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Award Winning at National Conference

I’m honoured and proud of having received the award for the best oral presentation at the national ChemEngDayUK conference. I’m delighted of having participated to this 2022 edition at University College of London and presented in the Multi-Scale Engineering category.

Having been awarded for best presentation last year at the ChemEngDayUK 2021, I am honoured to have obtained the esteem of the jury for my work for a second consecutive year.

Having submitted my thesis at the end of March, this event was the opportunity to summarise 4.5 years of work and share the outcome of my research with an expert audience.

For the first time since the lockdowns, I was able to give a presentation in front of people. I was excited to meet the scientific community again and talk with people face-to-face. The idea of living this moment of conviviality and sharing the passion for science with my research confrères enchanted my mind and heart.

I’m glad to see that nowadays more institutions make the courageous choice of holding events in person, and I’d like to thank the organisers of this conference for having provided such a stimulating environment.

I’m addressing my special thanks to my supervisors Prof. Andrew Bayly, Prof. Frans Muller and Dr. Claire MacLeod for their wise and thoughtful supervision. I’m grateful for their kindness and help that led to the work I’ve been presenting at the conference.

I’m looking forward to participating to the 2023 edition of the ChemEngDayUK that will be held in Belfast, Ireland.

PhD thesis submitted

After 4.5 years, 5.5 overall with the MSc component of the Doctoral Training program, my PhD journey is coming to an end.
360 pages, and this figure inspires me with an analogy of the completion of my research study and the expertise I acquired in particle technology achieving the objective of my project: creating a model for the prediction of particle breakage in agitated drying conditions.

The difficulties related to the Covid-19 pandemic has taught me how to adapt to radically new constraints and work practice, strengthening my resilience through this challenging period.

With a coming viva, scientific papers to write and conferences to prepare, the feeling of emptiness and satisfaction after pressing the “Submit” button was quickly replaced with the motivation to accomplish a novel objective. As the proverb says: “the end is only the beginning”.

Looking back at those years, I want to acknowledge the help and support I’ve received during my PhD.

I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Professor Andrew Bayly for his wise supervision during my PhD. His expertise in the domain of particle processing and distinct element modelling methods has been crucial in determining the framework of my project and the progression of my research.
I am also grateful to Professor Frans Muller for co-supervising my PhD and providing such stimulating research environment and discussions. His advice has been essential in the development of new analytical techniques, especially in data science and coding.
I am indebted to Doctor Claire MacLeod for her close industrial co-supervision throughout my thesis and for her thoughtful support during my research placement at AstraZeneca on the Macclesfield site.

Doctor Yi He has played an important role in developing my understanding of the limitations and good practice of DEM simulation work. Doctor Ioannis Fragkopoulos’ guidance was valuable during the first stage of my PhD and in the writing of my first publication. They accompanied me during my first conferences and have become mentors and friends.
My greatest thanks to Doctor Simon Connell who co-supervised my first research study in Leeds. He provided a fantastic lab environment for me to receive training to use atomic force microscopy.

I would like to thank the University of Leeds, EPSRC and AstraZeneca for sponsoring my PhD and giving me the wonderful chance to complete a research degree in the UK.

Finally, I would like to express gratitude from the bottom of my heart to my parents for their unconditional support through my life and encouraging me throughout my PhD.

Award Winning – National ChemEngDay UK 2021

I’m very honoured and proud to receive the award for best presentation at the national ChemEngDay UK conference 2021.

A year has passed since the first national lockdown in the UK and during this time, all of the conferences at which I was scheduled to give a lecture have been either cancelled or postponed. Nobody knew exactly when these could be reorganised, with some of them falling victim to multiple delays. This all too familiar situation resonated with me personally: with universities closed and no professional or social events, life has seemingly been paused. For someone entering a crucial phase of his professional life, with my PhD coming to an end, I had the impression of being constrained by what feels like an endless mass of limited horizons created by the current pandemic and I can see this feeling reflected in the minds of my fellow students.

Time has passed and the idea of virtual venues has – luckily – increasingly appeared as the solution. All students, institutions and industries have needed to adapt, but it has not been without its challenges. Weekly face-to-face meetings with supervisors and colleagues have been transferred to Zoom, Teams, Skype… Being a sociable person and seeking authentic connections, it was hard to admit that all human interactions would be performed through a screen. Having met my industrial and academic co-workers in pre-covid times, I consider myself lucky; I know from people’s feedback that integrating a team remotely without having met them in real life feels strange and sometimes hard to cope with.

And here I am, for my first national conference of 2021, having prepared myself for it. I could witness all the efforts put in place by the organisers to create a stimulating and interactive environment for the participants. Considering the difficulty of the task, I’m admiring of their work and would like to thank Professor Hadj Benkreira and the ChemEngDayUK committee for delivering this event, despite the technological, organisational and social obstacles that have faced them. Special thanks to Graham Hart (Process Technology) Ltd for sponsoring the prize.

My message to all students in this lockdown situation who are feeling limited in their personal and professional development is this:
This accomplishment taught me that lockdown doesn’t put your life on pause and you can still be acknowledged for your efforts. This situation is a challenge like many to come in life, but it doesn’t have to become a barrier if you’re resilient and believe in your capabilities.

I’m grateful to my academic and industrial supervisors Professor Andrew Bayly, Professor Frans Muller and Dr. Claire MacLeod for their mentoring during my PhD. I’d like to thank the EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training CDT CP3 (University of Leeds), AstraZeneca and UKRI for sponsoring my research on the breakage of particles in pharmaceutical production.

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