Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Serpil Awdry

Contact details

Room: Wessex House 7.22
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383957

Dr Serpil Awdry



Dr Serpil Awdry completed her Chemical Engineering degree in METU (Middle East Technical University), Ankara, Turkey, then obtained Masters degree in Ege University in Izmir, developing a Continues Flow Extraction System for Producing Agar-agar from Local Red-seaweed, before joining The University of Bath for her PhD.

During her PhD she investigated ‘Mass Transfer and Catalytic Polymerisation Reaction of Organosilicon Compounds and was granted a patent for her part of PhD work on ‘a Process of Loading a Ceramic Monolithic Catalyst Support with a heterogeneous water soluble catalyst’.


Serpil work mostly involves the formulation of mathematical models of chemical reactors, combined with associated experimental work from laboratory to pilot plant scale.

Since her PhD, she has been collaborating with Prof Stan Kolaczkowski on various resarch projects including:

  • Catalytic Combustion Systems for Pollutant Suppression in Industrial Gas Turbines, Steam Reformers and Radiant Heaters : Brite EuRam Project with 12 European industrial and research partners on developing mathematical models of catalytic combustion systems.
  • Catalytic Partial Oxidation for Fuel Cell Applications and for Compact Steam Reformers collaborating with Swiss and European industrial partners, developing mathematical models catalytic partial oxidation systems.
  • Mathematical Modelling of Staged Combustion Chamber. During this project she was granted a patent, collaborating with Rolls Royce and Prof Kolaczkowski, on developing a Combustion Chamber and a Method of Operation of Catalytic Combustion System.

Her recent research interests include the following areas:

  • Carbon dioxide scrubbing in an absorption column, using a sea water and Dixon rings support system for the development of compact multi-chamber column designs applicable to submersible habitats.
  • The development of effective, efficient deNOx processes: The preparation and characterization of deNOx catalysts and the performance of the catalysts in a continuous flow fixed bed reactor.
  • Modelling studies examining the performance of catalytic devices to control emissions of CO, hydrocarbons and NOx, from a variety of stationary (e.g. gas engines) and mobile sources (vehicles).
  • Gasification of biomass to produce electricity from syngas.


As well as working as a Research Officer she has also been a part time lecturer since 2001 which involves teaching the following units:

  • Instrumentation and Control (module manager)
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering Modelling (application with Matlab)
  • Process Design and Safety (application with Solid Edge)
  • First Year Design Projects
  • Chemical Engineering Skills and Practice
  • Beng/MEng final year Design Project.


Book Sections

Kolaczkowski, S., Le, C. D. and Awdry, S., 2011. Equilibrium reaction(s) involving H2S and COS species: consideration of thermodynamics and implications on the biomass gasification process. In: Bridgwater, A. V., ed. Proceedings of the bioten conference on biomass, bioenergy and biofuels 2010. Newbury: CPL Press, pp. 733-744.


Kolaczkowski, S., Awdry, S., Smith, T., Thomas, D., Torkuhl, L. and Kolvenbach, R., 2016. Potential for metal foams to act as structured catalyst supports in fixed-bed reactors. Catalysis Today, 273, pp. 221-233.

Kolaczkowski, S., Awdry, S., Le, C., Nuckols, M. L., Smith, T. and Thomas, D., 2015. Removal of CO2 from a submersible atmosphere by scrubbing with water:Experiments in a single column. Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 100, 157 - 169.

Al Badran, F., Awdry, S. and Kolaczkowski, S.T., 2013. Development of a continuous flow reactor for pharmaceuticals using catalytic monoliths:Pt/C selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol. Catalysis Today, 216, pp. 229-239.

Kolaczkowski, S. T., Chao, R., Awdry, S. and Smith, A., 2007. Application of a CFD code (FLUENT) to formulate models of catalytic gas phase reactions in porous catalyst pellets. Chemical Engineering Research & Design, 85 (A11), pp. 1539-1552.

Awdry, S. and Kolaczkowski, S. T., 2001. The condensation/polymerisation of dimethyl siloxane fluids in a three-phase trickle flow monolith reactor. Catalysis Today, 69 (1-4), pp. 275-281.

Hayes, R. E., Kolaczkowski, S. T., Li, P. K. C. and Awdry, S., 2001. The palladium catalyzed oxidation of methane: reaction kinetics and the effect of diffusion barriers. Chemical Engineering Science, 56 (16), pp. 4815-4835.

Conference or Workshop Items

Nuckols, M., Kolaczkowski, S., Awdry, S., Smith, T. and Thomas, D., 2014. Hyperbaric testing of an alternative approach to remove carbon dioxide from underwater life support equipment. In: ASME 2014 33rd International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering, OMAE 2014, 2014-06-08 - 2014-06-13. American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Mcclymont, D., Kolaczkowski, S., Molloy, K. C. and Awdry, S., 2013. Silver catalysts for NOx storage and reduction using hydrogen. In: ChemEngDayUK 2013, 2013-03-25 - 2013-03-26.

Mcclymont, D., Kolaczkowski, S., Molloy, K. C. and Awdry, S., 2013. Novel catalyst systems for deNOx. In: DTC Symposium Series - Sustainable Industrial Catalysis, 2013-01-29.

Nuckols, M.L., Kolaczkowski, S.T., Awdry, S., Le, C., Smith, T. and Thomas, D., 2013. An alternative method to remove carbon dioxide from submersible environments. In: Underwater Intervation Conference 2012, 2012-01-24 - 2012-01-26. Curran Associates, pp. 316-324.

Firth, B. P., Kolaczkowski, S. T., Davidson, M. G. and Awdry, S., 2013. Biodiesel Production in Fixed-Bed Catalytic Reactors. In: ChemEngDayUK 2013, 2013-03-25 - 2013-03-26.

Mcclymont, D., Kolaczkowski, S., Molloy, K. C. and Awdry, S., 2012. Novel catalyst systems for deNOx. In: IChemE Catalysis for Energy Meeting, 2012-12-11.

Mcclymont, D., Kolaczkowski, S. T., Molloy, K. C. and Awdry, S., 2012. Novel catalyst systems for deNOx. In: DTC Summer Showcase 2012, 2012-07-09 - 2013-04-13.

Firth, B., Kolaczkowski, S. T., Davidson, M. G. and Awdry, S., 2012. Biodiesel Production in Fixed-Bed Catalytic Reactors. In: Gordon Research Conference on Green Chemistry 2012, 2012-07-21 - 2012-07-28.

Nuckols, M. L., Kolaczkowski, S., Awdry, S., Le, C. D., Smith, T. and Thomas, D., 2011. An initial assessment for the use of seawater as a method to remove metabolically-produced carbon dioxide from a submersible atmosphere. In: Oceans '11 MTS/IEEE Kona, 2011-09-19 - 2011-09-22.

Kolaczkowski, S., Robinson, K., Awdry, S. and Ye, S., 2008. Transient heat transfer studies on a catalytic convertor under non-reacting conditions. In: 5th International Conference on Environmental Catalysis, 2008-08-31 - 2008-09-03.

Kolaczkowski, S. T., Flatley, C., Hawley, G. and Awdry, S., 2001. Catalytic combustion of diesel to power a gas turbine on a hybrid vehicle - a cleaner method of transport. In: 6th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, 2001-09-23.

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