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Vassilis Charitopoulos selected 2018 Young Researcher IChemE Global Awards Finalist 

Vasileios Charitopoulos is one of the most promising young researchers in the field of process systems engineering who employs rigorous mathematical methods towards solving challenging manufacturing and energy problems. His doctoral research is dedicated to the development of computer-aided methods to enable sustainable smart manufacturing while he is also concerned with the application of economic optimisation in the context of energy policy. Hard-working, visionary, charismatic and intelligent, he has been awarded for his academic performance in a number of instances setting him in an orbit for academic success. 

Published: Oct 2, 2018 11:30:25 AM

Dr Ayomi Perera appointed Lecturer at Kingston University London

Until this month, Dr Perera was a postdoctoral researcher in the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering (CNIE) and the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL, working with Prof Marc-Olivier Coppens, after a PhD at Kansas State University (2012) and a BSc in Chemistry in her native Sri Lanka (2007). Her most recent research articles on hierarchically structured titanosilicate catalysts for oxidative catalysis (in RSC Catalysis and the Journal of Materials Science), to nacre-inspired, hybrid materials for biomedical applications (ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces), are illustrative of the breadth of Dr Perera’s work, representing innovations in sustainable chemical production, functional materials synthesis and healthcare, by translating lessons from nature to engineering design. In this work, she has collaborated intensively with researchers in the CNIE, in UCL Mechanical Engineering (Prof Mark Miodownik, Prof Mohan EdirisingheDr Richard Jackson and Prof Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, the Royal Institution and Medicine (Prof Richard Day), and inspired PhD, MSc and MEng students with her guidance. During her time at UCL, Ayomi has also been very engaged in outreach activities, from “Pint of Science” to in2Science and UCL’s “It’s All Academic” Festival. We wish Ayomi all the best for the future in her independent academic position!

Published: Oct 1, 2018 4:33:14 PM

Two PepsiCo placement opportunities available – Deadline 28 October

PepsiCo UK is home to some of the world’s most loved food and drink products. Making every day favourites like Walkers, Quaker, Tropicana, Doritos and Naked smoothies, to name a few! We have a fantastic reputation for developing and launching products that our consumers love. We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and have recently been voted a Top Employer for the sixth year in a row. On a larger scale, PepsiCo produces the world’s largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 22 product lines that each generates more than $1billion in annual retail sales.

Published: Oct 1, 2018 11:51:11 AM

Job Opportunity: Lecturer in Nature-Inspired Chemical Engineering

UCL Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the top research and teaching departments in the UK and has world-class standing. The department offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and has an extensive research portfolio across a wealth of areas, from the molecular scale to complex systems. Over the past few years, the department has been undergoing rapid growth and is the home of the EPSRC “Frontier Engineering” Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering (CNIE), the Electrochemical Innovation Laboratory and several consortia supported by the European Commission. 

Published: Sep 27, 2018 11:01:06 AM

Two new publications on hierarchically structured catalysts

As part of our highly fruitful collaboration with East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai (groups of Professors Xing-Gui Zhou and Kake Zhu) and former CNIE member, Dr Guanghua Ye, now Associate Professor at ECUST, two more articles have recently appeared on hierarchically structured porous catalysts, providing new insights in, respectively, catalyst deactivation, and the design and synthesis of optimised structures for increased selectivity.  

Published: Sep 20, 2018 4:23:15 PM

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