Dr Daniel Nowakowski Dipl.-Ing.

Lecturer / Lab Manager

Daniel Nowakowski

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General

Daniel Nowakowski graduated from the Silesian University of Technology (Gliwice, Poland) in 2000 with an MSc (Eng) degree in Chemical Technology, specialising in Inorganic Chemical Technology and Electrochemistry. From graduation until February 2004 he worked as an engineer and research assistant in the Institute for Chemical Processing of Coal (Zabrze, Poland), in the Department of Physical Chemistry and Thermal Processing of Fuels. His research was focused on pyrolysis and co-pyrolysis processes of coal and biomass with physical and chemical characterisation of pyrolysis products. Part of his work was also studies of the catalytic influence of inorganic additives on the formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds during pyrolysis and combustion processes of solid fuels.

In March 2004 he started a PhD (funded by EPSRC, UK) at the University of Leeds, in the Energy and Resources Research Institute. In May 2008 he finished his PhD under supervision of Prof. J.M. Jones and Prof. R.M.D. Brydson. His PhD thesis title was "Influence of potassium and phosphorus on the thermochemical conversion of the cell wall components of biomass".

Dr Nowakowski joined the Bioenergy Research Group in August 2007.

Research interests

Principal research interests are:

  • Pyrolysis processes of biomass with the application of advanced analytical methods, including: TGA - thermogravimetric analysis, Py-GC-MS/FID - analytical pyrolysis with the application of gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, HS-MS - head space analysis of organic volatiles with the application of mass spectrometry, FTIR - Fourier transform spectroscopy.
  • Upgrading of biomass-derived oil via esterification over solid acid catalysts.
  • Catalytic pyrolysis of biomass, lignins and acid-hydrolysis residues.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of the Chromatographic Society (UK)
Member of the British Mass Spectrometry Society (UK)
Member of the International Lignin Institute (Switzerland)

Teaching Activity

Analytical chemistry
2010/2011 - Module CH3116 - Advanced Analytical Techniques
2009/2010 - Modules CH3116, CH4516 and CP4116 - Advanced Analytical Techniques

Responsibilities

Undergraduate students supervision

2011/12
Investigation of the catalytic behaviour of potassium and phosphorus in biomass on the physical and chemical properties of fast pyrolysis bio-oil (on-going project)
Student: Abike Aina (M.Eng. candidate), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

2010/11
Improvement of biomass thermochemical and physical properties via torrefaction
Student: Jai Lad (M.Eng.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

The impact of alkali metals in biomass on physical and chemical properties of fast pyrolysis bio-oil
Student: Yee Tang (M.Eng.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

Slow and fast pyrolysis processing of biomass
Student: Sunday Odusolua (M.Eng.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

2009/10
Characterisation and thermal, chemical and physical processing of green and brown algae
Student: Shirin R. Dybsjord (M.Eng.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

Partial oxidation of lignin
Student: Bavesh Raval (M.Eng.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

Catalytic pyrolysis of lignin
Student: Anthony Odongo (M.Eng.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

2008/09
Torrefaction of biomass
Student: William Helliker, (M.Eng.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

Thermochemical lignin processing in autoclave
Student: Miloud Quadi (M.Eng.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

Alkaline hydrolysis of lignin
Student: Amir Jafaripour (M.Eng.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

Liquefaction of macroalgae
Student: Fahid Mirza (M.Eng.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

2007/08
Modelling of fast pyrolysis reactor
Student: Ahmed Sobeih (B.Sc.), Supervisors: Dr D.J. Nowakowski, Prof. A.V. Bridgwater

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