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New Senior Lecturer brings strong industrial R&D experience

Dr Marco Ramaioli, an expert in granular media and interfacial flows, has been appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering.

Dr Ramaioli takes up his role as Senior Lecturer at Surrey after six-years’ experience as a Senior Research Scientist at the Nestlé Research Center  in Switzerland, where his work contributed to the development of novel food products.

He previously worked at Nestlé PTC Orbe as a Process Modelling Specialist developing novel food processes, before undertaking a PhD at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on granular media flow simulations.

Dr Ramaioli explains, “Inspired by the industrial need for manufacturing food, pharmaceutical and detergent powders that dissolve better in water, my recent research has contributed to advancing the understanding of wetting, dissolution and powder-liquid flows. It is only by understanding more that we can generate ideas for novel product concepts and innovative commercial products”.

In collaboration with other scientists at Nestlé, ESPCI (Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles), E.Polytechnique and University of Twente, these studies have resulted in publications in ‘Langmuir’, ‘International Journal of Multiphase Flow’ and ‘Physical Review Letters’.

Combining his industrial research with a part-time teaching post at EPFL, Switzerland, Dr Ramaioli discovered that he had a passion for teaching. In addition to class teaching, he embraced new technology and helped to develop the successful EdX Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on ‘Mécanique des fluides’ (fluid mechanics) in collaboration with Professor Christophe Ancey and François Gallaire. Aimed at broadening access to the subject area, the course includes a series of filmed experiments and even an experiment for students to complete remotely, and is now being attended by students from all over the world.

Based in Surrey’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, Dr Ramaioli will be developing his research on granular and interfacial flows, and teaching modules in separation processes and fluid mechanics. He will also draw on his industrial experience to support students on Professional Training placements.

“One of the things I really like about Surrey is its strong links with industry. For researchers, applications can be a source of very intriguing, open research questions that industry cannot answer alone. Together, we can progress scientifically and also create an economic return for society” he says.

“As educators we need to make students aware of the different career opportunities, and prepare them with the skills needed to achieve their individual career objectives, so that they can readily make a valuable contribution to the society.”

 

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