Dr Kamelia Boodhoo
Senior Lecturer

Roles and Responsibilities

Degree Programme Director for MEng Industry 



MEng (1st Class Hons)(University of Newcastle)
PhD (University of Newcastle)

Honours and Awards

ExxonMobil Engineering Teaching Fellowship (2004-2007)
Award of ExxonMobil Higher Education Support Scheme (EHESS)(2004)
SAgE Faculty Certificate of Appreciation for Best Lecturer (2004)
ORS Award (1995-1999)


English and French (Fluent)

Undergraduate Teaching

Stage 1: Transfer Processes 1 (Fluid Flow) (Module leader)

Stage 2: Separation Processes 1 

Stage 3: Plant Design Project

Stage 4: Advanced Design Project

Stage 4: Process Intensification

Stage 4: MEng Research Project

Postgraduate Teaching

MSc Sustainable Engineering: Process Intensification
MSc Clean Technology: Clean Technology Applications
Guest Lecturer on MSc programme in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology at University of York (2007-Present)

A 3-year post-doctoral position is currently available on an EU funded project. Deadline for application is 27th Oct 2015

D24667R - Research Associate

Salary:                   £28,695 to £30,434 (with progression to £37,394)
Closing Date:        27 October 2015

A Research Associate is required for a position  (3 years duration) funded as part of a recently awarded Horizon2020 SPIRE project entitled “Intensified by Design® (IbD®) for the intensification of processes involving solids handling”. The project brings together a consortium of 22 academic and industrial partners across Europe with the overall aim of delivering the EU process industry with an affordable and comprehensive devices-and-processes design platform endeavoured to facilitate process intensification (PI), which specially targets -but is not limited to- solid materials processing.  

You will be responsible for extensive characterisation of the capabilities of existing PI technologies such as spinning disk, oscillatory flow and microfluidic systems as well as more novel concepts for solids processing applications in order to build an extensive data set for input into the IbD® platform.
You will have PhD-level and post-doctoral-level experience of various process intensification technologies such as spinning disc, oscillatory flow and microreactor technologies. Extensive collaboration with academic and industrial partners is envisaged and you will be expected to have excellent verbal and written communication skills to fulfil the requirements of this role.
Duration of contract: 3 years fixed term
Informal enquiries to Dr Kamelia Boodhoo by email (kamelia.boodhoo@ncl.ac.uk)

For additional details about this vacancy and essential information on how to apply, visit our Job Vacancies web page at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/vacancies/ or http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/ATZ072/d24667r-research-associate/


Main expertise/research interests 

My research activities in the area of Process Intensification have focused over the last 10 years on the development of the spinning disc reactor (SDR) and its application to polymerisation reactions including free-radical styrene polymerisation, photopolymerisation of styrene and n-butyl acrylate as well as co-monomers,   cationic polymerisation of styrene using immobilised Lewis acid catalysts and surfactant-free emulsion polymerisation. 

More recently, a number of fundamental studies on residence time distribution, micromixing and hydrodynamics of thin film flow have been undertaken in order to better understand the characteristics of thin film flow in the SDR and how to optimise these in better designing such systems for applications to a range of processes.
Recently, I have also been investigating the application of intensified reactor technologies to bioprocesses such as fermentation reactions. In particular, I have worked on the intensification of the fermentation of P. Putida using rotating mesh agitators in order to increase cell growth rate and PHA yield.

I also have a keen interest in intensification applications involving green chemistry and engineering such as ionic liquid processing and renewable resources such as the use of biomass for biofuels and biopolymers.

A wide selection of publications relevant to the above research areas can be downloaded from Newcastle University's E-prints service

Research themes


Current Work 

PhD projects as well as short-term e.g summer projects are available in the following areas:  

(1) Crystallisation in the spinning disc reactor involving experimental and modelling work

(2) Micromixing studies in the SDR- Experimental and modelling

(3) Energy efficiency characterisation of SDRs 

(4) Spinning disc reactor applications to polymerisation, dehydration processes etc.

