Professor Will Zimmerman

Professor William Zimmerman

Level 4 Director


Profile

BScEng, MSc, PhD, CEng FIChemE

I'm a graduate of Princeton and Stanford Universities in Chemical Engineering and the author of over 100 scientific publications.  Previously I was Director of the MSc in Environmental and Energy Engineering, and a winner in US and UK national competitions of five prestigious fellowships (2005-6 Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow, 2000-5 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow; 1994-99 Royal Academy of Engineering, Zeneca Young Academic Fellow; 1991-93 visiting professorships appointed by the French Ministry of Education at the Littoral University in Dunkirk in 1998 and 2005.

I was interviewed on my algal biofuels work on BBC Radio 4 “Material World with Quentin Cooper”.  My Royal Academy of Engineering SRF, entitled “Systems Biology and Chemical Engineering” has laid down a protocol for optimal experimentation for bioreactor model-building via inverse methods. I directed Microfluidics 2003, a workshop at CISM in Udine from which he edited a book on microfluidics, and is the author of two bestselling texts on multiphysics modelling.


Research

  • Energy efficient generation of microbubbles and their applications (particularly biofuels and bioreactors)
  • Plasma microreactors, especially low power consumption generation of ozone
  • Fluid dynamics of helical turbulence and mixing
  • Thin film dynamics and microrheometry
  • Computational modelling with inverse methods

Perlemax Ltd.

Perlemax Ltd, University spinout company, was founded to exploit his research and technological advances. Perlemax and Zimmerman have won the below awards/recognition:

  • 2009 IChemE Moulton Medal
  • 2010 Royal Society Innovation Award (Brian Mercer Fund) (Video)
  • 2010 CleanTech Open, AXA UK Global Ideas Champion
  • 2010 CleanTech Open, International Finalist, Global Ideas
  • 2011 Zayed International Future Energy Prize, Semifinalist

