School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Greg Mutch

EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow

Background

Biography

  • EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow, School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University, current.
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, 2016.
  • MChem (1st Class), Department of Chemistry, University of Aberdeen, 2013.

Professional Memberships

  • 2017 - Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, MRSC
  • 2017 - Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, AMIChemE
  • 2016 - Student Member of the Society of Chemical Industry
  • 2015 - Graduate Member of the Energy Institute, GradEI
  • 2015-2017 - Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • 2015-2017 - Affiliate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers

Prizes & Awards

  • William Rudolph Center Medal (University of Aberdeen)
  • David Christie Memorial Prize (University of Aberdeen)
  • Prize in Analytical Chemistry (Royal Society of Chemistry)

Grants

  • 2016 - EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship, Newcastle University.
  • 2015 - RSC & BIAWPS Travel Grants.
  • 2013 - EPSRC Doctoral Training Grant, University of Aberdeen.
  • 2013 - Erasmus Support Bursary

Collaborations

  • Prof. Giuseppina Cerrato, Prof. Lorenza Operti & Dr Sara Morandi, University of Torino, Italy.
  • Prof. Ryan Richards & Ms. Sarah Shulda, Colorado School of Mines, US.

Research

Research Interests

  • in-situ vibrational spectroscopy (FTIR, Raman) including quantitative spectroscopy.
  • Surface chemistry, adsorption and surface analysis.
  • Clean energy generation, gas separation and catalysis.

Current Research

Investigation of composite molten salt-inorganic membranes using a variety of spectroscopic, tomographic and diffraction techniques to enhance performance, lifetime and mechanistic understanding. In particular in-situ Raman spectroscopy is used to elucidate molten salt composition under operating conditions. Membranes with a wide variety of supports, salt composition and structural parameters are investigated, in combination with other chemical engineering processes.

Past Research

Carbon capture & storage optimisation in solid oxides: understanding surface fluid interactions. The use of in-situ FTIR spectroscopy to understand carbonate formation on a variety of model oxide surfaces representative of materials used for high temperature capture processes (e.g. Calcium Looping) or those present in geological settings during underground storage of carbon dioxide.

Other research activities included the development of quantitative in-situ FTIR spectroscopic techniques and the synthesis of novel materials for photocatalytic remediation of nitrate polluted groundwater.


Publications