UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Lilian De Martin

Post-Doctoral Research Associate


Supervisor: Marc-Olivier Coppens

Lilian obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering at Complutense University of Madrid (Spain) on diagnosis of gas-solid fluidized beds dynamics by acoustic techniques.

In 2010, she joined as a postdoc researcher the Product and Process Engineering group at TU Delft, The Netherlands. Her main research project focused on the study of the structural properties of nanoparticle agglomerates in gas-solid fluidized beds (ERC Grant awarded to Dr. J. Ruud van Ommen). Nanoparticles in gas-solid dense suspensions form agglomerates as a result of the inter-particle forces, dominant at the nanoscale. These agglomerates are dynamical, breaking and reorganizing continuously and have a complex and hierarchical fractal structure with multiple fractal dimensions. She developed a number of tools and models to characterize the structure of nanoparticle agglomerates, e.g. by using spin-echo small-angle neutron scattering.

Her work in the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering focuses on the study of self-organizing materials that are able to adapt their structure and associated properties in response to a changing environment. Inspired by the organization of bacterial communities and with the help of agent-based simulations, she aims to develop self-organizing, adaptive and self-healing materials that can be further used, for instance, in sensing or drug delivery. 

Teaching interests


Postdoctoral fellow in Chemical Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (2010-2013)

PhD, Chemical Engineering, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain (2007-2010)

MSc, Industrial Processes Engineering, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain