Past Research and Training

Adil trained as physical scientist specialising in physics and physical chemistry. Most of his Natural Sciences degree at the University of Leeds, completed in 2016, was composed of physics modules but also involved a large number of physical chemistry modules. In particular, Adil has been extensively taught in the field of thermodynamics. Adil has also taken some mathematics modules. As a consequence of his interdisciplinary undergraduate degree, Adil is competent in both physics and general chemistry laboratory environments.

Previous research involved Adil's undergraduate masters project under the supervision of John Plane at the University of Leeds. Using both an ultra high vacuum (UHV) chamber and a dual flow tube, the adsorption of benzene onto artificial fayalite dust was investigated. This was to replicate the effects of the adsorption of benzene onto un-ablated dust in the atmosphere of Titan. He worked to obtain an uptake coefficient for adsorption and to understand desorption of benzene from this dust.

Adil also spent eight weeks investigating the steeping process of cellulose, under the supervision of Dr Micheal Ries at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds. The steeping process is required in order to produce a carbohydrate film, synthesised from wood pulp. Adil used quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance to investigate the concentration of sodium ions in the solution.

The UHV in John Plane's laboratory was applied to simulate conditions on Titan