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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      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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    Life cycle environmental sustainability of valorisation routes for spent coffee grounds: From waste to resources

    Schmidt Rivera, X. C., Gallego-Schmid, A., Najdanovic, V. & Azapagic, A., 1 Jun 2020, In : Resources, conservation and recycling. 157, 104751.

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    Open Access
  • Producing Useful Chemicals Using a Nuclear Reactor

    Plant, A., Najdanovic, V., Joyce, M., Snoj, L. & Jazbec, A., 20 Jan 2020, In : EPJ Web of Conferences. 225, 4 p., 09003.

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

    Open Access
  • Short-Communication: Ingestion of a Nucleotide-Rich Mixed Meal Increases Serum Uric Acid Concentrations but Does Not Affect Postprandial Blood Glucose or Serum Insulin Responses in Young Adults

    Coelho, M. O. C., Monteyne, A. J., Kamalanathan, I. D., Najdanovic, V., Finnigan, T. J. A., Stephens, F. B. & Wall, B. T., 17 Apr 2020, In : Nutrients. 12, 4, 1115.

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    Open Access
  • Sol-gel alumina coating of wire mesh packing

    Abdelraouf, M., Hegarty, J., Rennie, A., Elizalde, R., Burns, N., Geekie, L., Najdanovic, V. & Aiouache, F., Sep 2020, In : Ceramics International. 46, 13, p. 20777-20787 11 p.

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  • 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., 14 Nov 2019, In : Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data. 64, 11, p. 4856-4862 7 p.

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  • Activities

    • 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

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    Team-based Learning

    Vesna Najdanovic


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Teaching