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Professor Semali Perera has a BSc (Eng) in Chemical Engineering and a PhD from Brunel University, Uxbridge. In 2002 she won the Mary Tasker Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Teaching. In 2007 she won the prestigious Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for Innovation.


Semali’s research interests are centered on the design and development of hollow fibres and novel low pressure drop monolithic structures/devices from nano materials for adsorptive separations and environmental protection. Her research also focuses on the development of biodegradable biocompatible polymer vehicle for cancer treatment.

Semali’s research is in the field of advanced separations and nanotechnology. In particular, she has expertise relating to the manufacture and testing of membranes and structured adsorbents from polymeric and ceramic materials.

She is the lead inventor of a novel adsorbent hollow fibre technology that is being developed and commercialised by nanoporous solutions limited (n-psl, university spin-off company).

Semali is concentrating on a number of important applications such as process integrated valuable material recovery and recycling, wastewater treatment, VOC removal and recovery from waste gases. She is also concentrating on developing a sustained chemotherapy release device for cancer treatment.

Bath has overcome the engineering challenges by designing and developing a bio-degradable, implantable multiple drug delivery vehicle. Professor Perera’s expertise is combined with clinical expertise from the Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire Cancer Centre at the RUH, who are collaborating in both the design/formulation and the testing of the platinum based drug encapsulated delivery vehicles.

She has collaborated extensively with industry and educational establishments around the world. Recent and current research projects range from portable oxygen generation using low pressure drop structures for COPD patients to technology for toxic industrial chemical removal.

Teaching interests

  • Reaction engineering
  • Advanced separations
  • Pollution control

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Adsorbents Engineering & Materials Science
Fibers Chemical Compounds
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Binders Engineering & Materials Science
hollow Physics & Astronomy
Boronic Acids Chemical Compounds

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Projects 2004 2021

Research Output 1995 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
8 Downloads (Pure)

Synthesis of Novel Regenerable 13X Zeolite-Polyimide Adsorbent Foams

G, R., Crittenden, B., Smith, M., Camus, O., Chew, Y-M. & Perera, S., 1 Apr 2019, In : Chemical Engineering Journal. 361, p. 736-750 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Air filter comprising polymer foam/adsorbent (e.g. zeolite)/antibacterial metal

Perera, S., Crittenden, B., Camus, O., Chew, Y-M. & G, R., Oct 2018, IPC No. PCT/GB2018/051018, Patent No. WO 2018/193249 (A1), 18 Apr 2017, Priority date 18 Apr 2017, Priority No. 170612.8

Research output: Patent

5 Citations (Scopus)
28 Downloads (Pure)

Zeolite minilith: A unique structured catalyst for the methanol to gasoline process

Omojola, T., Cherkasov, N., Rebrov, E., Lukyanov, D. & Perera, S., Sep 2018, In : Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification . 131, p. 137-143 7 p., 131.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Packed beds

CFD Simulation of n-butane/Carbon Dioxide Separation from Air Using Composite Hollow Fibre Membranes

Perera, S., Alsharif, A. & Chew, Y-M., 10 Jun 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

2 Citations (Scopus)
132 Downloads (Pure)

Comparison of drug release from poly(lactide-co-glycolide) microspheres and novel fibre formulations

Campbell, C. S. J., Delgado-Charro, M. B., Camus, O. & Perera, S., 1 Mar 2016, In : Journal of Biomaterials Applications. 30, 8, p. 1142-1153 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Polyglactin 910
Pharmaceutical Preparations


Dataset for "Zeolite Minilith: A Unique Structured Catalyst for the Methanol to Gasoline Process"

Omojola, T. (Creator), Cherkasov, N. (Creator), Rebrov, E. (Creator), Lukyanov, D. (Creator), Perera, S. (Creator), University of Bath, 27 Jul 2018



Chemical modification of polysulfone

Author: Cox, O., 25 Jun 2013

Supervisor: Perera, S. (Supervisor) & James, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Development And Computational Studies Of Multi-Channel Adsorbent Hollow Fibre For The Removal Of Volatile Organic Compounds

Author: Alsharif, A., 1 Jul 2017

Supervisor: Perera, S. (Supervisor), Chew, Y. (Supervisor) & Lukyanov, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Development and Optimisation of Regenerative Adsorbent Structures for Carbon Dioxide and Contaminants Removal

Author: Hong, W. Y., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Perera, S. (Supervisor) & Burrows, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Experimental and kinetic modelling studies of methanol conversion to hydrocarbons over zeolite catalysts

Author: Omojola, O., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Lukyanov, D. (Supervisor) & Perera, S. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Membranes for Gas Separation

Author: Pengilley, C., 28 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Perera, S. (Supervisor) & Crittenden, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD