Dr Miguel Jorge

Lecturer

Chemical and Process Engineering

Personal statement

Miguel Jorge was born in Ovar, Portugal. In 1998 he completed his Degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Porto, followed by a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh in 2003. He has since held full time researcher positions at the University of Massachusetts (USA) and at the University of Porto (Faculty of Sciences and Faculty of Engineering). He is a Lecturer at the University of Strathclyde since January 2013.

Miguel’s research applies molecular modelling techniques, such as Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics, to understand systems that are important in chemical engineering applications, with the long-term goal of turning molecular simulation into a widely used industrial tool. His research spans areas as diverse as adsorption, material synthesis and characterisation, thermodynamics and phase equilibrium, physics of interfaces and nanotechnology. He has published over 50 articles in international scientific journals and delivered over 20 invited seminars and conference presentations. He is also strongly interested in research policy, having been a founding member and former President of the Portuguese National Association of Science and Technology Researchers (ANICT). He is currently one of the Directors of the International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICoRSA) and is involved in the Voice of Researchers (VoR) initiative.

Expertise

Has expertise in:

    - Molecular Simulation

    - Thermodynamics

    - Statistical Mechanics

    - Interfacial processes

    - Adsorption

    - Porous Materials

    - Computational Modelling

Prizes and awards

FEUP Scientific incentive prize
Recipient
2012
HPC Transnational access grant
Recipient
2012
FEUP Scientific incentive prize
Recipient
2011
FEUP Scientific Incentive Prize
Recipient
2009
IBM Scientific Prize 2008 – Honorable Mention
Recipient
2008
“Professor João Cabral” Scholarship
Recipient
2007

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Publications

The role of charge-matching in nanoporous materials formation
Centi Alessia, Manning Joseph R H, Srivastava Vibha, van Meurs Sandra, Patwardhan Siddharth V , Jorge Miguel
Materials Horizons (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1039/C8MH01640B
The dielectric constant : reconciling simulation and experiment
Jorge Miguel, Lue Leo
Journal of Chemical Physics (2019)
A DFT study on the interaction of small molecules with alkali metal ion-exchanged ETS-10
Pillai Renjith S, Jorge Miguel, Gomes José RB
Zeitschrift fur Kristallografie (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1515/zkri-2018-2086
A new model for predicting adsorption of polar molecules in MOFs with unsaturated metal sites
Campbell Christopher, Gomes José RB, Fischer Michael, Jorge Miguel
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters Vol 9, pp. 3544–3553 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00967
Engineering self-assembly
Jorge Miguel, Bock Henry
Molecular Simulation Vol 44, pp. 433-434 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1080/08927022.2018.1438136
Polarisation corrections and the hydration free energy of water
Milne Andrew W, Jorge Miguel
Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jctc.8b01115

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Teaching

I currently teach the following courses in the Chemical Engineering BEng/MEng:

- Thermodynamics (second year)

- Molecular Simulation in Chemical Engineering (fifth year)

- Chemical Engineering Design (fourth year)

- Chemical Engineering Project (fifth year)

I have received the following awards for my teaching activities:

- Winner of Best Teacher in Faculty – Engineering, Strathclyde Teaching Excellence Awards, 2015.

- Nominated for Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Strathclyde (“Most Enthusiastic” and “Most Supportive” categories), 2014.

- Nominated for Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Strathclyde (“Most Enthusiastic” and “Most Supportive” categories), 2013.

Research interests

Understanding phenomena at the molecular level is progressively gaining importance in Chemical Engineering, not only at the fundamental level, but also in the context of property predictions and material/process design. Our research group applies molecular modelling techniques, such as Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics, to understand systems that are important in chemical engineering applications, with the long-term goal of turning molecular simulation into a widely used industrial tool.

Specific topics under study include:

i) computational design of new nanoporous materials for adsorptive separations, using a multiscale approach from the quantum to the mesoscale level, and based on detailed knowledge of the relationships between synthesis conditions, material properties and performance;

ii) developing new models for adsorption in nanoporous materials, including crystalline materials (e.g., zeolites), amorphous materials (e.g., activated carbons) and hybrid organic-inorganic materials (e.g., metal-organic frameworks or mesoporous organosilicas);

iii) understanding how molecules self-assemble in solution to yield supra-molecular aggregates like micelles and liquid crystals;

iv) gaining an in-depth understanding of interfaces between two fluids (gas-liquid or liquid-liquid), with particular application to ionic liquids;

v) developing new methods and molecular models for calculating the solubility of complex molecules, including pharmaceuticals and pollutants.

Professional activities

Chemistry, Physics and Biology of Colloids and Interfaces
Member of programme committee
2018
American Chemical Society (External organisation)
Member
2018
For supporting postdocs, the U.K. is helping to lead the way—but more progress is needed
Interviewee
24/9/2018
Multiscale Model for the Synthesis of Bioinspired Porous Silica Materials
Speaker
6/2018
Strathclyde Adsorption Summer School 2017
Organiser
12/6/2018
AIChE Annual Meeting 2018
Keynote/plenary speaker
30/10/2018

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Projects

Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Sladekova, Kristina
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator) Sladekova, Kristina (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2020
Rational Design of Nanoporous Silica Materials Through Advanced Monte Carlo Modelling
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator) Milne, Andrew (Researcher)
01-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP - University of Strathclyde) | Milne, Andrew
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator) Kivotides, Demosthenes (Co-investigator) Milne, Andrew (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2019
Impact Acceleration Account - University Of Strathclyde 2012 / RA9144
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2015
Screening Metal-Organic Frameworks for Natural Gas Upgrading Using Molecular Simulation
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator) Campbell, Christopher (Researcher)
01-Jan-2014 - 31-Jan-2018
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Campbell, Christopher
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator) Campbell, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 08-Jan-2018

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Address

Chemical and Process Engineering
James Weir Building

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