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Prof Robert Field

Professor

Department: Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Robert Field

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Professor Robert Field graduated with a PhD (chemical engineering) from University of Cambridge where he had also read Natural Sciences. After being introduced to membrane processes at Bath University, he soon secured a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering award to work on the evaluation of potential membrane processes for environmental improvements. His most highly cited research relates to the concept of a critical flux for fouling which has had widespread influence beyond academe. Although originally introduced for pressure driven porous membrane processes he has led in the development of its wider applicability. His work on pervaporation has encompassed the manufacture of caesium polyacrylate hydrophilic membranes, bespoke hydrophobic membranes and fundamental analysis of the constraints imposed upon systems by boundary layer transport phenomena. Prior to joining Northumbria University Robert was a Professor at the University of Oxford where he initiated an interdisciplinary study “Exploring Water Re-use – the nexus of engineering technology and public policy” which is funded by an esteemed APEX award from the Royal Society/British Academy. He continues to work on water re-use as well as membrane process fundamentals and desalination, and was elected to Honorary Membership of the European Membrane Society in 2020.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A thermodynamic platform for evaluating the energy efficiency of combined power generation and desalination plants, Ng, K., Burhan, M., Chen, Q., Ybyraiykul, D., Akhtar, F., Kumja, M., Field, R., Shahzad, M. 8 Apr 2021, In: npj Clean Water
  • Author Correction: A thermodynamic platform for evaluating the energy efficiency of combined power generation and desalination plants (npj Clean Water, (2021), 4, 1, (25), 10.1038/s41545-021-00114-5), Ng, K., Burhan, M., Chen, Q., Ybyraiymkul, D., Akhtar, F., Kumja, M., Field, R., Shahzad, M. 7 May 2021, In: npj Clean Water
  • Extended performance study of forward osmosis during wastewater reclamation: Quantification of fouling-based concentration polarization effects on the flux decline, Nguyen, T., Adha, R., Field, R., Kim, I. 15 Jan 2021, In: Journal of Membrane Science
  • Innovation and optimization of aeration in free bubbling flat sheet MBRs, Wang, B., Zhang, Y., Zhang, G., Zhang, K., Field, R. 12 Jun 2021, In: Journal of Membrane Science
  • Pressure Retarded Osmosis: Modelling, Mirages and Prospects, Field, R., Wu, J. 5 Jul 2021, Materials and Energy: Volume 17, Singapore, World Scientific Publishing
  • Hybrid forward osmosis-membrane distillation system: Demonstration of technical feasibility, Zohrabian, L., Hankins, N., Field, R. 1 Feb 2020, In: Journal of Water Process Engineering
  • Critical flux-based membrane fouling control of forward osmosis: Behavior, sustainability, and reversibility, Nguyen, T., Kook, S., Lee, C., Field, R., Kim, I. 15 Jan 2019, In: Journal of Membrane Science
  • Fouling mechanisms in constant flux crossflow ultrafiltration, Kirschner, A., Cheng, Y., Paul, D., Field, R., Freeman, B. 15 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Membrane Science
  • On the understanding and feasibility of “Breakthrough” Osmosis, Wu, J., Field, R. Dec 2019, In: Scientific Reports
  • Exploring the differences between forward osmosis and reverse osmosis fouling, Siddiqui, F., She, Q., Fane, A., Field, R. 1 Nov 2018, In: Journal of Membrane Science

Professional Activity

Qualifications

  • Chemical Engineering PhD May 02 1980
  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers FIChemE, CEng

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Critical flux-based membrane fouling control of forward osmosis, Nguyen, T., Kook, S., Lee, C., Field, R., Kim, I. 15 Jan 2019, In: Journal of Membrane Science
  • Fouling mechanisms in constant flux crossflow ultrafiltration, Kirschner, A., Cheng, Y., Paul, D., Field, R., Freeman, B. 15 Mar 2019, In: Journal of Membrane Science
  • On the understanding and feasibility of “Breakthrough” Osmosis, Wu, J., Field, R. Dec 2019, In: Scientific Reports
  • Exploring the differences between forward osmosis and reverse osmosis fouling, Siddiqui, F., She, Q., Fane, A., Field, R. 1 Nov 2018, In: Journal of Membrane Science
  • Biogenic silver nanocomposite polyethersulfone UF membranes with antifouling properties, Zhang, M., Field, R., Zhang, K. 1 Dec 2014, In: Journal of Membrane Science


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