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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    Dr Jude Onwudili joined Aston University in November 2015 as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering. He was previously a Research Fellow at the renowned Energy Research Institute, School of Chemical & Process Engineering at the University of Leeds, under the supervision of Professor Paul T. Williams.

    Dr Onwudili is an experienced researcher, having worked on a number of EPSRC-funded and industrially-funded research projects on catalytic and non-catalytic thermochemical (hydrothermal, combustion, pyrolysis and gasification) processing of biomass, plastics, algae and municipal solid wastes for the production of fuels, chemicals and materials.

    He is currently developing and leading a Sustainable Chemicals Laboratory at the European Bioenergy Research Institute, Aston University. 

    Research Interests

    Hydrothermal processing of biomass and organic wastes; Catalysis & applied catalysis for fuel & chemicals; Thermochemical (pyrolysis, liquefaction and gasification ) conversion of biomass, algae and plastic waste; Valorisation of solid wastes; CO2 utilization; Wastewater treatment; Environmental pollution control


    2015 – Date: Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering & Applied Science, Aston University.

    2006 – 2015: Research Fellow, Energy Research Institute, School of Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Leeds, 

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Associate Member – Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

    Full Member- Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

    Full Member – Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)

    Senior Fellow – Higher Education Academy (HEA)


    Teaching Activity

    Chemical Process Design, Chemical Product Design, Renewable Energy Technologies, Advanced Renewable (Bioenergy) Technologies, Advanced Process Design

    Research Projects/Collaborations

    2019 - UK Catalysis Hub Water-Energy Nexus Project; Energy and Fuels from Wastewater 

    2019 - Supergen Bioenergy Hub/SHV Energy Butyric acid to Propane Project

    Professional/editorial offices

    Review Editor, Frontiers of Chemistry (Chemical Engineering Section)

    RSC Directory of Consultants

    Contact Details

    Phone Number: +44 (0)121 204 4303
    Room Number: MB110E

    Education/Academic qualification



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    Research Output 2014 2019

    • 23 Article
    • 2 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
    • 1 Conference article

    Catalytic supercritical water gasification of eucalyptus wood chips in a batch reactor

    Borges, A. C. P., Onwudili, J. A., Andrade, H. M. C., Alves, C. T., Ingram, A., Vieira De Melo, S. A. B. & Torres, E. A., 1 Nov 2019, In : Fuel. 255, 115804.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Batch reactors

    Influence of moisture contents on the fast pyrolysis of trommel fines in a bubbling fluidized bed reactor

    Eke, J., Onwudili, J. & Bridgwater, A. V., 4 May 2019, In : Waste and Biomass Valorization. 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Fluidized beds
    moisture content
    Open Access

    Influence of heating rates on the products of high-temperature pyrolysis of waste wood pellets and biomass model compounds

    Efika, C. E., Onwudili, J. A. & Williams, P. T., 17 Mar 2018, In : Waste Management.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access