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14 June 2006 PR 06/67

First prize for Loughborough engineer

A chemical engineer from Loughborough University has scooped first prize at a prestigious, national research event.

Yogesh Gupta, of Loughborough University (second from left), collects his cetificate for first prize.
He is pictured with (left to right) second prize winner Miss Chayaporn Roengpithyam, of I mperial College, London,
judge Stephen Coombs, of Moulson-Chemplant Ltd, and Y. H. See Toh, of Imperial College, who picked up third prize.

Yogesh Gupta was awarded first prize for his outstanding oral contribution in the field of Fluid Separation Processes, combining technical excellence with impressive presentation skills.

Yogesh, who is a PhD student in the Chemical Engineering department, picked up the award at a research event – called ‘What’s New in UK Fluid Separation?’ – hosted by the Institution of Chemical Engineers in May.

Yogesh’s work – to filter a gas from a gas mixture – is at the cutting edge of research. He has developed a novel technique that enables many industrially important gas mixtures to be separated efficiently and economically.

Yogesh said: “I am honoured to get this award in recognition of my research work. A great deal of time and effort went into this research so to be recognised for it in this way is incredible. I believe my work will contribute to the separation and purification of industrial gases in the future.”

The event – at BP’s Sunbury plant – brought together individuals and organisations from across the country to discover the diverse fluid separation work currently underway in the UK.

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Notes to editors

  1. Yogesh Gupta’s work has involved development and testing of membrane materials that give high flux and selectivity during the separation of a range of gas mixtures commonly found in industrial processes.
  2. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place it in the top flight of UK universities; the National Student Survey ranked Loughborough equal first among full-time students; and industry highlights the University in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 40% of Loughborough’s income is for research, and 60% for teaching. The University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development; and for its outstanding work in evaluating and helping to develop social policy-related programmes.

    In 2006 Loughborough celebrates the 40th anniversary of its University Charter, awarded on 19 April 1966 in recognition of the excellence achieved by Loughborough College of Advanced Technology and its predecessor Colleges. Loughborough University of Technology was renamed Loughborough University in 1996.

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