Professor Andrew R. Barron is the Sêr Cymru Chair of Low Carbon Energy and Environment, where his research involves the application of nanotechnology to fundamental problems in energy research.

He is the founder and director of the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI), a £38 million investment on the new Science and Innovation Campus which will concentrate elements of the University’s energy research with a unique focus on safety.

Educated at Imperial College (London), Professor Barron has held posts at the University Texas at Austin and Harvard and he continues to hold the Charles W. Duncan, Jr. - Welch Chair of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at Rice University.

Professor Barron is the author of over 400 publications, 20 Patents, 5 books, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Hümboldt Senior Scientist Research Award, the Corday Morgan Medal, the Meldola Medal, and the first Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and in 2009 was appointed as the Prince of Wales Visiting Innovator. In 2011 he won both the Houston Technology Center's Lifetime Achievement Award in Nanotechnology and the World Technology Award for Materials.

 

Areas of Expertise

  • Energy
  • Nanotechnology
  • Oil & gas
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Materials science

Publications

  1. Hydration induced morphological change on proppant surfaces employing a calcium-silicate cement system. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
  2. & Superhydrophilic Functionalization of Microfiltration Ceramic Membranes Enables Separation of Hydrocarbons from Frac and Produced Water. Scientific Reports 7(1)
  3. & Surface sensitivity of four-probe STM resistivity measurements of bulk ZnO correlated to XPS. Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 29(38), 384001
  4. CO2 Capture Partner Molecules in Highly Loaded PEI Sorbents. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
  5. & Understanding the Effect of Functional Groups on the Seeded Growth of Copper on Carbon Nanotubes for Optimizing Electrical Transmission. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 9(32), 27202-27212.

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Supervision

  • 'Development and Characterisation of an electrochemical cell for detection and extraction of Hydrogen' (current)

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    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Charlie Dunnill
  • The Effect of Oil Price Movements on Accounting Conservatism in the GCC (current)

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    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nicholas Rich
  • Novel Nanomaterials, Polymers, and Surfactants as Emerging Platforms for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) (current)

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    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Shirin Alexander
  • Homogenisation and Upscaling Modelling Technology for Oil & Gas Applications (current)

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    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chenfeng Li
  • CO2 management: defining the future long-term approach to sequestration and re-use (current)

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    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Enrico Andreoli

Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI)

Professor Barron is facilitating the creation and growth of the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI).

The goal is to build the bridge from present energy infrastructure to a sustainable, affordable and secure energy future through the discover and implementation of new technology. Research within ESRI is aimed at realizing a future in which global energy demand is met by affordable energy from renewable and sustainable sources; however, with the realization that the near-term need is to maximize the availability and minimize the environmental impact derived from fossil fuels. 

ESRI is committed to the near-term need to maximize the availability of fossil fuels as well as the realization of a future in which global energy demand is met by affordable energy from renewable and sustainable sources. Key areas of research for ESRI include: making hydrocarbon recovery safe and environmentally responsible (through the development of new materials, new processes and computational science of rock fracture modelling), water usage and recycling, carbon dioxide capture and conversion, hydrogen as an energy vector, wave and tidal energy (including environmental impact), and energy management. 

Key areas of research for ESRI include: making hydrocarbon recovery safe and environmentally responsible (through the development of new materials, new processes and computational science of rock fracture modelling), water usage and recycling, carbon dioxide capture and conversion, hydrogen as an energy vector, wave and tidal energy, and energy management.