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Overview

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering in the School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS). Active reseracher in renewable energy focused on biofuel production from waste materials and algae.

Current teaching activities and interests

Currently I am teaching the following modules in the programmes BEng Chemical Engineering and MSc Chemical Engineering:

  • Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (L8, Chemical Engineering)
  • Process Modelling and Simulation (L8, ChemEng) 
  • Introduction to Thermofluids (L8, ChemEng and MechEng)
  • Chemical Reactor Engineering (L10, ChemEng)  
  • Process Safety and Control  (L10, ChemEng)  
  • Multiphase and Biochemical Reactor Design (L11, ChemEng)  
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Storage Systems (L11, ChemEng)

I am supervising several projects at both undergratuate (Chem and Mech Eng), master (ChemEng) and PhD (renewable energy related) levels. 

Current research activities

My research is focused on two main areas related to renewable energy:

  • Optimization of biofuel production from waste materials and algae biomass.
  • Optimization of cultivation, dewatering and pretretament steps for the production of biodiesel and other high value compounds from microalgae. 

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Research Output

Modelling and optimization of wet microalgae Scenedesmus quadricauda lipid extraction using microwave pre-treatment method and response surface methodology

Onumaegbu, C., Alaswad, A., Rodriguez, C. & Olabi, A., 31 Mar 2019, In : Renewable Energy. 132, p. 1323-1331 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    120 Downloads (Pure)

    Fuzzy-modeling with particle swarm optimization for enhancing the production of biodiesel from microalga

    Nassef, A. M., Sayed, E. T., Rezk, H., Abdelkareem, M. A., Rodriguez, C. & Olabi, A. G., 22 Nov 2018, In : Energy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization, and Environmental Effects. 10 p., 1549171.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    Improvement of methane production from P. canaliculata through mechanical pretreatment

    Rodriguez, C., Alaswad, A., El-Hassan, Z. & Olabi, A-G., 1 Apr 2018, In : Renewable Energy. 119, p. 73-78

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    File
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)
    38 Downloads (Pure)

    Microalgae cultivation technologies

    Anyanwu, R., Rodriguez, C., Durrant, A. & Olabi, A-G., 13 Jun 2018, Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Hashmi, S. (ed.). Elsevier B.V.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Micro-macroalgae properties and applications

    Anyanwu, R., Rodriguez, C., Durrant, A. & Olabi, A-G., 13 Jun 2018, Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering. Hashmi, S. (ed.). Elsevier B.V.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Prizes

    Excellent Poster Presentation Award

    Rodriguez Nunez, Cristina (Recipient), 2012

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Rodriguez Nunez, Cristina (Recipient), Sep 2018

    Prize: Election to learned society

    UWS PhD Scholarship

    Rodriguez Nunez, Cristina (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Activities

    Engineering Reports (Journal)

    Cristina Rodriguez Nunez (Peer reviewer)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Super Science Festival 2019

    Zaki El-Hassan (Contributor), & Cristina Rodriguez Nunez (Contributor)

    13 Feb 2019

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    Internal Examiner PhD Viva

    Cristina Rodriguez Nunez (Examiner)

    2019

    Activity: Examination

    Ecological water conservancy comprehensive management and water conservancy project management

    Cristina Rodriguez Nunez (Invited speaker)

    22 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course