Dr Judith Wurmel

BSc., MSc., PhD.

Contact Details

Part Time Teaching Assistant
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Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
Nun's island
NUI Galway

T: 091 494064
E: judith.wurmel@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Judith's interests are teaching, learning and research. She has a particular interest in combustion chemistry and loves teaching chemistry and technical communication to undergraduate and adult learners.  She has been teaching with the AUA Modular Programme in Science and Technology since 2006 for which she has developed numerous course module texts and various teaching materials in Fundamental Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. Now many years later she still continues to be heavily involved with the AUA programme and very much enjoys her role as tutor, project supervisor and project coordinator with the programme. In particular she treasures the opportunity to be involved with adult learners who are dedicated, driven and keen learners and are a great pleasure to teach. Judith has completed the postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning with CELT and was shortlisted for the President's award for teaching and learning in 2014.

For her Ph.D. Judith investigated the fluid flow and resulting temperature fields in a rapid compression machine using a 2-dimensional moving CFD model. The model was built using STAR-CD to simulate the processes in the unique twin-piston rapid compression machine in NUI Galway. It was used to investigate the sensitivity of the horizontally opposed pistons to non-synchronisation and factors that determine the design of an optimal piston head device were identified. Recommendations of optimal piston head designs for the Galway RCM were made. The model was then used to simulate the combustion of hydrogen in the RCM by linking it to a chemical kinetic mechanism for hydrogen combustion.  


Research Interests

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Thermal Decomposition of 2(3H) and 2(5H) Furanones: Theoretical Aspects'
J. Würmel, J.M. Simmie, M.M. Losty and C. D. McKenna (2015) 'Thermal Decomposition of 2(3H) and 2(5H) Furanones: Theoretical Aspects'. J. Phys. Chem. A, 119 (26):6919-6927 [Details]
(2014) 'Thermochemistry and Kinetics of Angelica and Cognate Lactones'
J. Würmel and J.M. Simmie (2014) 'Thermochemistry and Kinetics of Angelica and Cognate Lactones'. J. Phys. Chem. A, 118 (23):4173-4183 [Details]
(2013) 'Harmonising Production, Properties and Environmental Consequences of Liquid Transport Fuels from Biomass-2,5-Dimethylfuran as a Case Study'
J. Würmel and J.M. Simmie (2013) 'Harmonising Production, Properties and Environmental Consequences of Liquid Transport Fuels from Biomass-2,5-Dimethylfuran as a Case Study'. Chemsuschem, 6 (1):36-41 [Details]
(2012) 'A High Pressure Shock Tube Study of n-Propylbenzene Oxidation and its Comparison with n-Butylbenzene'
D. Darcy, C.J. Tobin, K. Yasunaga, J.M. Simmie, J. Würmel, W.K. Metcalfe, T. Niass, S.S. Ahmed, C.K. Westbrook, H.J. Curran (2012) 'A High Pressure Shock Tube Study of n-Propylbenzene Oxidation and its Comparison with n-Butylbenzene'. Combustion And Flame, 159 :2219-2232 [Details]
(2007) 'The Effect of Diluent Gases on Ignition Delay Times in the Shock Tube and in the Rapid Compression Machine'
J. Würmel, E.J. Silke, H.J. Curran , M.S. O'Conaire, J.M. Simmie (2007) 'The Effect of Diluent Gases on Ignition Delay Times in the Shock Tube and in the Rapid Compression Machine'. Combustion And Flame, 151 :289-302 [Details]
(2007) 'Studying the chemistry of HCCI in rapid compression machines'
J. Würmel, J.M. Simmie and H. J. Curran (2007) 'Studying the chemistry of HCCI in rapid compression machines'. International Journal Of Vehicle Design, 44 :84-106 [Details]
(2001) 'Burning Velocities of Dimethyl Ether in Air'
C. Daly, J.M. Simmie, J. Würmel, and, N. Djebali-Chaumeix and C. Paillard (CNRS-Orléans) (2001) 'Burning Velocities of Dimethyl Ether in Air'. Combustion And Flame, 125 :1329-1340 [Details]

Teaching Interests

Chemistry, Technical Communication, Study Skills, Critical Thinking, Environmental Sciences