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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
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Coal and biomass co-pyrolysis in a fluidized-bed reactor: Numerical assessment of fuel type and blending conditions

Ismail, T. M., Banks, S. W., Yang, Y., Yang, H., Chen, Y., Bridgwater, A. V., Ramzy, K. & Abd El-salam, M., 1 Sep 2020, In : Fuel. 275, 118004.

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  • Kinetic modelling of hydrogen transfer deoxygenation of a prototypical fatty acid over a bimetallic Pd60Cu40 catalyst: an investigation of the surface reaction mechanism and rate limiting step

    Cheah, K. W., Yusup, S., Taylor, M. J., How, B. S., Osatiashtiani, A., Nowakowski, D. J., Bridgwater, A. V., Skoulou, V., Kyriakou, G. & Uemura, Y., 21 Jul 2020, In : Reaction Chemistry & Engineering.

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  • Potential of Virginia Mallow as an Energy Feedstock

    Banks, S. W., Śnieg, M., Nowakowski, D. J., Stolarski, M. & Bridgwater, A. V., 1 Aug 2020, In : Waste and Biomass Valorization.

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    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



    Donald Klass Prize for contributions to bioenergy

    Bridgwater, Tony (Recipient), 6 Sep 2010

    Prize: National/international honour

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