Professor (Ser Cymru)
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 606930
Room: Executive Office - 206
Second Floor
Energy Safety Research Institute
Bay Campus

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. & Aqueous electromigration of single-walled carbon nanotubes and co-electromigration with copper ions. Nanoscale 10(41), 19628-19637.
  2. & Microwave treatment of a hot mill sludge from the steel industry: en route to recycling an industrial waste. Journal of Cleaner Production 207, 182-189.
  3. & Propagation of a Plane Strain Hydraulic Fracture With a Fluid Lag in Permeable Rock. Journal of Applied Mechanics 85(9), 091003
  4. & Post-Synthetic Ligand Exchange in Zirconium-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks: Beware of The Defects!. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 57(36), 11706-11710.
  5. & Investigation into the effects of surface stripping ZnO nanosheets. Nanotechnology 29(16), 165701

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Supervision

  • Value Generation by Recovering By-Products from Steel Making Processes: Dezincification of Basic Oxygen Steelmaking Slurry (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr David Warren
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Alvin Orbaek White
  • The Use of Steelmaking Slags in Marine Applications (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr David Warren
  • Engineering of tailored membranes for specific separation (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Nidal Hilal
  • Accounting Conservatism and differences in corporate approaches (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Shirin Alexander
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Bob Laramee
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Enrico Andreoli
  • CO2 management: defining the future long-term approach to sequestration and re-use (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Enrico Andreoli
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Enrico Andreoli
  • Homogenisation and Upscaling Modelling Technology for Oil & Gas Applications (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Chenfeng Li
  • 'Development and Characterisation of an electrochemical cell for detection and extraction of Hydrogen' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Charlie Dunnill

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.