Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Olivier Camus

Dr Olivier Camus

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Room: 9 West 2.01a
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384548



Dr Olivier Camus first obtained a diploma as a Chemical Engineer from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques (ENSIC) in Nancy in 1990 then gained his PhD from Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL) in 1996.

From 1997, he worked as a postdoc in catalysis at the University of Bath with Professor Stan Kolaczkowski on the establishment of new rate expressions for assisted catalyst design. Following this he has worked on a number of projects, from the development of a novel ceramic membrane and process for the most cost-effective recovery of ammonia in ammonia synthesis plant, to modelling the adsorption of VOC organic compounds on carbon monoliths either in single component or multi-component systems. 


Olivier is currently working with Professor Barry Crittenden and Dr Semali Perera and the industrial partner, Parker domnick hunter (Pdh), on regenerative Oil Vapour Removal (OVR) system using low energy monolithic structures.

Organic solvents/hydrocarbon oil vapours lead to global warming emissions both directly and indirectly and in the UK contribute approximately 7 million tonnes per year to the overall total. Recovery of adsorbed organic vapours in the target market sector is limited to very large process systems due to the energy inefficiencies. This leads to the use of static, granular carbon based adsorbent systems. These have significant disposal issues of the contaminated filters that a regenerative approach would negate. Hence the Bath/Pdh Knowledge Transfer Account project targets the commercial development of a unique nanoporous, regenerative oil vapour removal system.

The target outcome is a twin bed adsorption process based on monolithic carbon or zeolite/carbon composite that is capable of being electrically regenerated and will allow recovery of the vapours with low energy input. Development will include tailored activated carbons, hybrid monoliths, integrated innovative coating mechanisms to provide a unique opportunity to improve product recovery, a reduction in bed size and a reduction in energy demand of up to 30%. Applications using the potential technologies will gain a distinct competitive edge within the global filtration market in which Pdh operates.

It is hoped that the novel technology should be able to replace the Parker filtration group’s oil vapour removal filter units, using beaded/granular adsorbent material, with significant reductions in environmental emissions, and cost effective recovery and reuse of valuable raw materials. Also lead to job creation, expansion of Pdh’s business strategy, strengthen Research and Development capacity, and improve its financial health.


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