Lizzie Cheeseman who won a summer internship at Harvard University
Dr Diganta B Das Delivers Keynote Speech
Dr Diganta B Das recently delivered a keynote lecture at the 1st International Conference on Green Technologies for Environmental Pollution Control and Prevention held at the National Institute of Technology in Tiruchirapalli, India on 27th-29th September 2014.
Summer Bursary Poster Competition
Over the summer of 2014, the school of Aeronautical, Automotive Chemical and Materials Engineering (AACME) ran a vacation bursary scheme to give penultimate year undergrads a taste of doing PhD-type research.
Vacancies (Closing date 6th October 2014).
As part of continuing exciting expansion we are currently advertising three Chairs and a lecturing position in Industrial Biotechnology
TEDx Loughborough 2014
Dr Gilbert Shama, Reader in Applied Microbiology at Loughborough University, was one of the speakers at last February's TEDx Loughborough 2014 event presents "Erm excuse me, we're running out of antibiotics" in which he considers whether we are sleepwalking back into a pre-antibiotic era.
Ozonolysis of lignocellulosic biomass using low energy microplasma reactors
Dr Hemaka Bandulasena has been awarded £50k from Plants to Products BBSRC NIBB for proof of concept studies on pretreatement of lignocellulosic biomass using low energy microplasma reactors. This is a collaborative project with Prof David Leak of University of Bath and also supported by Perlemax Ltd.
Teaching Laboratory Rigs
As part of the Department of Chemical Engineering’s continued drive to enhance the Learning Experience through their Teaching Laboratories, funding was sought and won earlier in the year for four new outstanding Teaching Laboratory ‘Rigs’, which are now in situ and will be ready for use in the new academic year.
Prize winners 2013-2014
Our congratulations go out to the following students for winning the following prizes during the 2013-2014 Academic year
Loughborough University shortlisted in our search for best public-private collaboration The Oxford AHSN aims to break down traditional organisational boundaries and bring the NHS, universities, science and business closer together. To that end we have been inviting nominations for a new award acknowledging effective partnerships between the public sector and industry. A shortlist has now been drawn up and the winners will be announced at the OBN Annual Awards night on 2 October (http://www.obn.org.uk/events/obn-annual-awards-dinner/ ).
Loughborough PhD student shortlisted for the SCI Young Lipid Scientist Award, 2014
Loughborough Chemincal Engineering PhD student, David Stewart, was recently shortlisted for the SCI Young Lipid Scientist Award, 2014. He was one of only four students shortlisted to give a presentation on his current research at the Lipids Group AGM at the University of Reading on the afternoon of Friday June 6th 2014.
UKIERI grant awarded to Dr DB Das
UKIERI grant awarded to Dr DB Das in collaboration with KVSR Sidhartha College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vijayawada, India The recently announced awards by the UK India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI) has funded 2-year long project proposal by Dr DB Das in collaboration with KVSR Sidhartha College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vijayawada, India. Delivery systems of the triptans (antimigraine drugs) and calcium channel blockers (anti-hypertensive drugs) play important roles in their onset of action. When administered orally these drugs show less and variable oral bioavailability which may be due to first pass metabolism. Hence, alternate route of administration, e.g., transdermally, is an ideal choice for these drugs. However, these drugs do not have ideal properties to permeate through the skin and, therefore, optimization of transdermal delivery should be done by the use of microneedles, a novel system that can bypass stratum corneum and deliver the drugs to systemic circulation. In addressing this issue, the project will aim to develop optimised microneedle systems for transdermal delivery of anti-migraine and anti–hypertensive drugs.
Dr Diganta B Das co-authors new book on Sustainable Water Engineering
Ensuring safe and plentiful supplies of potable water (both now and for future generations) and developing sustainable treatment processes for wastewater are among the world’s greatest engineering challenges. However, sustainability requires investment of money, time and knowledge. Some parts of the world are already working towards this goal but many nations have neither the political will nor the resources to tackle even basic provision and sanitation. Combining theory and practice from the developing and developed worlds with high- and low-tech, high- and low-cost solutions, this book discusses many fundamental and advanced aspects of water engineering. With integrated theory, design and operation specifications for each treatment process, this book then addresses the extent to which various treatment methods work in theory as well as how cost effective they are in practice. Furthermore, it provides a nontechnical guide on how to recover and reuse water from effluent, which is suitable for those in water resource management, environmental planning, civil and chemical engineering. The book Sustainable Water Engineering: Theory and Practice by Ramesh Chandrappa and Diganta B Das is avaialble from the publisher: John Wiley & Sons.
Department’s innovation highlighted in high-impact “Lab-on-a-chip” journal.
A research study led by Dr Nuno Reis from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough was selected to feature on this month’s main front cover of Lab-on-a-chip journal, the leading scientific journal for miniaturisation in chemistry, physics, biology, materials science and bioengineering published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Dr Goran Vladisavljevic delivers keynote speech
Dr Goran Vladisavljevic delivered an invited keynote speech on the opening day of the UK Colloids 2014 conference held at the Mermaid Theatre in London from 6th July until 9th July 2014. The title of his presented was "Production of nanoparticles using membrane contactors and microfluidic devices". The conference was jointly organised by the RSC Colloid and Interface Science Group, the SCI Colloid and Surface Chemistry Group, the Institute of Physics, Polymer Physics group and the UK Polymer Colloid Forum. This conference brought together almost 300 scientists from 28 different countries and represents a major UK event in colloid and interface science.
