Dr Christopher J. Chuck
9 West 2.04 e
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 383537
Website: The Chuck Group
For his PhD, Dr Chris Chuck investigated novel catalysts for the production of biodiesel from waste oils. After which Chris switched departments to Mechanical Engineering where he worked closely with the Ford Motor Company and BP on developing renewable biofuel technology, he also oversaw the design and construction of a microalgal bioreactor.
Chris spent the next 18 months running his own consultancy, in which he worked on projects related to renewable bioproducts with a range of companies, the Universities of Exeter, Bath and Bangor and DEFRA.
In September 2010, Chris rejoined the University of Bath as a Knowledge Transfer Fellow, developing catalysts for the production of bioplastics with Purac Biochem. He was awarded a Whorrod Research Fellowship in Sustainable Chemical Technologies in September 2011.
Chris’s group is multidisciplinary and investigates renewable alternative fuels and bioproducts. Within the group both photo-, mixo- and heterotrophic microbes are being investigated for their potential to produce lipids and higher value bioproducts. The aim is to develop this research into a sustainable biorefinery where fuels, chemicals and animal feed can be produced economically without impacting heavily on food and fresh water resources.
Further work is being undertaken into the upgrading of the biomass products by applying alternative chemical methods to fuel synthesis. The resulting liquid fuels address not only the sustainability issues but also the poor performance of current first generation biofuels. The aim of this work is to develop suitable road transportation fuels and biofuels suitable for the aviation industry. To further support this work collaborations are in place with academics in Mechanical Engineering working on fuel combustion and Life Cycle Analysis as well as EADS and the Ford Motor Company.
Further work within the group includes upgrading lignin through catalytic depolymerisation and testing this as a renewable additive.
Sargeant, L. A., Mardell, M., Saad-Allah, K. M., Hussein, A. H., Whiffin, F., Santomauro, F. and Chuck, C. J., 2016. Production of lipid from depolymerised lignocellulose using the biocontrol yeast, Rhodotorula minuta:the fatty acid profile remains stable irrespective of environmental conditions. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology, 118 (5), pp. 777-787.
Whiffin, F., Santomauro, F. and Chuck, C., 2016. Toward a microbial palm oil substitute:oleaginous yeasts cultured on lignocellulose. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining
Chuck, C., Raikova, S., Smith-Baedorf, H., Santomauro, F. and Wagner, J., 2016. Assessing hydrothermal liquefaction for the production of bio-oil and enhanced metal recovery from microalgae cultivated on acid mine drainage. Fuel Processing Technology, 142, pp. 219-227.
Donnelly, J., Horton, R., Gopalan, K., Bannister, C. D. and Chuck, C. J., 2016. Branched ketone biofuels as blending agents for Jet-A1 aviation kerosene. Energy & Fuels, 30 (1), pp. 294-301.
Parker, H. J., Chuck, C. J., Woodman, T. and Jones, M. D., 2016. Degradation of a β-O-4 model lignin species by vanadium Schiff-base catalysts:influence of catalyst structure and reaction conditions on activity and selectivity. Catalysis Today, 269.
Jenkins, R. W., Sargeant, L. A., Whiffin, F. M., Santomauro, F., Kaloudis, D., Mozzanega, P., Bannister, C., Baena, S. and Chuck, C. J., 2015. Cross-metathesis of microbial oils for the production of advanced biofuels and chemicals. ACS Sustainable Chemisty and Engineering, 3 (7), pp. 1526-1535.
Donnelly, J., Muller, C., Wiemans, L., Chuck, C. and Dominguez, P., 2015. Upgrading biogenic furans:blended C10–C12 platform chemicals via lyase-catalyzed carboligations and formation of novel C12 –choline chloride-based deep-eutectic-solvents. Green Chemistry, 17 (5), pp. 2714-2718.
Bendall, S., Birdsall-Wilson, M., Jenkins, R., John Chew, Y.M. and Chuck, C. J., 2015. Showcasing chemical engineering principles through the production of biodiesel from spent coffee grounds. Journal of Chemical Education, 92 (4), pp. 683-687.
Chuck, C., Lou-Hing, D., Dean, R., Sargeant, L., Scott, R. J. and Jenkins, R., 2014. Simultaneous microwave extraction and synthesis of fatty acid methyl ester from the oleaginous yeast Rhodotorula glutinis. Energy, 69, pp. 446-454.
Chuck, C. and Donnelly, J., 2014. The compatibility of potential bioderived fuels with Jet A-1 aviation kerosene. Applied Energy, 118, pp. 83-91.
Santomauro, F., Whiffin, F., Scott, R. J. and Chuck, C. J., 2014. Correction:low-cost lipid production by an oleaginous yeast cultured in non-sterile conditions using model waste resources. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 7 (1), 42.
Santomauro, F., Whiffin, F., Scott, R. J. and Chuck, C., 2014. Low-cost lipid production by an oleaginous yeast cultured in non-sterile conditions using model waste resources. Biotechnology for Biofuels, 7 (34), pp. 34-43.
Jenkins, R. W., Stageman, N. E., Fortune, C. M. and Chuck, C. J., 2014. Effect of the type of bean, processing, and geographical location on the biodiesel produced from waste coffee grounds. Energy & Fuels, 28 (2), pp. 1166-1174.
Chuck, C., Santomauro, F., Sargeant, L., Whiffin, F., Chantasuban, T., Abd. Ghaffar, N. R., Wagner, J. and Scott, R. J., 2014. Liquid transport fuels from microbial yeasts - current and future perspectives. Biofuels, 5 (3), pp. 293-311.
