• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    Bioenergy, Advanced thermal conversion, Product utilisation, Greenhouse gas reduction

    Personal profile

    Teaching Activity

    MSc Sustainable Engineering

    • Module Leader:

      - SE4LCE Life Cycle Analysis and Circular Economy
      - SE4REN Renewable Energy & Low Carbon Technologies
      - SE4RES Research Methods

      Module Tutor:

      - SE4PNZ Pathways to Net Zero
      - SE4SEP Sustainability in Engineering Practice
      - SE4EIA Environmental Regulations & Impact Assessment 

    Research Interests

    Scott joined EBRI as a doctoral student in 2009. His research project was about Ash control methods to limit biomass inorganic content and its effect on fast pyrolysis bio-oil stability. He completed his PhD in 2014. Since 2014 he has been a research fellow focussing on catalytic fast pyrolysis, ash control, bio-oil characterisation and bio-oil stability. 

    Research interests lie in the following areas:

    • Thermochemical conversion and product utilisation
    • Catalytic pyrolysis of biomass
    • Fast pyrolysis bio-oil stability
    • Ash control methods to limit biomass inorganic content

    My research vision centres on harnessing the potential of gasification char, a by-product often overlooked in its utility. While commonly used for combined heat and power in the gasification process, commercial applications remain underdeveloped. The significance of addressing char utilisation becomes apparent as gasification gains global prominence, particularly in hydrogen production. 

    Scott is now a lecturer on the MSc Sustainable Engineering programme, with continued research interests as above but also in Advanced thermal conversion and the utilisation of the products to develop a circular economy.

    Contact Details

    Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 3419
    Email: s.banks@aston.ac.uk
    Room Number: MB114

    Education/Academic qualification

    PhD, Ash control methods to limit biomass inorganic content and its effect on fast pyrolysis bio-oil stability, Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI)

    Award Date: 25 Jun 2014

    Aston University Modular Award – Introduction to Learning and Teaching Practice

    Nov 2020Apr 2021


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