Professor of Sustainable Chemistry, Aston University

Our research focuses on the development of heterogeneous catalysts for sustainable chemical processes, specifically the transformation of renewable and waste biomass into valuable fuels and chemicals.

We are particularly interested in the development of nanoparticulate and nanoporous catalytic materials and understanding structure-activity relationships in catalytic processes.

Our research into sustainable catalytic processes and biorefinery technologies is underpinned by establishment of a state of the art catalysis research facility within EBRI equipped with a suite of high pressure autoclaves and multi-position batch reactors for catalyst testing, in-situ spectroscopic and crystallographic techniques for catalyst characterisation (XPS, high pressure XRD, DRIFT, DRUV cells and ATR liquid flow cell), and adsorption techniques (porosimeters, pulse chemisorption) for surface area, porosity and active site analysis of porous catalysts. In addition the laboratory has a continuous catalytic flow reactor for vapour/gas phase reactions equipped with online GC and MS analysis, as well as several off line GC and HPLC instruments for monitoring catalytic reactions, large scale (5L) batch reactors and a suite of furnaces for catalyst synthesis.


  • –present
    Professor of Sustainable Chemistry, Aston University
  • 2013–2014
    Professor of Sustainable Chemical Synthesis, University of Warwick and Monash University
  • 2009–2013
    Professor of Physical Chemistry, Cardiff University
  • 2003–2009
    Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, University of York
  • 1997–2003
    Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, University of Hull
  • 1996–1997
    Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Cambridge


  • 1995 
    University of Cambridge, PhD
  • 1992 
    University of Cambridge, BA (Hons) Natural Sciences


Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry; Associate Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers; Member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute