• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

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    PhD projects

    CO2 utilization for chemical production
    Hydrothermal processing
    Alkaline thermal treatment
    Bio-oil upgrading
    Crude glycerol upgrading

    Personal profile


    Dr Jude Onwudili is a Reader in Chemical Engineering and a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry. He was previously a Research/Teaching Fellow at the School of Chemical & Process Engineering, University of Leeds before joining Aston University in November 2015. 

    Dr Onwudili is an expert on catalytic and non-catalytic thermochemical (hydrothermal, pyrolysis, liquefaction and gasification) processing of biomass, plastics, algae and municipal solid wastes for the production of fuels and chemicals as well as the recovery of materials.  

    He is currently leading a sustainable fuels and chemicals research team at the Energy & Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI), Aston University, with a strong focus on sustainability through chemistry and engineering. He is EBRI's Industrial Research Lead and Principal Investigator on several UKRI, EU and Industry-funded projects. 

    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 for energy and materials recovery

    CO2 utilization through chemical fixation

    Emission control


    2023 - Date: Reader in Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University

    2020 - 2023: Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University

    2015 – 2020 Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University.

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

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC)

    Associate Member – Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)

    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

    2023: OFWAT Water Challenge project on "Renewable Energy from Valorisation of Aqueous Residues

    2023: BEIS Fuel-Switching Project on "Demonstration of alternative low-carbon fuels usage in the glass industry"

    2023: Innovate UK ECR9 Project on "Rice Straw-Powered Biowaste to Energy in Indonesia

    2022: Innovate UK ECR8 PPA2 Project on Liquid Hydrocarbon Fuel Production from Agricultural Residues

    2022: BEIS Hydrogen HAROW Project on Feasibility of a Novel Two-stage Reforming process for Biohydrogen Production

     2022: BEIS- IEEA Project on PATSIEA Project on Spent Grain Industry Efficiency Accelerator

    2021: BBNet/Calor Gas Business Interaction Voucher Project on Catalytic Conversion of Bioderived Feedstocks to Bio-LPG Component Gases 

    2021: Grand Challenges Research Fund (Aston) Project on Feasibility of Bio-LPG Production and Utilisation in Brazil 

    2020: Innovate UK ECR7 Ethiopian Mini-grid Extensions & Energy Storage (EMEES) Project 

     2020: Marie-Curie Sklodowska HYDROGAS Project on Crude Glycerol Valorisation to Gaseous Fuels  

    2019: Supergen Bioenergy Hub/SHV Energy Butyric Acid to Propane (HYDROPROPANE) Project

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

    Professional/editorial offices

    Editorial Advisory Board Member: ACS Sustianable Chemistry & Engineering Journal

    Editorial Advisory Board Member: RSC Sustainable Energy & Fuels

    Editorial Board Member: Energies Journal

    Consultant, Royal Society of Chemistry

    Associate Editor: Frontiers of Chemistry (Chemical Engineering Section)

    Ambassador: STEM Learning

    Mentor: Windsor Fellowship Destination STEMM Programme - Chemical Sciences

    Mentor: RSC Broadening Horizons Programme

    Contact Details

    Phone Number: +44 (0)121 204 4303
    Email: [email protected]
    Room Number: MB110E

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, University of Leeds

    Award Date: 7 Mar 2005

    BSc, University of Ibadan


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