Responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Controlled Deformation Dynamic Mixers (CDDM) within the Ultra Mixing and Processing Facility (UMPF) housed in the basement of the Robert Robinson Laboratories, Department of Chemistry (L69 7ZD); current research work is on Innovate UK Project 102695.
In January 2017 returned to the University of Liverpool to work as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate focussing R&D within UMPF on Innovate UK Project 102695, under the Academic Direction of Professor Dmitry Shchukin. During my time on Innovate UK Project 102695 I have presented work completed by the UMPF team at the 16th European Conference on Mixing, had an article published in a special edition Chemical Engineering and Technology, and I am due to present at “Innovations in Encapsulation 2019” organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
The majority of work performed in the UMPF is subject to NDA and as such cannot be reported publicly, however work that has been cleared for publication is detailed on the tab above.
A brief summary of the work performed in the UMPF involves improving liquid formulations through unique processing techniques using the CDDMs; scale-up of reactions from bench-top microgram scale through to kg production and subsequently tonne-per-hour production; as well as operation of automated high-throughput formulation and analytical platforms in the MIF.
Prior to working at the University of Liverpool I spent 5 years working at Unilever R&D Port Sunlight. From January 2012 until December 2016 I worked primarily in Hair CTI as an appraisal technologist where I performed quantitative analytical testing of products, and developed new and novel testing techniques, with focus on quantitative appearance measurements. In layman's terms I put actual numbers to claims that were developed "e.g. gives you 100% shinier hair" through use of the techniques developed.
In September 2015 I took a secondment to work in the Automation and Standardisation Team for a year where I worked on High-Throughput (HT) Formulation robotics and the development of Data-Capture software integration into analytical equipment. This allowed me to refresh my knowledge of automation, and also bring me up to speed with the latest developments in the field of HT.
In 2014 I was awarded my doctorate of philosophy, having written the thesis while working full time. My PhD placement was within the UMPF under the supervision of Professor Adam Kowalski, Professor Mathias Brust and Dr Mike Egan. I worked in the UMPF from May 2008 until December 2011 and throughout my training I learned to specialise in process science and mixing, high-throughput robotics, automation, formulation chemistry, and most importantly to the UMPF; the scale-up of formulation chemistry from 8 mL vials to 500 kg/h pilot-plant rigs.
I completed my undergraduate degree in 2008, having spent a year in industry from 2006-2007 working at ACCI-UK where I performed endotoxin testing and analysis on prototype medicines, approved medication and sterile replacement joints.
For my honours project, I was successful in my application to be involved in research into the feasibility of the formation of gold-silver alloy nano-particles under the supervision of Professor Mathias Brust and Dr John Satherley. Upon completion of final exams I immediately began working on a summer studentship placement at the newly created Ultra Mixing and Processing Facility (UMPF) under the supervision of Dr Mike Egan.