Dr Alfonso Martinez-Felipe

Dr Alfonso Martinez-Felipe

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Dr Alfonso Martinez-Felipe
Dr Alfonso Martinez-Felipe

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Biography

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.

Research

Collaborations

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.

Research Funding and Grants

As principal investigator, PI:
  • 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

 

 

Teaching

Teaching Responsibilities

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).

MEng Group Design – EG5565” (5th year MEng Chemical Engineering, 15 credits).  Course contributor (since 2018).

Publications

Publications 

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  • A new light-responsive resistive random-access memory device containing hydrogen-bonded complexes.

    Velayutham, T. S., Azmina, N. M., Manickam-Achari, V., Roche, A., Ramesh, R., Martinez-Felipe, A.

    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. A, Chemistry, vol. 404, 112914

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Glycolipids from Natural Sources: Dry Liquid Crystal Properties, Hydrogen Bonding and Molecular Mobility of Palm Kernel Oil Mannosides

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Velayutham, T. S., Kamalul Aripin, N. F., Yusoff, M., Farquharson, E., Hashim, R.

    Liquid Crystals, vol. 47, no. 8, pp. 1180-1194

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Physico-mechanical behaviour of Oil Palm Broom Fibres (OPBF) as eco-friendly building material

    Momoh, E. O., Osofero, A. I., Martinez-Felipe, A., Hamzah, F.

    Journal of Building Engineering, vol. 30, 101208

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The role of conductivity and molecular mobility on the photoanisotropic response of a new azo-polymer containing sulfonic groups

    Alauddin, S. M., Kamalul Aripin, N. F., Velayutham, T. S., Chaganava, I., Martinez-Felipe, A.

    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, vol. 389, 112268

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Unveiling the hydrogen bonding network in liquid crystalline natural-based glycosides containing polymeric complexes: experimental and theoretical assessment

    Kamalul Aripin, N. F., Heap, J., Piñol, R., Achari, V. M., Martinez-Felipe, A.

    Colloids and Surfaces. A, Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, vol. 596, 124685

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Light-inducing birefringence of organic photoanisotropic materials integrated via covalent bonds

    Chaganava, I., Kobulashvili, I., Mohd Alauddin, S., Kamalul Aripin, N. F., Martinez-Felipe, A.

    Organic Photonic Materials and Devices XXI. Kajzar, F., Kaino, T., Tabor, C. E. (eds.). [1091517] SPIE. 9 pages.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Sensitivity Analysis and Validation of a Two Fluid Method (TFM) model for a Spouted Bed

    Moliner, C., Marchelli, F., Ong, L., Martinez-Felipe, A., Van der A, D., Arato, E.

    Chemical Engineering Science, vol. 207, pp. 39-53

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Comparative characteristics of the properties of photoanisotropic materials composed with covalent bond and electrostatic interactions

    Chaganava, I., Alauddin, S. M., Aripin, N. F., Martinez-Felipe, A., Kobulashvili, I.

    Frontiers in Optics, FIO 2018. OSA - The Optical Society.

    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

  • Induction of the vector polyphotochromism in side-chain azopolymers

    Chaganava, I., Kilosanidze, B., Kakauridze, G., Oriol, L., Piñol, M., Martinez-Felipe, A.

    Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. A, Chemistry, vol. 354, pp. 70-77

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Ionically conducting and photoresponsive liquid crystalline terpolymers: towards multifunctional polymer electrolytes

    Vanti, L., Alauddin, S. M., Zaton, D., Aripin, N. F. K., Giacinti-Baschetti, M., Imrie, C. T., Ribes-Greus, A., Martinez-Felipe, A.

    European Polymer Journal, vol. 109, pp. 124-132

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Spontaneous chirality through mixing achiral components: A twist-bend nematic phase driven by hydrogen-bonding between unlike components

    Walker, R., Pociecha, D., Abberley, J. P., Martinez-Felipe, A., Paterson, D. A., Forsyth, E., Lawrence, G., Henderson, P. A., Storey, J. M. D., Gorecka, E., Imrie, C. T.

    Chemical Communications, vol. 54, no. 27, pp. 3383-3386

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • An FT-IR spectroscopic study of the role of hydrogen bonding in the formation of liquid crystallinity for mixtures containing bipyridines and 4-pentoxybenzoic acid

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Cook, A., Abberley, J. P., Walker, R., Storey, J. M. D., Imrie, C. T.

    RSC Advances, vol. 6, no. 110, pp. 108164 –108179

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Light-Responsive Self-Assembled Materials by Supramolecular Post-Functionalization via Hydrogen Bonding of Amphiphilic Block Copolymers

    Concellon, A., Blasco, E., Martinez-Felipe, A., Martínez, J. C., Šics, I., Ezquerra, T. A., Nogales, A., Piñ ol, M., Oriol, L.

    Macromolecules, vol. 49, no. 20, pp. 7825-7836

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • New insights into the role of hydrogen bonding on the liquid crystal behaviour of 4-alkoxybenzoic acids: a detailed IR spectroscopy study

    Abdy, M. J., Murdoch, A., Martínez-Felipe, A.

    Liquid Crystals, vol. 43, no. 13-15, pp. 2191-2207

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Reversible Isothermal Twist-Bend Nematic-Nematic Phase Transition Driven by the Photoisomerization of an Azobenzene-Based Nonsymmetric Liquid Crystal Dimer

    Paterson, D. A., Xiang, J., Singh, G., Walker, R., Agra-Kooijman, D. M., Martinez-Felipe, A., Gao, M., Storey, J. M. D., Kumar, S., Lavrentovich, O. D., Imrie, C. T.

