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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


News in 2016

  • Paper published: Bhagat, R.K., Perera, A.M. and Wilson, D.I. (2017) Cleaning vessel walls by moving water jets: simple models and supporting experiments, Food Bioproducts Proc., 102, 31-54.
  • FDG Fest 2016

    The annual gathering of Fluid Dynamic Gauging users was held at the Institute for Chemical and Thermal Process Engineering (ICTV) at TU Braunschweig, Germany, on 12-13 December 2016. The workshop was attended by researchers from ICTV, P4G and the Universities of Bath (UK), Granada (Spain) and Chalmers University (Sweden) as well as special guest Sophie! 

    Photograph of the FDG Fest 2106 participants 13 December 2016
  • The UK Fluids Network has established a Special Interest Group on 'Fluid Mechanics of Cleaning and Decontamination'. A number of P4G members and collaborators are involved in this SIG.
  • Paper published: Feldung Damkjær, N., Adler-Nissen, J., Jensen, B.B.B. and Wilson, D.I. (2017) Flow pattern and cleaning performance of a stationary liquid jet operating at conditions relevant for industrial tank cleaning, Food Bioproducts Proc., 101, 145-156.
  • Paper published: Magens, O.M., Liu, Y., Hofmans, J.F.A, Nelissen, J.A. and Wilson, D.I. (2017) Adhesion and cleaning of foods with complex structure: effect of oil content and fluoropolymer coating characteristics on the detachment of cake from baking surfaces, J. Food Eng, 197, 48-51.
  • Paper published: Hallmark, B., Bryan, M.P., Bosson, G.E., Butler, S.A., Hoier, T.P., Magens, O.M., Pistre, N., Pratt, L., Ward, B-A.P., Wibberley, S.R. and Wilson, D.I. (2016) A portable and affordable extensional rheometer for field testing, Meas. Sci. Tech., 27, 125302.
  • Paper published: Wang, S., Schlüter, F., Gottschalk, N., Scholl, S., Wilson, D.I. and Augustin, W. (2016) Aseptic zero discharge fluid dynamic gauging for measuring the thickness of layers of soft solids on surfaces, Chemie Ingenieur Technik, 88(10), 1530-1538.
  • Paper published: Bhagat, R.K. and Wilson, D.I. (2016) Flow in the thin film created by a coherent turbulent water jet impinging on a vertical wall, Chem. Eng. Sci., 152, 606-623.
  • Congratulations to Ian Wilson on becoming the Editor-in-Chief of Food and Bioproducts Processing (FBP). Read an interview with him regarding the role on the IChemE blog here.
  • Congratulations to Michael Sargent for winning a Best Talk Prize in the 2016 Graduate Conference [Link
  • Paper published: Bazargan, A., Hadi, P., Rough, S. l., McKay, G. (2016) The preparation of pellets by the compaction of an aluminosilicate-based adsorbent from electronic waste, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering4 (2) 2322-2326.
  • Paper published: Parkin, J., Widjaja,  K. S., Bryan,M. P., Rough, S. L., Wilson, D. I. (2016) Experimental validation of a dimensional analysis of spheronisation of cylindrical extrudates, Power Tech. 298 73-83Measuring the swelling and removal of fluorescent starch deposits using the scanning Fluid Dynamic Gauge (sFDG)
  • Akin Ali and Ian Wilson, along with co-authors Glenn Ward and Zayeed Alam from Procter & Gamble, have been awarded the Distinguished Paper Award by the American Cleaning Institute for the best paper published in 2015 in the AOCS' Journal of Surfactants & Detergents.
  • Paper published: Hallmark, B., Pistre, N. and Wilson, D.I. (2016) Characterisation of extensional rheological filament stretching with a dual-mode Giesekus model, AIChEJ, 62(6) 2188-2199.
  • Paper published: Ali, A., Underwood, A., Lee, Y-R. and Wilson, D.I. (2016) Self-drainage of viscous liquids in vertical and inclined pipes, Food Bioproducts Processing, 99, 38-50.
  • Paper published: Magens, O.M., Ishiyama, E.M. and Wilson, D.I. (2016) Quantifying the ‘implementation gap’ for antifouling coatings, Applied Thermal Engineering, 99, 683-689.
  • [8 March 2016] Congratulations to Betsy-Ann Ward and Sam Wibberley for their CET IIB Research Project poster and presentation on 'Green Sticky Fingers', which came runner-up in the session on 1 March.
  • [24 Feb 2016] University of Cambridge Featured News Article: Soft Solids and the Science of Cake. Features Wilson, D. I. and Hallmark, B.
  • Paper published: Glover, H.W., Brass, T., Bhagat, R.K., Davidson, J.F., Pratt, L. and Wilson, D.I. (2016) Cleaning of complex soil layers on vertical walls by fixed and moving impinging liquid jets’, J. Food Eng, 178, 95-109.
  • Paper published: Zhang, M., Yang, L., Jian F.X., Rough, S.L. and Wilson, D.I. (2016) Influence of plate surface protuberances on the production of pharmaceutical paste pellets by extrusion-spheronisation, Chem. Eng. Res. Des., 109, 97-107.
  • Paper published: Scott, D.M., Lu, G., Third, J.R. and Mueller, C.R. (2016) Axial dispersion of granular material in inclined rotating cylinders with bulk flow: Geometric model for 50% fill, Powder Tech., 290, 91-96.
  • Paper published: Aouad, W., Landel, J.R., Davidson, J.F., Dalziel, S. and Wilson, D.I. (2016) Particle image velocimetry and modelling of horizontal coherent liquid jets impinging on and draining down a vertical wall, Exptl. Thermal Fluid Sci, 74, 429–443.
  • Paper published:O’Neill, R., McCarthy, H. O., Cunningham, E., Montufar, E., Ginebra, M-P., Wilson, D.I., Lennon, A., Dunne, N. (2016) Extent and mechanism of phase separation during the surgical injection (extrusion) of calcium phosphate pastes, JoM: Materials in Medicine, 27, 29 [Open Access].
  • Paper published: Lemos, M., Wang, S., Ali, A., Simões, M.V. and Wilson, D.I. (2016) A fluid dynamic gauging device for measuring biofilm thickness on cylindrical surfaces, Biochem. Eng. J. 106, 48-60 [Open Access].

