Chemical Engineering


Dr Goran Vladisavljevic BSc, MSc, PhD

Photo of Dr Goran Vladisavljevic

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering


Graduated summa cum laude from the Department of Food Technology and Biochemistry of the University of Belgrade in 1987. Obtained his MSc (1992) and PhD (1997) degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Belgrade, where he worked as a Teaching Fellow (1987-1997), Assistant Professor (1997-2004), Associate Professor (2004-2006), and Visiting Professor (from 2007).

Awarded a Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to work on crossflow membrane emulsification at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology from 2000 to 2002 and then moved to Japan to take up a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship at Miyazaki Prefectural Industrial Technology Centre. Worked at Leeds University with the Royal Society Fellowship on rotating membrane emulsification in 2004. Received a Fulbright Scholarship and worked on functional emulsions with nano-laminated droplets at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2005. Awarded an Invitation JSPS Fellowship and worked on microchannel emulsification at the National Food Research Institute in Japan in 2006. Worked on microfluidic projects in the Department of Microsystems Engineering at the University of Freiburg and in the Experimental Soft Condensed Matter Group of Prof. Weitz at Harvard University in 2007. Awarded a UK-JSPS Bridge Fellowship in recognition of his excellent achievements towards Japan-UK academic collaboration in 2013.

Became a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University in 2006 and Senior Lecturer in 2010.


  • UK-JSPS Bridge Fellowship, JSPS Office, London, 2013 - 2014.
  • Teaching Innovation Award, Teaching Centre, Loughborough University, 2010.
  • Advances in Colloid and Interface Most Cited Paper Award, Elsevier, 2004 – 2007.
  • Invitation JSPS Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, 2006.
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Fulbright Scholar Program, Washington, 2005.
  • Royal Society Fellowship, Royal Society, London, 2004.
  • JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, 2002 - 2003.
  • Humboldt Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2002 - 2002.
  • Scholarship from the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 1986 – 1988.

Outline of main research interests:

  • Drop microfluidics and membrane emulsification
    Investigation of droplet generation processes using microporous membranes and microfluidic devices, such as silicon microchannel arrays, coaxial glass capillaries, and PDMS devices.
  • Functional microparticles and microcapsules, controlled release
    Microfluidic and membrane emulsification methods for generation of smart functional microparticles and microcapsules with tuneable size and morphology. Application areas: core-shell capsules from photocurable polymers for gas capture and sensing, biodegradable polymer particles for drug-coated balloons, pH-responsive microgels for encapsulation of bacteriophages, Janus particles, non-spherical particles, surface-patterned particles decorated with surface dimples and patches.
  • Antisolvent nanoprecipitation / crystallisation
    Microfluidic and membrane nanoprecipitation methods for fabrication of micro- and nano-particles such as metal nanoparticles, liposomes, micelles, micro- and nano-crystals, and polymer-inorganic hybrid nanoparticles. Applications areas: Encapsulation and controlled release of bioactive materials and bacteriophages, fabrication of crystal seeds.
  • Carbon capture
    Synthesis and characterisation of porous polymeric materials for post-combustion carbon capture.
  • Membrane separation processes
    Membrane-based solvent extraction, ultrafiltration and microfiltration, membrane-based bas absorption and stripping. 

Grants and contracts:

  • Production of drug-loaded biodegradable coating for novel drug-eluting balloons, National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), 2017 — 2021.
  • Production of uniform silica gel particles for purification of insulin, Novo Nordisk Pharmatech A/S, Loughborough University Enterprise Limited project 8205, 2017.
  • Production of molecularly imprinted polymer particles for CO2 capture, Cambridge Engineering Analysis & Design (CEAD), University Enterprise Limited project 7969, 2016.
  • Combined energy recovery & CO2 removal, Innovate UK, 2015 — 2016.
  • Encapsulation of sirolimus in poly(dl-lactide-co-glycolide) (PDLG) microspheres using microfluidic channel (MC) array device, Phases 1-4, Med-Alliance, Switzerland, Loughborough University Enterprise Limited projects 7360, 7687, 7977, 8375, 2015 — 2017.
  • Formulated products by membrane emulsification, Knowledge Transfer Account, in collaboration with Micropore Technology Ltd, 2011 — 2012.
  • Brain Gain Programme, World University Service (WUS) Austria, 2010 — 2011.
  • Microfluidic methods for production of core/shell capsules using synthetic biodegradable polymers, EPSRC, EP/HO29923/1, 2010 — 2012.

