14 Mar 2017
New Dean appointed
Professor Chris Rielly has been appointed as Dean of the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering.
Professor Rielly is a chemical engineer, who did his BSc and PhD at Imperial College and then had a three year Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) position in Cambridge University’s Engineering Department.
He was a lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge for 13 years from 1986, before joining Loughborough University in 1999 as a Professor of Chemical Engineering. He has also been Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering.
Professor Rielly has 30 years’ experience in experimental and computational fluid mechanics, applied to multi-phase flow, mixing and control of chemical reactors, fermenters and crystallisers, using techniques such as multi-phase PIV, coupled CFD and population balance models and direct nucleation control. Other research interests include dispersion and deagglomeration of formulated nano-particulate products and spray drying and spray-freeze-drying of nano-dispersed ceramics, foods and pharmaceuticals.
His recent work includes the use PAT tools to monitor and control nucleation and growth in continuous flow crystallisers, to achieve a target size distribution and morphology of a particulate product. He has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings and has supervised more than 40 PhD students and PDRAs.