School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Jonathan Lee

Senior Lecturer



B.Eng. (Hons) Chemical and Process Engineering
Ph.D. Chemical and Process Engineering
Certificate in Teaching and Learning

Areas of expertise

Process intensification
Rotating packed beds
Post combustion carbon capture
Microalgae harvesting
Conversation of microalgae to biofuels

Previous Positions

1995 - 1997 Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bradford. Teaching Fluid Mechanics and conducting research on solvent extraction in rotating equipment and electrically assisted coalescence in water in crude oil dispersions.
1993 - 1995 Research Associate, Process intensification Group, University of Newcastle. Working on Solvent Extraction in Rotating Packed Bed Contactors.


Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers



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Research Interests

Process Intensification - Rotating Packed Beds

Biofuel and chemical production from algae

Algae harvesting

Research themes:


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Other Expertise

Computational Fluid Dynamics

Algae Harvesting

Current Work

Intensification of solvent based post combustion carbon capture using rotating packed beds

Hydrodynamics of co current and counter current multiphase flows in rotating systems

Harvesting of marine micro algae using a foam column

Selective removal of ciliates from algal culture using a foam column

particle production in a foam column

Catalytic pyrolysis of micro algae.

Catalytic cracking of vegetable oil.

Future Research



Esteem Indicators

Invited Presentations to the Netherlands Process Intensification Network
Reviewer for Chemical Engineering Science.
Reviewer for Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research.

Industrial Relevance


Specialist Expertise
Solvent extraction, in particular rotating liquid-liquid contactors for the extraction of product from fermentation broths. We have a rotating solvent extraction unit that can be used for small scale trials.
Fluid flow/ multiphase flow: Expert in the use of FLUENT software to simulate complex fluid flow problems, in particular solid particle  gas flows.
Biofuels: Biodiesel and the use of algae to provide oil for conversion into biodiesel.


I teach thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and process design. I believe that group design projects play a vital role in linking student knowledge from single subjects to give an overview of what professional chemical engineers do,  the problems they have to solve and the issues they have to consider.

 Currently I am involved in delivering the following modules

CME1025 – Chemical Engineering Principles, Module Leader
CME3032 – Process Business Operations
CME3033 – Separation Processes 2 – Module Leader
CME3037 – Separation Processes 2(Industry) – Module Leader
CME3039 – Design Project – Module Leader
CME8018 – Air Pollution
CME8022 – Hydrocarbon Production and Process Engineering – Module Leader
CME8055 – Energy Sources and Storage
CME8107 – Process Intensification
CME8117 – MEng Research Project
CME8119 – Advanced Transport Processes – Module Leader
SPG8007 – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology