Jesus Esteban Serrano

Jesus Esteban Serrano

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Overview

Jesús Esteban earned his BEng, MEng and PhD degrees in Chemical Engineering in 2015 at the Complutense University of Madrid. After stints at the University of Birmingham (2015-2017), the Technical University of Dortmund (2014 and and 2017) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion (2018-2020), he was appointed Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester in July 2020. 

His research interests and projects revolve around Chemical Reaction Engineering, Green Chemistry and Process Intensification with a particular focus on the production of chemicals from alternative biobased substrates.

His efforts have been acknowledged with the Prize to the best PhD Thesis in Science and Technology of the Royal Academy of Doctors of Spain (2015), the Green Talents Award of the German Ministry of Education and Research (2016), the Excellence Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (2018), the CAS SciFinder Future Leaders Prize (2018), his mention in IUPAC’s Periodic Table of Younger Chemists representing the element Germanium (2019), the Hermann Neuhaus Prize of the Max Planck Society (2020), the Young Researchers Award of the special interest group in Chemical Engineering of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry (2020) and the Alumni Award of the Complutense University of Madrid (2021).

 

Please contact Dr. Jesús Esteban (jesus.estebanserrano@manchester.ac.uk) if you are interested in projects related to my areas of interest.

Candidates with a good background and interest in Reaction Engineering, Separation Processes, process design from biobased starting materials and the principles of Green Chemistry are welcome to contact for self-funded projects. Some funding opportunities can be found at https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/funding/opportunities/ 

Research interests

His main research activities approach the sustainable production and separation of value-added chemicals from renewable substrates with a strong focus on Chemical Reaction Engineering and Process Intensification aspects whilst following the guidelines of Green Chemistry.

Some examples of his past efforts feature the production of (bio)fuel additives and green chemicals starting from renewable chemicals, such as glycerol or lignocellulosic sugars. His studies mainly include elements of catalysis and reaction kinetics, fluid phase equilibria, multiphase operations, selection of green solvents for operation and reactor design. 

 

Opportunities

Please contact Dr. Jesús Esteban (jesus.estebanserrano@manchester.ac.uk) if you are interested in projects related to my areas of interest.

One example for self PhD funded projects can be found at https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/sustainable-separation-of-organic-carbonates-and-alcohols-using-novel-solvents/?p125417

Candidates with a good background and interest in Reaction Engineering, Separation Processes, process design from biobased starting materials and the principles of Green Chemistry are welcome to contact for self-funded projects. Some opportunities can be found at https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/funding/opportunities/ 

 

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • American Chemical Society
  • Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Chemical Engineering, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Award Date: 20 Apr 2015

Master of Engineering, Industrial Process Engineering, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Award Date: 19 Jul 2010

Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Universidad Complutense de Madrid

Award Date: 20 Jul 2009

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Reaction Engineering
  • Green Chemistry
  • Process Intensification
  • Catalysis
  • Biorefinery
  • Biofuels

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