School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

Staff Profile

Dr Kamelia Boodhoo

Reader in Sustainable Process Technology


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: CME1023: Transfer Processes 1 (Module leader)

Stage 2: CME2022: Separation Processes 1 

Stage 3: CME3039: Plant Design Project and CME3028: Industrial Design Project (Module Leader)

Stage 3 (MEng Ind): CME3041: Placement Log-book (Module Leader)

Stage 3 (MEng Ind): CME8110: Chemical Engineering Knowledge (Module Leader)

Stage 4: CME8107: Process Intensification

Stage 4: MEng Research Project

Postgraduate Teaching

CME8125: Process Intensification (MSc Sustainable Engineering)

Guest Lecturer on MSc programme in Green Chemistry and Sustainable Industrial Technology at University of York (2007-Present)


Doctoral Training Award in Process Intensification


Application for a SAgE Doctoral Training Award in Process Intensification is now open for highly qualified UK/EU/Overseas PhD students. Closing Date: 22nd January 2016.

The project involves interdisciplinary research at the interfaces of chemical engineering and biotechnology and is in collaboration with North Carolina State University, USA.

More details can be found here:

For information on funding and application procedure, please visit:



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) Intensification of processes involving solids

(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. Sahr Sana (Sept 2015-Present) "Antisolvent crystallisation in the spinning disc reactor"
  2. 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
  3. Antony Prince (2016) "Design and development of biologically inspired materials based ultrafiltration membranes with enhanced antifouling property", funded under PhD scholarship scheme supported by NUIS/SIT (Singapore)
  4. Somaieh Mohammadi (2014) "Nano-TiO2 precipitation in SDRs: Experimental and Modelling Studies", partly funded by a CEAM Teaching Scholarship 
  5. Dena Ghiasy (2013) “Modelling and Control of a Rotating Disk Contactor” funded by EPSRC DTA Award
  6. Salah Al-Hengari (2012) "Micromixing Characteristics and Residence Time Distribution in the Spinning Disc Reactor" funded by Libyan Petroleum Institute
  7. Craig Cartwright (2011) "Bioprocess Intensfication: A study of rotating porous mesh impellers for enhancement of aerobic fermentation processes" funded by an EPSRC DTA
  8. Christopher Dobie (2010)"A study of bulk free-radical co-polymerisation and surfactant-free emulsion polymerisation using intensified processing methods" funded by EPSRC DTA
  9. Edward Mc Carthy (2007) "The Production of Polymer Nanocomposites using Intensified Modules" funded by Crystal Faraday/Protensive CASE Award
  10. 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: 

EU SPIRE8-2015: "IbD: Intensified by Design® for the intensification of processes involving solids handling", Project value:€8.4M (€639k to Newcastle University), 09/2015-08/2018 (PI at Newcastle)

Dutch Institute of Sustainable Process Technology: "Micromixing and power dissipation characterisation of SDR", Project value £97k, 09/2014-04/2016 (PI)

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.