Branislav Džepina began his journey as a chemist but has since broadened his horizons to other disciplines to include materials science, physics and engineering. He has several years’ experience in industry as a research scientist and although he was an experimentalist at heart, he is keen on exploring computational science.
- BSc. Chemistry Hons. (Cum Laude): University of Johannesburg (2005 -2009)
- MSc. Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering: University of the Witwatersrand (2010-2012)
- MSc. Diamond Science and Technology (Distinction): Warwick University (2014-2015)
- PhD. Mechanical Engineering: Imperial College London (2015-date)
By the end of his PhD, he hopes to provide his industrial sponsor, Element Six, a computer algorithm for the sintering of diamond powder particles at ultra-high pressure and temperature in the presence of a liquid metal catalyst. The developed code will allow generation of realistic microstructures which can then be tested in silico to optimise and improve the material. Branislav is also a member of the Diamond Science and Technology CDT. His PhD is supervised by Prof. Daniele Dini and Dr. Daniel Balint.
Dzepina B, Balint D, Dini D, 2019, A phase field model of pressure-assisted sintering, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, Vol:39, ISSN:0955-2219, Pages:173-182
et al., 2013, The aqueous electrophoretic deposition (EPD) of diamond–diamond laminates, International Journal of Refractory Metals and Hard Materials, Vol:36, ISSN:0263-4368, Pages:126-129