Professor Andrew Livingston from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London delivered the final ICAM webinar of 2016 on membranes for separating molecules.
Professor Livingston described why membranes have been so successful in Reverse Osmosis (RO), how polymer membranes are made, and what the current challenges for aqueous RO membranes are. He then outlined some of the research being undertaken at Imperial College London to develop new membranes, for RO and for molecular separations in organic systems.
Professor Livingston was born and bred in Taranaki, New Zealand and studied Chemical Engineering in NZ. Following graduation, he worked for 3 years at an NZ food processing company and then in 1986, started a PhD at Trinity College, University of Cambridge.
Upon finishing his PhD in 1990, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College. At Imperial, he has carried out research into membrane separations, biotransformations, chemical and separations technology.
Professor Livingston leads a research group of 20 PhD students and Post-Docs, with current research interests in membranes for molecular separations, including membrane formation, imaging of membranes and characterisation of their structural and functional performance, engineering and design of separation processes, and applications of membrane separation to manufacturing.