School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Greg Mutch

NU Academic Track Fellow (NUAcT)

Background

About

Dr Greg A. Mutch is a Newcastle University Academic Track (NUAcT) Fellow in the School of Engineering with research interests including gas separation, carbon capture & storage, catalysis, membranes, adsorbents, surface chemistry, vibrational spectroscopy, tomography and micro-fabrication.

His publications can be found on Google Scholar, and his social media on TwitterFacebook and Youtube.

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

Biography

  • Newcastle University Academic Track Fellow, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, current.
  • EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellow, School of Engineering, Newcastle University, 2019.
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen, 2016.
  • MChem (1st Class) in Chemistry (elected Physics & Biology), Department of Chemistry, University of Aberdeen, 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 numerous funders, conferences and journals.


Research

About

I develop clean energy generation and catalytic processes across length scales and disciplines.

At the nanoscale I design interfaces and control surface chemistry, and investigate molecular structure using vibrational spectroscopy. At the microscale I employ micro-fabrication and tomographic techniques to fabricate and interrogate 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.

Specific fields of interest include carbon capture, utilisation and storage (including direct air capture), gas separation processes using solid adsorbents and membranes, and the application of controlled surface chemistry in energy related processes.

Outreach

I am passionate about STEM communication and outreach. My research has been covered by 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
  • L. McNeil, PhD
  • S. Tsochataridou, PhD
  • Y, Ji, PhD
  • Z. Rahmawati, PhD (UoA)
  • M. Purdy, MEng
  • R. Walker, MSc (UoA)
  • T. Heinze, BSc (UoA)
  • D. Ulrich, BSc (UoA)

Publications