Conferencia del Profesor D.A. Patterson (University of Bath)

El pasado 24 de Junio, el Dr. Patterson impartió en la ETSII de Ciudad Real la conferencia titulada: “Process intensification through spinning mesh disc reactors and membrane separations” donde habló se sus líneas de investigación, especialmente centradas en fotocatálisis y en el desarrollo de membranas inmortales. En esta última línea, acaba de recibir una Beca del
European Research Council de casi 2 millones de euros y está buscando investigadores postdoctorales para trabajar en la Universidad de Bath. Los interesados pueden presentarse sus solicitudes en:

2x 2-Year PDRA posts
Developing the Next Generation of Smart Membranes:
Externally Tuneable Separations for Membrane Reactors
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Bath
Supervisor: The project will be supervised by Dr Darrell Alec Patterson
Start date: PDRA 1, 1
st September 2015; PDRA 2, 1st February 2016
Closing date for applications: 4th July 2015
Interview: In the week starting 15th July 2015
This position is provided by the University of Bath as part of a major project entitled “Externally Tuneable Separations for Membrane Reactors” (TUNEMEM),funded from a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr Darrell Patterson.
This ground-breaking project will enable a step change in the control of membrane separations and membrane reactors, benefitting industries ranging from food, water, healthcare to chemicals- giving them more precise control over reaction rate, yield and molecular selectivity than ever before. To do this, TUNEMEM will develop the world’s first electrically tuneable membrane reactors that contain unique, next generation conducting polymer composite membranes that can be externally electrically tuned to different molecular selectivities for electrically neutral molecules (going beyond the current state-of-the-art of tuning for only charged molecules).
These will be applied to homogeneously-catalysed and free enzyme-catalysed reactions to externally control two key membrane reactor parameters currently not possible: (1) Membrane fouling; (2) Increased reactant and product retention in real-time. This can also be used to realtime control unpredictable changes in selectivity with reaction components, variable loads and changing membrane selectivity. This new type of reactor (tuneable membrane reactor) and our unique tuneable membranes have the potential to open new horizons in research and applications of tuned selectivity of not just membrane reactors, but also all membrane operations.
There are two positions available focussing on two different aspects of TUNEMEM:
PDRA 1 will focus on synthesizing, developing and characterising the tuneable membranes and transport mechanisms.
PDRA 2 will primarily be developing tuneable chemo-catalytic membrane reactors (focussing on homogeneously catalysed Pharma-industry focussed reactions), but also look at the fundamentals of membrane fouling in relation to this.
Candidates should have a first degree and PhD in chemical engineering, chemistry, or materials science/engineering and have a track record of high impact journal publications. PDRA1 should have demonstrated excellent laboratory skills for polymer membrane fabrication and/or testing and should clearly understand aspects of materials science and engineering relevant to the development of membrane materials. PDRA2 should have demonstrated excellent laboratory skills with chemical reaction and reactor engineering (preferably membrane reactors). The successful candidates will need to have exceptional team-working and communication skills, so as to interact effectively with other researchers to ensure a cohesive, focussed team drives this project forward.
Each post is for 2 years, with the possibility of an extension based on performance.
For more details contact Dr Darrell Alec Patterson (, and

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