Yan, Yong


Yong Yan is Professor of Electronic Instrumentation, Head of Instrumentation and Control Research Group, and Director of Innovation at the School of Engineering, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). He has been awarded more than 10 research prizes by learned societies and professional institutions in recognition of his outstanding contributions to pulverised fuel flow metering and burner flame imaging. He has published in excess of 500 research papers in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings with an h-index of 47 and over 8300 citations. His current research interests in CCS include mass flow measurement of CO2 (single-phase and two-phase), detection and localisation of CO2 leakage from transportation networks and storage sites, and advanced monitoring of oxyfuel combustion processes.

Karen Turner is a Professor and Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde, where she leads a portfolio of work UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), philanthropic organisations such as the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the Bellona Foundation and various government and industry bodies. She recently led a UKCCSRC project on the role of CCS in industry clusters in delivering value to the political economy.  Karen’s main research interests lie in investigating and modelling the economy-wide and macroeconomic consequences of energy policy and industry developments, and considering how these may be effected, and consensus built around policy narratives,  to enable the deployment of different decarbonisation solutions. She has published extensively in policy and economics literatures on topics such as making the case for public support of residential energy efficiency programmes and addressing public policy challenges in unlocking value from the deployment of large scale decarbonisation solutions such as electric vehicles and carbon capture and storage. Karen has previously held academic posts at Glasgow and Heriot Watt Universities and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Just Transitions Commission.

Prof Junwang (John) Tang is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of European Academy of Sciences and Professor of Materials Chemistry and Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London. His research interests encompass photocatalytic small molecule activation (including CH4, N2, H2O, C6H6 and CO2) to high value chemicals/fuels and microwave catalysis (plastic chemical recycling), together with microwave-intensified chemical processes, resulting to ~170 papers published in Nature Catalysis, Nature Energy, Chemical Reviews, Chem. Soc. Rev. Materials Today, Nature Commu., JACS, Angew Chemie with >14000 citations. He has also received many awards, the latest of which is the IChemE Global Business Start-Up Award 2019 and Runner-up of IChemE Global Oil and Gas Awards 2019. He also sits on the editorial/advisory board of several international journals, eg. the Editor of Applied Catalysis B and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Advanced Chemical Engineering, Associate Editor of Chin. J. Catal. and Asia-Pacific Journal of Chemical Engineering.

Vincenzo Spallina is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Manchester. His research is devoted to the process intensification (chemical looping, membrane reactors) applied to sustainable routes for energy and chemical production by using experimental and modelling techniques. He obtained a PhD cum laude at the Politecnico of Milano in 2013. Prior to joining the University of Manchester as Lecturer in 2018, he was post-doctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology and Tecnalia Research Centre, where he was involved in several national and international projects related to chemical looping technologies, membranes technologies. Since 2019, he has been involved in several research projects (with a credit share > £ 2m) including decarbonisation of steel industry EPSRC BREINSTORM (PI) and CLYCHING) and H2020 project C4U (Co-I) biofuel production and waste valorisation (leading a £4.5m H2020 project GLAMOUR) and EPSRC SPACING (Co-I) . He is currently supervising five post-doctoral research associates and five PhD students.

Dr Kumar Patchigolla (KP) is a Reader in Low Carbon Energy Systems. His research mainly focuses on two areas for a variety of high temperature heat sources (fossil, biomass or solar thermal): advanced power generation cycles with reducing energy demand and renewables with energy storage. He has been involved in hydrogen generation, heat capture, heat storage designs, system evaluation, plus application analysis that could offer an economical way to maximise efficiency and minimise waste generation. He has demonstrated a strong track record in the production of high-quality peer reviewed journals (67 papers; h-factor=20-22) rated 4* and higher for chemical/process engineering and thermal engineering. 

