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Research interests

My research interests in the past eight years have been on experimental aspects, process modelling, and/or techno-economic assessment of sustainable energy and chemical technologies, such as biofuels, nanofluids, waste heat recovery, flue gas desulfurisation and waste valorisation.

In my PhD project under the Department of Chemical Engineering, I pursued purely computational research on biomass value chains and the environment-food-energy-water nexus: whole-systems analysis and optimisation.  I determined optimal rice and Jatropha value chains that could provide the most benefits to the socio-economic and energy sectors of the Philippines while at the same time cause the least impacts on the land, climate, and water systems of the country.  I also examined bio-aviation fuel supply chains in terms of economic and environmental impacts.

After finishing my PhD, I joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering as a UKRI’s Supergen Bioenergy Hub Research Associate. By integrating lifecycle thinking, value chain optimisation, and whole-system analysis, I helped find pathways to decarbonise the UK’s petrochemical sector using locally sourced biomass resources. Presently, I am working on the C-THRU project, a collaboration among the University of Bath, University of Cambridge, University of Texas at Austin, University of California Santa Barbara, and HancockHamlin Ltd, which aims to provide a clearer, reliable, and comprehensive picture of the carbon emissions of the global petrochemical supply chains.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Chemical Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, Biomass value chains and the environment-food-energy-water nexus in the Philippines: whole-systems analysis and optimisation, University of Bath

30 Apr 20186 Jul 2022

Award Date: 6 Jul 2022

Energy Engineering, Master of Science, Nanofluid stability and physical properties of aluminum oxide nanoparticles in aqueous solution of [HMIM]LS, University of the Philippines Diliman

9 Jun 200922 Apr 2012

Award Date: 22 Apr 2012

Chemical Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Feasibility study of an integrated biofuels plant using copra as a feedstock and Technical study of a bioethanol plant by using glycerol fermentation., University of the Philippines Diliman

9 Jun 200327 Apr 2008

Award Date: 27 Apr 2008


  • biomass value chains
  • environment-food-energy-water nexus
  • spatio-temporal mutli-objective modelling and optimisation
  • whole-systems analysis
  • multi-product value chains
  • rice value chains
  • Jatropha value chains
  • bio-aviation fuel value chains
  • sustainable land use
  • sustainable palm oil
  • industrial decarbonisation
  • life cycle assessment


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