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Ed Lester (EL) is Professor of Chemical Technologies at UoN and has been working in power generation since 1991. He is executive committee member of the UK Coal Research Forum and chair of its Coal Characterisation subject group. He is a member of the International Committee for the International Conference on Coal Science (2003-present) and has led projects in oxyfuel combustion, gasification, blending and fuel characterisation. Since appointment to a lectureship in 1998, EL went on to use his expertise in image analysis (from coal work) to work at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering, pioneering the modelling and development of continuous hydrothermal reactors for novel nanomaterials production with EPSRC-funded supercritical fluids projects: and recent successes with nanocomposites and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Medical Devices. He is the Project Coordinator for a €9.7m FP7 scaling up the continuous hydrothermal process called SHYMAN (Sustainable Hydrothermal Manufacturing of Nanomaterials). He is Treasurer and Council member of the International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association (ISHA) and holder of 4 patents and filings on reactor design and nanoparticle synthesis , and over 100 journal papers. EL is also Technical director of project partner Promethean Particles and (in 2013) Lester won the International Roy-Somiya Medal for ‘his outstanding and highly innovative contribution to the field of Hydrothermal and Solvothermal Research”. He was the first to demonstrate that MOF's and ZIF's could be manufactured using continuous hydrothermal synthesis.

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