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Tony Bridgwater is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at Aston University in Birmingham, specialising in thermal conversion of biomass for production of fuels and chemicals. He obtained his first degree in Chemical Engineering from UMIST followed by several years working for BP in Sunbury.  He then moved to Aston as a research fellow where he gained his PhD and after promotion to a Reader, his DSc.

Most of his professional career has been spent at Aston University where he leads the Bioenergy Research Group

His current interests are focused on the development of fast pyrolysis of biomass and the fuel and chemical products that can be derived from the liquids.  He plays a key role in several major EC funded projects focusing on bioenergy, biofuels and biorefineries.  He has been actively involved in bioenergy for over 20 years and has published extensively.


Professor Bridgwater was Technical Director of the UK Flagship SUPERGEN Bioenergy programmes for over eight years. He has been involved in winning over £25 million in research grants, which established the foundation for the European Bioenergy Research Institute(EBRI) at Aston University.


BSc(Hons), PhD, DSc, CEng, F.I.ChemE., F.I.E.


Contact Details

Phone number: +44 (0)121 204 3381
Email:  a.v.bridgwater@aston.ac.uk 


  • TP Chemical technology
  • Bioenergy

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Research Output 2000 2020

A comparative techno-economic assessment of three bio-oil upgrading routes for aviation biofuel production

Michailos, S. & Bridgwater, A., 25 Oct 2019, In : International Journal of Energy Research. 43, 13, p. 7206-7228 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Jet fuel
Bituminous coal

Development of an integrated and continuous slow pyrolysis and activation process for the production of activated carbon from waste biomass

Rego, F., Wang, J., Yang, Y. & Bridgwater, A. V., 30 May 2019, In : European Biomass Conference and Exhibition Proceedings. p. 1076-1079 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

activated carbon
Activated carbon

Experimental design and testing in a pilot-scale rotary kiln for the torrefaction of beech wood under system restrictions

López Ordovás, J., Chong, K., Bridgwater, T., Funcia-Muguerza, I., Gil, J. & Pérez-Vega, R., 16 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access

Fast pyrolysis of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera) waste in a bubbling fluidized bed reactor

Makkawi, Y., El Sayed, Y., Salih, M., Nancarrow, P., Banks, S. & Bridgwater, T., 1 Dec 2019, In : Renewable energy. 143, p. 719-730 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fluidized beds


A detailed design study of leaching and ancillary processes in the hydrometallurgical extraction of iron from iron bearing feedstocks

Author: Bridgwater, A. V., Apr 1971

Supervisor: Jeffreys, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Ash control methods to limit biomass inorganic content and its effect on fast pyrolysis bio-oil stability

Author: Banks, S., 25 Jun 2014

Supervisor: Bridgwater, A. V. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Bioenergy modelling for Southern Africa - benchmarking Namibia and South Africa

Author: Honsbein, D., 24 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Bridgwater, A. V. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Philosophy


Catalytic pyrolysis of biomass for improved liquid fuel quality

Author: Salter, E. H., 2001

Supervisor: Bridgwater, A. V. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy



Donald Klass Prize for contributions to bioenergy

Tony Bridgwater (Recipient), 6 Sep 2010

Prize: National/international honour

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