Times Higher Leadership and Management Awards Departmental ICT Initiative of the Year
At the Times Higher Leadership and Management Awards, our school won the award for the “Departmental ICT Initiative of the Year”.
International Symposium on Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals
International Symposium on Continuous Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals
Engineering Leadership Advanced Awards
PhD student receives the Prize for the Research Impact at the Health and Wellbeing Conference
Student wins summer internship at Harvard University
Lizzie Cheeseman who is currently a Part C undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering has won a summer internship at the prestigious Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
Developing new heart valves
Chemical Engineers at Loughborough University are working alongside a heart transplant surgeon at Papworth Hospital and design engineers at Cambridge Reactor Design, to manufacture implantable heart pumps.
Controlling Multiphase Reactions on Demand
Professors Richard Holdich and Chris Rielly have been awarded £325k by the EPSRC to investigate multiphase reactions.
Research into Monitoring Stem Cell Growth in Bioreactors
Dr. Karen Coopman has recently been awarded £100k funding from the EPSRC for a feasibility study looking at the development of an optical system that can be integrated into a stirred tank bioreactor in order to the track the growth and morphology of cells on microcarriers. The specific application is in the production of mesenchymal stem cells.
Developing the next generation of spray dryers
Dr Andy Stapley has been awarded €325k as part of a €6m EU project to develop the next generation of spray dryers. Spray drying is the main method for producing powdered products such as instant coffee, skimmed milk powder and laundry detergent.
Research into the spreading of complex fluids
Professor Victor Starov has recently been awarded EU funding of £ 466,793 as part of a large international multidisciplinary Marie Curie project CoWet. The group based at Loughborough University will work on the interaction of foams with porous substrates. This has direct application in using foams as drug delivery systems in pharmacy or for colorants in hair care.
Research into Monitoring Nanoparticle Suspensions
A new research programme at Loughborough aims to transform the monitoring of concentrated suspensions of nanoparticles using the technique of ultrasound. Increasing numbers of industrial and commercial applications involve nanoparticles (or colloidal particles), usually in a concentrated form. Unfortunately this makes measurements using conventional methods very difficult, both due to the small size of the particles and the opaque nature of such suspensions. Most particle sizing techniques, for example, only work with dilute systems.
MSc scholars receive their certificates from the Vice-Chancellor
Retirement of Professor Vahid Nasehi
About 40 of the current staff, along with some former colleagues, met for lunch on Friday 31 January to mark the retirement of Professor Vahid Nassehi. Vahid had been on the staff at Loughborough University for just over 25 years, rising through the ranks of Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader, before being awarded a Personal Chair as a Professor of Computational Modelling in 2002.
Obituary: Trevor Kletz
Trevor Kletz, one of our visiting professors passed away peacefully in October 2013.
The Davis-Swindin public lecture 'Drinking Water Chemicals: Discoveries and Challenges'
A public lecture examining the unintended health risks associated with water disinfection is being hosted by Loughborough University on Monday 24 June.
Making nanostructured components a commercial reality
A new partnership between Loughborough University and MEL Chemicals looks set to make the manufacture of nanostructured ceramic components a commercial reality.
Dr Goran Vladisavljevic awarded JSPS fellowship
Dr Goran Vladisavljevic has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). This gives Dr Vladisavljevic an opportunity to revisit Japan between December 2013 and January 2014 to create and strengthen collaborative links with the Japanese academic community in the area of micro process technology. JSPS is Japan’s leading funding agency established in 1932, funded from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Prizes for oral and poster presentations for Chemical Engineering research team at EuroBiotech2013
Dr Nuno Reis and Ana Barbosa have participated in the European Biotechnology Conference 2013 held in Bratislava, Slovakia between 16 and 18th May 2013.
Chemical Engineering PhD student wins "Best Oral Presentation" prize
Congratulations to Norashikin Mat-Zain who won first prize for the Best Oral Presentation at the Health and Life Science Conference.
Matthew Akpoge Obande, MSc, 2007; PhD, 2011
Chemical Engineering Professor organises American Chemical Society Symposium
Professor Gianluca Li Puma from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University co-organised and co-chaired the symposium on "Chemistry and Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes for Removal of Contaminants of Emerging Concern".
Chemical Engineering PhD student, wins best poster prize at the ChemEngDay UK 2013
Elena Simone, one of the Chemical Engineering Department’s PhD student, has received best poster prize within the Materials and Particle Technology category at the ChemEngDay UK 2013.
Gates Foundation Prize for work done in Chemical Engineering
Professor Holdich explains the Continuous Hydrothermal Carbonisation process to Bill Gates at The Gates Foundation in Seattle. The Loughborough team won second prize in the Reinvent The Toilet Challenge, designed to help the 2 billion people worldwide who suffer disease from poor sanitation.
