Chief Science Director – NiTech Solutions Ltd
Professor Xiongwei Ni was involved in the development of oscillatory flow technology at its inception in 1988 at the University of Cambridge, UK. He has over 20 years’ research experience and the world expert in the science and technological applications of oscillatory baffled reactors (OBR).
Xiongwei obtained his first degree in Chongqing University, China in 1982, his PhD degree in Leeds University, UK in 1986. He was then a postdoc at Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, UK. Xiongwei has been a Full Professor in Chemical Engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh since August 1999, is the lead author or principal co-author of over 230 scientific papers on OBR related research as well as 8 patents. He was the keynote speaker at American Institute of Chemical Engineering Annual Meetings, Process Intensification Conferences, Scientific Update Conferences, Industrial Seminars of Process Engineering, Society of Chemical Industry Symposium and the Royal Society of Chemistry Symposiums. He delivered over 160 invited seminars at Universities and industries in the USA, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Hungary, Israel, UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan.
In 2001, Xiongwei was elected as a Fellow of Institute of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE) and in 2014 a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). Xiongwei has been one of the two UK representatives in Process Intensification in the European Federation of Chemical Engineering since 2005.
In 2005 Xiongwei span off a company, NiTech Solutions Ltd, which specializes continuous reactions and crystallization, has directly involved in a large number of synthesis and crystallization of APIs, fine chemicals and food products, and has gained significant insights into these types of operation. He serves the role of chief science director.
Lecture: Continuous hydrogenation of 3-Butyn-2-ol over Pd/Al2O3 in a Continuous Oscillatory Baffled Reactor