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.
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.
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
- 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
- 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 - 30-Jan-2020
- 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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