Professor Charley Wu
Prof. Chuan-Yu (Charley) Wu is a professor in Chemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering and the coordinator of the Unilever-IPE-Surrey collaborative doctoral training programme in sustainable manufacture, multi-scale modelling, formulation and product engineering. He was also the coordinator of a EU FP7 Initial Training Network (ITN) consortium (€3.8M) on the development of in silico models for roll compaction, which consists of 10 full partners and 4 associate partners from 8 EU countries. He has expertise in discrete element analysis, multiscale modelling and simulations, pharmaceutical engineering, particle technology and granular dynamics. Prof. Wu has been working closely with global pharmaceutical companies over the last 10 years and has run industrial collaborative research projects with Pfizer, AstraZeneca, MSD and Sanofi in developing advanced numerical modelling techniques for pharmaceutical application and established a strong link with the global pharmaceutical industry.
Prof. Wu is currently an executive editor for Powder Technology. He co-authored a monograph on “Particle Technology and Engineering” published by Elsevier and edited two books entitled “Discrete Element Modelling of Particulate Media” and “Particulate Materials: Synthesis, Characterisation, Processing and Modelling” published by RSC publishing. He also edited five journal special issues and published over 100 scientific papers with an H-index of 18. He has given more than 30 invited presentations and seminars at international conferences, global pharmaceutical companies and universities worldwide. Prof. Wu is a member of the advisory and editorial board for “Particuology”, “Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B (APSB) ” and “Journal of Engineering”.
Prof. Wu is also a grant assessor for ESPRC, Royal Society, European Research Council, French research council (ANR), Canada Research Council, China National Science Foundation and Romania Research Council. He also served as a PhD examiner for the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Leicester, Leeds and Sheffield in the UK, the University of New South Wales and Monash University in Australia, and Abo Akademi University in Finland.
Prof. Wu organized five conferences as the chairman in the fields of particle technology and discrete element modelling (Die compaction and Roll Compaction, 2007; UK-China Particle Technology Forum III, 2009; International Symposium on Discrete Element Modelling, 2012, PARTEC, 2013, Particulate Processing in Pharmaceutical Industry IV, 2014) and is a member of the international advisory and scientific committees for three international conference series (ECI conference on Particulate Processing in Pharmaceutical Industry; UK-China Particle Technology Forum; Coupled Problems).
Areas of specialism
Powder compaction is a widely used manufacturing technique for producing high quality particulate products. Depending on the processing methods, there are two types of powder compaction: roll compaction and die compaction, which have been used either in combination or separately to produce certain particulate products. Powder compaction has distinctive advantages such as cost effectiveness, low waste, continuous process with high productivity and easy online controls. Whilst the same process could be used in manufacturing high value-added products with heat sensitive materials, such as organic materials and polymers, its implementation is significantly hindered by the accumulation of heat, which can significantly degrade heat sensitive materials during the manufacturing processes. THERMOPC is an EC FP7 project funded through the Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (IEF) scheme, and employs an inter-disciplinary approach to understand the fundamental mechanisms of powder compaction processes and to develop predictive computational tools for modelling the thermomechanical behaviour during powder compaction.
Indicators of esteem
Proposal Reviewer: European Research Council (ERC); National Science Foundation of China (NSFC); Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada; The Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation, Romania; French National Research Agency (ANR); Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF).
Member of EPSRC College (2005-)
Guest Editor: Powder Technology, Particuology, Granular Matter, Materials.
Editorial Board Member: Particuology, Journal of Engineering.
PhD Examiner: The universities of Cambridge, Imperial College, Edinburgh, Southampton, Birmingham, Sheffield, Leicester, Leeds, Newcastle, Surrey and Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK; Abo Akademi University in Finland; University of New South Wales \& Monash University in Australia; University of Toulouse in France.
Opponent for PhD thesis public defence: Abo Akademi University, Finland; Ecole Des Mines, Albi, France
Peer Reviewer: Powder Technology, AICHE J, Chemical Engineering Science, Proceedings of the Royal Society London, International Journal of Pharmaceuticals, Journal of Pharmaceutical Science.
Expert Consultant: In the field of X-ray Computed Tomography for pharmaceutical solid oral dosage forms.
Chemical Reaction Engineering and Numerical Methods (Module Coordinator, 2013- 2016)
Equipment Design (2013-2016)
Multidisciplinary Design Project (MDDP, 2013-2015)
Transferable Skills (2013-2014)
Research Methods and Projects (2016)
Chemical Product Design (2017-)
Numerical Methods (2018-)
Multiphase Systems (2007-2012)
Mass Transfer (2009-2012)
Functional Products (2006-2007)
Powder Handling and Processing (Module Coordinator, 2006-2012).