Dr Kok Siew Ng joined the Department of Engineering Science as an UKRI/NERC Industrial Innovation (Rutherford) Research Fellow in January 2018. He is the Principal Investigator of the project 'A systems approach to synergistic utilisation of secondary organic streams' (SYNERGORS). The project aims to explore novel approaches to addressing challenges in organic waste management.
Kok Siew is the Founder and President of the Society of Circular, Regenerative and Sustainable Systems (CRES). The aims of CRES society (knowledge exchange) and SYNERGORS consortium (research) are to promote and strengthen cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration between the UK and international organisations in systems thinking and circular economy. His ambition in international development together with the objectives of SYNERGORS and CRES are well aligned with the UK Industrial Strategy in enhancing resource efficiency and mitigating pollution and waste materials, while achieving a sustainable industrial growth and a more resilient economy at global level.
Kok Siew is a chemical engineer by training with extensive research and industrial consultancy experience in systems engineering, techno-economic analysis and sustainability assessment. His research interests in resource recovery from waste and wastewater; integrated biorefinery systems, decarbonised energy systems and polygeneration systems are highly relevant in addressing complex global challenges. Kok Siew has substantial experience in leading international projects and consortium. He has been working closely with international academic and industrial organisations in the UK, Europe, China and South East Asia.
Prior to joining Oxford, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability (CES), University of Surrey, after working as an engineering consultant at Process Integration Limited (PIL). He completed his MEng Chemical Engineering with Chemistry (First Class Honours) at The University of Manchester in 2008, and later gained his PhD from the Centre for Process Integration (CPI), The University of Manchester in 2011.
My research vision is to develop systems thinking and circular economy approaches in resource management and develop best practices in response to the challenges arose during the transition from fossil to biorenewable economy.
A chemical engineer by training with core research and industrial expertise in process systems engineering and sustainability assessment, I work extensively in the areas of:
I have been actively involved in various research activities within the NERC Resource Recovery from Waste (RRfW) Programme, Innovate UK, Royal Academy of Engineering and EU projects. I have published more than 20 peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and have co-authored an advanced textbook “Biorefineries and Chemical Processes: Design, Integration and Sustainability Analysis”. My work related to decarbonisation of energy systems has been recognised by the IChemE Junior Moulton Medal award (best publication) in 2011.
I am enthusiastic in establishing national and international collaboration with researchers from multidisciplinary background. I have organised and participated in a number of British Council/Newton Fund workshops in Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, Kazakhstan and China, with the ambition of influencing industrial, resource and waste management practices in the developing countries towards sustainable development.