Ronak Janani

Dr Ronak Janani BEng, PhD

Research Fellow


Summary

I completed my PhD focused on sol-gel chemistry and energy storage in 2019 at Sheffield Hallam University. With the use of my background in sol-gel chemistry, I entered the field of biomaterials with a focus on bioactive glass ceramics for healthcare applications. I later joined the iPSpine consortium to contribute to the development of smart biomaterials as part of a non-invasive therapy for disc degeneration.

Over the years, I also took part in several Innovate UK and UKRI projects (such as EnviroAsh, Enviroglass 2 and GRIFFIN) helping to address some of the challenges faced by UK’s Foundation Industries. In 2022, I became PI for the HiT OFCs project which aimed to advance the TRL of a developing gas-Raman instrument designed for emission monitoring in several UK Foundation Industries.

Teaching

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Research

Current research projects / activities

High Temperature Optical Fibre Coatings for Next Generation Gas Emission Monitoring (HiT OFCs)
Use of Raman Microscopy to Study Airborne Silica
Consultancy
Sheffield Innovation Programme

Publications

Key Publications

Janani, R., Majumder, D., Scrimshire, A., Stone, A., Wakelin, E., Jones, A.H., ... Bingham, P. (2023). From acrylates to silicones: A review of common optical fibre coatings used for normal to harsh environments. Progress in Organic Coatings, 180. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.porgcoat.2023.107557

Snuggs, J.W., Emanuel, K.S., Rustenburg, C., Janani, R., Partridge, S., Sammon, C., ... Le Maitre, C.L. (2023). Injectable biomaterial induces regeneration of the intervertebral disc in a caprine loaded disc culture model †. Biomaterials Science. http://doi.org/10.1039/d3bm00150d

Deng, W., Backhouse, D.J., Kabir Kazi, F., Janani, R., Holcroft, C., Magallanes, M., ... Bingham, P.A. (2023). Alternative raw material research for decarbonization of UK glass manufacture. International Journal of Applied Glass Science. http://doi.org/10.1111/ijag.16637

Janani, R., Deng, W., Backhouse, D.J., Kabir-Kazi, F., Wie-Addo, G., Jones, A.H., ... Bingham, P. (2022). Paving the way to Net Zero by repurposing waste. Glass International, 45 (1), 39-43.

Janani, R., Le Maitre, C.C., & Sammon, C. (2022). Incorporation of laponite®-pnipam hydrogel into bioactive glass scaffolds for bone regeneration [abstract only]. Tissue Engineering Part A, 28 (S1), S348-S349. http://doi.org/10.1089/ten.tea.2022.29025.abstracts

Boyes, V.L., Janani, R., Partridge, S., Fielding, L.A., Breen, C., Foulkes, J., ... Sammon, C. (2021). One-pot precipitation polymerisation strategy for tuneable injectable Laponite®-pNIPAM hydrogels: Polymerisation, processability and beyond. Polymer, 233, 124201. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2021.124201

Janani, R., Farmilo, N., Roberts, A., & Sammon, C. (2021). Sol-gel synthesis pathway and electrochemical performance of ionogels: A deeper look into the importance of alkoxysilane precursor. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 569, 120971. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2021.120971

Deng, W., Backhouse, D.J., Kabir, F., Janani, R., Bigharaz, M., Wardlow, A., ... Bingham, P. (2019). An ancient technology could help deliver decarbonisation. Glass International, 42 (7), 47-49. https://www.glass-international.com/issues/view/july-august-2019

Janani, R. (2019). Synthesis and characterisation of sol-gel based ionogels as electrolyte forsupercapacitors. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Farmilo, N. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00192

Janani, R., Mader, K., Roberts, A.J., Farmilo, N., & Sammon, C. (2018). Fast-cure ionogel electrolytes with improved ion transport kinetics at room temperature. Journal of Power Sources, 406, 141-150. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.10.049

Journal articles

Jansen, J.U., Teixeira, G.Q., Williams, R., Janani, R., Sammon, C., Maitre, C.L., ... Wilke, H.J. (2023). Hydrogels stay in the disc even with dynamic loading simulating daily activities after needle injection. An in vitro experiment [abstract only]. Brain and Spine, 3. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.bas.2023.102376

Janani, R., Ong, B.H., Huang, N.M., Bashardoust, S., Gan, J.K., & Mortazavi, E. (2014). Formation of chemically synthesised manganese oxide nanostructures with various morphologies. Materials Research Innovations, 18 (sup6). http://doi.org/10.1179/1432891714z.000000000996

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