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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Hydrothermal processing Alkaline thermal treatment Bio-oil upgrading Crude glycerol upgrading


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    Personal profile


    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

    PhD, University of Leeds

    Award Date: 7 Mar 2005


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    Research Output

    Catalytic Properties and Recycling of NiFe 2 O 4 Catalyst for Hydrogen Production by Supercritical Water Gasification of Eucalyptus Wood Chips

    Borges, A. C. P., Onwudili, J. A., Andrade, H., Alves, C., Ingram, A., Vieira de Melo, S. & Torres, E., 2 Sep 2020, In : Energies. 13, 17, 4553.

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    Open Access
  • Co-pyrolysis of biomass and plastic waste over zeolite- and sodium-based catalysts for enhanced yields of hydrocarbon products

    Ghorbannezhad, P., Park, S. & Onwudili, J. A., 1 Feb 2020, In : Waste Management. 102, p. 909-918 10 p.

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  • Open Access
  • 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

    Open Access