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Alf is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and a member of academic staff.  His research is all directed at energy solutions for a low carbon future. His interests include direct electromagnetic heating of catalysts and magnetometry techniques; direct ammonia solid oxide fuel cells for low carbon propulsion applications; and hydrogen isotope separation and measurement for future nuclear fusion reactors.  the development of technologies for low carbon sustainable energy applications.  


Alf was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering in November 2016, a role which includes Research, Teaching and Administration.  He supervises PhD students across a number of projects..

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. Alf completed a PhD in the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies in 2014. As a senior chemical engineer with Atkins Nuclear, Alf 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.

Alf's research has been published in high impact journals 'Energy & Environmental Science; and 'Advanced Energy Materials' and has received over 350 citations.


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.


Alf’s research focus is in the integration of reactor, catalyst and heat transfer design for sustainable energy applications. Direct electromagnetic heating of catalysts promises both to simplify chemical synthesis and to align energy intensive industries such as chemicals manufacture with low carbon renewable electricity.

Direct ammonia solid oxide fuel cells can bring this high hydrogen density liquid into play as a portable transport energy source. Alf's group are developing proton and oxide conducting electrolytes for this application.

Future fusion power stations must have hydrogen isotopologue separation systems. Alf's expertise is applied to the new generation of cryogenic distillation columns that will be required.


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.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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