density supercapacitor materials
- Major scientific breakthrough research has discovered new materials offering an alternative to battery power proven to be between 1,000-10,000 times more powerful than the existing battery alternative - a supercapacitor.
- The new technology is believed to have the potential for electric cars to travel to similar distances as petrol cars without the need to stop for lengthy re-charging breaks of between 6-8 hours, and instead re-charge fully in the time it takes to fill a regular car with petrol.
- The scientific findings made by Augmented Optics Ltd and its wholly owned subsidiary Supercapacitor Materials Ltd with the University of Surrey and University of Bristol have produced a safer, faster charging, more efficient and greener alternative to battery power and supercapacitor abilities as we currently know them.
We collaborate with supercapacitormaterials on supercapacitors (http://www.supercapacitormaterials.com/)
Dr Ian Hamerton (University of Bristol) on polymeric materials (http://www.bristol.ac.uk/engineering/people/ian-hamerton/index.html)
Dr Daniel Meijles (St. George's, University of London) on anti-ageing drugs (https://www.sgul.ac.uk/research-profiles-a-z/daniel-n-meijles)
Courses I teach on
Postgraduate research supervision
Currently supervising a PhD student (Maryam Sairi, sponsored by the Malaysian Government) on predicting the char yield of Benzoxazines by QSPR. These materials are widely used as fire retardant coatings, so maximising the char yield is paramount.
Completed postgraduate research projects I have supervised
Lisa Mc Namara
Meqna Wan Hassan
Dr Brendan Howlin - Selected Recent Publications
Tanczos AC; Palmer RA; Potter BS; Saldanha JW; Howlin BJ. Antagonist binding in the rat muscarinic receptor - A study by docking and X-ray crystallography COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY 2004, Vol 28, Iss 5-6, pp 375-385.
Allington RD; Attwood D; Hamerton I; Hay JN; Howlin BJ. Developing improved models of oxidatively treated carbon fibre surfaces, using molecular simulation COMPOSITES PART A-APPLIED SCIENCE AND MANUFACTURING 2004, Vol 35, Iss 10, pp 1161-1173.
Sfyrakis K; Provata A; Povey DC; Howlin BJ. Local sequential minimization of double stranded B-DNA using Monte Carlo annealing JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR MODELING 2004, Vol 10, Iss 3, pp 185-197.
Hamerton I; Emsley AM; Howlin BJ; Klewpatinond P; Takeda S. Studies on a dicyanate containing four phenylene rings and polycyanurate copolymers. 3. Application of mathematical models to determine the kinetics of the thermal degradation processes POLYMER 2004, Vol 45, Iss 7, pp 2193-2199.
Sfyrakis K; Provata A; Povey DC; Howlin BJ. Full-strand minimization of single and double stranded B-DNA using Monte-Carlo annealing MOLECULAR SIMULATION 2003, Vol 29, Iss 9, pp 555-575.
Hamerton I; Emsley AM; Howlin BJ; Klewpatinond P; Takeda S. Studies on a dicyanate containing four phenylene rings and polycyanurate blends. 2. Application of mathematical models to the catalysed polymerization process POLYMER 2003, Vol 44, Iss 17, pp 4839-4852.
Hamerton I; Hay JN; Howgate G; Howlin BJ; O'Gara P. A novel phenylethynyl-terminated siloxane: Synthesis and electron beam cure HIGH PERFORMANCE POLYMERS 2003, Vol 15, Iss 1, pp 143-154.
van Uden NWA; Hubel H; Faux DA; Tanczos AC; Howlin B; Dunstan DJ.Solvation pressure as real pressure: I. Ethanol and starch under negative pressure JOURNAL OF PHYSICS-CONDENSED MATTER 2003, Vol 15, Iss 10, pp 1577-1584.
Allington RD; Attwood D; Hamerton I; Hay JN; Howlin BJ New force-field parameters for molecular simulations of s-triazine and cyanurate-containing systems. 2 - Application and comparison with different simulation methods POLYMER 2003, Vol 44, Iss 3, pp 793-799.