Ian Somasundram has won the prize for best oral presentation at the 16th International Drying Symposium (IDS), held on 9th - 12th November 2008 at Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, India.
He presented a paper A new understanding of wick debinding co-authored with Drs Mike Johns and Ian Wilson.
The IDS takes place every two years and is the major world conference on drying of materials. Almost all of the work that was presented focussed on the removal of aqueous liquid in the vapour phase. However, Ian's paper offered something new to the drying industry in promoting a method of removing the liquid in the liquid phase using a porous wicking powder that extracts the liquid by capillary suction. As well as showing experimental results he demonstrated that he has successfully modelled the process.
Ian is a member of the Powder and Paste Processing Group, supervised by Dr Wilson and Dr Johns. The prize was a textbook, "Handbook of Industrial Drying" edited by Professor A. S. Mujumbar from the National University of Singapore, who presented the award and founded the IDS series.