Principal Investigator

Dr Kok Siew Ng

MEng PhD FHEA AMIChemE

UKRI/NERC Industrial Innovation (Rutherford) Research Fellow

Lecturer in Engineering Science (Chemical Engineering)

President of the Society of Circular, Regenerative and Sustainable Systems (CRES)

Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Email: kok.ng@eng.ox.ac.uk

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Research Interests

  • Resource recovery from waste and wastewater
  • Integrated biorefinery systems
  • Decarbonised energy systems
  • Polygeneration

Expertise

  • Conceptual process design
  • Process modelling and integration
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Life cycle and sustainability assessment

My research vision is to develop systems thinking and circular economy approaches in sustainable resource management and develop best practices in response to the challenges arose during the transition from fossil to biorenewable economy.  I am enthusiastic in establishing national and international collaboration with researchers from multidisciplinary background. I have founded SYNERGORS consortium (Research) and CRES society (Knowledge Exchange) which aim at promoting and strengthening international, multidisciplinary collaboration between the UK and international organisations in adopting systems thinking approach in sustainable resource management.

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.

 

PhD students

Hannah Kargbo, Chemical Engineering (Newcastle, UK), 2019-Present - Biofuel production from biomass waste and residues

MEng & MSc students

  1. Enzia Schnyder, Engineering Science (Oxford, UK), 2018-2019 - Modelling the potential of chemical production from food waste using anaerobic digestion (Awarded the best 4YP Prize)
  2. Mario Büttner, Energy Engineering (RWTH Aachen, Germany), 2019-2020 - A systems thinking framework for sustainable airport development
  3. Meléa Emunah, Civil & Environmental Engineering (Princeton, US), 2019-2020 - Applying a systems thinking approach to enhancing circularity in water management systems: A case study of San Francisco, CA, USA.
  4. Danial Farooq, Engineering Science (Oxford, UK), 2019-2020 - Development of hydrothermal liquefaction process for the production of sustainable aviation fuel in the UK