Current Teaching Responsibilities:

  • CGC034/CGC051 – Transfer Processes (Responsible Examiner)
  • CGC058/CGC958 – Research Methods (Responsible Examiner
  • CGP068 – Applied Engineering Practice (Responsible Examiner)
  • CGA004 – Chemical Engineering Laboratory (Responsible Examiner)
  • CGB921/CGB021 – Food Engineering
  • CGP050/CGD050 – Applied Heterogeneous Catalysis
  • CGP067/CGD067 – Colloid Engineering and Nanoscience
  • CGD045 – Individual Process Design Project
  • CGD046 – Team Process Design Project
  • CGC033 – Research Project
  • CGC037 – Literature Review
  • CGC002 – Professional Development Project
  • CGP056 – MSc Project

Current Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Process engineering laboratory for Part A undergraduate students
  • Process engineering laboratory for MSc students


Selected Publications:

  • Vladisavljević, G.T. and Williams, R.A. (2005): “Recent developments in manufacturing emulsions and particulate products using membranes”. Advances in Colloid and Interface Science 113, No. 1, 1–20. Cited > 307.
  • Vladisavljević, G.T., Kobayashi, I. and Nakajima, M. (2012): “Production of uniform droplets using membrane, microchannel and microfluidic emulsification devices”. Microfluidics and Nanofluidics 13, No. 1, 151–178. Cited > 183.
  • Vladisavljević, G.T. and Schubert, H. (2003): “Influence of process parameters on droplet size distribution in SPG membrane emulsification and stability of prepared emulsion droplets”. Journal of Membrane Science 225, No. 1–2, 15–23. Cited > 142.
  • Vladisavljević, G.T. and Schubert, H. (2002): “Preparation and analysis of oil-in-water emulsions with a narrow droplet size distribution using Shirasu-porous-glass (SPG) membranes”. Desalination 144, No. 1-3, 167-172. Cited > 137.
  • Vladisavljević, G.T., Shimizu, M. and Nakashima, T. (2004): “Preparation of monodisperse multiple emulsions at high production rates by multi-stage premix membrane emulsification”. Journal of Membrane Science 244, No. 1–2, 97–106. Cited > 134.

Recent Publications:

  • Fayemiwo, K.A., Vladisavljević, G.T., Benyahia, B., Nabavi, S.A., Hanak, D.P., Loponov, K.N. and Manović, V. (2018): “Synthesis of nitrogen-rich hyper-crosslinked polymers for low-pressure CO2 capture”. Chemical Engineering Journal 334, 2004—2013.
  • Vladisavljević, G.T., Ekanem, E.E., Zhang, Z., Khalid, N., Kobayashi, I. and Nakajima, M. (2018): “Long-term stability of droplet production by microchannel (step) emulsification in microfluidic silicon chips with large number of terraced microchannels”. Chemical Engineering Journal 333, 380—391.
  • Othman, R., Vladisavljević, G.T., Simone, E., Nagy, Z.K. and Holdich, R.G. (2017): “Preparation of microcrystals of piroxicam monohydrate by antisolvent precipitation via microfabricated metallic membranes with ordered pore arrays”. Crystal Growth & Design 17, No. 12, 6692—6702.
  • Vinner, G.K., Vladisavljević, G.T., Clokie, M.R.J. and Malik, D.J. (2017): “Microencapsulation of Clostridium difficile specific bacteriophages using microfluidic glass capillary devices for colon delivery using pH triggered release”. PLoS One 12, No. 10, article number: e0186239, 1—27.
  • Nabavi, S.A., Vladisavljević, G.T., Zhu, Y. and Manović, V. (2017): “Synthesis of size-tuneable CO2-philic molecularly imprinted polymeric particles (MIPs) for low pressure CO2 capture using oil-in-oil suspension polymerisation”. Environmental Science & Technology 51, No. 19, 11476—11483.
  • Ekanem, E.E., Zhang, Z. and Vladisavljević, G.T. (2017): “Facile production of biodegradable bipolymer patchy and patchy Janus particles with controlled morphology by microfluidic routes”. Langmuir 33, No. 34, 8476—8482.
  • Nabavi, S.A., Vladisavljević, G.T., Bandulasena, M.V., Arjmandi-Tash, O. and Manović, V. (2017): “Prediction and control of drop formation modes in microfluidic generation of double emulsions by single-step emulsification”. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 505, 315—324.
  • Bandulasena, M.V., Vladisavljević, G.T., Odunmbaku, O.G. and Benyahia, B. (2017): “Continuous synthesis of PVP stabilized biocompatible gold nanoparticles with a controlled size using a 3D glass capillary microfluidic device”. Chemical Engineering Science 171, 233—243.
  • Nabavi, S.A., Vladisavljević, G.T. and Manović, V. (2017): “Mechanisms and control of single-step microfluidic generation of multi-core double emulsion droplets”. Chemical Engineering Journal 322, 140–148.
  • Ekanem, E.E., Zhang, Z. and Vladisavljević, G.T. (2017): “Facile microfluidic production of composite polymer core-shell microcapsules and crescent-shaped microparticles”. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 498, 387—394. 

