Specialist Subjects: Rheometry, Haemorheology, Non-Newtonian Fluid Flow, NMR Diffusometry, Fractal Aggregation and Analysis, Fluorescence Microscopy.

Dr Curtis’ interests involve the development of advanced rheometry for the study of Complex Fluids.

His work on advanced manufacturing and healthcare applications involves techniques for studying fluid microstructural responses to flows under conditions of manufacturing process and clinical relevance.

His rheometric, imaging and molecular dynamics simulation studies of biopolymers have involved combined viscoelastic and spectral analysis of gel network development and have contributed to improved understanding of blood clot evolution.

He is also developing NMR and microrheometric methods for studying flow within soft solids and complex fluids.

Publications

  1. & Control of Collagen gel mechanical properties through manipulation of gelation conditions near the sol-gel transition. Soft Matter
  2. & The application of large amplitude oscillatory stress in a study of fully formed fibrin clots. Physics of Fluids 29(12), 121606
  3. & An enhanced rheometer inertia correction procedure (ERIC) for the study of gelling systems using combined motor-transducer rheometers. Physics of Fluids 29(12), 121602
  4. & In-situ synthesis of magnetic iron-oxide nanoparticle-nanofibre composites using electrospinning. Materials Science and Engineering: C 70, 512-519.
  5. & i-Rheo: Measuring the materials' linear viscoelastic properties “in a step”!. Journal of Rheology 60(4), 649-660.

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Teaching

  • EG-100 Chemical Process Principles

    The module provides basic intellectual tools for analysis and design of chemical (and biochemical) processes. The module will cover flows of material and energy to and from a variety of processes and production of complete mass and energy budgets and estimates of process efficiency. Some hazards related to release and exposure to flammable materials in relation to their properties (especially vapour pressure) will be covered. Only a basic level of chemical knowledge is required and the module is suitable for Process and Environmental Engineering students.

  • EG-101 Chemical and Environmental Engineering Laboratory

    The Chemical and Environmental Engineering Laboratory module is designed to give relevant experimental experience to benefit both chemical and environmental engineeers. This module aims to develop skills in acquisition, processing, error analysis, and interpretation of experimental data; to develop skills in presentation and communication of experimental and technical information; and to provide practical exposure to topics presented in lecture based modules.

  • EG-3062 Process Equipment Design, Selection & Control

    Newly employed graduate process engineers need to be able to perform a wide range of fundamental process engineering calculations. The module will focus on aspects of process engineering design for the majority of equipment but will provide examples of detailed design and mechanical design in some cases. In all cases, industrial standards, best practice and safety will be at the heart of the design process to ensure the finalised designs will be reliable and robust, economically viable, safe and sustainable. The module will include topics such as pump selection, pressure relief calculations, line sizing, utilities, equipment specification including PFRs and stirred tanks in both batch and continuous operation (aseptic/sterile equipment design for regulation and control of chemical and biological reactions). Heterogeneous systems, in particular, the inter-phase mass transfer of nearly insoluble gases. Heat transfer through jackets, coils, electrical heaters and direct steam injection. Sterilisation of liquids and gases..The module also builds upon topics covered in EG-206 (Instrumentation, Measurement and Control) to further develop students understanding of process automation with specific emphasis on the quantitative aspects of control.

  • EGA326 Chemical Engineering Design Project

    This module aims to give students experience in handling a complex and integrated engineering process design. This task will require, and so reinforce, the material taught throughout the undergraduate course and an additional amount of material from directed private study. The module provides transferable skills related to for working in a team environment on a major project.

Supervision

  • ‘Detection of Exhaust Particulate Induced Blood Clotting Anomalies using Rheometric Techniques’ (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Rhodri Williams