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Professor of Green Chemistry, Queen's University Belfast

I was Chief Scientist for BP, China for 29 years. During this period I was responsible for building a new laboratory in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Clean Energy Facing the Future Laboratory) and developing breakthrough conversion programmes in clean coal, hydrocarbon conversion processes, Enhanced Oil recovery (EOR), oilfield chemicals and biomass developments for the Chemicals and Energy sectors. I have fours years experience with PETRONAS, Malaysia as Chief Technologist with focus on developing new technologies for carbon dioxide separation and capture, gas clean-up (mercury removal) and other new technologies for upgrading opportunity crude oils.

I became a specialist in commercialisation of new technologies at the leading edge and interface of catalysis and chemical engineering processes. Recent examples include the commercialisation of a world first in supported ionic liquid catalysts (SSIL) for removal of mercury from hydrocarbon process streams now in commercial operation, functioning at three units in Malaysia:

My current research and enterprise initiatives include; conversion of crude glycerol to epoxypropanol and derivatives for the Chemicals and Intermediates area, EOR chemicals (chemically enhanced Water-gas shift), carbon dioxide separation and palm oil upgrading. Enterprise initiatives include facilitating commercialisation of technologies and partnerships across the University base, assisting with development of spin-out companies and exploring strategic partnerships in technology for the University.


  • –present
    Professor of Green Chemistry, Queen's University Belfast