Degree Programme Director for MEng Industry
MEng (1st Class Hons)(University of Newcastle)
PhD (University of Newcastle)
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)
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
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)
D24667R - Research
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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/
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.
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*****
Final Year MEng projects
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
• 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)
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)
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
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.