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Photo of Noor Al-Rifai Postgraduate Researcher

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 3037
Email: noor.al-rifai.10@ucl.ac.uk
Department of Chemical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE
United Kingdom

Noor received an MEng Degree in Chemical Engineering with Business Management with First Class Honours from the University of Birmingham in 2009.  Her final year project received a WJ Haffenden Prize and was published in the Journal of Cellular Plastics in 2011.

She directly took up a job in the pharmaceutical industry as a Formulation Scientist at Merck Sharp & Dohme (the UK subsidiary of Merck & Co. of Whitehouse Station, USA) where she worked on a number of projects aimed at the development of solid oral dosage formulations.  In 2010, Noor decided to go back to academia and joined the Chemical Reaction Engineering group at UCL.

Research project

Title: Kinetics investigations using microreactors and optimal design of experiments

Supervisors: Professor Asterios Gavriilidis and Dr Vivek Dua

Microchannel reactors offer opportunities for improving chemical processes and making them more efficient. Due to the reduced scale in characteristic dimensions, microstructured reactors can offer clear advantages such as better reaction temperature control, accelerated heat and mass transfer and enhanced mixing of reactants. As a consequence, high conversion and selectivity can be achieved in comparison to conventional reactors. Furthermore, better quality of experimental data can be obtained. Such information can facilitate more robust process design by incorporating economics, energy efficiency and sustainability. This project seeks to develop a novel experimental/theoretical framework for obtaining kinetic models and data for (faster, more efficient, improved productivity) reactor design. This will involve designing new microreactors in tandem with exploring reaction kinetics and carrying out parameter estimation and optimal design of experiments. A tight integration between experimental investigation and modelling activities will be carried out so that the objectives are achieved effectively and efficiently.

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