Dr Miguel Jorge


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.


Has expertise in:

    - Molecular Simulation

    - Thermodynamics

    - Statistical Mechanics

    - Interfacial processes

    - Adsorption

    - Porous Materials

    - Computational Modelling

Prizes and awards

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

more prizes and awards


Mesoscale model of the synthesis of periodic mesoporous benzene-silica
Gouveia José D, Pérez-Sánchez Germán, Santos Sérgio M, Carvalho André P, Gomes José RB, Jorge Miguel
Journal of Molecular Liquids (2020)
Unravelling the interactions between surface-active ionic liquids and triblock copolymers for the design of thermal responsive systems
Pérez-Sánchez Germán, Vicente Filipa A, Schaeffer Nicolas, Cardoso Inês S, Ventura Sónia PM, Jorge Miguel, Coutinho João AP
Journal of Physical Chemistry B Vol 123 (2020)
On competitive gas adsorption and absorption phenomena in thin films of ionic liquids
Lapshin Dmitry N, Jorge Miguel, Campbell Eleanor E B, Sarkisov Lev
Journal of Materials Chemistry A Vol 8, pp. 11781-11799 (2020)
A polarization-consistent model for alcohols to predict solvation free energies
Barrera Maria Cecilia, Jorge Miguel
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling Vol 60, pp. 1352-1367 (2020)
A computational study of the interaction of C2 hydrocarbons with CuBTC
Afonso Rui, Toda Jordi, Gomes José RB, Fischer Michael, Campbell Christopher, Jorge Miguel
Computational Materials Science Vol 173 (2020)
The effect of atomic point charges on adsorption isotherms of CO2 and water in metal organic frameworks
Sladekova Kristina, Campbell Christopher, Grant Calum, Fletcher Ashleigh J, Gomes José R B, Jorge Miguel
Adsorption (2019)

more publications


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.

Accepting PhD Student Applications in the following topics:

- Computational design of bio-inspired silica materials for carbon capture

Predicting drug solubility in different solvents using molecular simulation and machine learning

Professional activities

Polarization Effects in the Prediction of Thermodynamic Properties by Molecular Simulation
Invited speaker
Multiscale Modelling of Nanoporous Materials
Invited speaker
Understanding the Synthesis Mechanism of Porous Silica Materials through Multi-scale Modelling
Invited speaker
PhD examination of Teresa Marti-Rosselló
Multi-scale Modelling of Bio-inspired Silica Material Synthesis
Invited speaker
2nd International Conference on Chemistry, Physics and Biology of Colloids and Interfaces
Member of programme committee

more professional activities


Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | McCready, Connaire
Jorge, Miguel (Principal Investigator) Fletcher, Ashleigh (Co-investigator) McCready, Connaire (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
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-2021
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 - 30-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
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

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Chemical and Process Engineering
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