svDr Raman Vaidyanathan

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Course Director - Course Director - Msc MSc (Eng) Biological and Bioprocess Engineering; MSc (Eng) Biochemical Engineering with Industrial Management



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I joined the Department as a lecturer in 2007. I'm a chemical graduate with a Masters degree in Biotechnology (both from India) and completed my PhD in 2001 from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where I investigated the application of near infrared spectroscopy to monitor industrially relevant bioprocesses involving filamentous microorganisms. This was work done in collaboration with Eli Lilly.  I have over five years of pre-doctoral industrial experience applying biotechnological solutions to environmental engineering problems.

Before joining Sheffield I was a research associate at the University of Manchester, where I investigated a) the application of secondary ion mass spectrometry with buckminsterfullerene (C60) cluster ions as primary ion sources to characterize biological surfaces, and b) laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry for metabolomic applications. I also spent my post-doctoral years investigating the application of soft ionization mass spectrometry to characterize biological systems, at Aberystwyth in Wales.

  • Bio-energy
  • Metabolomics
  • Mass spectrometry imaging
  • Microbial biotechnology

Current Research Support

EU Horizon 2020 (Marie-Sklodowska Curie Fellowship). Mariona Segura-Noguera and Vaidyanathan S. Element quota in marine phytoplankton for effective carbon sequestration, clean energy generation and biogeochemical modelling (2015-2017).

BBSRC. Dickman MJ, Vaidyanathan S, et al. Mass spectrometry underpinning synthetic biology, industrial biotechnology and world class bioscience (2015).

BBSRC-DBT (UK-India). Vaidyanathan S. et al. Sustainable bioenergy from microalgae: A systems perspective (2013-2016)

  • CPE403/6030 - Environment: Gaseous Emissions
  • CPE401 - Research Project (MEng)
  • CPE6009 – Bio-energy
  • CPE6016 – Bioanalytical Techniques (MSc BBE)

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