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Dr Vesna Najdanovic

Formerly at Lancaster University


Vesna Najdanovic is a lecturer in chemical engineering in the Engineering Department of Lancaster University. She obtained a BSc degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Belgrade (Serbia) in 1998, and a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at the New University of Lisbon (Portugal) in 2004. Her area of research interests is in the field of green chemistry and sustainable technology involving design of environmental benign solvents for chemical transformations and separation processes as well as sustainable valorisation of carbon dioxide emissions. Vesna is co-author of more than 50 refereed journal articles and 2 patents, with high citation record.    

Research Interests

Vesna’s current research lines include: i) Recovery of valuable products from waste fermentation broth; ii) Electrochemical production of hydrocarbons from hydrogen and carbon dioxide; iii) Extraction of biomolecules using aqueous biphasic systems; iv) Utilization of biomass as source of biofuels and biodiesel; and, iv) Biomass and organic waste refining with neutron-induced radiolysis. 

Current Teaching

Dr Najdanovic was awarded with the Pilkington Teaching Award 2017 in recognition for her excellent teaching and for the implementation of the innovative practice of team-based learning. Her teaching responsibilities include:

Process Engineering Fundamentals (ENGR160) – module leader

Particle Technology and Separation Processes (ENGR262) – module leader of Part B – Separation Processes

Chemical Process Design Project (ENGR302) – supervision of students

MEng Dissertation Project (ENGR495) – supervision of students

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