Professor Sam Kingman
Professor Sam Kingman is Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Engineering. As PVC for Engineering, Sam has executive responsibility for the Faculty and is a member of University Executive Board.
The Faculty supports 6 departments; Architecture and Built Environment, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Foundation Engineering and Physical Sciences.
The Faculty also supports 22 multi-disciplinary research groups.
Sam Kingman took on the responsibility of PVC Reaearch and Knowledge Exchange, effective from March 2023 until October 2023.
Professor Kingman served as Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Head of the Faculty of Engineering from 2015-2018.
Prior to this he served as Associate Dean for Research and also Head of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering. Sam holds BEng, MSc, PhD and DEng degrees in Mineral, Process and Chemical Engineering.
He started at Nottingham in 2000 and was awarded a personal chair in 2006, which at the time made him one of the youngest Professors in the UK.
He is also a charted Engineering and a Fellow of the Institution of Materials, Minerals and Mining.
Teaching and Research Summary
The main focus of Professor Kingman’s research is microwave processing of materials. This work has focused upon developing a fundamental understanding of the interaction of microwave energy with materials and how such data underpins scale up of microwave processes to industrial scale.
The common theme of Professor Kingman’s research relates to understanding the interaction of microwave energy with materials and how this knowledge relates to the development of large scale industrial microwave processing systems. Critical is an understanding of the dielectric properties of the heated materials and how they change with the local conditions, how this impacts the process on a micro-scale, the design of heating cavities for processing and how these designs interact with bulk solids and liquids handling systems. Since 2000, Professor Kingman has produced over 170 refereed journal papers and he is a named inventor on 29 patent families with over 180 individual patents. The majority of these patents have been filed with the industrial sponsors who have supported his work.
The quality of Professor Kingman’s work has been recognised through several individual medals, most recently the 2011 Beilby Medal and Prize for “work of exceptional practical significance in chemical engineering, applied materials science, energy efficiency or a related field”, awarded by RSC, IOM3 and SCI. Professor Kingman has presented numerous international invited and keynote lectures including a recent Friday Evening Discourse at The Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Professor Kingman has also carried out a number of international consultancies for major blue chip organisations across a number of diverse industry sectors, including food and drink, minerals and mining, chemicals and oil and gas.