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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

more prizes and awards

Publications

An eco-friendly, tunable and scalable method for producing porous functional nanomaterials designed using molecular interactions
Manning Joseph R. H., Yip Thomas W. S., Centi Alessia, Jorge Miguel, Patwardhan Siddharth V.
ChemSusChem Vol 10, pp. 1683–1691, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cssc.201700027
Predicting hydrophobic solvation by molecular simulation : 2. new united-atom model for alkanes, alkenes and alkynes
Jorge Miguel
Journal of Computational Chemistry Vol 38, pp. 359–369, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcc.24689
Predicting hydrophobic solvation by molecular simulation : 1. testing united-atom alkane models
Jorge Miguel, Garrido Nuno M., Simões Carlos J. V., Silva Cândida G., Brito Rui M. M.
Journal of Computational Chemistry Vol 38, pp. 346–358, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jcc.24690
Molecular simulations of the synthesis of periodic mesoporous silica phases at high surfactant concentrations
Chien Szu-Chia, Pérez-Sánchez Germán, Gomes José R. B., Sias Soeiro Cordeiro M. Natália, Jorge Miguel, Auerbach Scott M., Monson Peter A.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C Vol 121, pp. 4564–4575, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b09429
A transferable model for adsorption in MOFs with unsaturated metal sites
Campbell Christopher, Ferreiro-Rangel Carlos A., Fischer Michael, Gomes José R. B., Jorge Miguel
Journal of Physical Chemistry C Vol 121, pp. 441−458, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b10751
Molecular simulation study of the early stages of formation of bioinspired mesoporous silica materials
Centi Alessia, Jorge Miguel
Langmuir Vol 32, pp. 7228-7240, (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b01731

more publications

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

1st Workshop on Computational Approaches to Materials Design
Keynote/plenary speaker
6/2015
Molecular Simulation (Journal)
Editorial board member
2015
CHEMPOR – 12th International Chemical and Biological Engineering Conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
10/9/2014
European Commission (External organisation)
Member
15/5/2014
Lithuanian Academy of Sciences (External organisation)
Advisor
5/2013
International Consortium or Research Staff Associations (External organisation)
Member
1/10/2012

more professional activities

Projects

Rational Design of Nanoporous Silica Materials Through Advanced Monte Carlo Modelling
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator) Milne, Andrew (Researcher)
Period 01-Oct-2015 - 31-Mar-2019
Screening Metal-Organic Frameworks for Natural Gas Upgrading Using Molecular Simulation
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator) Campbell, Christopher (Researcher)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 31-Mar-2018
Computational modelling and design of nanoporous silica materials
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator) Centi, Alessia (Researcher)
Period 12-Mar-2014 - 11-Sep-2015
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Sladekova, Kristina
Cebula, Izabela (Principal Investigator) Jorge, Miguel (Co-investigator) Sladekova, Kristina (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2017 - 01-Feb-2020
Impact Acceleration Account - University Of Strathclyde 2012 / RA9144
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2015 - 30-Sep-2015
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTA - University of Strathclyde) | Campbell, Christopher
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator) Campbell, Christopher (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 01-Apr-2018

more projects

Address

Chemical and Process Engineering
James Weir Building

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