“[...] SCI was involved in organising a biomass conference to bring researchers across the country together. This was a great event where like-minded researchers could share their progress and future ideas [...]. ”
What is your research field / your key areas of interest?
My research work is to improve microwave hydrolysis/pyrolysis and pre-treatments of plant biomass for fermentation into biofuels, generation of other useful chemical starting materials or bio-oil applications.
Why SCI? How did you first get involved and why would you encourage your peers to join?
I first got involved as part of my initial research work into lignocellulose materials as SCI was involved in organising a biomass conference to bring researchers across the country together. This was a great event where like-minded researchers could share their progress and future ideas in this important research field.
SCI aims to be ‘where science meets business’. What is the potential commercial application of your research?
The production of biofuels from biomass will be even more important in the future as bio-refineries become part of the UK/Worlds green agendas. There is a great need for Universities to work with industry in solving these global challenges.
What do you hope to gain from your involvement with SCI?
A chance to attend/organise events and conferences to network with researchers across the globe from all green sectors and be involved with ideas surrounding the future of plant biomass/biofuel research. Increasing my professional network and learning about a range of careers outside academia.
University of York - Green Chemistry, Department of Chemistry