Dr Melanie Jimenez

  • Research Associate (Biomedical Engineering)

Research interests

Research Interests

My research spans disciplines, at the interface of engineering, physics and biology. My research interests include:

  • Microfluidics
  • Sample processing
  • Particle/cell separation
  • Biomedical engineering/medical diagnostics
  • Bubbles
  • Water engineering 

For further information: Google Scholar, Personal website, Twitter

Short Biosketch

  • I received an Eng. degree in chemical/process engineering from the ENSIACET engineering school (Toulouse, France), and a M.Sc. degree in Process Engineering and Environment from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, both in September 2010.
  • I achieved my Ph.D. within the BioSystems and Process Engineering Laboratory (France) and received a Ph.D. degree in 2013. During my Ph.D. thesis I worked in collaboration with SUEZ on new optical methods for characterizing mass transfer and hydrodynamic behaviors during aeration of wastewaters. 
  • From 2014 until June 2016, I joined Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK) within the Institute of Biological chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering (IB3). I was part of the EU AQUAVALENS project to develop label-free microfluidic devices for isolating pathogens from drinking water. 
  • From July 2016 until February 2016, I extended this microfluidic approach to the purification of manufactured red blood cells from STEM cells. 
  • Since February 2016, I work in Jon Cooper's group on advanced, low-cost and reliable medical diagnostics using microsystems. 

Grants

Research Funding

Collaborative Funding (PI), EPSRC Physics of Life Network (2015)

Two-day workshop to promote new collaborations at the interface of biology and physical sciences with international leaders

Heriot-Watt EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award (co-I) (2015)                            

Development of new microfluidic tools for purifying manufactured red blood cells from STEM cells

Doctoral Fellowship (PI), French ministry of Higher Education (2010-2013)                    

Supporting top students to pursue with a Ph.D. thesis

Grant (co-I), funded by international company SUEZ (2010-2013)

Consumables and travels to international conferences/collaborations

Travel grant (PI), University of Toulouse (2009)

Supporting top 5% students to spend a semester in a foreign university

Merit scholarship (PI), French region Languedoc-Roussillon (2005-2009)

Supporting top 2% students to pursue post-graduate studies

Supervision

I am mentoring/mentored the following Ph.D. students:

  • Ewa Guzniczack, Heriot-Watt University (2015-…) Microfluidics for STEM cell purification
  • Anusha Keloth, Heriot-Watt University (2015-…) Optofluidics for rare marine cell isolation
  • Dr Brian Miller, University of Edinburgh (2014-2015) Large scale microfluidics for high throughput particle separation

Teaching

Teaching assistant in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mass transfer and chemistry

Additional information

Awards, distinctions

  • Invited to SET for BRITAIN 2016-Engineering
  • SULSA prize for the best video about the importance of light in research (IOP video competition) (2015)
  • Wellcome Trust "Frontiers Innovator" Award for talented and ambitious junior researchers looking to perform original interdisciplinary research (2015)
  • Top papers  "Innovation" session at international GLS12 conference (New-York, July 2015)
  • Heriot-Watt Public Engagement 2015 prize in the category “Team award” (2015)
  • Best microfluidic design award, RAEng Ingenious Scheme (2015)

Memberships

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2017 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2010
Number of items: 12.

2017

Jimenez, M. , Miller, B. and Bridle, H. L. (2017) Efficient separation of small micro particles at high flowrates using spiral channels: application to waterborne pathogens. Chemical Engineering Science, 157, pp. 247-254. (doi:10.1016/j.ces.2015.08.042)

2015

Dietrich, N., Francois, J., Jimenez, M. , Cockx, A., Guiraud, P. and Hébrard, G. (2015) Fast measurements of the gas-liquid diffusion coefficient in the Gaussian wake of a spherical bubble. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 38(5), pp. 941-946. (doi:10.1002/ceat.201400471)

Jimenez, M. and Bridle, H. L. (2015) Angry pathogens, how to get rid of them: introducing microfluidics for waterborne pathogen separation to children. Lab on a Chip, 15(4), pp. 947-957. (doi:10.1039/c4lc00944d) (PMID:25435144)

2014

Jimenez, M. , Dietrich, N., Grace, J. R. and Hébrard, G. (2014) Oxygen mass transfer and hydrodynamic behaviour in wastewater: Determination of local impact of surfactants by visualization techniques. Water Research, 58, pp. 111-121. (doi:10.1016/j.watres.2014.03.065) (PMID:24747142)

McGrath, J., Jimenez, M. and Bridle, H. (2014) Deterministic lateral displacement for particle separation: a review. Lab on a Chip, 14(21), pp. 4139-4158. (doi:10.1039/C4LC00939H)

2013

Dietrich, N., Loubière, K., Jimenez, M. , Hébrard, G. and Gourdon, C. (2013) A new direct technique for visualizing and measuring gas–liquid mass transfer around bubbles moving in a straight millimetric square channel. Chemical Engineering Science, 100, pp. 172-182. (doi:10.1016/j.ces.2013.03.041)

Jimenez, M. , Dietrich, N. and Hébrard, G. (2013) Mass transfer in the wake of non-spherical air bubbles quantified by quenching of fluorescence. Chemical Engineering Science, 100, pp. 160-171. (doi:10.1016/j.ces.2013.01.036)

