Research Supervisor Details

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Dr Adam Brown
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Engineering synthetic genetic constructs for biopharmaceutical design and manufacturing.
  • Controlling and analysing mammalian gene/protein expression.
  • Engineering mammalian cell factories for biopharmaceutical production.
  • Whole system engineering for biomanufacturing of therapeutic mRNA, DNA, AAV and protein products.
  • Mammalian synthetic biology.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students and PDRAs. If you are interested in projects in any of the above research areas, contact me for further information.

Professor Solomon Brown
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My research focusses on mathematical modelling, process analysis and optimisation with a particular focus on clean energy processes, energy storage and energy systems. Key areas include:

  • The development of agent-based models for energy systems and technology adoption.
  • Techno-economic analysis of energy storage technologies.
  • Scheduling and supply chain analysis.
  • Uncertainty quantification and Gaussian processes.

I welcome applications from prospective PhD students. If you are interested in projects in any of the above research areas, please contact me for further information.

Dr Kyra Campbell
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My research group, Sustainable Energy & Resource Engineering, operates at the interface of chemical engineering, materials science, and chemistry.

In my group, we study the fundamentals that drive the changes that occur in dynamic, multiphase systems. In contrast to traditional approaches, which are often localized (e.g. to the surface phenomena only), my group uses a holistic approach where we look at behaviours ranging from, the extreme of the bulk solution through to substrate microstructure. 

Dr Alasdair Campbell
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My research interests are centred on buoyant, reactive flow. This work can be can be broadly split into work in two general areas, namely process safety (incorporating combustion, explosion and the dispersion of reactive chemicals) and the energy-water nexus, focussing on the use of low-cost technologies for the production of potable or irrigation water in arid regions.

My work has focussed on understanding the interaction of fluid mechanics and chemistry on a fundamental level using a combination of numerical and analytical techniques, coupled to simple experiments. My broad areas of interest are summarised below.


The heat released by combustion reactions can result in significant changes in the density, and thus can induce natural convection. This work has led to numerous publications in high ranking chemical engineering, combustion and interdisciplinary journals and involves a theoretical and numerical investigation of natural convection coupled with two combustion phenomena, namely cool flames, which are a feature of low temperature combustion, and thermal explosion.

Turbulent Plumes

I work on the development new integral models describing plumes in which a chemical reaction alters the density. Such plumes can arise in a variety of circumstances ranging from industrial accidents (e.g. the Gulf of Mexico oil spill) to volcanic eruption columns. The development of new models to describe such plumes is vital for designing effective responses to such events.

Energy-Water Nexus

I am interested in the investigation and deployment of low cost methods of solar energy capture and storage. In particular, I work on solar ponds, where salinity gradients can be used to trap solar energy and industrial waste heat for use in driving desalination processes.

Professor Joan Cordiner
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My research interests focus on using modelling:

Manufacturing Optmisation and Process Safety:

Design, Process Safety, Operating and Maintenance Practice Optimisation

  • Optimising cleaning in pharmaceuticals and agrochemical processes.
  • Troubleshooting, training and guidance on plant from digital tools.
  • Optimising technician work and routes in chemical plants.
  • Process safety - digital tools and technician integration to reduce accidents.

Employability, Development and Teaching:

Embedding employability into the undergraduate and post graduate curricula.

Dr Denis Cumming
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My current research interest focus on development of stable nano-sctructured materials for improved high temperature electrochemical electrodes and catalysts. This involves materials development as well as techniques to investigate changes in structure and reactivity. Applications for this research are aimed at improvements to fuel cells and electrolysers, electrochemical sensors, gas separators and heterogeneous catalysis. Key areas of interest include:

  • Electrode Design Development
  • Infiltration
  • Mixed Conducting Ceramics for Functional Devices
  • 3D Microscopy using Advanced Tomographic Techniques
  • High Temperature In-Situ Spectroscopic and Chemical Characterisation
  • Electrochemical Sensors and Separators
  • Carbon Measurement and Control at High Temperature
  • Gas-Solid Interactions at High Temperature
  • Mesoporous Materials for High Temperature Applications
Professor Mark Dickman
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My research focuses on the development and application analytical techniques to study biological systems. In particular, biological mass spectrometry in conjunction with bioseparations have been utilised to study a wide variety of biological systems. Using these analytical approaches we are interested in identifying and characterising protein complexes, protein-RNA/DNA complexes, protein post translational modifications and RNA post transcriptional modifications.