News in 2015

Conference prizes

P4G members won two of the three poster prizes at the International Conference on Heat Exchanger Fouling and Cleaning held in Enfield, Eire, in early June. Ole Mathis Magens presented his paper on Value pricing of antifouling surface coatings (co-authors Jurgen Hofmans and Martial Paborn of Chemours and Chemours/Du Pont) while Ian Wilson presented work from Vincent Lister's PhD work with John Davidson and Steve Sutcliffe (Huntsman) entitled Management of acute particulate fouling in a titanium dioxide reactor system.

The photo shows Ole and Ian with Paul Watkinson, Ian's PhD supervisor from the University of British Columbia.

Ole Mathis Magens Paul Watkinson Ian Wilson

Paper published

Chatterton, J., Parsons D., Nicholls, J., Longhurst, P., Bernon, M., Palmer, A., Brennan, F, Kolios, A, Wilson, D.I., Ishiyama, E.M., Clements-Croome, D., Emalualim, A., Darby, H. and Yearley, T. (2015) Carbon brainprint – An estimate of the intellectual contribution of research institutions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Process Safety Environmental Protection, 96, 74–81.

The Carbon Brainprint project was organised by Cranfield university with partners at Reading and P4G. This paper is Ian Wilson's 200th paper in international peer-reviewed journals.

