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After graduating from University College London in 1996 with a BEng in Biochemical Engineering, I carried out a PhD within the Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering at UCL. Entitled "An Engineering Evaluation of Expanded Bed Adsorption for the Recovery of a Typical Bioproduct", the study looked at hydrodynamic and kinetic influences on the performance of this novel unit operation.   After I completed my PhD I worked for two years in purification development at Metris Therapeutics, before returning to UCL to help establish the Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre for Bioprocessing. This multi-disciplinary research group was funded by the EPSRC to facilitate rapid development and scale-up of bioprocesses.   I moved to Heriot-Watt in April 2006, as part of the ScotChem initiative, and am currently pursuing research in scale-down and rapid process development in downstream processing operations, and have particular current interest in separation techniques for so-called "megamolecular" targets such as whole cells, plasmid DNA and viruses.

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Characterization of Pot Ale from a Scottish Malt Whisky Distillery and Potential Applications

White, J., Stewart, K., Maskell, D. L., Diallo, A., Traub-Modinger, J. & Willoughby, N., 31 Mar 2020, In : ACS Omega. 5, 12, p. 6429-6440 12 p.

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    Integrating micro-algae into wastewater treatment: A review

    Mohsenpour, S. F., Hennige, S., Willoughby, N., Adeloye, A. J. & Gutierrez, T., 3 Sep 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 752, 142168.

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    Pre-fermentation of malt whisky wort using Lactobacillus plantarum and its influence on new-make spirit character

    Reid, S., Speers, R. A., Willoughby, N., Lumsden, W. & Maskell, D. L., 1 Aug 2020, In : Food Chemistry. 320, 126605.

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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Purifying stem cell-derived red blood cells: a high-throughput label-free downstream processing strategy based on microfluidic spiral inertial separation and membrane filtration

    Guzniczak, E., Otto, O., Whyte, G., Chandra, T., Robertson, N. A., Willoughby, N., Jimenez, M. & Bridle, H., Jul 2020, In : Biotechnology and Bioengineering. 117, 7, p. 2032-2045 14 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Deformability-induced lift force in spiral microchannels for cell separation

    Guzniczak, E., Otto, O., Whyte, G., Willoughby, N., Jimenez, M. & Bridle, H., 23 Dec 2019, In : Lab on a Chip.

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  • 5 Citations (Scopus)