Alan Howard fund

Between 2006 and 2014 Energy Futures Lab administered the Alan Howard Scholarships for Energy Futures scheme. The fund was created by Imperial College London alumnus Alan Howard, a graduate of the Department of Chemical Engineering. The scheme funded PhD students of Israeli origin to study energy research at Imperial College London. The scholarships covered fees, living costs and travel to and from Israel (both personal and academic).

Alongside benefitting the students, who would most likely have been unable to pursue a PhD, the scheme directly led to 33 publications, one patent and one spinout company. The scheme also funded one scholar to undertake their undergraduate degree at the College.

During the scheme 14 people were supported by the scholarship across eight departments. The topics covered by the scholarships included quantifying regeneration in dye sensitized solar cells, morphological characterisation of porous materials for fuel cell technology and catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide into fuels

Featured Alan Howard scholars


Marina Lomberg

Profile picture Marina joined Imperial College London from Intel where she worked as a process engineer. Before this she obtained BSc and MSc degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Ben Gurion University. The scholarship funded her work as part of a cross-departmental team in the Electrochemical Science and Engineering Group.

Supported research

Marina's PhD work was on co-electrolysis of steam and carbon dioxide in solid oxide electrolysis cell with Ni-based cermet electrodes. This revolved around investigating a novel electrode to be used as a basis for a model describing the cell performance and degradation. This will allow electrodes to be designed with desired characteristics. She also looked at a pioneering approach for electrode preparation using laser sintering.


Vladimir Yufit

Profile pictureVladimir joined Imperial College London as a post-doctoral research associate from School of Chemistry at Tel Aviv University. His PhD work was on the development of a first of its kind prototype of three-dimensional rechargeable lithium thin film microbatteries.

Supported research

The scholarship enabled him to initiate new research on storing energy for grid applications as part of broad activities of Electrochemical Science and Engineering Group. This resulted in the development of a novel type of hybrid redox flow batteries for efficient energy storage and delivery.


Jonathan Weiner

Profile picture  Jonathan joined Imperial College London as an undergraduate obtaining an MSci in Chemistry and undertaking research on Catalytic copolymerisation of CO2 with epoxides for sustainable polymers . The scholarship funded his PhD work as part of Professor Charlotte Williams and Professor Milo Shaffer's team in the Department of Chemistry.

Supported research

Jonathan's PhD work was on nanostructured catalysts for the reduction of carbon dioxide to liquid fuel. The work centred around improving the way we produce methanol, to use as a fuel, from waste CO2. His research led to the creation of a novel nano-structured catalyst, which had improved efficiency, compared to the catalyst being used commercially.


Scholars supported by the fund

  • Shahar Amitai from Weizmann Institute of Science, worked in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Assaf Anderson from Bar Ilan University, worked in the Department of Chemistry
  • Moshiel Biton from Ben Gurion University, worked in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Shlomi Elias from Tel Aviv University, worked in the Department of Chemistry
  • Rebecca Hihinashvili from Technion, worked in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Tomer Lapidot from Imperial College London, worked in the Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Marina Lomberg from Ben Gurion University, worked in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Avi Luvchik from Hadasa College, Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University, worked in the Centre of Environmental Policy
  • Michael Sokolov from Tel Aviv University, worked in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Viacheslav Stetsyuk from Pacific University, worked in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Yaroslav Tencer from Ben-Gurion University, worked in the Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Yoni "Jonathan" Weiner from Imperial College London, worked in the Department of Chemistry
  • Vladimir Yufit from Tel Aviv University, worked in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering
  • Stav Zalal (Undergraduate), studied in the Department of Physics