Dr. Bob Lovitt has been working at Swansea University for over 20 years and has a wide range of research interests. Bob originally studied applied microbiology but has since developed a wide interests in the industrial application of biological systems for the production of food, beverages, chemicals and their application in the environment.
This has focused on waste separations, waste treatment and waste conversion processes; natural product isolation and production systems; the production of lactic acid bacteria as pre- and pro-biotics; algae and oil production; design and operations of bioreactors; membrane bioreactors and photobioreactors; downstream processing including membrane technology, membrane fouling and water treatment systems; aquaculture systems and technology; and selective metal recovery systems at low concentrations.
Dr Darren Oatley is an expert in colloid and interface science and their application to membrane processes. He has a proven track record in membrane manufacturing, modelling, process design and optimisation and has published in several leading international journals. Before co-founding Membranology Ltd. in 2012, Darren was an industrialist and has several years experience in the pharmaceutical sector gained while working for GlaxoSmithKline.
In this role he developed expertise in cGMP production; including reaction engineering, liquid-liquid extraction, crystallisation, filtration, washing, and drying as well as plant operations, maintenance and capital/commissioning projects. For his efforts in the development of continuous pharmaceutical processing he was awarded the title 'Vanguard' at the GSK CEO Sustainability Awards 2009 by CEO Andrew Witty. Darren now works at Swansea University in the Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre, is a Chartered Chemical Engineer and is currently the Chair of the IChemE Fluid Separations Special Interest Group.
Dr Paul Williams (M.Eng, Ph.D, AMIChemE) main interests and areas of expertise include colloid science and dispersion characterization; the modeling of membrane filtration processes; and novel separation techniques including novel freeze separation techniques. Paul is the Course Coordinator for Chemical Engineering at Swansea University as well as being a member of the Centre for Complex Fluids Processing and Centre for Water Advanced Technologies and Environmental Research (CWATER) groups.
Paul studied Chemical Engineering as an undergraduate at Nottingham University and then proceeded on to complete his PhD at Swansea University. In 2005 he was awarded a highly prestigious EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship. One of Paul's main interests is centered around the modeling of filtration processes. Within Membranology Ltd. and the academic membrane group at Swansea University, our overall aim is the development of predictive methods that require no adjustable parameters - i.e. ab initio methods that move from physics to process description. Paul has over 40 publications in various books, journals and conferences as well as being involved with various industrial outreach programs.
Dr. Chris Wright is an expert in Atomic Force Microscopy and its application in membrane processes. He has extensive experience in the characterisation and control of biological interfaces within process engineering applications. Chris is a reader in bioprocess engineering within the Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre (MNC) at Swansea University. At Swansea, he is an executive member of the Centre for NanoHealth (CNH), and is an associate director of the Centre for Complex Fluids Processing.
In 2001, he was awarded a prestigious advanced research fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC, UK) in recognition of his innovative research applying AFM to the characterization of membrane and biological surfaces. This 5-year award allowed him to establish an internationally recognized research group exploiting the capabilities of AFM. His interests include the control of polymer surfaces for improved membrane separation, tissue engineering and the control of biofilms; and the combination of AFM with advanced light microscopy methods. An underlying theme of Chris' expertise is the application of nanotechnology to the healthcare sector. Chris has over 80 peer-reviewed international publications with 15 invited book chapters and review articles.