Dr Sesha Venkateswaran

Sesha was born in Tamilnadu, India. He has a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering (75%) from Coimbatore Institute of Technology; and also an MRes degree in Chemical Engineering (Distinction) from Newcastle University, where he learnt the principles of Process intensification from Prof Colin Ramshaw, the pioneer in the field. He has many years of experience in chemical, food, flavour, fragrance and ink industries in various responsible positions in operations, product development, commercialisation and business development. He has passed UKAS accredited training as lead auditor for ISO-9001, ISO-14001, OHSAS-18001 and also has a green belt in Six sigma. He considered pursuing a PhD at various stages in his career. During his recent experience in the ink industry, while developing and commercialising various dye-based, pigmented and functional inkjet inks; he got thoroughly interested in inkjet technology and its practical applications. So he decided to pursue a PhD in a related area. In Sep 2012 he joined the world-leading, multi-disciplinary research group of Prof Mark Bradley – at the forefront of research in combinatorial chemistry utilising high-throughput, contact and non-contact printing methods. Funded by Prof Bradley group and the EASTBIO studentship, through this PhD project which is in the interphase of many disciplines of Science and Engineering, while utilising and continuing to build his knowledge in microfluidics and inkjet, Sesha aims to gain expertise in polymers, discovering novel polymers, their characterisation techniques and also by using microarray technology, study the interactions of these polymers with biological systems to find/fulfil applications in Food and Biomedical industries.

His favourite past-times are cricket, food, traditional British ales and loves spending time with his family.

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