Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Chemical Engineering

Maria Sotenko

Maria Sotenko

University Teacher

01509 564090


Maria graduated in Chemistry from Novosibirsk State University, Russia in 2006. She investigated Pt-containing catalysts for car exhausts afterburning and the mechanism of methanol synthesis from syngas during her BSc and MSc projects carried out in Boreskov Institute of Catalysis (BIC), one of the biggest scientific institutes in Russia. During her PhD, received in 2010, Maria had a chance to work in two different universities, Bath University and Warwick University, while working under the supervision of Prof Alexei Lapkin on an inter-disciplinary project called “Bi-catalytic conversion of glycerol to value-added products”. In 2012 Maria undertook a short postdoctoral position at Bath University within Dr Pawel Plucinski’s group developing continuous C-H functionalization of arenes using Pd/Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles in a microreactor. This was followed by a 3 years postdoctoral position at Warwick Manufacturing Group, Warwick University, where Maria worked on the project called “Cleaning Land for Wealth” (CL4W) which combined expertise in plant science, biotechnology, engineering and catalysis. In 2016 Maria took up a role of University Teacher at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University.

Research Profile

Maria graduated initially as a chemist and with a strong background in heterogeneous catalysis she is interested in developing bio-catalytic processes for the production of useful chemicals and polymers where environmental and economic benefits are gained by using enzymes, bacteria or fungi along with cheap feedstocks, biphasic medium, multistep processing or unique engineering design. she has developed a combined, cost and time-effective process of glycerol transformation to esters of 1,3-propanediol using a hollow fibre membrane reactor. She has also worked on CL4W project which aimed at turning Pt, Ni and As, recovered from contaminated land, into useful catalysts via a complex process of phytoremediation, fungal biomass degradation and bacterial catalysis.


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Department of Chemical Engineering
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU

+44 (0)1509 222 533