Jannis Wenk

Dr Jannis Wenk
Jannis has a broad range of water related research interests, both applied and fundamental. These include water quality assessment, novel water and wastewater treatment methods and the fate and behaviour of chemical contaminants and water borne pathogens during water treatment and in the aquatic environment. He is an expert in environmental photochemistry, the behaviour of aquatic natural organic matter and oxidative water treatment processes (e.g. ozone, chlorine, UV), and strongly interested in industrial collaborations.


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Dr Nuno Reis
Nuno is interested in modelling of fundamental physical, chemical and biological processes that underpin the robust development and performance of novel disruptive biological and biomedical technologies. For example, using CFD modelling to understand mixing, mass and heat transfer, particles suspension, or bubbly flow in two-phase or multiphase unsteady oscillatory flow reactors and in microfluidic (miniaturised) devices. He also explores antibodyantigen binding, mass transfer and matrix effects in novel microfluidic biosensors through numerical modelling and uses mathematical algorithms for stratifying patients’ outcome based on a biomarkers fingerprinting from human samples – a statistical approach that could speed up adoption of novel microfluidic tests for rapid diagnosis of e.g. sepsis, viral and bacterial infections, acute renal and cardiac injuries.


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Dr Benedek Plosz

Benedek’s research interests include assessing the fate of trace organic chemicals in urban water systems (pharma, drug biomarkers),computational fluid dynamics of bioengineered water systems, and biogeochemical used-water resource recovery.


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Professor Tim Mays
Tim has interests in mathematical and statistical modelling, computer simulation and analysis of absorption and mass transfer processes in porous engineering materials for gas storage and separation applications. A major topic is hydrogen storage in low-carbon fuel-cell vehicles. Methodologies include integral and partial differential equations, Monte Carlo simulations (in various ensembles including the grand canonical) and non-linear regression analysis.


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Dr Matthew Lennox
Matthew’s research focuses on exploring the behaviour of molecules in confined spaces using molecular simulation techniques (e.g. Monte Carlo simulations, ab initio and quantum chemical calculations, molecular dynamics). His interests include adsorption-based separations (gas and/or liquid) in nanoporous, microporous and polymeric materials, sensing of toxic or harmful compounds in humid or aqueous environments, and design of effective composite materials for separations and sensing applications.


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Professor Jan Hofman
Jan is interested in research on heat recovery of sewer systems. Warm water enters the sewer system at all homes and heat recovery from it is an option to reduce the use of primary energy sources and CO2 emissions. Heat content in sewers can be predicted by stochastic behavioural simulations that feed into a hydraulic and heat balance model for a sewer network. The modelling can be used to find the best location for heat recovery in the sewer network.


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Dr Carmelo Herdes Moreno

Carmelo’s research is framed in the general area of statistical thermodynamics and molecular simulation (i.e. Monte Carlo and molecular dynamics) of materials and complex fluids (e.g. asphaltenes, polymers, surfactants), adsorption and interfacial phenomena (activated carbons, nanotubes, colloids) from the atomistic to the coarse-grained level.


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Dr Emma Emanuelsson Patterson

Emma works on the development of bioprocesses for fine chemical and pharma molecule synthesis. This includes the development of novel process intensification reactors (e.g. spinning mesh disc reactor), the use of solar energy for chemical synthesis and wastewater treatment, and developing new chemo- and bio- catalysts for pharma and fine chemical reactions.


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Professor Tina Düren
Tina uses molecular simulation (e.g. Monte Carlo, molecular dynamics and ab initio methods) to design innovative porous materials with properties tailored for specific adsorption applications including for example carbon capture, energy storage or drug delivery. In her research she not only studies the applications in detail but also looks at how these porous materials form across different length scales.


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