Publications

Journal articles
Conference proceeding papers
  • Siswanto AP, Kuvshinov D, Pandhal J & Zimmerman W (2018) Plasma Reactor Characterization of Lignocellulosic Materials on Agricultural Waste Treatment. Advanced Science Letters, Vol. 24(12) (pp 9502-9504)  
  • Jeanmeure LFC, Dyakowski T, Zimmerman WBJ & Baker G (2014) Use of raw capacitance tomography data for flow pattern control. 2nd World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography (pp 12-19)  
  • Hanotu JO & Zimmerman WBJ (2013) Microflotation for microorganism harvest. ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, Vol. 246  
  • Bandalusena HCH, Zimmerman WB & Rees JM (2009) Microfluidic rheometry of a polymer solution by micron resolution particle image velocimetry: a model validation study. MEASUREMENT SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, Vol. 20(11) View this article in WRRO  
  • Bernatik A, Zimmerman W & Senovsky M (2008) Consequence modelling of accidents in hazardous substances transportation. 9th International Conference on Probabilistic Safety Assessment and Management 2008, PSAM 2008, Vol. 4 (pp 2662-2669)  
  • Bandulasena HCH, Zimmerman WB & Rees JM (2008) An inverse methodology for the rheology of a power-law non-Newtonian fluid. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERS PART C-JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, Vol. 222(5) (pp 761-768) View this article in WRRO  
  • Hassell DG & Zimmerman WB (2006) Investigation of the convective motion through a staggered herringbone micromixer at low Reynolds number flow. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, Vol. 61(9) (pp 2977-2985)  
  • Zimmerman WB & Hewakandamby BN (2006) On the mixing properties of spherically symmetric helical coherent structures in turbulence. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, Vol. 61(9) (pp 2826-2834)  
  • Hewakandamby BN & Zimmerman WB (2001) Characterisation of hydraulic jumps/falls with surface tension variations in thin film flows. DYNAMICS OF ATMOSPHERES AND OCEANS, Vol. 34(2-4) (pp 349-364)  
  • Grammatika M & Zimmerman WB (2001) Microhydrodynamics of flotation processes in the sea surface layer. DYNAMICS OF ATMOSPHERES AND OCEANS, Vol. 34(2-4) (pp 327-348)  
  • Jeanmeure LFC, Zimmerman WBJ, Dyakowski T, Jaworski AJ & Davies GA (1999) An algorithm based on perturbation theory for electrical capacitance tomography. 1st World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography (pp 184-188)  
  • Zimmerman WB, Mchedlov-Petrossyan P & Khomenko GA (1999) Diffusion limited mixing and reaction in heterogeneous catalysis of initially segregated species. FLUID MIXING 6(146) (pp 317-324)  
  • Grammatika M & Zimmerman WB (1999) Neural network modeling of surface aeration in mechanically agitated bioreactors.. FLUID MIXING 6(146) (pp 227-233)  
  • Zimmerman WB (1999) The modelling of imperfect mixing in buffer tanks. FLUID MIXING 6(146) (pp 127-134)  
  • Jeanmeure LFC & Zimmerman WBJ (1998) A CNN video based control system for a coal froth flotation.. CNNA 98 - 1998 FIFTH IEEE INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON CELLULAR NEURAL NETWORKS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS - PROCEEDINGS (pp 192-197)  
  • Haarlemmer GW & Zimmerman WB (1996) Enhancement of mixing by internal solitary waves in stratified flows.. FLUID MIXING 5(140) (pp 225-235)  
  • Zimmerman WB (1996) Fluctuations in passive tracer concentration due to mixing by coherent structures in anisotropic homogeneous, helical turbulence.. FLUID MIXING 5(140) (pp 213-223)  
  • Zimmerman WBJ & Jeanmeure LFC (1996) Simple model of equilibrium froth height for foams: An application for CNN image analysis. 1996 FOURTH IEEE INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON CELLULAR NEURAL NETWORKS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS, PROCEEDINGS (CNNA-96) (pp 237-241)  
  • ZIMMERMAN WB & CHATWIN PC (1995) STATISTICAL FLUCTUATIONS DUE TO MICROSCALE MIXING IN A DIFFUSION LAYER. ENVIRONMETRICS, Vol. 6(6) (pp 665-675)  
  • ZIMMERMAN WB (1994) A WEAKLY NONLINEAR INSTABILITY OF MISCIBLE DISPLACEMENTS IN A RECTILINEAR POROUS-MEDIA FLOW. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BIFURCATION AND CHAOS, Vol. 4(5) (pp 1319-1328)  
  • ZIMMERMAN WB & VELARDE MG (1994) NONLINEAR-WAVES IN STABLY STRATIFIED DISSIPATIVE MEDIA - SOLITARY WAVES AND TURBULENT BURSTS. PHYSICA SCRIPTA, Vol. 55 (pp 111-114)  
Chapters
Books
  • Zimmerman WBJ (2006) Microfluidics: Theory, History and Applications. Springer Verlag.  
  • Zimmerman WBJ (2006) Multiphysics modelling with finite element methods. World Scientific Pub Co Inc.  
  • Zimmerman WBJ (2004) Process modelling and simulation with finite element methods. World Scientific Pub Co Inc.  
Patents
  • Zimmerman WB & Steele JE (2016) Apparatus and method for the treatment of a substrate with ozone microbubbles. WO2016/203252 (PCT). Appl. 22 Dec 2016.  
  • Zimmerman WB (2014) MASS TRANSFER PROCESSES WITH LIMITED SENSIBLE HEAT EXCHANGE. WO/2014/079993 (PCT). Appl. 30 May 2014.  
  • Zimmerman WB (2014) BUBBLE GENERATION TO STRIP COMPONENTS OF A LIQUID. WO/2014/060740 (PCT). Appl. 24 Apr 2014.  
  • Zimmerman WB & Rees JM (2013) RHEOMETER AND RHEOMETRIC METHOD. WO/2013/164587 (PCT). Appl. 07 Nov 2013.  
  • Zimmerman WB & Lozano Parada JH (2010) PLASMA MICROREACTOR APPARATUS, STERILISATION UNIT AND ANALYSER. WO/2010/079351 (United States of America). Appl. 15 Jul 2010.  
  • Zimmerman WB & Tesar V (2008) BUBBLE GENERATION FOR AERATION AND OTHER PURPOSES. WO/2008/053174 (Europe). Appl. 08 May 2008.