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October 2015

Alumni | Students | News and announcements | Around the Department | Awards and prizes | Events | Invited plenaries, keynotes and significant appointments | Outreach | Connect with us on social media

Alumni

Alumnus Victor Dillard's biotech startup company Desktop Genetics has recently secured an additional investment of £1.37M from a syndicate of venture capital and angel investors. Victor co-founded the company in 2012 alongside two fellow University of Cambridge postgrads, with the aim to develop technologies at the intersection of biotechnology, software and laboratory automation.
Network with alumni and colleagues on the Department's LinkedIn group.

Students

Congratulations to the Class of 2015 who who recently received their degrees at Imperial's Commemoration Day ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. Read more and see photos from the ChemEng champagne party
ChemEngSoc welcomed the new intake of students by hosting a formal dinner at the Kensington Close Hotel. See photos from the event
- Congratulations to the Chemical Engineering final year design team 2 on winning the IChemE Macnab-Lacey Student Design Award for their project on a biomasss to liquids plant. The team was comprised of nine undergraduate students: Nwachukwu Uzo, Olumayowa Okulate, Priyank Shah, Leona Tan, Yash Dongre, James Ellis, Joseph Wilson, Jaipal Sachdev and Richard Chang. Read more
- ChemEngSoc are running a competition for the design of Imperial's T-shirt for Frank Morton Sports Day. Email your entries to kn1014@ic.ac.uk by Sunday 15 November for the chance to win an incredible prize!
- As the 2015 Discovery Space Summer School came to an end we interviewed the students to get some insights into their experience of the course. Watch the videos

News and announcements

Congratulations to Professor Claire Adjiman and Professor Nilay Shah who have been elected Fellows of Royal Academy of Engineering for their outstanding research contributions. Read more
Congratulations to Professor Omar Matar who has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in recognition of his contributions to fluid dynamics and physics. Read more
The Sustainable Gas Institute has released their first major piece of research – a White Paper, a comprehensive review of the available literature on methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the natural gas supply chain. Read more or watch a video summarising the context for the White Paper
Professor Omar Matar has written an article for the The Chemical Engineer entitled No more empirical correlations, on the benefits of the approach employed by the Memphis programme for modelling multi-scale, multiphase flows. Read the article
- An article covering the recent Science publication from Professor Andrew Livingston’s group was published in The Chemical Engineer: Crumpled membrane offers superstrong separation.

- The Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) held its first co-creation workshop bringing together a network of Imperial researchers from molecular sciences and engineering disciplines, with a key industrial partner. IMSE aims to draw on the strengths of engineering approaches and the underpinning molecular sciences to deliver molecular-based innovations and holistic solutions to emerging grand challenges. Further information about IMSE and the workshop will follow on the website

- Professor Nilay Shah was quoted in an article on Nature News: ‘Commercial boost for firms that suck carbon from air’.

- Professor Dame Julia Higgins, Emeritus Professor, has received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science from the College in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Chemical Engineering. Professor Higgins reflected on her illustrious career in an interview in the student paper Felix

- Professor Claire Adjiman and Professor Geoff Maitland have been involved in the setting up of a new journal Molecular Systems Design & Engineering, co-owned by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

- BBC Click visited and filmed various parts of the Department and College including the pilot plant for the next episode of Click which will be broadcast on the BBC News channel and on iPlayer from 31 October. See photos or watch Click on iPlayer.
 

Around the Department

Congratulations to the Duathlon team! A team made up of over 120 members from across the Faculty of Engineering took part in the London Duathlon 2015. The endeavour, dedication and solidarity shown by everyone involved was truly incredible, and through their efforts the team managed to raise an outstanding  £9193.80 for Médecins Sans Frontièrs. Thanks to all the participants, volunteers and supporters and in particular to Anusha Sri-Pathmanathan and Zoe Townsend and who set-up, organised and coordinated the teams. See photos on Facebook
The Department will be represented at the AIChE Annual Meeting 2015 which is taking place in Salt Lake City, 8-13 November 2015. Delegates at the conference are invited to visit our stand #33 in the main exhibition hall, where you will have the opportunity to meet academics, staff and students from the Department, as well as pick up some free giveaways. We are also hosting a reception at the Meeting; visit the stand for further information. Read more
 
- We are delighted to welcome Sara McCallum who is our new Academic Administrator. Sara McCallum joins us from the role of Research Officer at the Imperial War Museum and has previously held administrative posts at UCL. Sara holds a BA in Contemporary History and an MA in International Security Studies, both from the University of Leicester. Sara can be found in room ACEX 301 alongside Jessica and Sarah so if you haven't already met Sara please stop by and say hello.
 
- The Department is currently recruiting for Lecturers and Senior Lecturers, including one position available through the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC). Job description and further information. Closing date 30 November 2015. Interested candidates who are attending the AIChE annual conference are welcome to contact the Head of Department, Professor Andrew Livingston, to arrange an informal discussion at the conference.

