Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe

Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe
Associate Professor
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 606668
Room: Office - 214
Second Floor
Energy Safety Research Institute
Bay Campus

Publications

  1. & Removal of oil from oil-water emulsion by hybrid coagulation/sand filter as pre-treatment. Journal of Water Process Engineering 26, 17-27.
  2. & Can a hybrid RO-Freeze process lead to sustainable water supplies?. Desalination
  3. Filtration of drinking water. In Philip Brown and Christopher Cox (Ed.), Fibrous Filter Media. (pp. 245-274). Elsevier.
  4. & Superhydrophilic Functionalization of Microfiltration Ceramic Membranes Enables Separation of Hydrocarbons from Frac and Produced Water. Scientific Reports 7(1)
  5. & Nanofiltration membranes and processes: A review of research trends over the past decade. Journal of Water Process Engineering 19, 164-171.

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Teaching

  • EG-204 Reactor Design

    The chemical reactor is the `heart¿ of the chemical process and this module aims to demonstrate how the performance of the reactor is key to successful chemical process design and optimisation. The principles of chemical equilibrium, reaction kinetics, mass balances and thermodynamics are applied to the design of the basic types of chemical reactors (batch reactors, tubular flow reactors, and continuous stirred tank reactors) in order to show how the design of the reactor influences the productivity, selectivity and economics of the chemical process, leading to the development of safe and sustainable production facilities. Practical physical design of tanks and tubular reactors is also considered, along with typical industrial configurations and relevant safety systems.

  • EG-337 Reactor Design II

    This module continues to develop further the concepts studied in the Level 2 Reactor Design Course (EG-204). The engineering design of reaction vesels will be considered for chemical and biological reaction systems that involve simultaneous reaction with mass transfer limitations in the fluid phase and the solid phase matrix that contain either a physio-chemical, or biological catalyst. Mathematical modelling of the kinetic rate equations therefore incorporates the concept of a mass transfer limitation effectiveness factor for the solid phase matrix, whilst the fluid mechanics is used to determine the fluid phase transfer limitations. The kinetic rate models are used to develop Design Performance Equations for industrial reaction systems.

  • 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 working in a team environment on a major project.

  • EGA400 Membrane Technology and Applications

    This is a distance learning module that contributes to the 'BioInnovation Wales' programme run jointly between Swansea and Aberystwyth Universities. The programme is a £3m EU funded prjoect to help employers address high level skills shortages in the agri-food and biotech sector. This elective module is a Masters Level course that will deliver a working knowledge of liquid phase membrane technologies and applications. This will include a high level overview of what membranes are, how they work, the filtration spectrum and the general applications of membranes. A background understanding of current membrane fabrication techniques to produce polymeric membranes in hollow fibre, flat sheet, tubular and spiral wound configurations will be developed, along with an outline of ceramic membrane production techniques. The design, construction and optimisation of membrane processes and plants will be considered with specific emphasis placed on configuration for given applications. An appreciation of membrane characterisation techniques will be developed, including SEM, AFM, particle sizing, zeta potential measurement, rejection and flux experimentation. The specific operations of membrane microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis will be investigated and some basic mathematical descriptions will be developed for design purposes. The course will conclude with a series of practical case studies detailing current applications of membrane processes relevant to the bio-sectors and scope for future development.

Supervision

  • Disposal of washed up seaweeds in an ecologically and commercially optimum way (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Kevin Flynn
  • Improvement and Optimisation of Erwinase Fermentation (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Christopher Wright
  • Extraction and purification of natural products using membranes (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Williams
  • Oil-water separation using ceramic membranes (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nidal Hilal
  • Investigating novel water treatment procedures (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Owen Guy
  • Modelling and Optimisation of the Nickel-Carbonyl Process (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Williams
  • Renewable Energy from Solar, Biomass and Biofuels Resources (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr James Titiloye
  • Solvent recovery, clean-up and reuse for continuous chromatographic separations using NF membrane processes«br /»«br /»«br /» (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Williams
  • 'Characterisation of ion exchange viscose materials and their use in protein recovery from food and waste materials' (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Williams
  • 'Development of models and strategies for macromolecule recovery using membranes.' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Williams
  • 'The manufacture and modification of membranes for applications in water reclamation and pollution control' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Williams