I am interested in sustainability and my research, teaching, and engagement activities are relevant to energy and natural resources.

RESEARCH: My research is focused on the understanding, development, and application of materials and processes for sustainable energy production and transmission. In particular, the main focus is carbon dioxide capture and utilisation.

Carbon capture: We are developing amine-rich polymer-based CO2 sorbent materials following an unconventional approach to producing supportless CO2 chemical sorbent. Different to the mainstream methods, we want to eliminate the need for a support where amino polymers are usually embedded in highly porous materials.  Our innovative strategy is to use cross-linkers in place of supports to create highly efficient and selective CO2 sorbents.  These supportless sorbent materials are lighter and have the potential to achieve higher carbon capture capacity, also using the appropriate cross-linkers allows tailoring the performance of sorbents making them more selective. If you want to learn more about our research please see our Scientific Reports and ChemSusChem papers.

Carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU): We are making new heterogeneous catalysts for CO2 conversion to oxygenates and hydrocarbons. The novelty of our approach in to combine metal catalysts with purposely selected polymers to affect and facilitate the reaction pathways that take CO2 to value added products. The aim is to decrease reduction overpotential and increase selectivity and stability. I have been awarded an EPSRC First grant for this project ranked #1 in the relevant Engineering Prioritisation Panel Meeting.

TEACHING: I teach Foundation Chemistry Laboratories (EG085 and EG108) and Power for Transport, Industry and the Home (EGA210). I am also supervisor of various 3rd-year research projects (EG353 and EG353S).

ENGAGEMENT: I am involved in various engagement activities including the IMPACKT project to facilitate and strengthen policymaker-academic collaborations, and the production of a short film for public engagement in materials and energy sustainability. I also organised and chaired the first Bay Campus Low Carbon Energy symposium focused on building new bridges among research, industry and public stakeholders.

Publications

  1. & Hydration induced morphological change on proppant surfaces employing a calcium-silicate cement system. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 537, 197-209.
  2. CO2 Capture Partner Molecules in Highly Loaded PEI Sorbents. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C
  3. & Easily Regenerated Readily Deployable Absorbent for Heavy Metal Removal from Contaminated Water. Scientific Reports 7(1)
  4. Materials and Processes for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Utilisation. C - Journal of Carbon Research 3(2), 16
  5. & Nanostructured fusiform hydroxyapatite particles precipitated from aquaculture wastewater. Chemosphere 168, 1317-1323.

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Teaching

  • EG-085 Foundation Chemistry

    This course is designed as an introduction to the chemical properties of materials used throughout engineering. To complement the taught theory, this course has a strong practical component during which students will develop the skills to carry out a number of basic laboratory manipulations in an accurate and safe manner.

  • EGA103 Foundation Chemistry

    This course is designed as an introduction to the chemical properties of materials used throughout engineering. To complement the taught theory, this course has a strong practical component during which students will develop the skills to carry out a number of basic laboratory manipulations in an accurate and safe manner.

  • EGA210 Power for transport, industry and the home

    Introduction to Energy and Climate Change Theory. Energy concepts and conversion efficiency. Non-sustainable and sustainable energy sources. Future energy systems and distribution networks.

Supervision

  • Renewable energy storage as green hydrogen via electrolytic water splitting (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Charlie Dunnill
  • Solar energy harvesting by photocatalytic biphasic water splitting catalysts (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Charlie Dunnill
  • Novel Sorbent Materials for Carbon Dioxide Capture (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Charlie Dunnill
  • Advanced Electrocatalysts for Future Renewable Energy Storage as Hydrogen. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Charlie Dunnill
  • Untitled (current)

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

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Barron
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Alvin Orbaek White

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Introduction to Materials Engineering - Harbin Engineering University (China) - Transnational Education Programme

    2015 - 2015

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
June 2012 August 2014 Postdoctoral Research Associate Rice University - Houston, Texas
July 2011 June 2012 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Houston - Texas
May 2005 August 2006 Senior Researcher Tecres SPA - Italy
February 2004 May 2005 Head of Laboratory Sovere SPA - Italy
June 2002 June 2003 Researcher Giulio Natta R&D Centre, Basell Polyolefins - Italy

Academic History

Date Qualification Location
2011 Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry Maynooth University - Ireland
2002 Master of Science, Technology & Management (Polymers) University of Ferrara - Italy
1999 Master of Science in Industrial Chemistry University of Padua - Italy