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Founding Editor-in-Chief, Carbon Capture Science & Technology

Managing Editor, Biomass and Bioenergy

Research Interests

  • Energy/chemicals production from thermo-chemical conversion of renewable and waste resources (biomass, plastics, waste glycerol, food waste etc.)
  • Heterogeneous catalyst development and application for hydrogen and syngas production
  • CO2 in-situ capture during thermo-chemical processing
  • Carbon nanotubes production from waste and renewable hydrocarbons
  • CO2 capture using solid sorbents and catalytic conversion of CO2 into chemicals (e.g. CH4)


2023    Fundamental understanding of CO2 capture and utilisation using simple CaO and stone-based materials (€15,000)

Funded by henQ Capital Partners 4E BV.

2023-2025 Network for negative emissions to support the capacity building of Ukrainian Biochar Production and Research (£688,798) – Co-Investigator

Advancing research on biochar production and applications with secondments, training and network events. The project is led by University Warwick, and collaborated with University of Leeds, University of Edinburgh, University of Northumbria and Aston University.

2022-2023 AKT/ OXCCU Tech Ltd S2703CHM(£30,000) – Coordinator

Developing dual functional materials for direct air capture and CO2 utilisation.

2023-2026 Carbon-neutral pathways of recycling marine plastic waste (CUPOLA) (EP/X038750/1) (£198,215) – PI at QUB

Waste plastic recycling to produce various products. The  CUPOLA project includes about 10 partners with a total budget of around £700k.

2021-2022 EPSRC Bioenergy SuperGen Hub grant (£100,000)

Municipal Solid Waste to upgraded bio-oil for direct blending with liquid transport fuels: Addressing the key challenges. The project is led by the University of Leeds, Co-I and PI at QUB

2021-2023 Royal Society International Exchange (£12,000)

Collaborated with Shanghai Jiaotong University for the production and application of carbon nanotubes derived from waste plastics. Principal Investigator.

2021 British Council Researcher Links Workshop Grant (£16,000)

Collaborated with Nanjing Normal University to organise a workshop on the treatment of solid waste and wastewater. Principal Investigator.

2020-2021 Innovate UK (£162,975) (Ref: 29478)

Advanced Battery Thermal Control and Thermal Run-Away Cascading Prevention System Using Thermal Phase Change Materials

2020-2022 Royal Society K.C. Wong International Fellowship (£67,000) (Ref:NIF\R1\191817)

Renewable syngas production with low contents of tar and fine particulates from biomass gasification using metal/ceramic multifunctional catalyst (Host PI at QUB)

2020-2023 EU H2020-MSCA-RISE-2019 (€874,000) (Ref:872102)

Advanced Zeolite Catalysis for Sustainable Biorefinery towards Value-added Chemicals, Co-I (PI at Queen’s University Belfast).

2019-2022 EU H2020-MSCA-RISE-2018 (€846,000) (Ref: 823745)

Project Coordinator, Biomass gasification with negative carbon emission through innovative CO2 capture and utilisation and integration with energy storage. The project has 15 partners.

2018 – EPSRC SuperGen Bioenergy Hub (£50, 000)

Novel and integrated low carbon process combining the gasification of waste biomass and plasma-catalytic reforming for the production of sustainable aviation biofuels, Co-I, collaborated with University of Liverpool.

2017 – 2019 EPSRC (£200,000)

Microwave-assisted upgrading of fast pyrolysis bio-oil using structured zeolites on microwave-absorbing foam supports (EP/R000670/1), Co-I, collaborated with University of Manchester

2016 – 2017 International Exchange Scheme - Royal Society, (£7,400)

Upgrading of bio-oil produced from biomass pyrolysis, Principal Investigator, collaborated with Southeast University.

2015 – 2016 EPSRC SuperGen Bioenergy Hub (£19,761)

Catalytic ultrasound pre-treatment of pyrolysis oil, Principal Investigator

2015 – 2017 EPSRC (£911,539)

Novel low energy plasma/catalytic gas cleaning process to deliver high quality syngas from the gasification of waste biomass (EP/M013162/1)

Named Researcher and Principal Investigator in Hull in 2017

2014 – 2018 EU H2020-MSCA-RISE-2014 (€405,000)

Co-processing biomass and plastic wastes (643322), Co-Investigator, collaborated with Universities of Leeds, Sheffield, Sydney, Tsinghua University, Xi’an Jiaotong University and Huazhong University of Science and Technology etc.

2013 – 2014 White Rose Collaboration Fund (£10,500)

Conventional and microwave pyrolysis of biomass, Principal investigator

2011 – 2012 International Exchange Scheme - Royal Society (£6,000)

Catalytic gasification of biomass (IE110273), Principal investigator

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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