Dr James Titiloye
Senior Lecturer
Telephone: (01792) 606283
Room: Academic Office - C_213
Engineering Central
Bay Campus

Summary of research interests:

Catalysis in Thermal Biomass Conversion

Investigating the effect of catalyst on Fast, Slow and Intermediate Pyrolysis of Biomass, including catalyst synthesis, characterisation, and reaction kinetics

Reactor Design for Catalytic Pyrolysis of Biomass

Studies on Reactor Configurations and Process Optimisation for Biomass Reactions including development of Fluidised bed and Integrated fixed bed secondary reactors

Synthesis and Characterisation of Zeolite Membranes

Computer Simulation, Permeation Studies and Separation of Hydrocarbon mixtures with membranes

Characterisation of Biomass and Pyrolysis Products

Pre-treatment of Biomass samples and its effect on Bio-oil properties, yield and quality including upgrading of Biofuel products from pyrolysis

Areas of Expertise

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Catalytic Pyrolysis
  • Biomass and Bioenergy


  1. Pyrolysis of Parinari polyandra Benth fruit shell for bio-oil production. Biofuel Research Journal, 85-90.
  2. Catalysis in Biomass Transformation. In Transformation of Biomass. -131).
  3. & (2011). Bio-oil Production from Fast Pyrolysis of Jatropha curcas and Moringa olifiera Press Cakes. Presented at 19th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition. Berlin, Germany,
  4. & (2010). Fast Pyrolysis of Jatropha curcas and Moringa olifiera seed cakes: Part I. Characterisation, oil content determination and thermal degradation study. Presented at Proceeding of Bioten Conference on Biomass, Bioenergy and Biofuels, CPL Press, UK,,
  5. & (2010). Thermochemical Characterisation of Willow SRC and Bio-oil derived from Fast Pyrolysis. Presented at Proceeding of Bioten Conference on Biomass, Bioenergy and Biofuels, CPL Press, UK,,

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  • EG-204 Reactor Design

    The chemical reactor is the `heart¿ of the chemical process and this module aims to demonstrate how the performance of the reactor is key to successful chemical process design and optimisation. The principles of chemical equilibrium, reaction kinetics, mass balances and thermodynamics are applied to the design of the basic types of chemical reactors (batch reactors, tubular flow reactors, and continuous stirred tank reactors) in order to show how the design of the reactor influences the productivity, selectivity and economics of the chemical process leading to the development of sustainable production facilities. Practical physical design of tanks and tubular reactors are also considered, along with typical industrial configurations and relevant safety systems.

  • EG-208 Process Design and Simulation

    This module provides consolidation of earlier studies of material and energy balances with extension to simultaneous heat and mass balances. To introduce the principles of process flow sheeting, using the sequential method for processes without re-cycle, and parallel methods for processes with re-cycle.

  • EG-337 Reactor Design II

    This module continues to develop further the concepts studied in the Level 2 Reactor Design Course (EG-204). The engineering design of reaction vessels will be considered for chemical and biological reaction systems that involve simultaneous reaction with mass transfer limitations in the fluid phase and the solid phase matrix that contain either a physio-chemical, or biological catalyst. Mathematical modelling of the kinetic rate equations therefore incorporates the concept of a mass transfer limitation effectiveness factor for the solid phase matrix, whilst the fluid mechanics is used to determine the fluid phase transfer limitations. The kinetic rate models are used to develop Design Performance Equations for industrial reaction systems.

  • EGA319 Environmental Engineering Design Project

    This module aims to give Environmental Engineering students experience in handling a complex and integrated process design. This task will require, and so reinforce, the material taught throughout the whole undergraduate course. The module provides training and working in a team environment on a major project and incorporates business skills and sustainability.

  • EGA326 Chemical Engineering Design Project

    This module aims to give students experience in handling a complex and integrated engineering process design. This task will require, and so reinforce, the material taught throughout the undergraduate course and an additional amount of material from directed private study. The module provides transferable skills related to for working in a team environment on a major project.

  • EGCM89 Chemical and Environmental Engineering MEng Design Project

    This module aims to advance and broaden the design practices learnt at Level 3. This project will necessitate the students to adapt the design methodologies learnt previously to an unfamiliar molecule in order to generate a novel manufacturing process. The project itself requires the students to develop an innovative design for a plant to make a molecule for which no large scale production facility exists. The molecules to be produced need to be selected on the following characteristics: they should not be manufactured on a large capacity production facility (there may however be small scale production) and an outline of a manufacturing process including basic chemistry exists somewhere. The project will require the students to make choices and judgments on: the production capacity, time of operation, raw materials to use, production process, and benefit of the molecule to the company (i.e. economic, extending the knowledge base etc.). Design is a team exercise throughout and working well as a team is critical to successfully completing this project.


  • Renewable Energy from Solar, Biomass and Biofuels Resources (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2001 2013 Lecturer and PG Programme Director Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University
1999 2001 Research Fellow Imperial College and UCL, London
1994 1999 Lecturer in Applied Chemistry School of Science and Engineering, University of Abertay, Dundee
1988 1994 Research Officer Schools of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Bath

Key Grants and Projects

  • EPSRC CASE Award 2002 - 2006

    ‘Design and Development of New Equipment for Distillation Column’, £39,175

  • EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant 2003 - 2006

    ‘Design and Development of Zeolite Membranes for Fluid Separations’, £36000

  • KOOL-U Ltd, Consultancy project 2004 - 2005

    ‘Investigating Polymer Gel with Endothermic effect’, £5,000

  • PhD studentship grants from Thai government 2004 - 2008

    ‘Catalytic Pyrolysis of Agricultural residues’, £54,000

  • Air Products (USA), Consultancy project 2006 - 2007

    Investigating the use of structured packing in Air water distillation column, £16,700

  • EPSRC standard research grant (ref: GR/L10949) 1996 - 1999

    "Computer modelling of the adsorption and diffusion of air pollutants in Zeolite catalysts", £20000

  • EPSRC SUPERGEN Bioenergy Research project consortium (Co-Investigator) 2004 - 2008

    ‘Biomass, Biofuels and Energy Crops’ , £200,000

  • European Network of Excellence (NoE) consortium on Biomass and Bioenergy (Co-investigator) 2005 - 2008

    , £200,000

  • PhD Research Student, Private Sponsor 2007 - 2011

    ‘Design and Development of Fast Pyrolysis Reactor’, £60,000

  • Bio-systems Europe, Consultancy Innovation Voucher scheme 2009 - 2010

    ‘Applications of EU20 Bio-filter for H2S removal from Gaseous Streams’, £3,000

  • PhD studentship grants from Brunei government 2010 - 2013

    Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis Studies of Agricultural residues’, £48,000