The Department of Chemical Engineering has an active postdoctoral staff community. Our postdoctoral staff are integral to our ability to deliver world class research and they also take on teaching responsibilities.

Our Postdoc Committee is in place to facilitate the activities of our postdoc community. The Committee arranges events which staff can learn and network at, and represents the interests of postdoctoral staff to the department and Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre. The Committee also hosts the annual Postdoc Symposium, where the Sir William Wakeham Award is given out.

Current postdoctoral staff should visit the Intranet for further information including training, development, events and socials.

Postdoc committee

  • Humera Ansari

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    Humera Ansari Chair of the Postdoc Committee

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    As reps we dedicate a part of our life at the College to provide support for our represented postdocs to enhance their connections with the other postdocs, the department or institution in which they work, the College, and the thousands of work/academic opportunities awaiting them.

  • Professor George Jackson

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    Professor George Jackson Postdoc Champion and Professor of Chemical Physics

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    I keep in regular contact with the PFDC reps to ensure that postdocs have a voice at the Departmental and Faculty level and assist with organising relevant events. Additionally, I can provide advice on available development training and support. 

  • Professor Joao Cabral

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    Professor Joao Cabral Chair of Athena SWAN Committee and Professor of Soft Matter

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    My research interests lie in the area of biotechnology, with particular focus on the application of systems engineering principles to bioprocessing.

  • Bhavna Patel

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    Bhavna Patel Departmental Staffing Coordinator (Maternity Cover)

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    I am the key contact for postdoctoral research staff in relation to contracts, welfare, probation, visas, appraisals and ongoing advice and support. I also work with the PFDC Reps and the PFDC to organise events and develop strategies to support research staff.

  • Dr Santosh Kumar

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    Dr Santosh Kumar

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    My research focuses on design and development of Advanced Functional Materials for the generation of Solar Fuels from CO2 and water.  I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK and a member of the postdoc committee. I am here to help our postdoc community with my extensive and international experience including research, industry, and teaching.

  • Dr Claudia Contini

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    Dr Claudia Contini

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    Claudia’s research expertise combines several areas including bottom-up synthetic biology and physical chemistry of colloidal science. Her current research interest lies in the field of bottom-up synthetic biology with a focus on the design of synthetic protocell systems for biotechnological and biomedical applications. 

  • Giulia Tarantino

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    Giulia Tarantino

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    My research lies at the interface between catalysis and spectroscopy. As a member of the postdoc committee, I help with the organisation of events which are aimed at promoting interaction and collaboration amongst postdocs in the College.

  • Dr Othman AlMusaimi

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    Dr Othman AlMusaimi

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    I'm a Research Associate at the Department of Chemical Engineering, under the supervision of Professor Daryl Williams. My research interests focus on developing synthetic, separation and purification methodologies for therapeutic peptide entities.

  • Dr Lucia Lombardi

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    Dr Lucia Lombardi

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    My research interests focus on determining the solution aggregation propensity of peptide formulations, chemical stability of peptide formulations in simulated GI tract fluids and chromatographic determination of permeability and solubility performance of peptide formulations.

  • Dr Gregory Gregori

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    Dr Gregory Gregori

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    I am passionate about connecting with others and developing ideas that could really change the way we do things.  My role in Titirici group is focused on creating pathways to the application of emerging technologies, including; hydrogen production, energy storage, battery materials, fuel cells, etc.

  • Dr Pavani Cherukupally

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    Dr Pavani Cherukupally

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    Dr. Pavani Cherukupally is a mechanical engineer with expertise in materials engineering, chemical process design, and organic-inorganic-bio imaging. S he serves as the Research Committee Chair, Postdoc Representative at the Faculty Research Committee and Rewards and Recognition Committee. She initiated and is chair of the “Career Development Seminar Series” that aims to develop professional skills of the Research Staff at the department.   

  • Pedro Verdía Barbará

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    Pedro Verdía Barbará

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    I am a PhD student in organic synthesis, with wide experience working with ionic liquids in different applications. My current research at the Hallett’s group is focused on the production of added value materials and chemicals from lignocellulosic biomass using ionic liquids as pretreatment media as a more sustainable and environmentally friendly alternative to the current methods employed in the paper and pulp industries.   I am also a post-doc representative at the safety committee of the Chemical Engineering Department.