Research Interests:

  • Biological Mass Spectrometry
  • Bioseparations
  • Post-Translational and Post-Transcriptional Modifications
  • Proteomics
  • CRISPR Systems
Dr Alan Dunbar
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Polymer Based Solar Cells
  • Experimental Techniques to Characterise Nano-Scale Phase Separation in Polymers
  • Thin Film Toxic Gas Sensors
  • Electrical Properties of Nano-Structured Systems
Dr Stephen Ebbens
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Nanoswimming Devices
  • Polymers
  • Microscopy
  • Surface Analysis and Modification
Dr Smitha Gopinath
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

At Sheffield, I spearhead the Sustainable Design Laboratory (SDL). The laboratory uses the tools of design, systems engineering, multi-scale modelling, chemical process simulation and optimization to reimagine the chemical industry and power a sustainable future.

The SDL is interested in advancing methodologies, algorithms and tools for:

  1. Integrated molecular and process synthesis (IMPS): The ability of the process to meet performance targets (energy use, minimize wastage) strongly depend on both molecular-level decisions (e.g., which catalyst, which solvent) as well as flowsheet-level decisions (e.g., how many distillation columns, what reactor temperature). In the SDL, we apply systems-level thinking to simultaneously design the best materials/molecules as well as the best flowsheets to enable manufacturing processes to meet performance goals (e.g., reduce energy usage or minimize OPEX). Our design techniques combine advances in modelling of materials and manufacturing processes as well as optimization algorithms.
  2. Optimization Accelerated by domain Knowledge (OAK): Several large-scale optimization problems may be virtually intractable by off-the-shelf optimization solvers. We develop algorithms that are tailored to engineering applications that combine mathematical reasoning with domain knowledge to enable the solution of challenging optimization problems in energy and materials.

At the SDL, we are particularly excited by the following application areas of the IMPS and OAK methodologies:

  1. Thermo-mechanical energy conversion devices such as heat pumps and organic Rankine cycles.
  2. Separation systems that enable carbon capture utilization and storage, biomanufacturing and retrofitting of existing processes; and operation and expansion of the power grid to facilitate integration.

Please contact me if you would like to do a PhD in the Sustainable Design Laboratory.

Dr David Gregory
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

David is interested in developing novel multidisciplinary projects targeted toward biosensor, bioelectronic, biomedical, regenerative medicine and industrial applications (e.g. process monitoring).

Research Interests:

  • Sensors and Biosensors
  • Raman Spectroscopy as a Sensing Tool
  • Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing
  • Reactive Inkjet Printing (RIJ)
  • Design and Development of Complex Printing Systems
  • Biomaterials
  • Tissue Engineering and 3D Scaffolds
  • Drug Delivery
  • Bioelectronics
  • Active Colloids and Micromotors
Professor Jonathan Howse
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Nanoswimmers
  • Understanding Spin-Coating
  • Polymer Vesicle Formation
  • Phase Separation in Polymer Blends
Professor David James
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Production of High-Value Therapeutic Recombinant Protein Biopharmaceuticals
  • Systems Biotechnology for Rational Bioprocess Engineering
  • Cell Factory and Gene Vector Engineering
  • Process Analytical TechnologyCPE412 – Molecular Biotechnology
Dr Henriette Jensen
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Sewer Process Modelling
  • Hydrogen Sulphide Induced Corrosion
  • Microbial Ecology in Urban Water Systems
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Odour Problems

Dr Esther Karunakaran
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Biofilms  
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Wastewater Microbiology
  • Synthetic Biology in Cyanobacteria
Dr Zoltán Kis
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research Interests

Our exciting research combines experimental and modelling techniques, and innovates RNA vaccine & therapeutics platform production processes. The platform processes that we are developing will enable the rapid development and mass-manufacturing of RNA vaccines and therapeutics at high volumes, low cost and high quality against a wide range of diseases. To achieve this ambitious goal, we are developing and synergising a set of physical and digital technologies integrated into the Quality by Digital Design framework, and based on techno-economic considerations. The obtained computer models will link RNA product quality to the production process, and will enhance both the development and operation of RNA manufacturing processes.

The RNA vaccine platform technology has been successfully used to develop COVID-19 vaccines at record speeds. However, the RNA vaccine production volumes and rates can be further increased, while reducing costs and maintaining consistently high product quality. In addition, RNA vaccines can be produced based on a transformative platform technology, meaning that the same manufacturing infrastructure can be used to produce vaccines and therapeutics against a wide range of diseases. Therefore, it is anticipated that the demand for RNA vaccine production technologies will substantially increase and the physical processes and digital tools developed in our group are expected to be widely adopted. 

