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    United Kingdom

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Vesna Najdanovic is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Aston University. She obtained a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Belgrade (Serbia) in 1998, and a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at the New University of Lisbon (Portugal) in 2004. Her area of research lays within sustainable valorisation of biomass-derived products and carbon dioxide, including: i) Recovery of valuable products from waste fermentation broth; ii) Electrochemical production of hydrocarbons from hydrogen and carbon dioxide; iii) Utilization of biomass as source of biofuels and biodiesel; and, iv) Enhanced conversion of biomass-derived feedstock using nuclear energy.

Most recently, Vesna was a PI on EPSRC grant “Renewable Hydrogen: Simultaneous Storage of Biorenewable Energy and Carbon Dioxide” (EP/R000727/1) and EPSRC – Impact Acceleration Account project “Valorisation of waste fermentation broth“ co-funded by Marlow Foods (Quorn). In recent years, she was PI of various projects supported by the EPSRC-IAA (PI of the “Valorisation of residual biomass” project in collaboration with Griffin Renewables Ltd, 2014-2015), BBSRC (PI of the “Extraction of a novel chelate from nettles” project in collaboration with Levity Crop, 2015-2016) and industry (PI of the “Valorisation of Spent Coffee Grounds” project funded by Biosel Ltd, 2014-2015).           

She has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers with a high citation record (1912 citations in total, of which 1838 are citations without self-citations and h-index of 21 – Web of Science®, October 2019). Her recently published paper on the nuclear fuel cycle for renewable energy (Sustainable Energy Fuels 2019, 3, 1693-1700) has been highlighted as a HOT ARTICLE by the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is an elected member of the publication committee of the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI).

In 2019, Vesna showcased her research on “Biofuels in a Renewable Future” to parliamentarians, business leaders and fellow academics at high profile event in the House of Commons organized by the Industry and Parliament Trust.

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Research Output 2002 2019

Liquid-liquid phase equilibria of aqueous biphasic systems based on glycerol formal: Application on tetracycline recovery from water

Praikaew, W., Kiatkittipong, W., Kiatkittipong, K., Assabumrungrat, S., Aiouache, F. & Najdanovic-visak, V., 16 Oct 2019, In : Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

glycerol formal
Phase equilibria
Ternary systems

Nuclear fuel cycle, with a liquid ore and fuel: toward renewable energy

Degueldre, C., Dawson, R. J. & Najdanovic-Visak, V., 1 Jul 2019, In : Sustainable Energy and Fuels. 3, 7, p. 1693-1700 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Nuclear fuels

Brewers' spent grains: Drying kinetics and biodiesel production

Mallen, E. & Najdanovic-Visak, V., 1 Mar 2018, In : Bioresource Technology Reports. 1, p. 16-23

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Novel aqueous biphasic system based on ethyl lactate for sustainable separations: Phase splitting mechanism

Kamalanathan, I., Petrovski, Z., Branco, L. C. & Najdanovic-Visak, V., 15 Jul 2018, In : Journal of Molecular Liquids. 262, p. 37-45

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Phase separation
aqueous solutions

Partitioning of amino acids in the novel biphasic systems based on environmentally friendly ethyl lactate

Kamalanathan, I., Canal, L., Hegarty, J. & Najdanovic-Visak, V., 25 Apr 2018, In : Fluid Phase Equilibria. 462, p. 6-13

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
amino acids
Amino acids

Activities 2018 2019

  • 2 Membership of committee
  • 1 Participation in conference

Eco-I: Innovation for Clean and Sustainable Growth

Vesna Najdanovic (Participant)
19 Sep 201920 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

The Royal Society (External organisation)

Vesna Najdanovic (Chair)
2019 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

SCI - Society of Chemical Industry (External organisation)

Vesna Najdanovic (Chair)
2018 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee