Projects per year
I completed my BTech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 1985. After working in India for just over a year I studied for MS (1990) and PhD degrees (1992) in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University in the USA. I then spent nearly three years as postdoctoral scientist at the materials department in EPFL in Switzerland, before moving to Newcastle University in the UK in 1994 to take up a position as lecturer in Chemical Engineering. I was promoted to Reader in 2000 and then to a personal chair in Electrochemical Nanomaterials in 2005. In 2015 I moved to the University of Strathclyde where I am currently Professor of Chemical Engineering and Head of Department. I am a Fellow of the IChemE, IMF and a Chartered Engineer.
I am interested in employing electrochemistry and electrochemical engineering to fabricate novel materials at the micro- and nano-scales. The applications of my research are in corrosion mitigation, manufacturing micro and nano devices for electronics and implants, and the removal of toxic substances from effluents. Much of the work embraces principles of green chemistry for sustainable process development.
Expertise & Capabilities
- Electrochemical engineering
- Electrodeposition of metals and alloys
- Pulse plating
- Corrosion and surface finishing
- Modelling of electrochemical systems
- Materials characterisation
- Material processing with ionic liquids
- Micro- and nano-fabrication
My research work has considerable industrial relevance and I have had many long-standing research collaborations with industrial partners from chemicals, electronics, defence and medical sectors. I was the founder and director of two spin-out companies from Newcastle University: Concordia Diagnostic Sensors Ltd and Royenface Ltd. I also regularly consult for industry and have also offered training courses for industrial partners.
In my teaching career I have taught a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in chemical engineering including: physical chemistry, reactor engineering, materials stability, micro-technology and sustainability, electrochemical engineering, design and undergraduate laboratories. At Newcastle University I was the Director of post-graduate degree programmes between 2004 and 2013 and Faculty Research Postgraduate Tutor. I have also organised and lectured on corrosion and electrodeposition in a number of CPD-type courses in the UK, USA and the Netherlands. At Strathclyde University my main teaching activity is coordinating fourth year Chemical Process Design.
Academic / Professional qualifications
PhD,Chemical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA (1992)
MS (GPA 3.7/4.0), Chemical Engineering, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA (1990)
BTech, First Class, Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India (1985)
Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
Chartered Engineer (IChemE)
Fellow of the Institute of Metal Finishing (IMF)
Member of the European Working Party on Electrochemical Engineering (WPEE-EECE)
Member of the Electrochemical Society (ECS)
Member of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE)
Executive Committee Member of the Society of Chemical Industries (SCI)
Visiting Professorship, Centre of Excellence, Waseda University, Japan (April-May 2008)
Doctor of Philosophy, Tulane University
Master of Science, Tulane University
Bachelor of Technology (not to be confused with BTEC), Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi
Research Output per year
Development of fibre-optic pH sensor based on silver nanoparticle embedded in silica matrix for high temperature/pressure conditionsDebnath, S., Roy, S. & Chen, Y-C., 2 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press). 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Boualavong, J. K. (Creator), University of Strathclyde, 19 Jun 2019
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Activities per year
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation