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Research interests

I am a member of SERC and an Associate Professor in Sustainable Chemistry with research interests in green electrochemistry and silicon-organic fertilisers. My electrochemistry research is focused on efficient and clean recovery of energy and useful products from industrial waste and by-product streams using clean electrochemical energy conversion devices including solid oxide cells and zinc-bromine batteries. I am currently working on the ERDF-funded FLEXIS and RICE projects, and four ESF KESSII PhD projects to investigate the utilisation and recovery of hydrogen, ammonia and zinc from steelmaking waste streams. In my second research theme, I have developed an advanced silicon-digestate fertiliser and soil conditioner, which gives excellent crop yields, can be made without natural gas and could alleviate dependence on mineral (synthetic) fertilisers. I was the principal investigator for an ERDF-funded FLEXISApp project into the development of silicon-digestate fertilisers and presently, my research in this area aims to establish the fundamental science, environmental benefits and commercial viability of these materials.

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD, Studies into carbon deposition and sulphur tolerance of nickel catalysts for carbon dioxide reforming of methane: implications for biogas utilisation, Keele University

Sept 2006Sept 2010

Award Date: 9 Mar 2011

Chemistry with Mathematics, BSc, Keele University

Sept 2003Jun 2006

Award Date: 9 Jun 2006

Keywords

  • QD Chemistry
  • TP Chemical technology
  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering

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