School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Greg Mutch

Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow

Background

Expertise

I am a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the School of Engineering. My research interests include gas separation using membranes and sorbents, typically applied to carbon capture and storage. I am also interested in catalysis, surface chemistry, vibrational spectroscopy, tomography and micro-fabrication.

My publications can be found on Google Scholar, and you can follow my social media on Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube.

Potential PhD students are always welcome, please get in touch using the email address above.

Biography

  • Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, 2020 - current.
  • Newcastle University Academic Track Fellow, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, 2019 - 2020.
  • EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, 2016 - 2019.
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, 2013 - 2016.
  • MChem (1st Class) in Chemistry (elected Physics & Biology), Department of Chemistry, University of Aberdeen, 2008 - 2013.

Prizes & Awards

  • Energy Sector PhD Thesis Prize (3rd), Royal Society of Chemistry, 2016.
  • "Where Science Meets Business" Essay prize (published in C&I magazine), Society of Chemical Industry, 2016.
  • William Rudolph Center Medal, University of Aberdeen, 2013.
  • David Christie Memorial Prize, University of Aberdeen, 2013.
  • Prize in Analytical Chemistry, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2011.

Professional Memberships

  • 2020 - Academic Member of UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, UKCCSRC
  • 2019 - EPSRC Associate Peer College
  • 2019 - Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, AFHEA
  • 2018 - Early Career Researcher Member of UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, UKCCSRC
  • 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, SCI
  • 2015 - Graduate Member of the Energy Institute, GradEI

Service

  • School of Engineering Athena Swan Silver Award Working Group.
  • Newcastle University INSIGHTS Public Lectures Committee.
  • Vice Chairman of Network Young Membrain's 2020.
  • Northumberland County Council Land Management and Emissions Capture Thematic Group.
  • Guest Editor for Processes Special Issue on Carbon Capture by Adsorption.
  • Reviewer for various funders, conferences and journals.


Research

Research

I develop clean energy generation and catalytic processes across length scales and disciplines. My research interests include gas separation using membranes and sorbents, typically applied to carbon capture and storage. I am also interested in catalysis, surface chemistry, vibrational spectroscopy, tomography and micro-fabrication.

At the nanoscale I interrogate surfaces with an aim to control interfacial processes, and investigate molecular structure using vibrational spectroscopy. At the microscale I employ micro-fabrication and tomographic techniques (X-ray micro-CT) to fabricate and understand devices. At the macroscale I develop apparatus for in-situ studies of materials under reaction conditions and test their potential in bench-scale reactors. My work is underpinned by a first degree in Chemistry and a second in Chemical Engineering.

Outreach

I am passionate about STEM communication and outreach. My research has been covered in the Royal Society of Chemistry magazine 'Chemistry World' and I have contributed expert commentary to the Science Media Centre. I have appeared on Leading Britain's Conversation (LBC) radio and gave a Royal Society of Chemistry International Year of the Periodic Table public lecture, as well as numerous public talks in bars and cafes.

Teaching

Lectures

  • Principles of Chemical Engineering, CME 1025

Supervision

  • M. Kazakli, PhD (NU)
  • L. McNeil, PhD (NU)
  • S. Tsochataridou, PhD (NU)
  • Y, Ji, PhD (NU)
  • Z. Rahmawati, PhD (UoA)
  • M. Purdy, MEng (NU)
  • R. Walker, MSc (UoA)
  • T. Heinze, BSc (UoA)
  • D. Ulrich, BSc (UoA)

Publications