This week, we are pleased to welcome new lecturers Dr Laura Torrente Murciano and Dr Alessio Zaccone.
Dr Laura Torrente Murciano and her group are currently looking at ways of combining aspects of catalysis development, reactor design and process integration. They are developing concepts such as compact reactors for manufacturing of nanoparticles, ammonia- powered fuel cells for renewable energy and unstable emulsions for efficient processes.
She says, "I believe that the current energy and chemical industries need to be deeply transformed to not only sustain our lifestyle but also to enhance it. We need innovative technologies to change the way we are currently doing things and bring scientific progress into real applications. The current scientific environment is so complex that collaborations with other disciplines are critical for success."
Dr Alessio Zaccone's research interests developed in the area of structurally disordered materials, where an apparently random distribution of interacting atoms in space gives rise to solids with unexpected thermal, rheological, optical and electrical properties. Applications of his work in this area range from metallic glasses to photovoltaics. In an allied area, he is very much interested in the molecular-scale dynamics in liquids with an emphasis on chemical reactions and macromolecular self-assembly processes, solvation and crowding effects, and hydrodynamic effects in flowing systems. Applications range from protein aggregation to sustainable reaction engineering in microfluidics devices.
He says, "I am, also, greatly looking forward to teaching in the Department and, among others, I hope to contribute to the areas of transport phenomena, rheology, mathematical methods, and possibly offer a new course on statistical mechanics for chemical engineers and biotechnologists. Ideally, I would like to seek an even closer connection between engineering and natural science topics and the associated viewpoints with an emphasis on problem solving."
For more about our new colleagues, please see the next issue of CEBFocus.