Feature Presentation

The role of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) in Facilitating Process Intensification


Dr. Jonathan McDonoughLecturer - PI Group at Newcastle University

Time & Location

Thursday: 14.00 to 14.30, Stage 3

About this presentation

Despite its potential, and considerable publicity, 3D printing has not yet changed the way in which chemicals, foods, pharmaceuticals etc. are manufactured.

The Process Intensification Group (PIG) at Newcastle uses the technology across several of its research areas, and is perhaps World-leading in the diversity of 3DP use in chemical engineering and process intensification.

The PIG has developed various new process technologies using the technique, including new reactors, separators and fluidised beds, and the technology is thoroughly ’embedded’ within the group, with almost all research students in the group using 3DP. In this talk, Jonathan will discuss some of the more advanced applications of 3DP demonstrated by the PIG and summarise the key takeaways from these. Additionally, this talk will provide a perspective on how AM is likely to be exploited in the future and will outline some of the broad challenges that will arise as AM becomes more prevalent for both academic and industrial research.

‘PI’ Daily Sessions at CHEMUK

Reflecting the importance of ‘process intensification’ methods & technologies in improving unit process & chemical processing plant efficiencies  and at the same time contributing substantially to sustainability goals, CHEMUK will feature daily discussions around this key topic, through daily hosted expert sessions from the Intensification Network (PIN)  & PI Group at Newcastle University

Session format daily:

Part 1 – Introduction to Process Intensification ? – Prof. Adam Harvey, Professor of Process Intensification

Part 2 – presentation & Q&A around an a specific ‘Pi’ theme:

Day 1 (13 May)

Dr Jonathan Lee , Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering, Newcastle University  –  will talk on ‘Carbon Capture using Rotating Packed Beds’

Day 2 (14 May)

Dr Jonathan McDonough , lecturer in the Process Intensification Group (PIG) at Newcastle University) will talk on ’The role of Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) in Facilitating Process Intensification.

Speaker Bio

Dr Jonathan McDonough is a recently promoted lecturer in the Process Intensification Group (PIG) at Newcastle University who has significant interest in the areas of reaction engineering, fluid mechanics, flow chemistry, fluidization, heat transfer and 3D printing. He is the lead author on 11 publications (as of Feb 2020), and he has presented keynote and plenary talks in the area of additive manufacturing at UK and international conferences. One of Jonathan’s research themes is to exploit additive manufacturing for the fabrication of new and novel reactor geometries that can unlock previously unobtainable operating windows. Here Jonathan is actively involved in several projects that explore different aspects of this goal.