Kherbeche, A., Milnes, J., Jimenez, M. , Dietrich, N., Hébrard, G. and Lekhlif, B. (2013) Multi-scale analysis of the influence of physicochemical parameters on the hydrodynamic and gas–liquid mass transfer in gas/liquid/solid reactors. Chemical Engineering Science, 100, pp. 515-528. (doi:10.1016/j.ces.2013.06.025)

Jimenez, M. , Dietrich, N., Cockx, A. and Hébrard, G. (2013) Experimental study of O2diffusion coefficient measurement at a planar gas-liquid interface by planar laser-induced fluorescence with inhibition. AIChE Journal, 59(1), pp. 325-333. (doi:10.1002/aic.13805)

2012

Jimenez, M. , Dietrich, N. and Hebrard, G. (2012) A new method for measuring diffusion coefficient of gases in liquids by PLIF. Modern Physics Letters B, 26(06), 1150034. (doi:10.1142/S0217984911500345)

2010

de Gracia, A., Rincón, L., Castell, A., Jimenez, M. , Boer, D., Medrano, M. and Cabeza, L. F. (2010) Life cycle assessment of the inclusion of phase change materials (PCM) in experimental buildings. Energy and Buildings, 42(9), pp. 1517-1523. (doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2010.03.022)

Gebreslassie, B., Jimenez, M. , Guillen-Gosalbez, G., Jimenez, L. and Boer, D. (2010) Multi-objective optimization of solar assisted absorption cooling system. In: Pierucci, S. (ed.) 20th European Symposium of Computer Aided Process Engineering. Series: Computer-aided chemical engineering (28). Elsevier: Amsterdam, pp. 1033-1038. ISBN 9780444535696

This list was generated on Mon Jun 26 20:35:50 2017 BST.
Number of items: 12.

Articles

Jimenez, M. , Miller, B. and Bridle, H. L. (2017) Efficient separation of small micro particles at high flowrates using spiral channels: application to waterborne pathogens. Chemical Engineering Science, 157, pp. 247-254. (doi:10.1016/j.ces.2015.08.042)

Dietrich, N., Francois, J., Jimenez, M. , Cockx, A., Guiraud, P. and Hébrard, G. (2015) Fast measurements of the gas-liquid diffusion coefficient in the Gaussian wake of a spherical bubble. Chemical Engineering and Technology, 38(5), pp. 941-946. (doi:10.1002/ceat.201400471)

Jimenez, M. and Bridle, H. L. (2015) Angry pathogens, how to get rid of them: introducing microfluidics for waterborne pathogen separation to children. Lab on a Chip, 15(4), pp. 947-957. (doi:10.1039/c4lc00944d) (PMID:25435144)

Jimenez, M. , Dietrich, N., Grace, J. R. and Hébrard, G. (2014) Oxygen mass transfer and hydrodynamic behaviour in wastewater: Determination of local impact of surfactants by visualization techniques. Water Research, 58, pp. 111-121. (doi:10.1016/j.watres.2014.03.065) (PMID:24747142)

McGrath, J., Jimenez, M. and Bridle, H. (2014) Deterministic lateral displacement for particle separation: a review. Lab on a Chip, 14(21), pp. 4139-4158. (doi:10.1039/C4LC00939H)

Dietrich, N., Loubière, K., Jimenez, M. , Hébrard, G. and Gourdon, C. (2013) A new direct technique for visualizing and measuring gas–liquid mass transfer around bubbles moving in a straight millimetric square channel. Chemical Engineering Science, 100, pp. 172-182. (doi:10.1016/j.ces.2013.03.041)

Jimenez, M. , Dietrich, N. and Hébrard, G. (2013) Mass transfer in the wake of non-spherical air bubbles quantified by quenching of fluorescence. Chemical Engineering Science, 100, pp. 160-171. (doi:10.1016/j.ces.2013.01.036)

Kherbeche, A., Milnes, J., Jimenez, M. , Dietrich, N., Hébrard, G. and Lekhlif, B. (2013) Multi-scale analysis of the influence of physicochemical parameters on the hydrodynamic and gas–liquid mass transfer in gas/liquid/solid reactors. Chemical Engineering Science, 100, pp. 515-528. (doi:10.1016/j.ces.2013.06.025)

Jimenez, M. , Dietrich, N., Cockx, A. and Hébrard, G. (2013) Experimental study of O2diffusion coefficient measurement at a planar gas-liquid interface by planar laser-induced fluorescence with inhibition. AIChE Journal, 59(1), pp. 325-333. (doi:10.1002/aic.13805)

Jimenez, M. , Dietrich, N. and Hebrard, G. (2012) A new method for measuring diffusion coefficient of gases in liquids by PLIF. Modern Physics Letters B, 26(06), 1150034. (doi:10.1142/S0217984911500345)

de Gracia, A., Rincón, L., Castell, A., Jimenez, M. , Boer, D., Medrano, M. and Cabeza, L. F. (2010) Life cycle assessment of the inclusion of phase change materials (PCM) in experimental buildings. Energy and Buildings, 42(9), pp. 1517-1523. (doi:10.1016/j.enbuild.2010.03.022)

Book Sections

Gebreslassie, B., Jimenez, M. , Guillen-Gosalbez, G., Jimenez, L. and Boer, D. (2010) Multi-objective optimization of solar assisted absorption cooling system. In: Pierucci, S. (ed.) 20th European Symposium of Computer Aided Process Engineering. Series: Computer-aided chemical engineering (28). Elsevier: Amsterdam, pp. 1033-1038. ISBN 9780444535696

This list was generated on Mon Jun 26 20:35:50 2017 BST.