(5) Gas-liquid and liquid-liquid mass transfer enhancements in rotating disc contactors 

(6) Intensification of fermentation and enzymatic processes

 *****PhD studentships are currently available for UK, EU and overseas students, starting in October and January of each academic year. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD project in any of the above areas, and expect to achieve at least a 2.1 degree (or equivalent), please come and speak to me about putting an application forward*****

Postgraduate Supervision 

PhD students

  1. Ruili Feng (Sept 2013- Present) "Evaluation of Process Intensification on Early Development or Retrofitting Existing Processes for Green & Sustainability Benefits", funded by EBD-GSK (Singapore) as part of Green and Sustainable Manufacturing Programme
  2. Antony Prince (Sept 2012- Present) "Design and development of antifouling membranes with nano-structured materials and its application in water filtration technology"
  3. Somaieh Mohammadi (March 2011-Present)"Crystallisation in the Spinning Disc Reactor"
  4. Dena Ghiasy (2013) “Modelling and Control of a Rotating Disk Contactor” funded by EPSRC DTA Award
  5. Salah Al-Hengari (2012) "Micromixing Characteristics and Residence Time Distribution in the Spinning Disc Reactor" funded by Libyan Petroleum Institute
  6. Craig Cartwright (2011) "Bioprocess Intensfication: A study of rotating porous mesh impellers for enhancement of aerobic fermentation processes" funded by an EPSRC DTA
  7. Christopher Dobie (2010)"A study of bulk free-radical co-polymerisation and surfactant-free emulsion polymerisation using intensified processing methods" funded by EPSRC DTA
  8. Edward Mc Carthy (2007) "The Production of Polymer Nanocomposites using Intensified Modules" funded by Crystal Faraday/Protensive CASE Award
  9. Paul Hetherington (2006) "Process intensification : a study of calcium carbonate precipitation methods on a spinning disc reactor" funded by an EPSRC Doctoral Training Award

Research Associates

  1. Stephane Vallois (2007-2008) "Feasibility study of producing polymers in SDR", Industry funded project
  2. Marija Vicevic (2007-2008) “Design and development of centrifugal field bioreactor”, EU funded Integrated Project on Bioproduction
  3. Marija Vicevic (2006- 2007) “Feasibility study for multi-functional acrylate process in SDR”, Industry funded project
  4. Marija Vicevic (2004-2005) "Kinetics and Mechanisms of Rapid Radical Polymerisations in SDR", EPSRC funded project

Final Year MEng projects

  1. Guo Sheng Hii (2014) "TiO2 nanoparticle synthesis in the spinning disc reactor"
  2. Oluwabusola Coker (2014) "Measurement of power consumption by the spinning disc reactor"
  3. Michael Stewart (2014) "Development of a micromixing time model for thin film flow processing"
  4. Jared Kirk (2013) "Adipic acid crystallisation in the spinning disc reactor"
  5. Nile Smith (2012) "Understanding the rheological properties and decomposition endotherms of scrap/recycle polymer"
  6. Johanna Smith (2011) "Assessment of energy saving potential of prcess intensification technologies in the UK's pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries"
  7. Dean McCaffery (2011) "Assessment of energy saving potential of process intensification technologies in the UK's oil and gas and food industries"
  8. Lily Smith (2011) "Development of a continuous reactor technloogy for microwave assisted decomposition of solid biomass" (in collaboration with Green Chemistry Group at York University and Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Spain) 
  9. Jennifer Horstwood (2009) "Characterisation of micromixing effects in a narrow channel reactor"
  10. Ian Duffus (2009) "Effect of ultrasound on Sugar Fatty Acid Ester (SFAE) synthesis" 
  11. Christopher Dobie (2006) "Effect of agitation rate on polymerisation in a batch stirred tank reactor"
  12. Ellen Toogood (2005) "Intensification of a bioprocess: gas-liquid mass transfer enhancement using porous mesh impellers"
  13. Andrew Grant (2005) "Kinetics of free-radical polymerisation in batch and spinning disc reactors"
  14. Leo Kalli (2004) “Intensification of a bioprocess”
  15. Matthew Tondziel (2002) "Photo-initiated polymerisation of styrene on a spinning disc reactor"
  16. Kirsti Eimer (2002) "Cationic polymerisation of styrene using a spinning disc reactor"
  17. Graham Lewis (2001) "Photo-polymerisation of n-butyl acrylate by utilisation of the spinning disc reactor"

