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One thing I took away from the ECR Awayday on the 2nd of July 2019 in Manchester was how to answer the question. The day was all about learning new skills to pursue a career in academia or industry. Dr Simon Brown led the session on building and perfecting a verbal business card. As researchers, we tend to get into the technical know-how of our research so it becomes difficult communicating our research to anyone not familiar with the subject or outside our research field. If working on a project that can be commercialised, it is very important to provide just enough information to generate interest without giving out your intellectual property. So the format for a good verbal business...Read more
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The United Kingdom Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC) Early Career Researchers (ECRs) workshop hosted by the University of Manchester on the 2nd of July 2019 was well tailored to the needs of the ECRs with regards to opportunities that are available for their professional development and ultimately advancement of CCS. The workshop kicked off with the much-needed icebreaker session for the ECRs after opening remarks by the Director of UKCCSRC in the person of Prof. Jon Gibbins. Thereafter, Dr. Simon Brown took to the stage and presented ethics, dos and don’ts of networking during professional, social or casual meetings. Dr. C. Gough, J. Miller, Dr. B. Livesey and Dr. Solomon Brown all had opportunities to speak about their...Read more
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The iron and steel industry represents the largest energy consuming manufacturing sector in the world with average emissions being around 2 tonnes of CO 2 per tonne of steel. The enormous CO 2 footprint of steel mills, which accounts for 5 – 7 % of anthropogenic CO 2 emission, must be substantially reduced. A unique feature of the current steel making processes is the presence of energy containing residual gases; Coke Oven Gas (COG), Blast Furnace Gas (BFG) and Basic Oxygen Furnace Gas (BOFG). COG is the most energy rich of these streams containing ~65 vol% H 2 while the BOFG has significant CO content (>50 vol%). BFG represents the greatest volumetric flow, and is hence the focus of particular...Read more
This blog was co-authored by Hisham Al Baroudi, Solene Chiquier and MennatAllah Labib. We are three PhD students from three different universities that came together along with a bunch of other students and experts in the CCUS field to attend a bi-annual conference hosted by the UKCCSRC. These conferences are only attended by people from within the CCUS community, but we would like for everyone (those of you who are within the CCUS community, and those of you who are not) to know how it all went. With the climate change crisis that our generation is facing, it is a good idea for everyone to know what the experts can do about it and to take part in the narrative...Read more

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