Dr Eni Oko is a Process and Energy Systems Engineer and Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University, UK with over 15 years of industrial and academic experience. Dr Oko’s research spans the area of carbon capture and transport, green hydrogen production, energy storage and energy systems analysis and integration. Dr Oko worked on different EPSRC, NERC, EU H2020, UKCCSRC and INNOVATE UK funded research projects from 2011 to 2019. Dr Oko has published over 30 journal papers, one of which was awarded the SAGE Best Paper Prize 2014 and the Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) Ludwig Mond Prize 2014. This paper was also a major part of a 2020 UK Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) report titled ‘Carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) deployment at dispersed sites’. Dr Oko has received over £300k in research funding from different sources, namely EPSRC, EU H2020, Royal Society and GCRF, since August 2020 for ongoing/completed research projects (4 as PI and 2 as Co-I) with industrial and academic collaborators in UK, China, Norway, Belgium and South Africa.

Dr Masoudi is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering. In May 2017, he joined Brunel University London as a founding member of the new Chemical Engineering Department. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng/MIChemE) – with both industrial and academic research backgrounds in process engineering – and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His research is mainly centred on separation processes as well as reaction engineering & reactor design, covering both experimental and modelling-based studies.Dr Masoudi has been Co-Investigator (Co-I) on a pioneering EPSRC research grant on multiphysics and multiscale modelling for safe and feasible carbon capture and storage (Jan 2021- Dec 2023), and the Principal Investigator (PI) on a UKCCSRC/EPSRC research grant on the synthesis of cost-effective adsorbents for carbon capture (Oct 2020 – April 2021).Dr Masoudi worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, UK (07/2015 – 05/2017), contributing to several projects in the realms of biomass combustion and the modelling of CO2 capture & utilisation processes – in Professor Paul Fennell‘s research group and in collaboration with Professor Niall Mac Dowell and Professor Nilay Shah. In March 2017, he received the prestigious endorsement as the Exceptional Talent in Chemical Engineering by the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK. He also worked as a Postdoctoral KTP Associate (Fluids and Thermal Engineering Research Group) at the University of Nottingham, UK (08/2013 – 07/2015), during which, he was fully based at A-Gas International ltd. production site in Bristol (UK), where he worked as a Project Engineer on a major joint engineering research and process design project, involving the front end engineering design and development of a bespoke industrial-scale gas separation process.

Dr Anna Lichtschlag is a Marine Geochemist and a Senior Researcher at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton. Her expertise includes novel in-situ acquisition techniques to determine chemical exchanges between sediments and water column and environmental changes with a focus on human-induced impacts. More recently she is engaged in research into finding the most efficient monitoring strategies and appropriate tools and techniques for offshore Carbon Capture and Storage monitoring. She worked on the EU-funded ECO2 (FP7) and STEMM-CCS (H2020) projects and the NERC-funded CHIMNEY and QICS projects.

Professor Ed Lester (FRSC, FIMM, CChem) is Lady Trent Professor of Chemical Engineering and an active member of the Advanced Materials Research Group in the Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham. He has been working at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering for the last 24 years and pioneered the use of the image analysis approach to continuous hydrothermal reactor modelling. His current RCUK funded projects include self-learning reactors, nanomaterials for low noise environments and green chemistry synthesis routes. Past projects include several industrially funded nanoparticle grants and from 2012-2016 coordination of an FP7 Large Scale Integrating Collaborative project called SHYMAN (€10M) that designed, built and commissioned a 1000 ton/yr plant for the synthesis of nanomaterials. He is currently President of the International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association (ISHA) and Academic member of the Fuel and Energy Research Forum.

Dr Peter Clough is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Engineering at Cranfield University where his research focuses on hydrogen production, CO2 capture, and cheminformatics. Dr Clough is a lead investigator on the HyPER project, a £7.9m project funded by BEIS to scale up a next generation Sorption Enhanced Steam Methane Reforming pilot plant. In addition, Dr Clough has managed and led a series of successfully delivered projects totalling more than £11m in value.Dr Clough’s research is centred around the theme of clean energy, specifically hydrogen production, carbon capture and storage, and catalytic/non-catalytic material development and testing. Within these fields, his research group investigates reaction kinetics and mechanisms, apply machine learning to design and optimise materials, and the integration of decarbonisation technologies.