Academics

Prof René Bañares-Alcántara

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Since 1980, my general research interest has been the application of Computer Science techniques in Engineering, focusing mainly on the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques for chemical engineering design, synthesis and diagnosis, and more recently the decarbonisation of industrial chemicals and fuels.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. I also studied at Carnegie Mellon University, where I obtained both my Master’s and a Ph.D in the field of Chemical Engineering. Upon completion of my studies, I worked for various academic institutions including the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas, Facultad de Química and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Since 2002, I have been a Reader at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College, Oxford.

My current research interests are in the area of Process Systems Engineering (mainly process design, synthesis and simulation, but also diagnosis and control) and the development of decision support tools. Since 2014 I have been involved in projects related to long-term (chemical) storage of renewable energy and the production of ‘green’ ammonia.

I have (co-)authored about 65 journal papers and around 100 other refereed publications of various kinds. I welcome further queries on both my research interest and research group. My contact details are here.

Prof Aidong Yang

I joined Oxford in 2014 as a University Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Engineering Science, and as a Research Fellow of Green Templeton College. Before moving to Oxford, I was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Surrey, where I started as a Lecturer in 2007 after working as a postdoctoral researcher in a number of academic organisations, including Chinese Academy of Science, Louisiana State University, RWTH Aachen, and University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. I studied Chemical Engineering in Hebei University of Technology and Dalian University of Technology and received a Bachelor's degree and a PhD in 1992 and 1997, respectively.

My research interests lie in developing methods and tools for modelling biochemical processes and related systems and in applying models and other systems engineering approaches to support the development of sustainable energy, engineering and manufacturing systems. In particular, we are currently active in two areas, namely biological systems engineering and food-energy-water nexus.

Link to my departmental webpage (with contact details)

Dr Kok Siew Ng MEng, PhD, FHEA

Kok SiewI joined the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford as an NERC/NPIF Industrial Innovation (Rutherford) Research Fellow in January 2018. My fellowship project entitled “A systems approach to synergistic utilisation of secondary organic streams” aims to explore novel approaches to addressing challenges in waste management. The objective is well aligned with the UK Industrial Strategy in enhancing resource efficiency, while achieving a sustainable industrial growth and a more resilient economy. The project enjoys multidisciplinary collaboration from the UK and international academic and industrial organisations.

Prior to joining Oxford, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), University of Surrey, after working as an engineering consultant at Process Integration Limited (PIL). I completed my MEng Chemical Engineering with Chemistry at The University of Manchester in 2008, and later gained my PhD from the Centre for Process Integration (CPI), The University of Manchester in 2011. My PhD was funded by Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme (ORSAS), The University of Manchester Alumni Fund, Process Integration Research Consortium and the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science.

My research vision is to shape sustainable industrial system design and developing best practices in response to the challenges arose during the transition from fossils to biorenewable economy. A chemical engineer by training with core research and industrial expertise in process systems engineering and sustainability assessment, I work extensively in the areas of:

  • Resource recovery from waste and wastewater
  • Integrated biorefinery systems
  • Decarbonised energy systems
  • Polygeneration

I have been actively involved in various research activities within the NERC Resource Recovery from Waste (RRfW) Programme, Innovate UK, Royal Academy of Engineering and EU projects. I have published more than 20 peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and have co-authored an advanced textbook “Biorefineries and Chemical Processes: Design, Integration and Sustainability Analysis”. I was a Guest Editor of Special Issues in Chemical Engineering Research & Design and Sustainable Production and Consumption.

I am enthusiastic in establishing national and international collaboration with researchers from multidisciplinary background. I have organised and participated in a number of British Council/Newton Fund workshops related to biorefinery and resource management in Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil and Kazakhstan, with the ambition of influencing industrial, resource and waste management practices in the developing countries towards sustainable development. I also endeavour in creating socio-economic impact through education and training where I have organised professional training workshops supported by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EUBCE). My work in low carbon energy has been recognised by the IChemE Junior Moulton Medal award in 2011.

Please feel free to get in touch if you are interested in any collaboration or wish to learn more about my research. My contact details can be found here.