Key research areas include:

  • Experimental development, scale-up, digitalisation and innovation of physical processes to produce RNA vaccines, RNA therapeutics and other biopharmaceuticals.
  • Techno-economic modelling for reducing the costs, increasing production rates and production volumes of RNA vaccines, RNA therapeutics and other biopharmaceuticals.
  • Quality by Digital Design for consistently ensuring product quality, support scale-up, technology transfer, and for accelerating the regulatory approval process.


I am eager to support talented individuals who are passionate about biomanufacturing, production process development, process analytical technologies, RNA vaccines and therapeutics, as well as process modelling, digitalisation, machine learning and Industry 4.0. 

Prospective PhD students, post-doctoral researchers and research fellows are encouraged to send me a brief expression of interest along with their CV. 

Professor Jim Litster
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Predicting the structure of complex particulate products and their performance in use is a grand challenge in engineering science. The products include pharmaceuticals (e.g. GSK, Astra Zeneca), consumer products (e.g. P&G, Unilever), agricultural chemicals (e.g. Syngenta) and foods (e.g. Nestle). The value of sales and export of these high value products for the UK is estimated at £180bn per year (Chemistry Innovation KTN Strategy Report 2010) and complex products are a designated priority area in the Innovate UK High Value Manufacturing strategy. The performance of these products is controlled by their size, structure and surface properties, as well as their chemistry. Therefore, modeling the development of these attributes must address structure at many length scales from nm to mm. Jim’s programme focuses on developing new design models to substantially improve the manufacture of these particulate products.

Particle Technology Group

Dr James McGregor
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The most current information on research activities in the McGregor group can be found on our Sustainable Catalytic Engineering website.

Key areas of current focus include:

  • The conversion of waste and a low-value co-products.
  • Biomass conversion.
  • Carbon dioxide utilisation.
  • Energy materials.
  • Petrochemical processing via heterogeneous catalysis.
  • The role of carbon and coke deposition in catalysis.
  • Novel catalyst characterisation tools.

I am also an active member of the UK Catalysis Hub.

Dr Fanran Meng
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My research focuses on resource efficiency and engineering sustainability driving reductions in environmental impacts and the development of sustainable engineering practices. My research applies and develops whole systems approaches (process simulation, material flow analysis, life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis with optimisation algorithm) to sustainable material and energy systems to better understand the transition towards a low carbon economy. Ongoing work covers a wide range of materials, renewable energy, petrochemical and transportation sectors, e.g. carbon fibre composite recycling, wind turbine blades, lithium-ion EV batteries and plastics supply chain.

Research Topics:

  • Sustainable Materials
  • Plastics and Chemicals
  • Carbon Fibre Composite Recycling and Reuse
  • Managing End-of-life Wind Turbine Wastes
  • Net Zero Technologies
  • Material Flow Analysis
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Techno-Economic Analysis
Dr Alisyn Nedoma
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Applied Polymer Physics:

  • Organic electronics for alternative energy generation and storage.
  • Polymer photocatalysts for wastewater remediation.
  • Biopolymer-based food packaging.
  • Nanostructured plastic films for drug and flavour delivery.
  • Printable sensors for food quality.
  • Supercritical processing of nanomaterials.
  • Enhanced plastics recycling.
Professor Jags Pandhal
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My Research interests are:

  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Quantitative Proteomics (Metaproteomics and Glycosylation)
  • Synthetic Microbial Communities
  • Algae Biotechnology
  • Biomanufacturing

It is widely recognised that the fundamental training of a biologist and an engineer is different. Mathematical theories and quantitative methods are at the forefront of engineering approaches, and therefore their application to complex systems, including biological, is a useful attribute.

However, biologists have the advantage of formulating better testable hypotheses, experimental designs and data interpretation from these complex biological systems. This is namely due to different techniques and strategies used by life scientists to qualitatively decipher complex systems.

The skills of an engineer and life scientist are therefore complementary. I work at this interface to reveal (hopefully useful) information about complex biological systems.

Professor Siddharth Patwardhan
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


Green Nanomaterials Research Group

Research in the group undertakes the synthesis of bespoke nanomaterials using biologically inspired green routes.

In our new book, the aim is to address the highly sought aspect of how to translate the understanding of biominerals into new green manufacturing methods. We cover aspects from the discovery of new green synthesis methods all the way to considering their commercial manufacturing routes.

The group aims to demonstrate potential of green methods for nanomaterials synthesis by realisation of their real-life applications. Current projects are focussed on developing application of green nanomaterials in four distinct sectors:   

A significant research focus is on developing the science underpinning scale-up of green nanomaterials, thus enabling their large-scale manufacturing.

