Dr Regina Santos BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIChemE

Senior Lecturer

School of Chemical Engineering

Regina Santos

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School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Dr Regina Santos is a senior lecturer working within the School of Chemical Engineering. Originally joining the University of Birmingham as a student in 1982, she subsequently gained an MSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering.

She has previously worked as a process engineer FOR the National Institute of Technology in Rio de Janeiro. She gained a BSc in Chemical Engineering in 1979 from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

PhD opportunities



  • Extraction and Fractionation of Natural Products / Biomass using Supercritical CO2 and Sub-critical water hydrolysis
  • Particle Production, Processing and Coating using Supercritical Fluids (SCF)
  • Polymer Processing using SCF
  • Innovative Synthesis and Processes in Compressed Carbon Dioxide
  • Pattern Deposition using SCF
  • Supercritical Water Oxidation and Wet Air Oxidation of organic compound in wastewaters with and without catalysts


  • Sub-critical water mediate hydrolysis and fractionation of lignocellulosic biomass – Phytatec Ltd, EPSRC
  • Novel extraction of waste yeast compounds and its use as active ingredients in health care products – Boots Plc
  • Sequential extraction of monomers from spent yeast derived from cider production: a first step towards full utilisation and adding value – Phytatec Ltd
  • Supply chain research applied to Clean Hydrogen Production from biomass using supercritical water – Advantage West Midlands (AWM) regional funds
  • Contaminated land remediation technologies – The development of a novel process for the non-invasive in situ sampling and analysis of contaminants in soil – DTI Technology Programme with partnership with PJH Partnerships, Pera Innovations, Crowcon Ltd, Dando Drilling Ltd and Lankelma Ltd
  • Catalytic free production of biodiesel in a continuous flow supercritical water reactor – Kuwait Government
  • Enrichment and Purification of Phytonutrients from Palm Oil By-Products using Compressed Carbon Dioxide - Loders Croklaan B.V.
  • Removal of Mass Transport Barriers in Plant Material using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide– Unilever R&D, Colworth
  • Processing of bio-degradable polymers using supercritical CO2 to produce novel implant materials – STREP – FP6 project in collaboration with the Universities of Lodz in Poland and Twente in the Netherlands, Smithers Rapra Ltd, Carburos in Spain, Trexel in Germany
  • Study of properties and behaviour of polymeric materials used as drug excipients in SCCO2 - GSK, Harlow
  • Supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) for the removal of nitrogen- and halogen- containing pharmaceutical wastewater streams - GSK, Harlow
  • Production and Coating of Drug Polymer Carriers by SCF technology (PGSS) - GSK, Harlow
  • Catalytic Supercritical Water Oxidation (CSCWO) and Catalytic Wet air Oxidation (CWAO) for wastewater treatment – CONACYT Scholarship- Mexico Government
  • Nanoparticle for the Future – ACORN Project under the IMPACT Faraday Partnership - EPSRC
  • Innovative Synthesis and Processes in Compressed CO2 – EPSRC, AstraZeneca and University of Cambridge
  • Fixed Oil Seed Products from Novel Crops – EPSRC, BBSRC, Botanix, John K King & Sons, Croda Chemicals
  • Extraction of cocoa products – Cadbury Trebor Bassett
  • Particle production and coating of particles – Qinetiq
  • Production of fine particles – Unilever Research, Port Sunlight
  • Extraction of Intracellular Microbial Metabolites – BBSRC & SKB
  • Extraction of herbs with SCF – European Project under the AIR3C


The application of critical fluids to a wide range of chemical, biochemical and bio-processes; sustainable 'green' chemistry and industrial biotechnology; fractionation of natural products; particle production, processing and coating of particles; polymer processing for medical applications; the generation of hydrogen from biomass using supercritical water

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