Research student Misbahu Ladan Mohammed was awarded first prize for his technical excellence and outstanding oral presentation skills in the field of Fluid Separation Processes.
Misbahu, currently in the 2nd year of his PhD in Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Prof Basu Saha (Dept of Applied Sciences), received the award at the "What's New in Fluid Separations" national research event on 16 May 2012. Organised by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Fluid Separations Special Interest Group (FSSIG) and taking place at Air Products Plc, Basingstoke, the event brought together individuals and organisations from across the country to discover the exciting and diverse separation processes research currently underway in the UK.
Overall ten young researchers (Post-docs and PhD students) from seven different UK Universities (University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University, University College London, London South Bank University, University of Bath and Swansea University) presented their research work in this event. A panel of judges from both industry and academia evaluated the presentations and gave feedback. The best contributions received prizes, from a total prize allocation of £1000, awarded during a social gathering at the end of the day. Misbahu received £400 as first prize winner.
Misbahu's presentation was entitled "Greener and efficient alkene epoxidation process". Epoxides are a raw material for a broad range of products, from pharmaceuticals to plastics and paints to adhesives. This new process promises to make their production cheaper, more environmentally friendly, safer and more flexible and has a great potential in industrial applications.
This is the first time a PhD student from LSBU has won first prize at an IChemE research event.
Posted: 22 May 2012