School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Fernando Russo Abegao

Teaching Fellow

Background

Qualifications:

Newcastle Teaching Award (2017)

PhD (2011) University of Cambridge, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Thesis: Magnetic Resonance Studies of Temperature and Chemical Composition in Trickle Bed Reactors

Licenciatura in Chemical Engineering (2006) University of Coimbra, Portugal

 

Previous Positions:

Process Development Engineer, Johnson Matthey Plc.

Senior Scientist, Johnson Matthey Plc.

Research Scientist, Johnson Matthey Plc.

 

Memberships:

Institution of Chemical Engineers -Associated Member (AMIChemE)

Royal Society of Chemistry - Member (MRSC)

Society of Chemical Industry

Higher Education Academy - Fellow (D2)

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching Modules

Chemical Engineering - Stage 1:

CME1025 - Principles of Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering - Stage 2:

CME2023 - Transfer Processes 2

Chemical Engineering - Stage 3:

CME3039 - Plant Design

CME3040 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory II

 

 

Postgraduate Teaching Modules

Chemical Engineering - Stage 4:

CME8117 - MEng Research Project

MSc in Sustainable Chemical Engineering and MSc in Clean Technology:

CME8011- Basic Chemical Engineering

Research

I am a member of the Process Intensification Group and my research focus on catalysis and reaction engineering. My main interest is in gaining a fundamental understanding of the synthesis processes for catalytic materials and translate that into optimal catalyst activity and more efficient catalyst manufacturing processes. As application and case study areas, I work on:

1) Chemical and thermochemical upgrade of biomass into biorenewable chemicals and fuels;

2) Carbon dioxide conversion into materials and fuels;

3) Intensified synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts;

4) Photocatalysis.

Previously, I did build up an extensive background in industrial catalysis. I have worked at Johnson Matthey as a Process Development Engineer. During that time I have investigated catalyst manufacturing processes and I helped to develop a new generation of manufacturing methods. I also worked as a Research Scientist and Senior Research Scientist, mainly developing and designing Platinum Group Metal catalysts for several chemical, petrochemical and biorenewable applications.

During my PhD at the University of Cambridge, I developed Magnetic Resonance techniques for non-invasive tomography imaging and spectroscopic measurements of chemical composition and temperature in catalytic reactors. These techniques were then employed in operando studies to investigate interactions between hydrodynamics, heat and mass transport, and chemical reactions at industrially relevant hydrodynamic conditions of operation. Hot-stops formation was investigated and, for the first time, liquid-solid mass transfer coefficients were measured by direct quantification of the intra- and inter-particle liquid composition.

I am also a member of the Pedagogical Research in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials group, with a special interest in assessment, feedback and technology enhanced learning.

Research and Consultancy Topics:

Biorefining

Biofuels

Biorenewable Chemicals

Catalysis

Green Chemistry

Materials Characterisation

Measurement Methods

Process Intensification

Process Scale-Up

Reaction Engineering

Solids Handling and Processing

Sustainability

Synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts


Current Projects:

Conversion of Biomass into Superior Electrode Materials for Energy Storage Applications - Project funded by the International Partnership Fund.

Process Intensification of Biodiesel Production from Microalgae - SHARE sandpit award funded by the SuperGen Bioenergy Hub.

A Novel Approach Combining High-Throughput and Modelling Methods for Accelerated Rational Catalyst Development with Application to Conversion of Biomass Waste into Biorenewable Fuels and Chemicals - Project funded by the Institute for Sustainability.

Improving Teaching Effectiveness in Chemical Engineering Education.


Past Projects:

Integrated Process for Conversion of CO2 into Value-added Product, and Simultaneous Production of Biodiesel without Waste Glycerol by-product - Project funded by the Institute for Sustainability.