I obtained my BSc from Hunan Agriculture University in 1981 and MSc from China Agriculture University in 1984, both in Agriculture Engineering. I studied my PhD at Aston University and was awarded a PhD in 1993. Sponsored by Unilever, my PhD research is on the development of a new discrete element method (DEM) for moist granular materials and processes.
I joined Unilever in 1994 as a scientist. At Unilever, I spearheaded the development and application of computational models for in-silico design and development of novel materials, processes and products in food and cosmetics industries. Examples include pyramid teabag design, leaf tea infusion, flavour release, ice crystallization, percutaneous absorption and bioavailability.
I joined the University of Surrey in 2014. Currently I am both Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey (0.2FTE) and Science Leader of Unilever Research at Colworth (0.8FTE).
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