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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology



Research Topic: Quantification of Soft Solid Layers of Food Residues in Terms of Interaction with Substrates and Aqueous Solutions and their Removal in Terms of Interfacial Phenomena, Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics.

Paste, Particle and Polymer Processing group



George is a final year PhD student who joined the University in January 2016. Her research includes the quantification of soft-solid layers of food residues in terms of their interactions with substrates and surfactant containing aqueous solutions. She did her MChem at York University (with industrial experience) graduating 2013. She worked as a chemist at Infineum researching novel fuel economy additives for diesel engine oils from 2012-2015. In her free time she enjoys rowing, watching musical theatre and going to the cinema.


  • [2016-Present] PhD Student in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (Supervisor: Prof. D.I.Wilson, Sponsor: P&G, EPSRC)
  • [2012-2015] Industrial Chemist at Infineum UK 
  • [2009-2013] MChem in Chemistry with a Year in Industry (First Class Honours) from York University 


Key publications: 

1. Tsai, J-H., Cuckston, G.L., Hallmark, B., Wilson, D.I., 2019, Fluid-dynamic gauging for studying the initial swelling of soft solid layers, AIChE, - In Press

2. Cuckston, G.L., Alam, Z., Goodwin, J., Ward, G., Wilson, D.I., 2019, Quantifying the effect of solution formulation on the removal of soft solid food deposits from stainless steel substrates. J. Food Eng., Vol. 243, pp 22-32.

3. Chee, M.W.L., Balaji, S., Cuckston, G.L., Davidson, J.R., Wilson, D.I., 2018, Pendant drops shed from a liquid lens formed by liquid draining down the inner wall of a wide vertical tube. Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, Vol 97, pp. 364-374.

4. Woodward, P.J., Marsh, A. P., Cuckston, G.L., 2016, Additive Concentrates – Patent. US2017275551 (Equiv. CA2961826, CN107216928, EP3222698, JP201717916, KR20170110032, SG10201702219T).

Other publications: 

1. Cuckston, G.L.*, Tsai, J-H., Wilson, D.I., 2019, Dynamic gauging for studying rapidly swelling or shrinking layers. International Congress of Engineering and Food, Melbourne, 2019. (e-poster & short oral presentation*).

2. Tsai, J-H.*, Cuckston, G.L., Schnöing, L., Augustin, W., Scholl, S., Hallmark, B., Wilson, D.I., 2019, Fluid Dynamic Gauging for studying early of swelling of fouling deposits. Heat Exchanger Fouling & Cleaning Conference, Warsaw, 2019. (Paper & Presentation*).

3. Cuckston, G.L.*, Alam, Z., Goodwin, J., Ward, G. and Wilson, D.I., 2018, Quantifying the effect of solution formulation on the removal of soft solid food deposits from stainless steel substrates. Fouling and Cleaning in Food Processing Conference, Lund, 2018. (Paper & Presentation*).

4. Cuckston, G.L.*, Alam, Z., Goodwin, J., Groombridge, M., Watson, E., Wilson., D.I., 2018, Development of novel experimental techniques to elucidate the cleaning of complex food soils, Paper 223. Chemeca Conference Paper 2018. (Paper & Presentation*).

5. Hornby, B.*, Cuckston, G.L., Caprotti, R., More, I., 2013, Pushing the Boundaries of the HFRR: Impact of Increased Test Severity on Wear. SAE International conference paper.  doi:10.4271/2013-01-2688. (Paper & Presentation*).

Teaching and Supervisions


Undergraduate supervisor (tutor):

Yr 2: Chemistry; chemical thermodynamics and reaction kinetics, chemical bonding and inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. 

Yr 2: Introduction to Chemical Engineering; Process design and economics, process safety, dimensional analysis, innovation in the process industry

Yr 3: Equilibrium Thermodynamics; Chemical potentials, fugacity, activity coefficients, azeotropes, phase equilibria (VLE, LLE, SLE, VLLE)

Research supervision: 

Co-supervised MPhil and MEng Research Projects

MPhil: Image analysis method for quantification of oil mobility from fatty soils

MEng: Real time swelling measurements

           Self-drainage of viscous fluids in vertical pipes

Summer Student: Synthesis of fluorescent surfactant-type molecules

Other Professional Activities

Affiliations and Membership

IChemE – Associate Member; Food & Drink Special Interest Group

UK Fluids Network – SIG10: Mechanics of cleaning and decontamination

Society of Chemical Industry – Member

Cambridge Philosophical Society – Member

PhD student
 Georgina  Cuckston

Contact Details

Office phone: 
01223 (3)30144


Person keywords: 
material characterisation