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Personal Statement

I have a strong background in research, teaching and supervision, and am always keen on expanding my knowledge and skills. I enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary environment, with my main expertise being in the fields of Surface Science, Materials Chemistry, and Chemical Engineering.

My current main project involves using laser scattering techniques to investigate formation, size distribution, and morphology of nanoclusters of small organic molecules within aqueous solutions, with results to be implemented in industrial scale-up procedures for bigger and greener production of nanoparticles.

I also have other independent projects I work on, including the StrathWide19-funded "Design of a micropump system for next generation healthcare" proposal, whereby I am one of the 3 principle investigators.

In addition to performing research I enjoy passing on the knowledge acquired to the future generation of scientists. As such, I am always seeking out opportunites to teach and supervise, having done both in the past in academic and non-academic environments. This is why I lecture various classes and I also volunteer for the department's award-winning Really Small Science Outreach programme. My active participation in the programme allowed for me to be one of the recipients of a Strathclyde Medal Award to the Outreach Group (September 2019).

Adminisitration and Citizenship are important to me, as I believe active participation in such matters allows for voices to be heard and for improvements and progress to be made. As such I am the Early Career Researchers' (ECR) representative and a member of the Equality & Diversity Committee (EDC) at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, while also being the co-chair of the university-wide Researchers' Group and a member of the Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee (RKEC).

As of September 2019 I have obtained my Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, as well as becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I aim to obtain a permanent position in Academia and to implement my own research ideas to answer questions that can lead to the production of cheaper and environmentally friendlier products.

 

Personal page:  georgina-zimbitas

Publications (OrcID): 0000-0002-9620-7772

Research Interests

Materials Chemistry; Surface Science; Chemical Engineering;

Interfaces, Nanomaterials, Polymers, Thin Films, Colloids & Soft Matter Materials, Hybrid Materials, Foams, Viscous Liquids, Porous Materials;

Crystallisation,Thermodynamics & Kinetics, Self-Assembly, Phase Separation, Rheology, Manufacturing Sustainability & Upscaling, Innovation & Impact;

Teaching Interests

I enjoy teaching and have had experience doing so not only in academia but also as a Chemistry teacher for high school students, and as a tutor of English as a foreign languange.

My teaching within academia includes:

2019-2020 - 3rd year CP307B Matlab Course

2018-2019 - 2nd year CP213 Mathematics Course

2015 & 2016 - Masters year module "Developing Food Structure Through Thermal Processing" (Uni. of Birmigham)

Subjects I have taught include Crystallisation, Phase Diagrams, Mathematics, Physical Chemistry, etc.

In addition, I have provided support to PhD students within my groups, aiding in matters relating to Matlab use and various Diffusion Simulation packages (e.g. FactSage, ThermoCalc). 

 

Academic / Professional qualifications

PhD in Physical Chemistry.

My drive to learn as much as I can in my fields of interest has led me to research under a vast range of conditions (e.g. from Ultra High Vacuum to High Temperature and High Pressure Furnaces) using not only experimental, but also modelling and simulation techniques.

 The common thread in all my research has been the examination of surface and/or near surface interactions.

Past studies have included researching:

* the interactions of gases and solids under extreme conditions (epitaxial growth of ice on periodic metallic surfaces within ultra-high vacuum chambers, effects of various gases on near-surface internal oxidation of metals via use of high pressure, high temperature furnaces);

* surface interactions of solids with liquids, in the forms of thin films and foams;

* examining properties of viscous liquids (crystallisation, rheology, phase separation, etc.)

* examing porous materials. e.g. detergent powder, starch-based,etc.

 

Equipment, methods and techniques I am experienced in include:

* Spectroscopic techniques (NTA, DLS, Zetasizer, etc.), Mass Spectroscopy

* Microscopy (optical, fluorescent, SEM/EDS)

* Imaging (hi-speed hi-res camera)

* Liquid Flow: Rheology, Mixers (Kemutex, Couette Flow, etc.)

* Micromanipulation techniques

* Surface-related:LEED, Tensiometry, Contact Angle Goniometry

* Other: DSC, NMR, μCT Xray Scan, Particle Size Distribution, Fluidised Bed Coating, Foam Columns, Molecular Beam Deposition.

 

In addition to experimental research, I have also conducted numerical simulations (PDAs, FMD), via use of Matlab.

 

My experience also includes:

* successful co-supervision of PhD students

* having been & continuing to be in charge of (postgraduate and/or undergraduate) modules

* organiser & coordinater of events (conferences, workshops, etc.)

* participant in numerous international conferences (oral presentor)

* active member in academic committees (ECR, EDC, RKEC, etc.) 

* outreach volunteer

Keywords

  • Surface Science
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Interfaces
  • Nanomaterials
  • Soft Matter
  • Thin Films
  • Crystallisation
  • Microscopy
  • Spectroscopy
  • Sustainability
  • Self-Assembly
  • Numerical Simulations
  • Matlab
  • Innovation & Impact

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Projects

Lab-on-a-chip technology! Design of a micropump system for next generation healthcare

Blair, E., Zimbitas, G., Besenhard, M. & Hamdan, M.

1/10/191/10/20

Project: Internally funded project

Research Output

Chain-end modifications and sequence arrangements of antimicrobial peptoids for mediating activity and nano-assembly

Hasan, A., Saxena, V., Castelletto, V., Zimbitas, G., Seitsonen, J., Ruokolainen, J., Pandey, L. M., Sefcik, J., Hamley, I. W. & Lau, K. H. A., 21 May 2020, In : Frontiers in Chemistry. 8, 12 p., 416.

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    Investigation of molecular and mesoscale clusters in undersaturated glycine aqueous solutions

    Zimbitas, G., Jawor-Baczynska, A., Vesga, M. J., Javid, N., Moore, B. D., Parkinson, J. & Sefcik, J., 20 Oct 2019, In : Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 579, 8 p., 123633.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
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    Prizes

    Fellowship of the Higher Academy of Education

    Georgina Zimbitas (Recipient), 5 Sep 2019

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    24th ASC Green Chemistry & Engineering Virtual conference

    Georgina Zimbitas (Participant)
    15 Jun 202019 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    CPE Mini Conference

    Georgina Zimbitas (Speaker)
    18 Jun 202019 Jun 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation