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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


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    I studied Chemical engineering at the University of Barcelona. After graduating in 2006 I carried out my Master’s degree in Experimental Chemical Engineering (2007) with the Consolidated research group of Applied Catalysis and Kinetics of the University of Barcelona and subsequently obtained my PhD with excellent cum laude at the same university with the same research group (2012).

    After obtaining my PhD I took on undergraduate teaching as an Assistant Professor being a member of the Teaching improvement and innovation group of Chemical reaction engineering at the University of Barcelona.

    In 2013, I joined the University of Huddersfield as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Dr Gareth Parkes being involved in characterisation of porous materials by adsorption microcalorimetry. In September of 2014 I started my academic post as lecturer in Chemical Engineering being involved in the development of the new Chemical Engineering course and teaching Chemical Reaction Engineering modules.

    In January 2016 I joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering.


    • PhD in Chemical Engineering, Universitat de Barcelona.
    • Masters Degree in Experimental Chemical Engineering, Universitat de Barcelona, 2007.
    • MEng Chemical Engineering, Universitat de Barcelona, 2006.


    • 2016 – Present: Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Engineering and Applied Science School, Aston University.
    • 2014 – 2016: Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield.
    • 2013 – 2014: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield.
    • 2011 – 2013: Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona.
    • 2007 – 2011: Research and teaching grant/contract for PhD research, Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona.

    Research Interests

    My research area has largely focused on heterogeneous porous materials to catalyse reactions producing biofuels and chemicals from biomass feedstocks and biorefinery streams. I have expertise in reaction engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, kinetic modeling, porous material characterisation, and the design and start-up of experimental continuous and batch reactor devices.

    My research area is focused in the development of catalysts for industry, from catalyst synthesis to close-to-operational testing in two important areas of chemical engineering: green chemistry and sustainability.

    Teaching Activity

    I am Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a committee member of the Education Specialist Group from the IChemE.

    My area of expertise is Chemical Engineering of reaction. I am involved in the modules of Reaction Engineering for second year: the Advanced Project design for Final years and the Industrial Catalysis for MEng year. In addition, I supervise design projects and research projects for the Chemical Engineering Degree.

    PhD Supervision

    Currently supervising 3 Ph.D. in selective hydrogenation and oxygenation with metal-supported solid catalysis.

    We have a new PhD studentship available. For more information contact on the link below "Make PhD enquiry".

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2018 (SFHEA).

    Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AMIChemE)

    Committee member of Education Specialist group of IChemE (EdSIG-IChemE)

    Contact Details

    Phone number: +44 (0)1212045391
    Room number: MB110g

    Education/Academic qualification


    Award Date: 30 Nov 2012

    External positions


    Committee member EdSIG from IChemE

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    The effect of metal precursor on copper phase dispersion and nanoparticle formation for the catalytic transformations of furfural

    Islam, M. J., Granollers Mesa, M., Osatiashtiani, A., Taylor, M. J., Manayil, J. C., Parlett, C. M. A., Isaacs, M. A. & Kyriakou, G., 15 Sep 2020, In : Applied Catalysis B: Environmental. 273, 119062.

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  • NMR Cryoporometry of Polymers: Cross-linking, Porosity and the Importance of Probe Liquid

    Rottreau, T. J., Parkes, G. E., Schirru, M., Harries, J. L., Mesa, M. G., Topham, P. D. & Evans, R., 20 Aug 2019, In : Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 575, p. 256-263 8 p.

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  • The effect of mesoporous silica impregnation on tribo-electrification characteristics of flurbiprofen

    Afzal, M. S., Zanin, F., Ghori, M. U., Granollers, M. & Supuk, E., 10 Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Pharmaceutics. 544, 1, p. 55-61

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  • Octyl co-grafted PrSO3H/SBA-15: tunable hydrophobic solid acid catalysts for acetic acid esterification

    Manayil, J., dos Santos, V. C., Jentoft, F., Granollers Mesa, M., Lee, A. F. & Wilson, K., 22 Jun 2017, In : ChemCatChem. 9, 12, p. 2231–2238 8 p.

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  • Catalytic acetoxylation of lactic acid to 2-acetoxypropionic acid, en route to acrylic acid

    Beerthuis, R., Granollers, M., Brown, D. R., Salavagione, H. J., Rothenberg, G. & Shiju, N. R., 2015, In : RSC advances. 5, 6, p. 4103-4108 6 p.

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