Catalytic Gasification of Waste Biomass to produce CO rich syngas

Work package lead: Dr John Andresen

Dr John Andresen gained his PhD in Applied Chemistry researching sustainable binders for carbon materials in 1997 from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. He then worked as an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA, where he was Director for the Consortium for Premium Carbon Products from Coal as well as its Carbon Research Centre. He then moved to University of Nottingham, England, where he became an Associate Professor in 2006. At UoN he worked closely with industry and secured three Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) projects in the area of sustainable fuel. In 2012 he moved back to Scotland as a Reader in Sustainable Energy Engineering at Heriot Watt University. His current projects are focused on innovative process engineering solutions and life cycle assessment of industrial heat and power needs.

He has been an Editor-in-Chief of Fuel Processing Technology, a leading journal in the area of energy and is the author of 177 publications including 1 book, 2 patents, 7 chapters in books, 35 peer-reviewed papers and 140 contributions to other journals and conference proceedings.

Research Associate: Dr Manuel Ojeda

Manuel Ojeda received his BSc degree in Biochemistry in 2011 at Córdoba University, and obtained his MSc degree in Fine Chemistry in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Rafael Luque and finished his PhD in 2014. His work has focused on synthesis of nanoporous carbon-based materials and magnetically separable nanocomposites by using mechanochemical process for applications in heterogeneous catalysis. During his PhD, Manuel Ojeda did different short stays: University of Aalto, Finland (2012) at the department of Forest Products Technology, and National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia (2013) at the department of Inorganic Chemistry and Technology.

In February 2015, he joined the Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS) at the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences as Research Associate. His research interests include the development of metal nanoparticles supported on mesoporous materials, mechanochemical synthesis and heterogeneous catalysis.