Chemical Engineering

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Dr Danish Malik PhD

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Senior Lecturer in Product Engineering

Background:

Educated in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University. Appointed Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University in 2003. Chemical Engineering Department Research Coordinator (2008-2012). Chemical Engineering Director of Research Degree Programmes (2012-present).

Outline of main research interests and activities:

  • Separation science and technology – especially processes based on adsorption, ion exchange and membrane based separations. Examples of recent projects include: (i) development of novel nanostructured carbon and polymeric adsorbents for blood purification using size exclusion principles. (ii) Study of protein transport through ultrafiltration membranes to explain limitations of haemodialysis. (iii) Purification of bacteriophages for healthcare applications including as biosensors.
  • Environmental Decontamination Processes especially advanced oxidation technologies using hydrogen peroxide vapour (HPV) and cold atmospheric plasmas. Examples of recent projects include: (i) investigation of hydrogen peroxide inactivation kinetics of pathogenic microorganisms including Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile.
  • Biosensors - (i) Evaluation of rapid Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) detection kits (hand-held bioluminescence monitors) for routine monitoring of hospital environmental hygiene. (ii) Development of a diagnostic system using engineered reporter phages for the detection of the nosocomial pathogen Clostridium difficile.

Professional affiliations:

  • Member of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI).

External appointments:

  • Committee member Separation Science and Technology technical subject group (SCI).

Invited and keynote lectures:

  • 2012, Theory of ion exchange – an      introduction. IEX 2012: Technical Training, Ion Exchange Theory and      Practice for Bioprocessing, 18th September 2012, SCI, Queen’s      College, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • 2012, How effective is cleaning in      healthcare environments – hospital environmental hygiene monitoring, Healthcare      Infrastructure Research & Innovation Centre Conference: New Learning      on Controlling Healthcare Acquired Infection, 25th January      2012, Imperial College, London.
  • 2011, Measuring surface ATP as an      indicator of organic soil – rapid in situ monitoring and control of      hospital cleanliness, South of England Showcase Hospitals Conference –      Combating Infection, Department of Health. 3rd March 2011,      Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom.
  • 2010, Adsorbents for      blood purification, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 2008, Advances in      separations technology – nanostructured materials, Diageo Technology      Research, Diageo GB (Invited Lecture).

Organising / scientific committee of international conferences:

  • 2014, Co-Chair ‘Applications of Novel Biosensor Technologies in the Industrial Biotechnology Sector’, SCI London, 21 October 2014.
  • 2013, Co-Chair ‘On-line and At-line Analytical Technologies in the Industrial Biotechnology Sector’, SCI London, 14 November 2013.
  • 2013, Member International Advisory Board, Separation Science – Theory & Practice, 2nd International Conference on methods and materials for separation processes, June 9-13, 2013 Poland.
  • 2011, Member International Advisory Board, Separation Science – Theory & Practice, 1st International Conference on methods and materials for separation processes, June 5-9, 2013, Poland