Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Alf Hill

MEng, MRes, PhD, CEng, MIChemE

 

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Contact details

Room: 9 West 4.08A
Tel: 01225 386286
Email: a.k.hill@bath.ac.uk

Alf is a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and a member of academic staff.  He is interested in the development of technologies for low carbon sustainable energy applications.  This builds upon his industrial career in the energy sector in the UK and is supported by his specialism in heterogeneous gas phase catalyst design, testing and characterisation. He has previously published research on catalyst design for chemical storage of hydrogen and has developed technology ideas for waste to energy applications. 

We are recruiting for a PhD student to join the group in the summer of 2017 for a project entitled “Radio-Frequency Heating of Catalysts for Sustainable Chemical Reactions”. High quality candidates from the UK can apply for Studentships to cover Tuition Fees, Training Fees and a Maintenance Stipend; some support is available for EU students also. Candidates are expected to hold a first class honours degree in engineering or chemistry to qualify for funding. More details of this opportunity including the application process can be found here.

Role

Alf was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering in November 2016, a role which includes Research, Teaching and Administration.  His research focus is in the integration of reactor, catalyst and heat transfer design for sustainable energy applications. This includes the application of electromagnetic heat transfer techniques to deliver the energy directly to the catalyst surface for enhanced energy efficiency, temperature control and process intensification.

Career achievements

Alf graduated from the University of Bath with an MEng in Chemical Engineering in 2004. He embarked on a career in the Oil and Gas industry with BP and Petroplus (2004-2010) during which he worked as a project manager to successfully deliver large CAPEX projects and specialised in crude oil distillation performance. In 2012 he was recognised by the IChemE in the award of Chartered Chemical Engineer. Seeking new opportunities, Alf returned to Bath to complete a PhD in Chemical Engineering with the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (2010 - 2014), his research focused on catalyst design for renewable energy applications and was published in several international journals. On completion of his PhD, Alf returned to industry to work for Atkins Nuclear as a Senior Process Engineer. In this capacity he was responsible for delivering the design for the Hinkley Point C reactor primary coolant storage and processing systems and he authored the Safety Performance chapter of the Periodic Safety Review of Heysham 1 and Hartlepool nuclear reactors.

Education

Alf received the degrees of MEng and PhD in Chemical Engineering and MRes in Sustainable Chemical Technologies in 2004, 2015 and 2011 respectively. He was awarded the qualification of Chartered Chemical Engineer and Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 2012.

Research

Alf is interested in the development of technologies for low carbon sustainable energy applications.  This builds upon his industrial career in the energy sector in the UK and is supported by his specialism in heterogeneous gas phase catalyst design, testing and characterisation. He has previously published research on catalyst design for chemical storage of hydrogen and has developed technology ideas for waste to energy applications.

In his new position at the University of Bath, Alf’s research focus is in the integration of reactor, catalyst and heat transfer design for sustainable energy applications. This includes the application of electromagnetic heat transfer techniques to deliver the energy directly to the catalyst surface for enhanced energy efficiency, temperature control and process intensification.

PhD Supervision

Alf is interested in supervising research students in the following areas:

  • development of solid catalysed gas phase reactions for sustainable applications;
  • investigation of synergies between heat integration and catalytic reactor design; and
  • study of catalysts and applications for pollution abatement in the energy industry.

Teaching

CE40129 – Legislation and Waste Management

Publications

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