Focus is on increasing technology readiness level (TRL) for new developments and delivering technologies that are ready for commercialisation.

New Technologies Invented:

Professor Rachael Rothman
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My research is in the development and analysis of sustainable processes and clean energy systems. My interests lie in whole systems analysis, clean energy technologies and thermochemical and electrochemical cycles for hydrogen production and carbon dioxide utilisation.

Recent Projects Include:

  • the EPSRC funded 4CU project, investigating utilisation of carbon dioxide to form fuel
  • the European Framework 7 HycycleS project, looking at key components for the Sulfur Iodine and Hybrid Sulphur cycles for hydrogen production
  • the KNOO (Keeping the Nuclear Option Open) project, investigating nuclear hydrogen production.
Research Interests:
  • Sustainable Processes
  • Clean Energy Systems
  • Thermochemical and Electrochemical Cycles
  • Hydrogen Production
  • Carbon Dioxide Utilisation
  • Membrane Separations
  • Whole System Analysis
Professor Agba Salman
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My research strategy is centred on understanding the science behind industrial granulation processes allowing formulators to design processes, which deliver better products for consumers. This approach is based on linking the early stage of the granulation process with new equipment design through novel computational modelling and on-line monitoring systems.

I had collaborative projects with world-leading brands in the area of particle processing and equipment manufacturers such as Nestlé, AstraZeneca, GSK, BASF, Johnson Matthey, Procter & Gamble, Unilever,Alexanderwerk, ICL and Aramco.

Throughout my career journey in research, I have established a comprehensive understanding of the particle product development process which is used to create successful novels for both process and product optimisation.

My current research is mainly focused on Improving physical stability of food powders using novel approaches of powder restructuring which involve a large variety of powder processing technologies including inhomogeneous crystallisation, spray-drying, roller compaction, and freeze- drying; knowledge gained can be also applied to improve the stability performance of a wide range of catalyst and fertiliser products. Our projects with the pharmaceutical industry mainly aim at improving the quality of the oral dosage form products produced by continuous manufacturing technology and the research includes both experimental and modelling techniques.

My research with the oil industry is focusing on reducing the aggregation and deposition of calcium carbonate in different petroleum facilities and equipment. We are also looking into increasing the life of the catalyst by measuring the adhesion strength of different layers forming the catalyst.

Our research in the fertilizer industry is mainly aiming to increase the stability of fertilizer granules and hence have more control of the quality which could be used to increase the efficiency of the fertilizers.

Professor Rachel Smith
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Wet granulation design and scale-up, DEM/CFD modelling of particulate processes, drug delivery methods, biological and water systems modelling.

I am also a founding member of the Pharmaceutical Engineering Interest Group.

Professor Peter Styring
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interests:
  • New Materials for Carbon Dioxide Capture
  • Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU)
  • Absorber and Reactor Intensification for CDU
  • Process Design for Energy and Economically Efficient CDU
  • Life Cycle Assessment in CDU
  • CDU Policy and Public Engagement
  • Snowsports Tribology
Professor Annette Taylor
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My research involves reaction engineering: the design and optimisation of chemical/biochemical systems through consideration of catalytic reaction networks coupled with mass transport. The research combines experiments with kinetic modelling and has a wide range of applications such bio-reactors for fuel or food, materials formation or degradation, drug delivery and sensing.

I'm particularly interested in aqueous phase catalysis and control of dynamics in cellular biological or bioinspired chemical systems. Taking inspiration from nature or the use of natural components allows us to design functional materials and processes that are greener or more sustainable, but also harness the unique properties arising from feedback in natural systems including collective behaviour (e.g. quorum sensing in bacteria) and self-organisation.

Some current projects include:

  • New methods for the bio-catalytic control of gelation for natural adhesives and repair with Prof Pojman (Louisianna State University).
  • Enzyme loaded colloids or vesicles for biotechnology and healthcare applications with Dr Rossi (Salerno) and Dr Beales (Leeds).
  • Self-organisation in precipitation processes with Prof’s Horvath and Toth (Szeged) and Prof Meldrum (Leeds).
  • Bio-based and biodegradable materials: Optimising ester hydrolysis in polymers and lignocellulose processing for bioethanol production.
  • Engineering applications of biomineralisation and biofilm formation with Dr Karunakaran and the SCARAB team (Sheffield).

