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Lee Stevens

Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Engineering



I completed a PhD from the University of Nottingham in 2008 under the direction of Professors Clive Roberts and Martyn Davies (School of Pharmacy, Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis, www.nottingham.ac.uk/pharmacy/lbsa). My doctoral studies focused on the relationship between solid structure and oligonucleotide synthesis performance.

Upon completion of my PhD I spent a year working in industry for Nanoporous Solutions Ltd (Gateshead, UK) on material characterization of membranes/filters for air purification and water treatment technologies. Late in 2009 I returned to the University of Nottingham as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (Faculty of Engineering) working for Professors Colin Snape and Trevor Drage on novel adsorbents and processes for CO2 Capture Technologies. After the formation of the Cleaner Fossil Energy and Carbon Capture Technologies Research Group my research interests now involve CO2 Capture Technologies, Coal Liquefaction, Enhanced Coal Bed Methane Recovery and Shale Gas research.

Expertise Summary

I work part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists and engineers in the Cleaner Fossil Energy and Carbon Capture Technologies Research Group carrying out research and development studies in CO2 Capture Technologies, Coal and Biomass Utilization and the generation and fate of Oil and gas (shale gas and oil). I have over 10 years experience in the material characterization of porous and functionalized materials, using advanced characterization techniques such as Thermal Analysis, Gas Sorption, Mercury Intrusion Porosimetry, Scanning/Transmission Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force and Scanning Tunneling Microscopy.

Recent Publications

Field L.P., Milodowski A.E., Shaw R.P., Stevens L.A., Hall M.R., Kilpatrick A., Gunn J., Kemp S.J., Ellis M.A., 2017. Unusual morphologies and the occurance of pseudomorphs after ikaite (CaCO3·6H2O) in fast growing, hyperalkaline speleothems. Mineralogical Magazine, 81, 3, 565-589.

Castro-Díaz M., Uguna C.N., Florentino L., Díaz-Faes E., Stevens L.A., Barriocanal C., Snape C.E., 2017. Evaluation of hydrochars from lignin hydrous pyrolysis to produce biocokes after carbonization. Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, 124, 742-751.

Wood C.J., Summers G.H., Clark C.A., Kaeffer N., Braeutigam M., Carbone L.R., D'Amario L., Fan K., Farré Y., Narbey S., Oswald F., Stevens L.A., Parmenter C.D., Fay M.W., La Torre A., Snape C.E., Dietzek B., Dini D., Hammarström L., Pellegrin Y., Odobel F., Sun L., Artero V., Gibson E.A., 2016. A comprehensive comparison of dye-sensitized NiO photocathodes for solar energy conversion. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 18, 16, 10727-10738.

Helmi M., Hall M.R., Stevens L.A., Rigby S.P., 2016. Effects of high-pressure/temperature curing on reactive powder concrete microstructure formation. Construction and Building Materials, 105, 554-562.

Zannotti M., Wood C.J., Summers G.H., Stevens L.A., Hall M.R., Snape C.E., Giovannetti R., Gibson E.A., 2015. Ni Mg Mixed Metal Oxides for p-Type Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7, 44, 24556-24565.

Beech K.E., Biddlecombe J.G., Van Der Walle C.F., Stevens L.A., Rigby S.P., Burley J.C., Allen S., 2015. Insights into the influence of the cooling profile on the reconstitution times of amorphous lyophilized protein formulations. European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, 96, 247-254.

Sarce Thomann F., Hall M.R., Mokaya R., Stevens L.A., 2015. Hygrothermal simulation-informed design of mesoporous desiccants for optimised energy efficiency of mixed mode air conditioning systems. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 3, 33, 17290-17303.

Sánchez-Vicente Y., Stevens L.A., Pando C., Torralvo M.J, Snape C.E., Drage T.C., Cabañas A., 2015. A new sustainable route in supercritical CO2 to functionalize silica SBA-15 with 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane as material for carbon capture. Chemical Engineering Journal, 264, 886-898.

Wdowin M., Wiatros-Motyka M.M., Panek R., Stevens L.A., Franus W., Snape C.E., 2014. Experimental study of mercury removal from exhaust gases. Fuel, 128, 451-457.

Woodward R.T., Stevens L.A., Dawson R., Vijayaraghavan M., Hasell T., Silverwood I.P., Ewing A.V., Ratvijitvech T., Exley J.D., Chong S.Y., Blanc F., Adams D.J., Kazarian S.G., Snape C.E., Drage T.C., Cooper A.I, 2014. Swellable, water- and acid-tolerant polymer sponges for chemoselective carbon dioxide capture. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 136, 25, 9028-9035.

Kumar V., Labhsetwar N., Drage T., Stevens L., Meshram S., Rayalu S., 2014. Surface bespoke mesoporous silica for carbon dioxide adsorption. Journal of Environmental Engineering, ASCE, 140, 10, 04014031.

Dawson R., Stevens L.A., Williams O.S.A., Wang W., Carter B.O., Sutton S., Drage T.C., Blanc F., Adams D.J., Cooper A.I., 2014. 'Dry bases': Carbon dioxide capture using alkaline dry water. Energy and Environmental Science, 7, 5, 1786-1791.

Sun N., Sun C., Liu H., Liu J., Stevens L., Drage T., Snape C.E., Li K., Wei W., Sun Y., 2013. Synthesis, characterization and evaluation of activated spherical carbon materials for CO2 capture. Fuel, 113, 854-862.

Wiatros-Motyka M.M., Sun C.-G., Stevens L.A., Snape C.E., 2013. High capacity co-precipitated manganese oxides sorbents for oxidative mercury capture. Fuel, 109, 559-562.

Stevens L., Williams K., Han W.Y., Drage T., Snape C., Wood J., Wang J., 2013. Preparation and CO2 adsorption of diamine modified montmorillonite via exfoliation grafting route. Chemical Engineering Journal, 215-216, 669-708.

Gimeno-Fabra M., Munn A.S., Stevens L.A., Drage T.C., Grant D.M., Kashtiban R.J., Sloan J., Lester E., Walton R.I., 2012. Instant MOFs: Continuous synthesis of metal-organic frameworks by rapid solvent mixing. Chemical Communications, 48, 86, 10642-10644.

Dawson R., Stevens L.A., Drage T.C., Snape C.E., Smith M.W., Adams D.J., Cooper A.I., 2012. Impact of water coadsorption for carbon dioxide capture in microporous polymer sorbents. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134, 26, 10741-10744.

Drage T.C., Snape C.E., Stevens L.A., Wood J., Wang J., Cooper A.I., Dawson R., Guo X., Satterley C., Irons R., 2012. Materials challenges for the development of solid sorbents for post-combustion carbon capture. Journal of Materials Chemistry, 22, 7, 2815-2823.

Wang J., Stevens L.A., Drage T.C., Snape C.E., Wood J., 2012. Preparation and CO 2 adsorption of amine modified layered double hydroxide via anionic surfactant-mediated route. Chemical Engineering Journal, 181-182, 267-275.

Wang J., Stevens L.A., Drage T.C., Wood J., 2012. Preparation and CO2 adsorption of amine modified Mg-Al LDH via exfoliation route. Chemical Engineering Science, 68, 1, 424-431.

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