Dr Alfonso Martinez-Felipe
When I first set foot outside the old Dyce terminal, one cold night of the winter of 2003, I never imagined my life and career would be entangled with this fantastic University, city and country. I was then an Erasmus student, who found in Aberdeen a place where to discover and grow.
Some months after that night, I graduated as a Chemical Engineer at the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV, 2003), and then pursued a double PhD degree in Chemical Engineering (UPV) and Chemistry (University of Aberdeen) (2010). I also completed the Erasmus Mundus MSc International Master in Materials and Sensors Systems for Environmental Technologies, awarded by both UPV and the University of Bologna (2010).
In 2014 I joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Aberdeen as a teaching fellow, and in 2015 I became lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the School of Engineering.
As a member of the Chemical and Materials Engineering research group, I am committed to lead Aberdeen in becoming a main player in the energy transition in the UK and overseas. My aim is to integrate research and teaching excellence, through different development areas.
Whether you are a student, colleague, industrialist or an individual with motivation to challenge the state of the art in science and enginering, and from any part of the world, my door will always be open to join forces in this fantastic adventure. Together we thrive.
I work with colleagues from different countries, including the University of Malaya, MARA University of Technology. University of Zaragoza (via research projects and PhD co-supervision), Tokyo University of Science (via the RSC Research Exchange Grant in 2020-2021), Georgian State Teaching University of Physical Education and Sport, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Kent State University, University of Genoa and University of Bologna, among others.
Funding and GrantsAs principal investigator, PI:
- Accelerating the energy/environment/water nexus in Malaysia by triggering hydrogen economies, Global Challenges Research Funding internal pump priming, 2021, University of Aberdeen, £17,500.
- Multifunctional liquid crystals stabilised by hydrogen-bonding and their integration in new devices for energy harvesting, conversion and storage, SAPHIRE: Funding for Scottish research partnerships with India, Japan and Pakistan, 2020-2021,The Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scottish Government, £6,000.
- Ferroelectric liquid crystals stabilised by hydrogen-bonding: towards new energy harvesters, Royal Society Research Grants, 2020-2021, The Royal Society, £12,507.
- Light-responsive ferroelectric liquid crystals stabilised by hydrogen bonding as energy harvesters, International travel grants, 2020-2021, Royal Society of Chemistry, £2,100.
- Add your value, Erasmus+ Key Action 2, Strategical Alliances, 2019-2021, European Commission, £47,179.
- Light-responsive liquid crystalline polymeric electrolytes with high ionic conductivity for energy conversion devices, Research Incentive Grants, 2019-2020, The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, £13,963.
- Production of bioenergy and smart materials from palm tree waste in Malaysia, Global Challenges - Internal Pump Research Grant, 2018, University of Aberdeen, £9,850.
- Enhanced Ionic Transport of New Liquid Crystal Materials with Application in Direct Methanol Fuel Cells, Vacation Scholarship Application, 2018, £1,000.
- Performance of polymeric electrolytes in low temperature fuel cells, Chevron development trust, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, 2016, £10,000.
- New Candidates for Targeted Drug Carriers based on Palm oil-based Glycosides and Polymeric Complexes. Towards tuneable natural-based controlled release systems, Newton Research Collaboration Programme, 2016-2017, Royal Academy of Engineering, £12,000.
As an external researcher:
- Supramolecular glycosides for energy conversion applications, Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS, MARA University of Technology), 2019-2022, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, £22,000.
- Versatile Block Copolymers Platforms to Approach Supramolecular Stimuli Responsive Nanocarriers, Spanish National Funding Scheme (University of Zaragoza), 2018/2020, Spanish Ministry of Education, £70000.
- EG50Y2 - Separation and purification technologies
Coordinator of the MSc in Decommissioning (since 2020). https://www.abdn.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-taught/degree-programmes/1015/decommissioning/
Senior advisor of the PrototAU team of students from different disciplines, whose aim is to build and optimise a car using hydrogen-powered fuel cells. The students combine elements of chemical, electrical/electronic and mechanical engineering, and I integrate their activities within UG project dissertations and laboratories for MSc courses. The team won the Best Newcomer Award in the European Shell Eco-Marathon held in London in 2019. https://www.facebook.com/ProtoTAU/
Chemical reaction engineering – EX3501 (3rd year MEng and BEng Chemical Engineering, 15 credits). Course coordinator and sole contributor (since 2015).
Energy conversion and storage – EG551J/EG55M3 (MSc in Renewable Energies, 15 credits). Course coordinator and sole contributor. Campus + Online course (since 2016).
Separation and purification processes - EG50Y2 (MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering, 15 credits). Co-contributor (50%) (since 2018).
Process Shut Down, Structural Decommissioning and Disposal - EG55R1/EG55T1. Course contributor (2020-)
MEng Group Design – EG5565” (5th year MEng Chemical Engineering, 15 credits). Course contributor (2018 - 2020).
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Incommensurate Lamellar Phase from Long Chain Mannosides: Investigation by X-Ray Scattering and Replica Exchange Molecular Dynamics (REMD)Journal of molecular liquids, 119027Contributions to Journals: Articles
Photo-driven effects in twist-bend nematic phases: dynamic and memory response of liquid crystalline dimersJournal of molecular liquids, vol. 344, 117680Contributions to Journals: Articles
Dicationic stilbazolium salts: structural, thermal, optical, and ionic conduction propertiesJournal of molecular liquids, vol. 341, 117311Contributions to Journals: Articles
p-Methoxy Azobenzene Terpolymer as a Promising Energy-Storage Liquid Crystal SystemThe Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 125, no. 41, pp. 22472–22482Contributions to Journals: Articles
An Investigation of the Crystal Structure and Ionic Pathways of the Hexagonal Perovskite Derivative Ba3-xVMoO8.5Inorganic Chemistry, vol. 60, pp. 13550-13556Contributions to Journals: Articles
Molecular dynamics simulation of the interactions between carbon dioxide and a natural-based carbonaceous microporous materialChemical Engineering Transactions, vol. 86, pp. 1111-1116Contributions to Journals: Review articles
Ionic liquid crystals: synthesis and characterization via NMR, DSC, POM, X-ray diffraction and ionic conductivity of asymmetric viologen bistriflimide saltsJournal of molecular liquids, vol. 328, 115370Contributions to Journals: Articles
New side-chain liquid crystalline terpolymers with anhydrous conductivity: effect of azobenzene substitution on light response and charge transferEuropean Polymer Journal, vol. 146, 110246Contributions to Journals: Articles
A new light-responsive resistive random-access memory device containing hydrogen-bonded complexes.Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. A, Chemistry, vol. 404, 112914Contributions to Journals: Articles
Unveiling the hydrogen bonding network in liquid crystalline natural-based glycosides containing polymeric complexes: experimental and theoretical assessmentColloids and Surfaces. A, Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, vol. 596, 124685Contributions to Journals: Articles