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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    20122019
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    Personal profile

    General

    I joined Aston University as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2013 and working in the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI). My research focuses on the development of chemical processes for biomass utilisation to value added chemical and fuels. This involves designing  solid catalysts to improve its efficiency in biofuel production/upgrading for sustainable chemical processing. My current research activities at EBRI is associated with kinetic studies on thermal decomposition of biomass and catalytic upgrading of pyrolysis oil.

    Prior to my current position, I worked as a Research Associate at Cardiff University. I undertook my PhD entitled “Catalytic and Ion-exchange Applications of Layered Double Hydroxides” from Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSIR-CSMCRI), India, in 2012.

    Research Interests

    My research focuses on the development of heterogeneous catalysts for chemical processes and in particular on biomass utilisation to value added chemical and fuels.

    Research interests lie in the following areas: 

    • Biodiesel and biomass conversion
    • Bio-oil upgrading reactions
    • Kinetic and thermodynamic modelling of biomass decomposition
    • Analytical methods for characterisation of chars, spent molten salts and bio-liquids.
    • Tuning acid-base functionality of solid catalysts
    • Catalyst designing (pore architecture, functionalities, hydrophobicity
    • Structure-activity studies on catalytic materials
    • Water remediation via ion-exchange of toxic anions 
    • Nanomaterials
    • Surface characterization techniques

    Employment

    • August 2019 and continuing : Research Associate at Aston University
    • Sep 2013 to July 2019: Research Assistant at Aston University 
    • Apr 2013 – Aug 2013: Research Assistant at Cardiff University
    • Nov 2012 – Mar 2013: Guest Lecturer in Chemistry, Sree Krishna College, Guruvayur, Kerala, India
    • Nov 2007 – Jun 2009: Project Assistant at Central Salt and Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSIR-CSMCRI), Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India 

    Qualifications

    • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (PGCert), Aston University, 2016
    • PhD in Chemistry, Bhavnagar University, India, 2012
    • MTech, Industrial Catalysis (Distinction, second rank), Cochin University of Science and Technology,India, 2007 
    • MSc, Polymer Chemistry (First Class) Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India, 2004
    • BSc, Polymer Chemistry (First Class), University of Calicut, Kerala, India

    Teaching Activity

    I am involved in the co-supervision of PhD, Masters, Bachelors, Erasmus students at Aston University, UK.

    I have experience of lecturing and delivering tutorial/workshop classes (CH3010-Catalysis) at Aston University.

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Fellow of Higher Education Academy

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    1. “Tuning Catalyst Surfaces to Control Aldol Reactions in Biomass Conversion”, EPSRC-NSF funding, Apr 2013 - Aug 2016

    2. “Sustainable green fuel and hydrocarbon production from non-food and waste Vietnamese Oil Seed Crops”, British Council Newton Institutional Links, Sept 2016 - Sept 2017

    3. “Cascade processes for integrated bio-refining of agricultural waste in India and Vietnam”, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC GCRF), Sept 2017 - continuing

    4. "Advanced Biomass Catalytic Conversion to Middle Distillates in Molten Salts — ABC-SALT", funded by EU's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme

    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 5119
    Email: j.manayil@aston.ac.uk
    Room number: EBG13

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    Research Output 2012 2019

    Acceptorless Amine Dehydrogenation and Transamination Using Pd-Doped Hydrotalcites

    Ainembabazi, D., An, N., Manayil, J. C., Wilson, K., Lee, A. F. & Voutchkova-Kostal, A. M., 1 Feb 2019, In : ACS Catalysis. 9, 2, p. 1055-1065 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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    hydrotalcite
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    Imines
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    Functionalized Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas: Tunable Hydrophobic Solid Acids for Biomass Conversion

    Manayil, J., Lee, A. & Wilson, K., 10 Jan 2019, In : Molecules. 24, 2, 239.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

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    Hydrothermal reconstructing routes of alkali-free znal layered double hydroxide: A characterization study

    Tajuddin, N. A., Saleh, R., Manayil, J. C., Isaacs, M., Parlett, C. M. A., Lee, A. F. & Wilson, K., 1 Apr 2019, Solid State Science and Technology VI. Shahrim Mustafa, I., Mohamad, S. N. & Suhaimi, F. H. A. (eds.). Trans Tech Publications, p. 168-176 9 p. (Solid State Phenomena; vol. 290 SSP).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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    Unravelling mass transport in hierarchically porous catalysts

    Isaacs, M. A., Robinson, N., Barbero, B., Durndell, L. J., Manayil, J. C., Parlett, C. M. A., D'Agostino, C., Wilson, K. & Lee, A. F., 24 Apr 2019, In : Journal of Materials Chemistry A. 7, 19, p. 11814-11825 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
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    Carboxylic Acids
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    Valorization of rice husk silica waste: Organo-amine functionalized castor oil templated mesoporous silicas for biofuels synthesis

    Elimbinzi, E., Nyandoro, S. S., Mubofu, E. B., Manayil, J. C., Lee, A. F. & Wilson, K., 5 Nov 2019, In : Microporous and Mesoporous Materials. 109868.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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