I received my PhD (2012) in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University at Kingston (Canada) with a dissertation relating to the use of spatially non-uniform electric fields for colloidal assembly. After graduation, I worked as an NSERC industrial postdoctoral fellow at Greenfield Specialty Alcohols/The University of Western Ontario. In September 2014, I joined the Soft Matter, Fluidics and Interfaces (SFI) group at the University of Twente as a postdoctoral fellow working on problems related to transport at microscopic interfaces. After approximately a year-and-a-half at the UT, I was promoted to my current position as Assistant Professor in SFI. My current research interests are related to connecting the fundamentals of ion and related transport phenomena to electric-driven processes (electrodialysis/electrochemical conversions), developing hybrid unit operations/processes, solid/liquid filtration processes and using external fields to control colloidal matter.
My current research interests relate to the following main areas:
- Ion and Related Transport Phenomena in Electric-Driven Processes
- Hybrid Unit Operation Design and Practice
- Solid-Liquid Filtration
- Process Design for Recovery of Valuable (Charged) Components
- External Fields to Control Colloidal Matter
In order to investigate these topics, typically a combination of experiments, theoretical analysis and numerical simulations are used. This research usually involves experiments in micro to millifluidic scales, with the aim to provide more insight into processes by quantifying transport at these length-scales. These insights and findings are then translated to larger scale applications in my research team and with various collaborators