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Dr Dale McClure
Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Quad North 049


I joined the Chemical Engineering Department at Brunel University in May 2021, after moving from the University of Sydney where I was employed at the Centre for Advanced Food Engineering, working in the area of industrial biotechnology. Prior to that I completed my PhD at the University of Sydney in 2014 and my undergraduate degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering in 2010.

My research is in the area of industrial biotechnology, with a focus on the safe, sustainable and cost-effective production of high-value compounds for the food, pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries. A key focus of my work is sustainability and transforming what would be otherwise considered wastes to valuable products.

I have extensive experience in the design, scale-up and modelling of bioreactors, and have developed advanced computational models of industrial systems. I have worked extensively with industry and many of the projects I have worked on have been successfully commercialised.  

Awards and Honours:

  • 2018 Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry
  • 2016 Winner of European Society of Biochemical Engineering Bioprocess Engineering Design Prize
  • 2011 Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2009 MIPPs Scholarship
  • 2008 Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance
  • 2008 Amcor Prize for Greatest Proficiency in Chemical Engineering Practice
  • 2007 Dean’s List of Excellence in Academic Performance

Newest selected publications

Ertekin, E., Kavanagh, JM., Fletcher, DF. and McClure, DD. (2021) 'Validation studies to assist in the development of scale and system independent CFD models for industrial bubble columns'. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 171. pp. 1 - 12. ISSN: 0263-8762

Journal article

Bourdon, L., Jensen, AA., Kavanagh, JM. and McClure, DD. (2021) 'Microalgal production of zeaxanthin'. Algal Research, 55. pp. 102266 - 102266. ISSN: 2211-9264

Journal article

McClure, DD., Nightingale, JK., Luiz, A., Black, S., Zhu, J. and Kavanagh, JM. (2019) 'Pilot-scale production of lutein using Chlorella vulgaris'. Algal Research, 44. pp. 101707 - 101707. ISSN: 2211-9264

Journal article

Tarento, TDC., McClure, DD., Vasiljevski, E., Schindeler, A., Dehghani, F. and Kavanagh, JM. (2018) 'Microalgae as a source of vitamin K1'. Algal Research, 36. pp. 77 - 87. ISSN: 2211-9264

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McClure, DD., Luiz, A., Gerber, B., Barton, GW. and Kavanagh, JM. (2018) 'An investigation into the effect of culture conditions on fucoxanthin production using the marine microalgae Phaeodactylum tricornutum'. Algal Research, 29. pp. 41 - 48. ISSN: 2211-9264

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