Dr Santiago Romero-Vargas Castrillon

Senior Lecturer



1.15C Alexander Graham Bell building (x513567)

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Chemical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment
  • Materials and Processes

Research Theme: 

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Design, Processing and Characterisation
  • Multiphase flows, interfaces and phase change from nano- to macro-scales


Funded PhD Studentship: Biological Interactions of Nanomaterials

Funded PhD Studentship: Catalytic Membranes for Water Quality Engineering


Dr Santiago Romero-Vargas Castrillón is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, holding a joint appointment in the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment and the Institute for Materials and Processes. He previously served as assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering at the University of Minnesota (2014-2018), where he also held a graduate faculty appointment in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He received a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University (2012), and carried out postdoctoral research in environmental engineering at Yale University (2012-2014). His lab is currently engaged in research focusing on colloid and interface science in environmental systems, membrane separations, and the environmental applications of 2D nanomaterials.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • BEng (Distinction) in Chemical Engineering - McGill University
  • MEngSci - Western Ontario
  • Diploma of the Imperial College (DIC) - Imperial College London
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering - Princeton University
  • Postdoctoral (Chemical & Environmental Engineering) - Yale University

Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • AIChE
  • ACS
  • EMS


I currently teach the Mass Balances component within Chemical Engineering 1 (CHEE08001). I am also team co-supervisor for Chemical Engineering Design: Projects 4 (CHEE10002).

During Semester 1 of the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be teaching Molecular Thermodynamics 5 (CHEE11020), an introductory course on statistical mechanics and molecular simulation.


  • Membrane Materials and Processes
  • Colloid and Interface Science
  • Nanotechnology
  • Molecular Simulation

A complete publication list is avaible in Google Scholar

Further Information: 

PhD positions are available in the following general areas.

Interested applicants should email Santiago [at] ed.ac.uk, including a cover letter, full CV and the names and contact details of two referees.

Talented and highly motivated students may be eligible for fully funded PhD studentships, covering stipend and tuition fees (at the UK/EU rate). Overseas applicants are also encouraged to apply, but they will need to show proof that they can provide the non-UK/EU tuition fee supplement.