Daniel Holland

ProfessorDaniel Holland

Head of Department
Link Rm 406


Research Interests

The focus of my research is to provide new insight into the fundamentals of chemical processes by using the latest experimental techniques. Chemical engineering relies on simple models and heuristic equations to enable the design of processes for a diverse array of industries including, for example, fertilisers, pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, and dairy. Whilst this approach is successful for established technology, it is rarely optimal for new processes or production routes. The conventional design approach has evolved in part because instruments are normally restricted to observing what goes into and what comes out of a process; very little can be observed about what is actually happening within the process. Recently, new technologies have become available that permit us to "see inside" chemical processes. The development and use of these technologies forms the basis of my research.

These new technologies are used to improve our fundamental understanding of processes and to optimise computational modelling of processes throughout the chemical industries. I am especially interested in using these technologies to study processes that require the handling of particles, however I also work on non-Newtonian, gas-liquid and liquid-liquid flows, diffusion, and mass transfer processes and modelling of chemical reactors.

Recent Publications

  • Clarke D., Galvosas P. and Holland DJ. (2023) Characterization of unsteady flow in a 3D-printed Schwarz Diamond monolith using magnetic resonance velocimetry. AIChE Journal http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.18097.
  • Irvine SK., Fullard LA., Holland DJ., Clarke DA., Lynch TA. and Lagrée PY. (2023) Capturing the dynamics of a two orifice silo with the μ(I) model and extensions. Advanced Powder Technology 34(7) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apt.2023.104044.
  • Pei Y., Feast S., Holland D. and Fee C. (2023) Performance of various 3D-printed monolith geometries as an alternative to expanded bed adsorption for protein purification. Biotechnology and Bioengineering http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/bit.28398.
  • Punch O., Danczyk M., Hawken M. and Holland DJ. (2023) A comparison of pendulum experiments and discrete-element simulations of oblique collisions of wet spheres. AIChE Journal 69(3) http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.17989.
  • Reynolds BW., Fee CJ., Morison KR. and Holland DJ. (2023) Characterisation of Heat Transfer within 3D Printed TPMS Heat Exchangers. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer 212 124264: 124264-124264. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2023.124264.