Dr Jesús Javier Ojeda is an Associate Professor at the College of Engineering. His main research focuses on biofouling and biocorrosion, and the importance of cell/surface composition and environmental conditions (such as pH, nutrients or ionic strength) on biofilm formation. His research includes the use of modern potentiometric and spectroscopic tools (such as ToF-SIMS, micro-FTIR, XPS, EXAFS) to describe these systems.
Dr Ojeda’s expertise also includes the behaviour of micro/nanoparticles in complex media, as well as the adhesion of microorganisms to the particle surfaces. Recently-awarded NERC funds allowed him to develop a proof-of-concept for the rapid identification, sizing and quantification of microplastics in the wastewater treatment process (NE/K007521). This research pioneered in the use of novel spectroscopic methodologies for the monitoring of these emerging pollutants in an automated way, without bias and with minimal human intervention.
Before coming to the UK, Dr Ojeda worked in catalysis, surface characterisation and quality control for the oil industry, first as interim student and then full-time professional employee at PDVSA-Intevep (1998-2003). In 2003, he became Associate Specialist at Chemiconsult CA (consultant company for the oil sector), before moving to the University of Sheffield to study sorption of organic pollutants in soils. In 2005 he was appointed Research Associate in Spectroscopy at the Kroto Research Institute, and later made responsible for the Sheffield Surface Analysis Centre (SSAC). Dr Ojeda completed his PhD in 2010 in Surface Science at the Kroto Research Institute, Faculty of Engineering, University of Sheffield, studying the adhesion of microorganisms to surfaces.
Before coming to Swansea, Dr Ojeda was a lecturer in Surface Science at the Institute of Materials and Manufacturing, Brunel University London (2010-2015). Dr Ojeda has published over 30 papers and three book chapters in his research areas, and has secured funds both as a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator from several funding bodies, including NERC, EPSRC, InnovateUK, The Royal Society and The Leverhulme Trust. He has also acted as an expert adviser at ETCBrunel, with more than 100 consultancy works carried to the private sector in surface characterisation, biocorrosion, plastic degradation and materials failure. He has been invited to review grant proposals for EPSRC, MRC and BBSRC (UK) and the National Science Foundation (USA), and is a recurrent reviewer for journals such as Langmuir, Environmental Science & Technology, Biomacromolecules and Proteomics.
Dr Ojeda is a member of the Physical Chemical and Biochemical Methods committee (EH/003/02) at the British Standard Institution (BSI), and UK-nominated expert to the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) for the standard regarding the analysis of microplastics using vibrational spectroscopy.