    Journal of the American Chemical Society, vol. 138, no. 16, pp. 5283-5289

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A Twist-Bend Nematic Phase Driven by Hydrogen Bonding

    Jansze, S. M., Martinez-Felipe, A., Storey, J. M. D., Marcelis, A. T. M., Imrie, C. T.

    Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 643-646

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • New insights into the liquid crystal behaviour of hydrogen-bonded mixtures provided by temperature-dependent FTIR spectroscopy

    Paterson, D. A., Martinez-Felipe, A., Jansze, S. M., Marcelis, A. T. M., Storey, J. M. D., Imrie, C. T.

    Liquid Crystals, vol. 42, no. 5-6, pp. 928-939

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The role of hydrogen bonding in the phase behaviour of supramolecular liquid crystal dimers

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Imrie, C. T.

    Journal of Molecular Structure, vol. 1100, pp. 429-437

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Dielectric behavior induced by vitamin E and electron beam irradiation in ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene

    Puértolas, J. A., Martínez-Morlanes, M. J., Teruel, R., Martinez-Felipe, A., Oral, E., Pascual, F. J., Ribes, A.

    Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 131, no. 19, 40844

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Hydrogen bonding and liquid crystallinity of low molar mass and polymeric mesogens containing benzoic acids: a variable temperature Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic study

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Cook, A. G., Wallage, M. J., Imrie, C. T.

    Phase Transitions, vol. 87, no. 12, pp. 1191-1210

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Hydrothermal ageing of polylactide/sisal biocomposites: Studies of water absorption behaviour and Physico-Chemical performance

    Gil-Castell, O., Badia, J. D., Kittikorn, T., Stromberg, E., Martinez-Felipe, A., Ek, M., Karlsson, S., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Polymer Degradation and Stability, vol. 108, pp. 212 - 222

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Water absorption and hydrothermal performance of PHBV/sisal biocomposites

    Badia, J. D., Kittikorn, T., Strömberg, E., Santonja-Blasco, L., Martinez-Felipe, A., Ribes-Greus, A., Ek, M., Karlsson, S.

    Polymer Degradation and Stability, vol. 108, pp. 166-174

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A kinetic study of the formation of smectic phases in novel liquid crystal ionogens

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Badia, J. D., Santonja-Blasco, L., Imrie, C. T., Ribes-Greus, A.

    European Polymer Journal, vol. 49, no. 6, pp. 1553-1563

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Characterization of Functionalized Side-Chain Liquid Crystal Methacrylates Containing Nonmesogenic Units by Dielectric Spectroscopy

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Santonja-Blasco, L., Badia, J. D., Imrie, C., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, vol. 52, no. 26, pp. 8722-8731

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • New insights into the transitional behaviour of methyl-6-O-(n-dodecanoyl)-α-D-glucopyranoside using variable temperature FTIR spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction

    Cook, A. G., Martinez-Felipe, A., Brooks, N. J., Seddon, J. M., Imrie, C. T.

    Liquid Crystals, vol. 40, no. 12, pp. 1817-1827

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Spectroscopic and thermal characterisation of the swelling behaviour of Nafion membranes in mixtures of water and methanol

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Imrie, C., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 127, no. 1, pp. 246-256

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Study of Structure Formation in Side-Chain Liquid Crystal Copolymers by Variable Temperature Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Imrie, C. T., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, vol. 52, no. 26, pp. 8714-8721

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Thermal and thermo-oxidative stability of reprocessed poly(ethylene terephthalate)

    Badia, J. D., Martinez-Felipe, A., Santonja-Blasco, L., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis , vol. 99, pp. 191-202

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • A methodology to assess the energetic valorization of bio-based polymers from the packaging industry: pyrolysis of reprocessed polylactide

    Badia, J. D., Santonja-Blasco, L., Martinez-Felipe, A., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Bioresource Technology, vol. 111, pp. 468–475

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Characterisation of crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol)-based membranes with different hydrolysis degrees for their use as electrolytes in direct methanol fuel cells

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Moliner-Estopinan, C., Imrie, C., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 124, no. 2, pp. 1000–1011

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Hygrothermal ageing of reprocessed Polylactide

    Badia, J. D., Santonja-Blasco, L., Martinez-Felipe, A., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Polymer Degradation and Stability, vol. 97, no. 10, pp. 1881–1890

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Reprocessed polylactide: Studies of thermo-oxidative decomposition

    Badia, J. D., Santonja-Blasco, L., Martinez-Felipe, A., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Bioresource Technology, vol. 114, pp. 622–628

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Synthesis and characterisation of side chain liquid crystal copolymers containing sulfonic acid groups

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Lu, Z., Henderson, P., Picken, S. J., Norder, B., Imrie, C. T., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Polymer, vol. 53, no. 13, pp. 2604-2612

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Synthesis and phase behaviour of a homologous series of polymethacrylate-based side-chain liquid crystal polymers

    Cook, A. G., Inkster, R. T., Martinez-Felipe, A., Ribes-Greus, A., Hamley, I. W., Imrie, C. T.

    European Polymer Journal, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 821-829

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Liquid crystal polymers and ionomers for membrane applications

    Martinez-Felipe, A.

    Liquid Crystals, vol. 38, no. 11-12, pp. 1607-1626

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Preparation and thermal characterisation of films containing liquid crystals in a cellulose acetate substrate for externally regulated applications

    Martinez-Felipe, A., Ballester-Sarrias, E., Imrie, C. T., Ribes-Greus, A.

    Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 115, no. 6, pp. 3282–3294

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Thermal analysis characterization of the degradation of biodegradable starch blends in soil

    Vallés Lluch, A., Martinez-Felipe, A., Ribes-Greus, A., Cadenato, A., Ramis, X., Salla, J., Morancho, J.

    Journal of Applied Polymer Science, vol. 96, no. 2, pp. 358–371

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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