  • Paper published: Bryan, M.P., Rough, S.L. and Wilson, D.I. (2015) Investigation of static zones and wall slip through sequential ram extrusion of contrasting micro-crystalline cellulose-based pastes, J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mech., 220, 57-68.
  • Paper published: Collett, C.H., Ardon, A., Bauer, U., Chapman, G., Chaudan, E.,  Hallmark, H., Pratt, L., Torres-Perez, M.D., Wilson, D.I. (2015) A portable extensional rheometer for measuring the viscoelasticity of pitcher plant and other sticky liquids in the field,  Plant Methods, 11:16.
  • Paper published: Talhat, A.M., Moggridge, G.D., Rasburn, J.R. and Wilson, D.I. (2015) Development of a single droplet freezing apparatus for studying crystallisation in cocoa butter droplets, J Food Engineering, 156, 67-83.
  • [February 2015] Dr Vincent Lister has completed his PhD - well done Vincent! Vincent is now a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Bath.
  • Paper published: Third, J.R., Scott, D.M., Lu, G. and  Müller, C.R. (2015) Modelling axial dispersion of granular material in inclined rotating cylinders with bulk flow, Granular Matter, 17, 33-41, 2015.
  • Paper published: Ali, A., de’Ath, D., Gibson, D., Parkin, J., Ward, G., Alam, Z. and Wilson, D.I. (2015) Development of a millimanipulation device to quantify the strength of food fouling deposits, Food Bioproducts Proc., 93, 265-258.
  • Paper published: Wang, T., Davidson, J.F. and Wilson, D.I. (2015) Flow patterns and cleaning behaviour of horizontal liquid jets impinging on angled walls, Food Bioproducts Proc., 93, 333-34.
  • Paper published: Gomes da Cruz, L., Ishiyama, E.M., Boxler, C., Augustin, W.A., Scholl, S. and Wilson, D.I. (2015) Value pricing of surface coatings for mitigating heat exchanger fouling, Food Bioproducts Proc., 93, 343-363.
  • Paper published: Bazargan, A., Rough S.L. and McKay, G. (2014) Compaction of palm kernel shell biochars for application as solid fuel, Biomass and Bioenergy, 70, 489-497.

News in 2014

  • Paper published: Bazargan, A., Rough S.L. and McKay, G. (2014) Compaction of palm kernel shell biochars for application as solid fuel, Biomass and Bioenergy, 70, 489-497.
  • Paper published: Bryan, M.P., Kent, M.D., Rickenbach, J., Rimmer, G., Wilson, D.I. and Rough, S.L. (2015) The effect of mixing on the extrusion-spheronisation of a micro-crystalline cellulose paste, Intl. J. Pharm, 479(1), 1–10.

Dr Wolfgang Augustin and his team at ICTV, TU-Braunschweig, hosted the now annual workshop for researchers using the fluid dynamic gauging technique, known as FDG-Fest on 11th December. Researchers from ICTV were joined by folk from Bath, CEB and Porto, for a day of updates on FDG development and its application, interspersed by visits to Braunschweig's Weihnachtsmarkt :)

FDG Fest 2014 group
  • Paper published: Bryan, M.P., Atherton, L.N., Duffield, S., Rough, S.L. and Wilson, D.I. (2015) Stages in spheronisation: evolution of pellet size and shape during spheronisation of microcrystalline cellulose-based paste extrudates, Powder Tech., 270, 163-175.
  • Paper published: Wilson, D.I., Köhler, H., Cai, L., Majschak, J-P. and Davidson, J.F. (2015) Cleaning of a model food soil from horizontal plates by a moving vertical water jet, Chem. Eng. Sci., 123, 450-459.
  • P4G hogged the podium at the EHEDG Hygienic Study Awards in 2014, presented at the EHEDG Congress in Parma, Italy.  Tao Wang was placed 3rd and Ole Mathis Magens (who has joined P4G from TU Dresden) was runner up. The winner, Marc Mauermann (also TU Dresden) has worked with P4G on several projects. Well done all!

