Serpil Awdry




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Dr Serpil Awdry completed her Chemical Engineering degree in METU (Middle East Technical University), Ankara, Turkey, then obtained Masters degree in Ege University in Izmir, developing a Continues Flow Extraction System for Producing Agar-agar from Local Red-seaweed, before joining The University of Bath for her PhD.

During her PhD she investigated ‘Mass Transfer and Catalytic Polymerisation Reaction of Organosilicon Compounds and was granted a patent for her part of PhD work on ‘a Process of Loading a Ceramic Monolithic Catalyst Support with a heterogeneous water soluble catalyst’.


Serpil work mostly involves the formulation of mathematical models of chemical reactors, combined with associated experimental work from laboratory to pilot plant scale.

Since her PhD, she has been collaborating with Prof Stan Kolaczkowski on various resarch projects including:

  • Catalytic Combustion Systems for Pollutant Suppression in Industrial Gas Turbines, Steam Reformers and Radiant Heaters : Brite EuRam Project with 12 European industrial and research partners on developing mathematical models of catalytic combustion systems.
  • Catalytic Partial Oxidation for Fuel Cell Applications and for Compact Steam Reformers collaborating with Swiss and European industrial partners, developing mathematical models catalytic partial oxidation systems.
  • Mathematical Modelling of Staged Combustion Chamber. During this project she was granted a patent, collaborating with Rolls Royce and Prof Kolaczkowski, on developing a Combustion Chamber and a Method of Operation of Catalytic Combustion System.

Her recent research interests include the following areas:

  • Carbon dioxide scrubbing in an absorption column, using a sea water and Dixon rings support system for the development of compact multi-chamber column designs applicable to submersible habitats.
  • The development of effective, efficient deNOx processes: The preparation and characterization of deNOx catalysts and the performance of the catalysts in a continuous flow fixed bed reactor.
  • Modelling studies examining the performance of catalytic devices to control emissions of CO, hydrocarbons and NOx, from a variety of stationary (e.g. gas engines) and mobile sources (vehicles).
  • Gasification of biomass to produce electricity from syngas.

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Research Output

Potential for metal foams to act as structured catalyst supports in fixed-bed reactors

Kolaczkowski, S., Awdry, S., Smith, T., Thomas, D., Torkuhl, L. & Kolvenbach, R., Sep 2016, In : Catalysis Today. 273, p. 221-233

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 22 Citations (Scopus)

    Removal of CO2 from a submersible atmosphere by scrubbing with water: Experiments in a single column

    Kolaczkowski, S., Awdry, S., Le, C., Nuckols, M. L., Smith, T. & Thomas, D., Aug 2015, In : Chemical Engineering Research & Design. 100, p. 157 - 169 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    136 Downloads (Pure)

    Hyperbaric testing of an alternative approach to remove carbon dioxide from underwater life support equipment

    Nuckols, M., Kolaczkowski, S., Awdry, S., Smith, T. & Thomas, D., 2014, ASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Vol. 8A. V08AT06A003

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • An alternative method to remove carbon dioxide from submersible environments

    Nuckols, M. L., Kolaczkowski, S. T., Awdry, S., Le, C., Smith, T. & Thomas, D., 2013, Underwater Intervention Conference 2012 (UI2012). Curran Associates, p. 316-324 9 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Biodiesel Production in Fixed-Bed Catalytic Reactors

    Firth, B. P., Kolaczkowski, S. T., Davidson, M. G. & Awdry, S., 2013, (Unpublished).

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    40 Downloads (Pure)


    Biodiesel Production in Fixed-Bed Monolithic Reactors

    Author: Firth, B., 1 Jul 2014

    Supervisor: Kolaczkowski, S. (Supervisor), Davidson, M. (Supervisor) & Awdry, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Measurement of Effective Diffusivity: Chromatographic Method (Pellets & Monoliths)

    Author: Zhang, R., 10 Dec 2013

    Supervisor: Kolaczkowski, S. (Supervisor) & Awdry, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Novel Catalyst Systems For DeNOx

    Author: Mcclymont, D., 24 Jan 2014

    Supervisor: Kolaczkowski, S. (Supervisor), Molloy, K. (Supervisor) & Awdry, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


    Structured Catalyst Support Systems

    Author: Zhao, C., 5 Nov 2013

    Supervisor: Kolaczkowski, S. (Supervisor) & Awdry, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil