Andrew Livingston (AGL) was born and bred in Taranaki, New Zealand and studied Chemical Engineering in NZ. Following graduation, he worked for 3 years at an NZ food processing company and then in 1986, started PhD at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Upon finishing his PhD in 1990, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College. At Imperial, he has carried out research into membrane separations, biotransformations, chemical and separations technology. AGL leads a research group of 20 PhD students and Post-Docs, with current research interests in membranes for molecular separations in liquid systems, and especially organic liquid systems, including membrane formation, imaging of membranes and characterisation of their structural and functional performance, engineering and design of separation processes, and applications of membrane separation to manufacturing.
AGL was made full Professor in 1999, has published over 250 refereed papers and been granted 15 patents in chemical technology. Awards include Junior Moulton Medal, Cremer and Warner Medal of IChemE, and Silver Medal of Royal Academy of Engineering. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2006, he served as Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College from 2008-2016. From October 2016 he has been the inaugural Director of the Barrer Centre at Imperial College, focussed on breakthrough research into separations materials, science and engineering.
In 1996, AGL founded Membrane Extraction Technology, a spin-out company which evolved to manufacture solvent stable Organic Solvent Nanofiltration (OSN) membranes. On 1 March 2010 MET was acquired by Evonik Industries of Essen, Germany, and continues in business as Evonik MET Ltd., a part of the Evonik Fibres and Membranes Business. AGL continues working with Evonik MET as the Chief Innovation Officer.