- Save the date! The Staff Christmas Party is taking place on Thursday 17th December. Further details to follow.

- The Department has a new Squash Ladder. Contact Elton Dias for details or to sign up.

- We welcome the following new members of staff to the Department who started September-October 2015:
Dr Paul Michel Christophe Sapin (Research Associate), Ms Selene Pirola (Marie Sklodowska Curie Early Stage Researcher), Dr Xiaonan Wang (Research Associate), Dr Benjamin Kevin Serge Aymard (Research Associate), Dr Wenqian Chen (Research Associate), Miss Sara McCallum (Academic Administrator), Dr TianYin Liu (Research Associate), Dr Ryan Thomas Luebke (Research Associate).
We also bid a fond farewell to Mr Calum John McIntosh, Dr Anton Gabrienko, Mr Pietro Selvaggio, Dr Yunbo Zhao, Miss Maria Fuentes Gari, Dr Naresh Susarla, Dr James Jonathan Hall.

Awards and prizes

Professor George Jackson is the first winner of the Institution of Chemical Engineers' (IChemE) new Guggenheim Medal. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding research in thermodynamics and complex fluids. Professor Jackson received the award at the Thermodynamics 2015 conference in Copenhagen in September. Read more
The winner of the 2015 Sir William Wakeham Award is Dr James Kimber. This award recognises early career researchers who have made a significant contribution to their field and advanced their career development. James was presented with the award at the 2015 Postdoc Symposium. Runner-up Dr Patrizia Marchetti also received a high commendation for her outstanding contribution in research. Read an interview with James Kimber
- PhD student Clementine Chambon has been nominated for the 2015 WISE Tech Start-up Award. The winners will be announced on 12 November. There were over 200 applicants for this award which showcases women who have set up their own business in a technology or related field.
- PhD student Siyuan Chen (supervised by Dr Rongjun Chen) has been awarded a prestigious Santander Mobility Award from the College to assist her in her 2015-16 research trip.
- PhD student Aiman Alam-Nazki (supervised by Dr J Krishnan) has been awarded an EPSRC Prize Fellowship.
- Dr Kyra Sedransk Campbell has been awarded a  Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship co-funded by the EPSRC. Read more
- PhD student Andrew Ewing (supervised by Professor Sergei Kazarian) was presented with the 2015 Malcolm McIvor CPACT Prize at the CPACT Research Day. Photo of Andrew receiving the award
 

Events

At the presentation of her award for the 2015 IChemE Warner Prize, Dr Camille Petit will deliver a lecture Little solutions to big problems  describing some of her latest work in functional nanomaterials research and its application to address global energy challenges. 23 November 18:30–20:00, IChemE’s London HQ, One Portland Place. Registration free and open to all. Further details
Twenty Second Professor Roger W.H. Sargent Lecture: Process Systems Engineering at Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities in the Era of Watson, Professor Venkat Venkatasubramanian, Columbia University. Thursday 3 December 17:30 in Lecture Theatre 1 (ACE 250). Tea and coffee will be served from 16.30 in the Senior Common Room (ACE 228) Chemical Engineering. Registration is not required
- Industry Insights 2015. An early evening event for students organised by IChemE members to help them prepare for applying to the world of work. 5 November 2015, Royal School of Mines Bldg., Room: 1.31. Flyer and registration info

See more upcoming events on our website

Recent events

The Department co-hosted a public lecture given by Dr Matthew Hill, from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) who discussed how a class of sponge-like materials known as Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) can be used for a range of applications in gas storage and separation. This public lecture was hosted by popular Australian comedian Adam Hills from Channel 4's The Last Leg. Watch the lecture in full on YouTube
The 2015 Chemical Engineering Postdoc Symposium was held on 23 September and was a great showcase of the outstanding work carried out in the Department. The event included a lively poster session, a keynote by Dr Pinky Dua, Senior Director and Head of Clinical Pharmacology at Pfizer, and invited talks from the postdoc community.  Read more and see photos from the event.

Invited plenaries, keynotes and significant appointments

- Professor Nilay Shah will give a presentation at the European Parliament at a lunch discussion hosted by MEP Jeppe Kofod on Sustainable energy systems through intensive integration of infrastructures. 1 December 2015.
- Dr Christoph Mazur, has been appointed to the board of tve (Television for the Environment). tve works with filmmakers and partners worldwide to make and distribute films that put the environment and sustainability on the global agenda.
- Professor Sergei Kazarian delivered a plenary lecture at EUROANALYSIS-15, Bordeaux, France, September 2015.
- Professor Sergei Kazarian delivered a plenary lecture at the 8th Scientific and Engineering Conference "Supercritical Fluids: Fundamentals, Technologies, Innovations" (Baltic Supercritical 2015), Kaliningrad, Russia, September 2015.
 

Outreach

- Professor Geoff Maitland gave public lecture on 27 October hosted by the Royal Society as part of Manchester Science Festival entitled ‘Where should our energy come from?’.

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