Dr Marta Granollers Mesa

Lecturer In Chemical Engineering

Phone number: +44 (0)1212045391
Email: m.granollers-mesa@aston.ac.uk 
Room number: MB110g


I studied Chemical engineering at the University of Barcelona. After graduating in 2006 I carried out my Master’s degree in Experimental Chemical Engineering (2007) with the Consolidated research group of Applied Catalysis and Kinetics of the University of Barcelona and subsequently obtained my PhD with honours at the same university with the same research group (2012).

After obtaining my PhD I took on undergraduate teaching as an Assistant Professor being a member of the Teaching improvement and innovation group of Chemical reaction engineering at the University of Barcelona.

In 2013, I joined the University of Huddersfield as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Dr Gareth Parkes being involved in characterisation of porous materials by adsorption microcalorimetry. In September of 2014 I started my academic post as lecturer in Chemical Engineering being involved in the development of the new Chemical Engineering course and teaching Chemical Reaction Engineering modules.

In January 2016 I joined Aston university as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering.

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Dr Marta Granollers Mesa
  • MEng Chemical Engineering, 2006
  • Master in Experimental Chemical Engineering, 2007
  • PhD (with Honors) in Chemical Engineering, 2012
  • 2016 – Present: Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Engineering and Applied Science School, Aston University.
  • 2014 – 2016: Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield.
  • 2013 – 2014: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, School of Applied Sciences, University of Huddersfield.
  • 2011 – 2013: Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona.
  • 2007 – 2011: Research and teaching grant/contract for PhD research, Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Barcelona.
My area of expertise is Chemical Engineering of reaction. I am involved in the modules of Reaction Engineering for second and third year students.

My research area has largely focused on heterogeneous porous materials to catalyse reactions producing gasoline and diesel fuels, and to incorporate bioethanol in refinery streams. I have expertise in reaction engineering, heterogeneous catalysis, kinetic modelling, porous material characterisation, and the design and start-up of experimental continuous and batch reactor devices.

My research area is focused in development of catalysts for industry, from catalyst synthesis to close-to-operational testing in two important areas of chemical engineering: green chemistry and sustainability.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AMIChemE)


Afzal, J., Zanin, F., Ghori, M.U., Granollers, M., Supuk, E. (2018) 'The effect of Mesoporous Silica impregnation on Tribo-electrification characteristics of Flurbiprofen' Intenational', International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 544 (1), pp. 55-61


Manayil, J.M., dos Santos, V.C., Jentoft, F.C., Granollers Mesa, M., Lee, A.F., Wilson, K (2017) 'Octyl co-grafted PrSO3H/SBA-15: tunable hydrophobic catalysts for acetic acid esterification' ChemCatChem, 9 (12),pp2231-2238. 


Osastiashtiami, A., Lee, A., Granollers, M., Brown, D., Olivi, L., Morales, G., Melero, J. and Wilson, K. (2015) Hydrothermally Stable, Conformal, Sulfated Zirconia Monolayer Catalysts for Glucose Conversion to 5-HMF ACS Catalysis, 5 (7), pp. 4345-4352.

Beerthuis, R., Granollers, M., Brown, D., Salavagione, H., Rothenberg, G. and Shiju, N. (2015) Catalytic acetoxylation of lactic acid to 2-acetoxypropionic acid, en route to acrylic acid RSC Advances, 5 (6), pp. 4103-4108. ISSN 2046-2069


Morales, G., Osatiashtiani, A., Hernández, B., Iglesias, J., Melero, J., Paniagua, M., Brown, D., Granollers, M., Lee, A. and Wilson, K. (2014) Conformal sulfated zirconia monolayer catalysts for the one-pot synthesis of ethyl levulinate from glucose Chemical Communications , 50 (79), pp. 11742-11745. ISSN 1359-7345


Granollers, M., Izquierdo, J., Fité, C. and Cunill, F. (2013) Kinetic study of methyl-butenes dimerization and trimerization in liquid-phase over a macroreticular acid resin Chemical Engineering Journal, 234, pp. 266-275. ISSN 1385-8947


Granollers, M., Izquierdo, J. and Cunill, F. (2012) Effect of macroreticular acidic ion-exchange resins on 2-methyl-1-butene and 2-methyl-2-butene mixture oligomerization Applied Catalysis A General, 435-43, pp. 163-171. ISSN 0926-860X


Granollers, M., Izquierdo, J., Tejero, J., Iborra, M., Fité, C., Bringué, R. and Cunill, F. (2010) Isoamylene Trimerization in Liquid-Phase over Ion Exchange Resins and Zeolites Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 49 (8), pp. 3561-3570. ISSN 0888-5885