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    United Kingdom

20102021

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Particulars

BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, Queen's University Belfast (2007)

PhD in Catalysis, Queen's University Belfast (2010)

Member of Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC, 2011)

Chartered Chemist (CChem, 2015)

Chartered Scientist (CSci, 2015)

 

Teaching

Current Academic Year:

  • Introduction to Chemical Products and Processes (CHE1101)
  • Mathematics for Chemists and Engineers (CHE 1104)
  • Introduction to Engineering Design (CHE1105)
  • Chemical Process Thermodynamics (CHE 2101)
  • Chemical Reactor Design and Process Integration (CHE3101)
  • Research Project (CHE 4012)
  • Environmental Engineering Design (CHE4108) (2nd Marker)
  • Chemical Engineering Laboratories (Levels 1 and 2)

 

Previous Academic Years:

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

  • Sustainable Energy Systems (CHE 4105)
  • Environmental Engineering (CHE 4004)
  • Design Project 2 (CHE 2012)
  • Introduction to Reaction Engineering (CHE 2002)
  • Mathematics for Engineers (CHE 1006)
  • Chemistry Laboratory Demonstrating for Physical Chemistry (Levels 1 and 2)

 

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering: 

  • Final Year Individual Project Lecture Series (MEE 4040/MEE 3030/AER 4002)
  • Thermodynamics (MEE 1018)

 

Knowledge Transfer Workshop:

  • Catalyst Characterisation Technique Development (Post Graduate, 2013)
  • Kinetics of Transient Processes (Post Graduate, 2013). 

 

Research Interests

Research interests are in Sustainable Energy and Catalysis. Currently co-supervising two Bryden Centre PhD students on projects related to air pollution/emissions of renewable energy boilers/engines and for the valorisation of residual digestate from Anaerobic Digestion. Previous work with Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy (CASE) has involved methane oxidation technology and the techno-economic evaluation of diesel/methane dual fuel and dedicated methane vehicles via drive cycle modelling.

 

I have an extensive background in catalysis, at the interface of physical chemistry and engineering. In particular, this research has focused on transient kinetics, mass transfer studies and reaction engineering through the development and application of mass transfer and kinetic models. Research also has focused on the application and development of the temporal analysis of products (TAP) and spatially resolved (Spaci) techniques for the improved understanding of kinetic, mechanistic and dynamic evolution of catalytic processes. Both liquid and gas phase catalytic processes have been investigated, including the valorisation of organic (lignocellulosic) waste products, emission control, selective reductions, carbonylations and catalyst recovery, including the regeneration of precious metal catalysts. I have also investigated correlations between cataltyic performance and physical structure.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment 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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

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