COST Action on Emergence and Evolution in Complex Chemical Systems

Gordon Research Conference on Oscillations and Dynamic Instabilities in Chemical Systems

Dr Kang Lan Tee
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Dr Seetharaman Vaidyanathan
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Research Interests:

  • Algae Biotechnology
  • Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • Bioprocess Engineering
  • Bioenergy
  • Bioinformatics and Use of Machine Learning
  • Metabolomics and Proteomics
  • Mass Spectrometric Imaging
Dr Sergio Vernuccio
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Microkinetic Modelling of Complex Reaction Systems
  • Heterogeneous Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
  • Flow Chemistry and Multiphase Flow
  • Process Intensification 

I'm constantly seeking for creative and self-motivated students with skills in chemistry, chemical engineering, process engineering and related disciplines. If you are interested in any of the above research areas please contact me by sending your CV and application letter.

Dr Brant Walkley
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Our research aims to drive new advances in the development of materials and processes for sustainable infrastructure, environmental remediation, waste management, and clean energy. This will enable industry to meet the needs of our society both sustainably and cost-effectively, improving the well-being of our society and environment.

Broadly speaking, our research group focuses on investigation of composition-structure-property relationships, reaction mechanisms and kinetics in cements, glasses, ceramics and nanomaterials using advanced spectroscopic and microstructural techniques, including solid state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Current projects focus on:

  • Development of low-CO2 cements for sustainable infrastructure.
  • Understanding durability and degradation phenomena in low-CO2 cements.
  • Understanding and controlling radionuclide-mineral interactions in cement matrices used for immobilisation of radioactive waste.
  • Understanding mass transport processes in cements for applications in both construction and nuclear sectors.
  • Controlling reaction mechanisms, kinetics and retention in cement wasteforms for safe disposal of heavy metal pollutants.
  • Life cycle assessment of cements and related materials.
Professor Meihong Wang
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My main research areas is in Process and Energy Systems Engineering for Energy and Environment. The sub areas are:

  • Process Modelling, Simulation, Control and Optimisation
  • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS)
  • Grid-scale Energy Storage
  • Bio-fuel Production
  • Power Plants
  • Refinery Planning and Scheduling
  • Process Control (e.g. Condition Monitoring and System Identification)
Professor Tuck Seng Wong
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The research in Wong group focuses on applying advanced protein engineering technique, specifically directed evolution, to tailor the properties of enzymes for industrial and pharmaceutical applications as well as to elucidate the design principles used by Nature. There are three key areas that we are currently working on:

1) Development of novel molecular biology tools to advance the field of directed evolution (e.g., method to create high quality mutant library).
2) Application of directed evolution to improve existing properties of industrially relevant enzymes (e.g., cytochrome P450s, carbonyl reductases, aromatic peroxygenases and hydrolases) or to create novel functions.
3) Development of computational tools to facilitate and expedite experimental design (e.g., method to analyse genetic diversity).

One of our current research projects is to develop biological carbon dioxide capture and utilization (CCU) strategies for bulk, fine and specialty chemical syntheses, capitalizing on our interest in directed evolution and synthetic biology.

Complementing protein engineering, we also apply a wide array of biophysical techniques to study various properties of biomolecules (e.g., structure, stability, oligomeric state, protein-protein interaction, and protein-DNA interaction etc.). We characterize proteins and complexes involved in cancer, ageing and mutational diseases.

Research Topics:

  • Protein Engineering (Directed Evolution)
  • Biocatalysis and Industrial Biotechnology
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Biological Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilization
  • Biophysics
  • Cancer and Ageing
Research Personnel:
  • Pawel Jajesniak (Poland)
  • Hossam Eldin Omar Ali (United Kingdom)
  • Amir Zaki Abdullah Zubir (Malaysia)
  • Abdulrahman H. Alessa (Saudi Arabia)
Dr Yajue Wu
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

My current research interests include hydrogen energy systems, fast fire spread phenomena in buildings and underground structures, tunnel fires, dynamics of fires and explosions, combustion and heat transfer in industrial furnaces, hazard analysis and risk assessment of process industry and flow visualization.

Research Interests:

  • Hydrogen energy systems.
  • Fast fire spread phenomena in buildings and underground structures and tunnel fires.
  • Dynamics of fires and explosions.
  • Combustion and heat transfer in industrial furnaces.
  • Hazard analysis and risk assessment of process industry.
Professor Mohammad Zandi
Personal Webpage

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interests:
  • Environmental Engineering & Monitoring
  • Energy Engineering
  • Alternative Fuels, Biomass and Biofuels
  • CO2 Sequestration Technologies
Professor William Zimmerman
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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Research Interests:
  • 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, a University spinout company, was founded to exploit his research and technological advances. Perlemax and Zimmerman have won the below awards and 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