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I hold a MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oviedo (Spain), a PhD from the Spanish National Institute of Coal (INCAR-CSIC, Oviedo) with about one year spent at The University of Nottingham and Imperial College London, and over three years of postdoctoral experience in the UK, split between the Universities of Cambridge (2010-2012) and Nottingham (2012-2014). I joined the University of East Anglia in September 2014.
Key Research Interests and Expertise
My research interest lies in the field of chemistry and engineering of carbon materials, concretely in the development and processing of functionalised carbon nanomaterials for potential applications in energy, chemical engineering and environmental processes. I have extensive knowledge in their synthesis, functionalisation, characterisation, deposition, processing and handling. During my career, I have worked extensively with large multinationals and SMEs on a wide range of research and consultancy projects. These have focussed on the evaluation of raw materials, characterisation of coals, tars, pitches and residues derived from coal and oil and the revalorisation of some of these products as precursors for valuable materials. Much of my work has been applied in nature and subject to strict non-disclosure agreements, such as the Boeing Strategic Collaboration on carbon fibre composite recycling, and more recently the partnership with Mitravitae Ltd. on wastewater technologies and integrated renewable energy systems. In addition to the large volume of commercially sensitive research, I have led/participated in many other national and international research projects in fields like composite materials, energy storage, water purification membranes and sensors. Currently our work mainly centres on the development and fabrication of nanostructured graphene-based coatings for a variety of applications, such as water nanofiltration membranes, corrosion protection, modified electrodes for flow-redox batteries and optical fibre sensors for the monitoring of emerging pollutants.
- PhD in Chemical Engineering, Spanish National Institute of Coal (INCAR-CSIC) (Spain), 2011
- MEng in Chemical Engineering, University of Oviedo (Spain), 2002
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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals
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Doctor of Engineering, Spanish National Institute of Coal
Award Date: 17 Mar 2011
Master of Engineering, University of Oviedo
Award Date: 21 Mar 2002
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1/10/21 → 30/09/22
Lettice, F., Alexander, M., Askounis, A., Baker, A., Cammidge, A., Chao, Y., Fabian, L., Fielden, J., Hernaez Saenz De Zaitigui, M., Hui, O., Kaplani, E., Khimyak, Y., Liss, P., Lord, R., Marin, M. J., Mayes, A., Melendi-Espina, S., Nolte, S., Romanov, A., Saeed, A., Sobolewski, A., Tolhurst, T. & Wright, J.
6/11/20 → 5/05/22
1/04/17 → 28/07/21
1/07/15 → 30/06/18
Melendi-Espina, S., 15 Jun 2021, In: Fuel Processing Technology. 217, 106803.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review2 Citations (Scopus)
Highly efficient and stable PANI/TRGO nanocomposites as active materials for electrochemical detection of dopamineMinta, D., González, Z., Melendi-Espina, S. & Gryglewicz, G., 18 Nov 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Surfaces and Interfaces. 101606.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
Influence of graphene oxide's characteristics on the fabrication and performance of crosslinked nanofiltration membranesKandjou, V., Gonzalez, Z., Acevedo Munoz, B., Munuera, J., Paredes, J. & Melendi-Espina, S., Feb 2021, In: Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers. 119, p. 158-165 8 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review1 Citation (Scopus)
Enhanced covalent p-phenylenediamine crosslinked graphene oxide membranes: towards superior contaminant removal from wastewaters and improved membrane reusabilityKandjou, V., Perez Mas, A., Acevedo Munoz, B., Hernaez Saenz De Zaitigui, M., Mayes, A. & Melendi-Espina, S., 15 Dec 2019, In: Journal of Hazardous Materials. 380, 120840.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile9 Citations (Scopus)10 Downloads (Pure)
High-performance optical ﬁber humidity sensor based on lossy mode resonance using a nanostructured polyethylenimine and graphene oxide coatingHernaez Saenz De Zaitigui, M., Acevedo Munoz, B., Mayes, A. & Melendi-Espina, S., 1 May 2019, In: Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical. 286, p. 408-414 7 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile25 Citations (Scopus)10 Downloads (Pure)