Showcase session

Addressing the Global Skilled Workforce Shortage in the Energy Industry

Houston: Monday 27th October

Andrew Barron

Professor Andrew Barron

Professor Andrew Barron is Ser Cymru Chair at Swansea University’s College of Engineering where his research involves the application of nanotechnology to fundamental problems in energy  research.

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 380 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.

At Swansea, Professor Barron is facilitating the creation and growth 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. This will be based on long-term strengths in petroleum and chemical processing – particularly in terms of computational science (rock fracture modelling and ‘fracking’) and corrosion.

Energy Safety Research Institute


Located on Swansea University's new Science and Innovation Campus (opening September 2015), the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) brings together the College of Engineering’s expertise in energy and will focus on the safety issues surrounding the development and expansion of existing energy processes, as well as the safe deployment and integration of new 'green' energy technologies.

Supported by industry sponsors BP and Tata Steel, it is a constituent member of the Global Energy Safety Institute (founded in Houston in 2011), a sister Institute of the Energy and Environmental Systems Institute at Rice University, Houston, and an associate of the National Corrosion Research Centre at Texas A&M University (supported by BP in North America).

ESRI will enable the University to significantly increase both the quality and scale of its research into energy and safety, building on existing and long-established strengths in petroleum and chemical processing, particularly in computational science (rock fracture modelling and fracking') and corrosion.

This work will be supplemented by more recent research successes in marine energy, nuclear, tidal, advanced water treatment ('fracking' post-treatment and separation), materials, crisis management and more novel areas such as photovoltaic (PV) and nanotechnology.

Read more about the Energy Safety Research Institute.