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Research interests

Alf is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and a member of academic staff.  He is interested in the development of technologies for low carbon sustainable energy applications.  This builds upon his industrial career in the energy sector in the UK and is supported by his specialism in heterogeneous gas phase catalyst design, testing and characterisation. He has previously published research on catalyst design for chemical storage of hydrogen and has developed technology ideas for waste to energy applications. 

Role

Alf was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering in November 2016, a role which includes Research, Teaching and Administration.  His research focus is in the integration of reactor, catalyst and heat transfer design for sustainable energy applications. This includes the application of electromagnetic heat transfer techniques to deliver the energy directly to the catalyst surface for enhanced energy efficiency, temperature control and process intensification.

Career achievements

Alf graduated from the University of Bath with an MEng in Chemical Engineering in 2004. He embarked on a career in the Oil and Gas industry with BP and Petroplus (2004-2010) during which he worked as a project manager to successfully deliver large CAPEX projects and specialised in crude oil distillation performance. In 2012 he was recognised by the IChemE in the award of Chartered Chemical Engineer. Seeking new opportunities, Alf returned to Bath to complete a PhD in Chemical Engineering with the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (2010 - 2014), his research focused on catalyst design for renewable energy applications and was published in several international journals. On completion of his PhD, Alf returned to industry to work for Atkins Nuclear as a Senior Process Engineer. In this capacity he was responsible for delivering the design for the Hinkley Point C reactor primary coolant storage and processing systems and he authored the Safety Performance chapter of the Periodic Safety Review of Heysham 1 and Hartlepool nuclear reactors.

Education

Alf received the degrees of MEng and PhD in Chemical Engineering and MRes in Sustainable Chemical Technologies in 2004, 2015 and 2011 respectively. He was awarded the qualification of Chartered Chemical Engineer and Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 2012.

Research

Alf is interested in the development of technologies for low carbon sustainable energy applications.  This builds upon his industrial career in the energy sector in the UK and is supported by his specialism in heterogeneous gas phase catalyst design, testing and characterisation. He has previously published research on catalyst design for chemical storage of hydrogen and has developed technology ideas for waste to energy applications.

In his new position at the University of Bath, Alf’s research focus is in the integration of reactor, catalyst and heat transfer design for sustainable energy applications. This includes the application of electromagnetic heat transfer techniques to deliver the energy directly to the catalyst surface for enhanced energy efficiency, temperature control and process intensification.

 

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Alf is interested in supervising research students in the following areas:

  • development of solid catalysed gas phase reactions for sustainable applications;
  • investigation of synergies between heat integration and catalytic reactor design; and
  • study of catalysts and applications for pollution abatement in the energy industry.

Research interests

We are currently looking for a highly motivated PhD student for a fully-funded opportunity to work in hydrogen isotope purification for nuclear fusion applications.

https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/hydrogen-isotope-separation-for-nuclear-fusion-reactors-by-pressure-swing-adsorption-materials-characterization-and-preliminary-trials/?p110142

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Projects

Research Output

Open Access

Current and future role of Haber-Bosch ammonia in a carbon-free energy landscape

Smith, C., Hill, A. & Torrente-Murciano, L., 28 Dec 2019, In : Energy & Environmental Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Lipid Cubic Phase Templating for More Sustainable Catalysis

Boswell, J., Squires, A., Hill, A. & Akbar, S., 8 Oct 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Ammonia decomposition over cobalt/carbon catalysts: Effect of carbon support and electron donating promoter on activity

Torrente-Murciano, L., Hill, A. K. & Bell, T. E., 15 May 2017, In : Catalysis Today. 286, p. 131-140 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 17 Citations (Scopus)

    Thesis

    Development of Low Temperature Catalysts for an Integrated Ammonia PEM Fuel Cell

    Author: Hill, A., 6 Jul 2017

    Supervisor: Torrente Murciano, L. (Supervisor), Marken, F. (Supervisor) & Iravani, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

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