The 11th UK Particle Technology Forum
The Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University will host the UK Particle Technology Forum in April 2012
How to make the perfect cup of tea
The expertise of one of the Department’s lecturers has been called upon to help TV presenter James May solve a controversial and much contested issue – how to make the perfect cup of tea.
Research Student Wins International Conference Prize
Marijana Dragosavac was recently awarded first prize at the international PSA2011 (Particulate Systems Analysis) conference held in Edinburgh for her oral presentation: “Production of silica particles using membrane emulsification.”
Loughborough University research to revolutionise pharmaceuticals manufacturing
Loughborough University has been awarded more than £1.1 million to help revolutionise manufacturing techniques for the pharmaceuticals industry.
Research student wins DIAMOND conference prize
Marijana Dragosavac, one of the Department's PhD students, was recently awarded first prize in the poster competition at the DIAMOND conference for her presentation on 'Combined microfiltration and ion exchange.'
Research Student wins British Association of Crystal Growth Conference prize
Ali Saleemi, One of the Department's Research Associates has won the best poster prize at the British Association of Crystal Growth Conference held at UCL.
Triple success in Royal Academy Leadership Awards
Three of the Department’s undergraduate students have won a place on the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering’s Engineering Leadership Advanced Awards scheme.
Chemical Engineering students win BP Ultimate Field Trip 2011
A team of students from the Department is set to gain a real-life taste of working in the oil and gas industry, after winning the 2011 BP Ultimate Field Trip. The trio of Chemical Engineering undergraduates, known collectively as ‘Rigid Ideas’, wowed the competition judges, as well as the event host, Professor Brian Cox, with their forward thinking and innovative hydrogen production-based technology that answered a tough challenge set by BP.
The Complete University Guide Ranks Chemical Engineering at Loughborough 3rd in the UK
In the first of the league tables to be published for 2012, The Complete University Guide ranks Chemical Engineering at Loughborough 3rd amongst UK Chemical Engineering Departments.
Department’s Winning Run Continues with 17th Salters’ Graduate Prize
Ben Demicol, a final year MEng student in the Department, has been awarded a £1000 Salters’ Graduate Prize for 2011. Only 5 are awarded each year to UK Chemical Engineering students by the Salters’ Institute of Industrial Chemistry.
Double success at IChemE awards
Loughborough’s Chemical Engineering Department enjoyed a double success at the recent Annual IChemE Awards Dinner, as a recent graduate, and one of our Professors received recognition for their work in the field.
Loughborough Chemical Engineer bags another prize!
Krystel Howard was awarded first prize for her technical excellence combining with an outstanding oral presentation skills in the field of Fluid Separation Processes.
Department celebrates 16th winner of the Salters Graduate Prize
Paul Devitt, a final year MEng Chemical Engineering student, joins a long line of award winning Loughborough students on being selected for a 2010 Salters Graduate Prize.
Department success at Annual Frank Morton Sports Day
Loughborough’s Chemical Engineering Department joined dozens of other UK chemical engineering students at Birmingham University on 18th February for the annual Frank Morton sports day.
Professor presented with Excellence in Teaching Award
Professor Richard Holdich, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University, has been awarded an ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award 2009.
15th Salters’ Graduate Prize for the Department
In the past 16 years, 15 of the Department’s students have been awarded a prestigious Salters’ Graduate Prize. Six Salters’ prizes are awarded nationally in Chemical Engineering to finalist.
Wise Awards Success
Katherine Bexfield, a Chemical Engineering student, was recently presented an award at the Royal Academy of Engineering by HRH Princess Anne, for her entry into the Ford WISE (Women into Science and Engineering) Competition.
MSc students win 3rd place in GE Energy's Ecomagination Challenge
Congratulations to two of our MSc students - Jayasheelan Vaithilingam and Mohd Rushdi Abu Bakar for winning 3rd place in GE Energy's Ecomagination Challenge "How can you make your campus greener?". Their project has been selected as part of the 3 best projects in Europe (out of 100 entries).
Student wins 1st prize in the Particle Technology Forum (PTFUK)
Congratulations to Erum Aamir for winning first prize in the Particle Technology Forum (PTFUK). She was awarded with young researcher's award for her research work presented at this event. Erum is also selected for the 117th training course at BASF Company, Germany. During this training she has an opportunity to meet young researchers from all over the world and learn from their experiences also.
Professor presented with the Arnold Greene Medal of the IChemE
Professor Richard Wakeman was presented with the Arnold Greene Medal of the Institution of Chemical Engineers at the Institution's Annual General Meeting in London on 13 May.
Student wins "Temporary of the Year"
Mustafa Mohamed (Industrial Year Student) was awarded with the title "Temporary of the Year" and received a cash prize from the Room at the Top Recruitment. This award was given to Mustafa in recognition of the excellent comments given by his Manager in a survey done by the agency. His name was also mentioned in an editorial in the local newspaper published in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire.
IChemE Fluid Mixing Subject Group Research Student Competition
Two Loughborough University Chemical Engineering PhD students were awarded prizes for their presentations at the 2009 IChemE Fluid Mixing Processes Subject Group Research Competition on 7 January at Kings College, London.