Aayan leads SEED which focuses on solving in-depth and challenging problems in (electro-)catalysis, reactor design and control centered around digitalisation, sustainability and the energy transition.
2022– Associate Editor. Progress in Energy, IOP Publishing, United Kingdom. http://iopscience.iop.org/journal/2516-1083
2022– Tenure-Track Assistant Professor. Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands.
2020–2022 Assistant Professor. Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Twente, the Netherlands.
2018–2020 Postdoctoral Fellow. Faculty of Engineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom. Supervisor: Nigel Brandon
2014–2018 Doctoral Candidate. Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Process Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany. Supervisors: Olaf Deutschmann and Roland Dittmeyer
2012–2014 MS Student. Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, United States of America.
2022 Nationaal Groeifoonds Grant (497 kEUR) for Third-generation Electrolysers, funded as part of the NXTGEN HIGHTECH program. In collaboration with Admatec, Bosch Transmission Technology, Robert Bosch, Coval Energy, Delft IMP, Demcon Energy Systems, HyGear, Magneto Special Anodes, NedStack Fuel Cell Technology, SparkNano, Technische Universiteit Delft, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, VDL Groep, VSParticle, Vereniging High Tech NL and TNO.
2021 NWO ECCM KICkstart DE-NL Grant (280 kEUR) for CO2 methanation using high temperature proton-conducting ceramic electrolysers, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, NWO. In collaboration with EIFER and Shell.
2021 NWO ECCM KICkstart DE-NL Grant (275 kEUR) for Solid Oxide Electrolyser modelling: Exploring scale-up of cell size, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, NWO. In collaboration with TNO, KIT, Sunfire and Shell.
2020 Young Investigator Group Preparation Program Fellowship. Personal grant (200 kEUR) funded by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.
2018 PhD summa cum laude. Top 5% of all German theses; the highest possible grade in Germany.
2018 Paper in special issue Progress in Applied Energy. Top 3% of accepted publications in the journal Applied Energy. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.08.122
2014 Helmholtz Doctoral Fellowship. Personal grant (65 kEUR) funded by the Energy-Related Catalysis School of the Helmholtz Association, Germany.