• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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Teaching Activity

Undergraduate Modules

  • CE3001 -  Process economics and Loss Prevention
  • CE3104 - Process and Pollution Control
  • CE3003 - Advanced Design Project (Project Supervisor)
  • CE4011 - Research Projecr (MEng Project Supervisor)

Research Interests

Katie has a particular interest in the thermochemical conversion of biomass and wastes, biorefinery process synthesis and techno-economic evaluation. In particular Katie likes to make techno-economic and environmental assessment data more accessible for the non-expert.


 Katie has significant industrial experience, having worked in the paper industry and as a bioenergy consultant. Since returning to academia Katie has successfully won and completed a number of BBSRC and EPSCRC projects in bioenergy. Katie is involved in a number of research consortia and is currently working on a GCRF project relating to the use of rice straw in India and Vietnam, and is also working with Stellenbosch University developing a techno-economic model for the evaluation of a paper mill based biorefinery. 


March 2016 - present Lecturer in Chemical Engineering Aston University, Birmingham, UK

September 2014 - February 2016 Research Associate Aston University, Birmingham, UK

December 2013 - August 2014 Process Engineer WSP CEL, Coventry, UK

March 2011 - November 2013 Bioenergy Consultant CARE LTD, UK

June 2007 - February 2011 Research Assistant / PhD candidate Aston University, Birmingham, UK

September 2002 - June 2007 Process Development Engineer Smurfit Kappa SSK, Birmingham, UK

June 2001 - September 2001 Placement Engineer Smurfit Kappa SSK, Birmingham, UK

September 200 - May 2001 Placement Engineer Specialty Minerals, Birmingham, UK


Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Topic Group Representative for Conversion within the Supergen Bioenergy Hub
  • Regional Chair for the biomass and wastes special interest group of the Fuel and Energy Research Forum
  • Committee member of the IChemE Clean Energy Special Interest Group.


January 2015 – January 2016

Aston University

PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

  • Modules on: Evolving your teaching practice, becoming a designer of academic programmes, becoming a research-led innovator in Higher Education


September 2014 – December 2014


Aston University

Aston Modular Award – Introduction to Learning and Teaching Practice

  • Mark awarded 75%


June 2007 – June 2011


Aston University


  • The creation of a methodology for the identification of the most promising biorefineries for the EU


September 1998 – June 2002


Aston University

BEng Chemical Engineering (with sandwich year)

  • 1st Class honours degree
  • Chemical Engineering Prize awarded, for achieving the highest results in the year group
  • Final year project on the Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass, including the design of a fluidized bed reactor.

Funding Applications and Awards

Winning bids:

  • BBSRC NIBB Proof of Concept – Biorefinery Advisory Model. Project partners Aston Uni, BCU, Croda, ReBio, ZuvaSyntha. [Total budget £55,000]
  • School of Engineering and Applied Science PhD Studentship - Development of a techno-economic model to identify the optimum stage for biomass fractionation within European biorefineries [Fully funded PhD]
  • BBSRC NIBB IB Catalyst Seed Funding – Techno-economics of spent grain biorefinery. Project partners Aston Uni, Exergy, The Austin Company. [Total budget £13,000]
  • EPSRC - Process Development and Integration for Sustainable Bio-Jet Fuel Production. Project partners University of Manchester, Aston Uni. [Total budget £15,000]
  • EPSRC – Supergen Bioenergy – Topic Representative for Pretreatment and conversion theme [£53,000, Total budget £6,000,000]

Contact Details

Phone number: 0121 204 4088
Email: k.chong1@aston.ac.uk
Room number: MB110A

Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert

Jan 2015Jan 2016

Sep 2014Dec 2014


Jun 2007Jun 2011


  • TP Chemical technology
  • Bioenergy
  • techno-economic assessment
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Pyrolysis
  • Modelling

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Research Output 2011 2018

  • 5 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
  • 1 Special issue
Open Access
Cogeneration plants
Municipal solid waste
Economic analysis

Low-carbon roadmap of chemical production: A case study of ethylene in China

Zhao, Z., Chong, K. J., Jiang, J., Wilson, K., zhang, X. & Wang, F., 4 Oct 2018, In : Renewable and sustainable energy reviews. 97, p. 580-591

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Carbon capture

Fast pyrolysis oil fuel blend for marine vessels

Chong, K. J. & Bridgwater, A. V., May 2017, In : Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy. 36, 3, p. 677-684 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Open Access
Fuel oils

Preparation and optimization of macroalgae-derived solid acid catalysts

Jiménez Toro, M., Dou, X., Ajewole, I., Wang, J., Chong, K. J., Ai, N., Zeng, G. & Chen, T., 16 Oct 2017, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Slice-selective NMR: a non-invasive method for the analysis of separated pyrolysis fuel samples

Evans, R., Sandhu, A., Bridgwater, A. V. & Chong, K. J., 20 Apr 2017, In : Energy and Fuels. 31, 4, p. 4135-4142 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Nuclear magnetic resonance