My research activities in the area of Process
Intensification have focused over the last 10 years on the development of
the spinning disc reactor (SDR) and its application to polymerisation
reactions including free-radical styrene polymerisation, photopolymerisation
of styrene and n-butyl acrylate as well as co-monomers, cationic
polymerisation of styrene using immobilised Lewis acid catalysts
and surfactant-free emulsion polymerisation.
More recently, a number of fundamental studies on
residence time distribution, micromixing and hydrodynamics of thin film flow
have been undertaken in order to better understand the characteristics of
thin film flow in the SDR and how to optimise these in better designing such
systems for applications to a range of processes.
Recently, I have also been investigating the application of intensified
reactor technologies to bioprocesses such as fermentation reactions. In
particular, I have worked on the intensification of the fermentation of P.
Putida using rotating mesh agitators in order to increase cell growth
rate and PHA yield.
I also have a keen interest in intensification
applications involving green chemistry and engineering such as ionic liquid
processing and renewable resources such as the use of biomass for biofuels
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3. Production of nano-particles on the SDR
5. Crystallisation on the SDR
6. Organic catalytic reactions on the SDR