Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
PREPARATION OF NANO-STRUCTURED MICRO-POROUS POLYMERS & THEIR APPLICATION IN AGRO-, BIO-,CHEMICAL- & ENVIRONMENTAL- PROCESS INTENSIFICATION
1Process Intensification&Miniaturisation Centre, School of Chemical Eng& Advanced Materials,
2The Institute of Stem Cell Biology&Regenerative Medicine,
3Institute for Nanoscale Sci&Tech. Newcastle University
A new generation of nano-structured micro-porous (NSMP) materials, including polymeric foams, have been developed (and heavily patented) by Newcastle University and initially applied to medicine and tissue engineering. Later applications resulted in the establishment of new technologies called Bio-, Chemical- and Environmental- process intensification (PI) where the intensification factor can be as high as 500 fold compared to current technology. More recently, agro-process intensification has been introduced where the plant growth and crop yield can be enhanced by up to 200% under water and nutrient stress and biologically active NSMP-polymers allow enhanced nitrogen fixation by plants.
NSMP-polymers are produced through a High Internal Phase Emulsion (HIPE) polymerisation route. In the PI and tissue engineering/medical applications of NSMP-polymers, the pore size and their micro- and chemical/biological structures are important. Preparation of NSMP-polymers and their functionalisation and PI applications will be disclosed.
Professor Galip Akay holds the established chair of Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University and leads the Process Intensification and Miniaturization (PIM) research group (www.ncl.ac.uk/pim). He has a highly interdisciplinary training and research both in academia (Manchester University, Chemical Engineering (BSc) and Mathematics (PhD); ODTU, Chemistry (Docent)) and industry (Unilever Research). He has pioneered multi-disciplinary PIM technology as an important interdisciplinary element of sustainable technology and a platform for novel process and products in chemical, environmental and more recently in energy conversion processes and biology, including medicine and stem cells. He has more than 250 cited publications the topics of which include, interface and colloid science, mathematics, biomaterials, materials science, separation processes, tissue engineering, medicine, water research, biotechnology, environmental science, fundamentals of PIM, particle technology and energy. As regards technology transfer, he has over 60 patents utilized in industry. In the last 5 years, he generated 12 patent families which were instrumental for the funding of two University spin out companies (ITI Energy and GAP Technologies). Akay is the regional editor of the International Journal of Transport Phenomena and editorial board member of International Journal of Green Energy, Chemical Engineering and Processing, Journal of Flow Chemistry and Open Biotechnology. In the last 10 years, he has organized four international conferences on PIM and has delivered more than 25 plenary and keynote lectures in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and China. He won IChemE Lord Moulton medal and more recently had the first prize for the Shell Energy Award. He is a member of the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine; and Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. He is a director and founder member of UK Children’s Neurological Research Campaign, as well as ITI Energy and GAP Technologies. Prof Akay now conducts full time research and technology development at Newcastle University as well as the University’s spin out companies, GAP and ITI.
April 15, 2011, 15:40, FENS 1040