MSc projects

  1. Ibrahim Fawaz (2009) "An Investigation into the Intensification of Enzymatic Synthesis of Sugar Fatty Acid Esters"
  2. James Thompson (2008) "Intensification of enzymatic biodiesel production using ultrasound"
  3. Yoke Ling Lee (2006) "Characterisation of bubble size distribution using porous mesh impellers"
  4. Puneet Puri (2006) "Mass transfer characteristics of porous packing impellers for potential application to fermentation processes"
  5. Masumah Al-Qasmi (2005) "Photo-initiated Emulsifier-free Emulsion Polymerisation in a Batch Reactor"
  6. Teresa Ndlovu (2004) "Intensification of aerobic fermentation of E.coli using a novel agitator"

Exchange students

1. Alexandre Hill (2014) "TiO2 nanoparticle yield characterisation in the spinning disc reactor" (Exchange student, ENSIACET-INP, Toulouse, France) 

2. Yohann Comont (2013) "Adipic acid crystallisation" (Exchange student from ENSIACET-INP, Toulouse, France)

3. Wong Qui Rong (2004) "Intensification of oxygen transfer in aerobic fermentations" (Exchange student from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore)

4. Aman Kaur (2002) "Spinning Disc Reactor (SDR) for Cationic Polymerization of Styrene" (Exchange student from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore)

Summer Research projects

  1. Andreina Bolivar (2007) " Free radical photo copolymerisation study of butyl acrylate and vinyl acetate using a spinning disc reactor"
  2. Ellen Toogood (2004) "Intensification of oxygen transfer rates in aerobic fermentations using high cell density cultures through use of a rotating porous packed bed" (funded by Nuffield Foundation)

Esteem Indicators

• Winner of an ExxonMobil Engineering Teaching Fellowship (2004-2007)
• Invited to serve as panel member for EPSRC Engineering Systems programme (2008-Present)
• Invited keynote lecture on Process Intensification (6th Green Chemistry and the Consumer Symposium) (2009); invited talks by industry (PIN-NL Network (2010)) and various UK universities (2006-Present)
• Invited by Working Party on Process Intensification of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering to contribute as a leading expert in Spinning Disc Reactor Technology to the European Roadmap of Process Intensification (2007)
• Invited to deliver a 5-day training course on Process Intensification Technologies organised by Libyan Petroleum Institute for petrochemical industry participants (2007)
• Reviewer for leading journals in chemical engineering and polymer science (Chemical Engineering Science, Chemical Engineering Journal, Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification, Journal of Applied Polymer Science (2005-Present))
• Reviewer of EPSRC grant applications (2004-Present) and International reviewer for Dutch Technology Foundation STW (2005-Present)
• Internal and External examiner for MPhils and PhDs (2004-Present)

Funding Received: 

Economic Development Board (Singapore) and GSK (Singapore): "Evaluation of Process Intensification on Early Development or Retrofitting Existing Processes for Green & Sustainability Benefits", Project value: SGD 884,000 (SGD 235,000 to Newcastle University), 09/2013-09/2016 (Principal Investigator at Newcastle)

Industrial funding from various global petrochemicals and chemical companies, Total value of projects: over £100k, 2008-2012 (Principal Investigator)

EU funded project: "Sustainable Microbial and Biocatalytic Production of Advanced Functional Materials (BIOPRODUCTION)", Project value €9,000,000 (£240,000 to Newcastle), 09/2006 - 08/2010 (Co-Investigator)

Industrial Relevance: 

Specialist Expertise

Process intensification: Evaluation of intensified technologies for specific applications.
Polymerisation processes and characterisation of polymers (mainly molecular weights and viscosity).
Distillation column: evaluation of existing columns for proposed separation duties
Fluid mechanics

Specialist Equipment:

Bohlin Cone and Plate viscometer.
Gel Permeation Chromatography for analysis of molecular weight and molecular weight distributions (Polymer Labs).
Mettler-Toledo ReactIR system for online and offline analysis.