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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
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
Postgraduate Research Opportunities
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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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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Core Carbonate Chemistry Equipment
Lettice, F., Bakker, D., Gates, A., Heywood, K., Kaiser, J., Landini, S., Marin, M. J., Melendi-Espina, S., Nolte, S., Robinson, C. & Todd, J.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
3/01/23 → 2/07/24
Remote and continuous monitoring of priority organic pollutants in water
1/10/21 → 30/09/22
Addressing Interdisciplinary challenges through Raman Microscopy - a new facility for UEA
Lettice, F., Alexander, M., Askounis, A., Baker, A., Cammidge, A., Chao, Y., Fabian, L., Fielden, J., Hernaez, 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.
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
6/11/20 → 31/08/22
Design and prototyping of interface technologies for integrated renewable energy systems
1/04/17 → 28/07/21
Coal-Liquid Based Upgraded Carbon Materials for Energy Storage (SUPERCOAL).
1/07/15 → 30/06/18
Gas sensor based on lossy mode resonances by means of thin graphene oxide films fabricated onto planar coverslipsVitoria, I., Gallego, E. E., Melendi-Espina, S., Hernaez, M., Ruiz Zamarreño, C. & Matías, I. R., 1 Feb 2023, In: Sensors. 23, 3, 1459.
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Hydrothermal nitrogen doping of anthracene oil-derived activated carbons for wide voltage asymmetric capacitorsMoyseowicz, A., Gonzalez, Z., Melendi-Espina, S., Acevedo, B., Predeanu, G., Axinte, S., Fernandez, J. J., Granda, M., Minta, D., Moyseowicz, A. & Gryglewicz, G., Apr 2023, In: Journal of Energy Storage. 60, 106704 p.
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Systematic covalent crosslinking of graphene oxide membranes using 1,3,5 triazine 2,4,6 triamine for enhanced structural intactness and improved nanofiltration performanceKandjou, V., Acevedo, B. & Melendi-Espina, S., Jun 2023, In: Results in Engineering. 18, 101036.
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Crosslinked graphene oxide membranes: Enhancing membrane material conservation and optimisationKandjou, V., Hernaez, M., Casal, M. D. & Melendi-Espina, S., Jul 2022, In: Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers. 136, 104434.
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Highly efficient and stable PANI/TRGO nanocomposites as active materials for electrochemical detection of dopamineMinta, D., González, Z., Melendi-Espina, S. & Gryglewicz, G., Feb 2022, In: Surfaces and Interfaces. 28, 101606.
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