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Industrial collaborators:

  • M.A. Med-Alliance, Switzerland (drug-eluting balloons)
  • EP. Tech. Co. Ltd, Hitachi, Japan (silicon microchips)
  • Cambridge Engineering Analysis & Design (polymer particles for carbon capture)
  • Novo Nordisk Pharmatech A/S (silica particles)
  • Micropore Technologies Ltd (membrane emulsification)
  • Dolomite (high-throughput microfluidic emulsification)
  • SPG Technologies Co., Ltd (membrane emulsification)

Academic collaborators:

  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute of Food Process Engineering (Germany)  Prof. Helmar Schubert and Prof. Heike Schuchmann, Membrane emulsification.
  • Miyazaki Prefectural Industrial Technology Center, SPG Research Laboratory (Japan)  Dr Tadao Nakashima and Dr Masataka Shimizu, Membrane emulsification.
  • National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO), National Food Research Institute, Tsukuba (Japan)  Prof. Mitsutoshi Nakajima and Dr Isao Kobayashi, Microchannel emulsification.
  • Freiburg University, Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK), Laboratory for MEMS Applications (Germany)  Prof. Roland Zengerle, Centrigufal microfluidic devices.
  • Harvard University, Experimental Soft Condensed Matter Group (U.S.A.)  Prof. David Weitz, Glass microcapillary microfluidics.
  • University of Belgrade, Department of Food Technology and Biochemistry (Serbia)  Prof. Predrag Vukosavljević, Microfiltration and ultrafiltration of fruit juices.
  • Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Laboratory of Physics (Serbia)  Dr Tatjana Trtić-Petrović and Dr Ksenija Kumrić, Separation of radiopharmaceuticals.
  • Seville University (Spain)  Prof. José Muñoz, grant “Assessment of the microchannel homogenization technique for the preparation and characterization of essential oil submicron particles”, CTQ2015-70700-P.
  • Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Laboratoire d’Automatique et de Génie des Procédés (LAGEP) (France)  Dr Catherine Charcosset, Encapsulation of vitamin E in liposomes and polymeric micelles.
  • Cranfield University, Centre for Power Engineering  Prof. Vasilije Manović, Carbon capture.

External roles and appointments:

  • Scientific Advisor, Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, Belgrade, appointed by the Ministry of Science and Technological Development, Serbia, Decision No: 06-00-69/1148, from 2010.
  • Visiting Professor, University of Belgrade, appointed by the University Senate, Decision No: 150-20/XIV-6.4, from 2007.
  • Gastprofessor (Visiting Professor), University of Karlsruhe, 1999.
  • External Examiner for PhD degrees for the University of Belgrade (2004), Wageningen University (2009), University of the Arts London (2010), Leeds University (2010 and 2017), Lyon University (2013), and King’s College London (2015).
  • Proposal reviewer for the 8th, 9th, and 10th cycle of the National Priorities Research Program (NPRP) of the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), the National Center of Science and Technology Evaluation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Royal Society’s Newton International Fellowships, EPSRC, and the National Science Centre, Poland.