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Research Fellow, University of Leeds

Ten years research in thermochemical processing of wastes and biomass into fuels and chemical feedstock; reactor design, products analysis and dissemination of results

Published nearly 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and more than 20 conference presentations

Publications cited more than 400 times so far

PhD in Energy and Environmental Engineering

MSc (Dinstinction) in Analytical/Environmental Chemistry

BSc (First Class Honours) in Chemistry

Recipient of Ford International Fellowships Award for PhD study

Supervision of PhDs and Masters research students

Design of batch and fixed-bed reactors for thermochemical processing of wastes and biomass

Responsibility for research resources management and inventory control

Invited Lecturer, University of Alicante, Spain


  • 2006–present
    Research Fellow, University of Leeds, UK


  • 2005 
    University of Leeds, PhD


  • 2013
    Onwudili JA, Williams, PT, Hydrogen and methane selectivity during alkaline supercritical water gasification of biomass with ruthenium-alumina catalyst., Applied Catalysis B: Environ., 132-133,70-79, 2013
  • 2012
    Reactions of different food classes during subcritical water gasification for hydrogen gas production, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 37(3), 2248-2259
  • 2011
    Reactions of different carbonaceous materials in alkaline media for hydrogen gas production. , Green Chemistry, 13, 2837-2843,
  • 2010
    Hydrothermal reforming of bio-diesel plant waste: Products distribution and characterization, Fuel, 89(2), 501-509
  • 2009
    Role of sodium hydroxide in the production of hydrogen gas from the hydrothermal gasification of biomass , Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 34(14), 5645-5656
  • 2008
    Thermal processing of toxic flame-retarded polymers using a waste fluidized catalytic cracker (FCC) catalyst , Energy & Fuel, 22(3), 1691-1697
  • 2007
    Hydrothermal catalytic gasification of municipal solid waste, Energy & Fuel, 21(6), 3676-3683
  • 2006
    Subcritical and supercritical water gasification of cellulose, starch, glucose, and biomass waste. , Energy & Fuels, 20, 1259-1265
  • 2005
    Composition of products from the supercritical water gasification of glucose: A model biomass compound., Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 44, 8739-8749

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Defra/CIWEM Masters Research Support
    Principal Investigator
    Funding Source:
    Defra/CIWM Masters Support Programme


Ford Foundation International Scholarship