  • [November 2014] Dr Amanda Talhat has completed her PhD on solidification of cocoa butter. Well done Amanda!
  • Paper published: Yang. Q, Wilson, D.I., Chang, S. and Shi, L. (2015) ‘A new approach for mitigating heat exchanger biofouling by promoting online cleaning using a sacrificial paraffin coating’, Heat Transfer Engineering, 36, 695-705.
  • Paper published: Pogiatzis, T., Mergulhão, F.J., Vassiliadis, V.S. and Wilson, D.I. (2015) ‘When to clean and how to clean biofilms in heat exchangers’, Heat Transfer Engineering, 36, 676-684.
  • Ian Wilson delivered the SCI's 2014 Henry Armstrong Lecture by at the University of Chester's new Science and Engineering Faculty on the evening of 6th November 2014 on the topic 'Soft solids are hard work'.
  • Paper published: Lau, C.S.L., Yu, Q., Lister, V.Y., Rough, D.I., Wilson, D.I., and Zhang, M. (2014) ‘The evolution of pellet size and shape during spheronisation of an extruded microcrystalline cellulose based pharmaceutical paste’, Chem. Eng. Res. Des., 92, 2413-2424.
  • Paper published: Torres, M.D., Hallmark, B., Wilson, D.I. and Hilliou, L. (2014) 'Natural Giesekus fluids: Shear and extensional behaviorof food gum solutions in the semidilute regime', AIChEJ, 60(11), 3902-2915.
  • Mat Bryan was runner-up in the Poster Competition held at the UK Particle Technology Forum held in Manchester, UK, 16-17th September. Well done Mat!
  • An advert for a PhD studentship in P4G, working on the heat stability of chocolate with Ian Wilson, Eugene Terentjev (Physics) and Malcolm Bolton (Geotechnical Engineering), went viral!
  • Paper published: Chesterton, A.K.S., Wilson, D.I., Sadd, P.A. and Moggridge, G.D. (2015) ‘A novel laboratory scale method for studying heat treatment of cake flour’, J Food Eng., 144, 36–44.
  • [19 June to 2014] Congratulations to Cathy Colett, SID, who was awarded the North Carolina State University prize for the best CET IIB (MEng final year) Research Project. Cathy did her project with Alia Ardron, CHR, working on building an extensional rheometer for measurements on pitcher plant fluids in the field.. literally ... in Borneo.
  • [11 June 2014] Congratulations to Sarah Rough, who has been promoted to Senior Lecturer. Well done Sarah!
  • Paper published: Niu, C.H., Baylak. T., Wilson, D.I. and Zhang, M. (2014) 'Pelletisation of canola meal by extrusion-spheronisation for ethanol dehydration', Biomass Bioenergy, 66, 116-125.
  • Paper published: Torres, M.D., Hallmark, B. and Wilson, D.I. (2014) ‘Effect of concentration on shear and extensional rheology of guar gum solutions’, Food Hydrocolloids, 40, 85-95.
  • [April 2014] Dr Loly Torres Perez, P4G research fellow working with Drs. Bart Hallmark and Ian Wilson, has won the university prize for best PhD dissertation at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Well done, Loly!
  • [April 2014] P4G hosted the highly successful international conference on Fouling & Cleaning in Food Processing 2014.
  • [March 2014] Dr Tao Wang (supervisors Dr Ian Wilson and Prof. John Davidson) has completed his PhD and moved on to pastures new. Well done, Tao!
  • Paper published: Wilson, D.I., Atkinson, P., Köhler, H., Mauermann, M., Stoye, H., Suddaby, K., Wang, T., Davidson, J.F. and Majschak, J-P. (2014) ‘Cleaning of soft-solid soil layers on vertical and horizontal surfaces by coherent impinging liquid jets’, Chem. Eng. Sci., 109, 183–196.
  • Paper published: Gordon, P.W., Schöler, M., Föste, H., Helbig, M., Augustin, W., Chew, Y.M.J., Scholl, S, Majschak, J-P, Wilson, D.I. (2014) 'A comparison of local phosphorescence detection and fluid dynamic gauging methods for studying the removal of cohesive fouling layers: effect of layer roughness', Food Bioprod. Proc, 92, 46–53.
  • [Jan 2014] Dr Ian Wilson has been awarded the ScD degree by the University of Cambridge for his contributions to the fields of heat exchanger fouling and cleaning.

News in 2013

News in 2012