Sargeant, L. A., Chuck, C. J., Donnelly, J., Bannister, C. D. and Scott, R. J., 2014. Optimizing the lipid profile, to produce either a palm oil or biodiesel substitute, by manipulation of the culture conditions for Rhodotorula glutinis. Biofuels, 5 (1), pp. 33-43.
Chuck, C. J., Davidson, M. G., Gobius Du Sart, G., Ivanova-Mitseva, P. K., Kociok-Köhn, G. I. and Manton, L. B., 2013. Synthesis and structural characterization of group 4 metal alkoxide complexes of N, N, N ′,N ′-tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine and their use as initiators in the ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of rac -lactide under industrially relevant conditions. Inorganic Chemistry, 52 (19), pp. 10804-10811.
Chuck, C. J., Parker, H. J., Jenkins, R. W. and Donnelly, J., 2013. Renewable biofuel additives from the ozonolysis of lignin. Bioresource Technology, 143, pp. 549-554.
Smith-Badorf, H. D., Chuck, C.J., Mokebo, K.R., MacDonald, H., Davidson, M.G. and Scott, R.J., 2013. Bioprospecting the thermal waters of the Roman Baths:Isolation of oleaginous species and analysis of the FAME profile for biodiesel production. AMB Express, 3 (1), 9.
Jenkins, R. W., Munro, M., Nash, S. and Chuck, C. J., 2013. Potential renewable oxygenated biofuels for the aviation and road transport sectors. Fuel, 103, pp. 593-599.
Harkins, M., Lou-Hing, D., Sargeant, L. A. and Chuck, C. J., 2013. Effect of bacterial invasion on the growth and lipid production of the oleaginous yeast Rhodotorula glutinis. Journal of Technology Innovations in Renewable Energy, 2 (3), pp. 222-230.
Chuck, C. J., Jenkins, R. W., Bannister, C. D., Han, L. and Lowe, J. P., 2012. Design and preliminary results of an NMR tube reactor to study the oxidative degradation of fatty acid methyl ester. Biomass and Bioenergy, 47, pp. 188-194.
Chuck, C. J., Bannister, C. D., Jenkins, R. W., Lowe, J. P. and Davidson, M. G., 2012. A comparison of analytical techniques and the products formed during the decomposition of biodiesel under accelerated conditions. Fuel, 96, pp. 426-433.
Bannister, C. D., Chuck, C. J., Bounds, M. and Hawley, J. G., 2011. Oxidative stability of biodiesel fuel. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 225 (D1), pp. 99-114.
Bannister, C. D., Hawley, J. G., Ali, H. M., Chuck, C. J., Price, P., Chrysafi, S. S., Brown, A. and Pickford, W., 2010. The impact of biodiesel blend ratio on vehicle performance and emissions. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 224 (3), pp. 405-421.
Chuck, C. J., Bannister, C. D., Hawley, J. G. and Davidson, M. G., 2010. Spectroscopic sensor techniques applicable to real-time biodiesel determination. Fuel, 89 (2), pp. 457-461.
Bannister, C. D., Chuck, C. J., Hawley, J. G., Price, P. and Chrysafi, S. S., 2010. Factors affecting the decomposition of biodiesel under simulated engine sump oil conditions. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 224 (7), pp. 927-940.
Chuck, C. J., Bannister, C. D., Hawley, J. G., Davidson, M. G., La Bruna, I. and Paine, A., 2009. Predictive model to assess the molecular structure of biodiesel fuel. Energy & Fuels, 23 (4), pp. 2290-2294.
Chmura, A. J., Chuck, C. J., Davidson, M. G., Jones, M. D., Lunn, M. D., Bull, S. D. and Mahon, M. F., 2007. A germanium alkoxide supported by a C-3-symmetric ligand for the stereoselective synthesis of highly heterotactic polylactide under solvent-free conditions. Angewandte Chemie-International Edition, 46 (13), pp. 2280-2283.
Chuck, C. J., Davidson, M. G., Jones, M. D., Kociok-Kohn, G., Lunn, M. D. and Wu, S., 2006. Air-stable titanium alkoxide based metal-organic framework as an initiator for ring-opening polymerization of cyclic esters. Inorganic Chemistry, 45 (17), pp. 6595-6597.
Saffarzadeh-matin, S., Chuck, C. J., Kerton, F. M. and Rayner, C. M., 2004. Poly(dimethylsiloxane)-Derived Phosphine and Phosphinite Ligands: Synthesis, Characterization, Solubility in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide, and Sequestration on Silica. Organometallics, 23 (22), pp. 5176-5181.
Conference or Workshop Items
Ting, V., Doan, H., Wagner, J. and Chuck, C., 2014. The application of nanoporous materials to problems in sustainable energy. In: Scientific conference on Oil Refining and Pertrochemical Engineering (ORPE 2014), 2014-10-08 - 2014-10-10, Hanoi University of Mining and Geology.
Parker, H., Jones, M. D. and Chuck, C., 2014. Fuel additives from the controlled depolymerization of lignin. In: 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, 2014-08-10 - 2014-08-14, USA.
Parker, H., Spellman, J., Chuck, C. and Jones, M. D., 2014. Renewable fuel additives from depolymerized lignin. In: 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, 2014-08-10 - 2014-08-14, USA.
Bannister, C., Hawley, J. G., Ali, H., Chuck, C. and Price, P., 2009. Quantifying the effects of biodiesel blend ratio, at varying ambient temperatures, on vehicle performance and emissions. In: SAE 2009 International Powertrains, Fuels & Lubricants Meeting, 2009-06-15 - 2009-06-17.
Chuck, C. J., 2007. Lewis acid catalyst design for the transesterification of lower quality feedstock for biodiesel production. Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)). University of Bath.