Researchers from Spain visited The University of British Columbia

Maria Cortazar and Xabier sukunza from the University of the Basque Country visited The University of British Columbia (Professor Xiaotao Bi’s group) for three months. The research is about biomass gasification. The two researchers participated in the commissioning of a 25 kg/h two-stage gasification pilot plant comprised of a bubbling fluidized bed and a riser. In the preliminary tests, different operating conditions have been tested on biomass gasification process and the effect of ER, S/B ratio, temperature and the bed inventory on the products have been assessed. Critical knowledge exchange between the two groups was carried out.

Sino-UK workshop on New Materials and Technologies in Water Treatment and Sludge Solid Waste Treatment and Disposal

The two-day workshop involved around 40 researchers. Presentations were given and discussion for collaborations and research progress were carried out. It is promising and challenging to connect solid waste recycling with wastewater treatment. For example, biochar produced from pyrolysis of biomass waste can be used for the removal of pollutants from wastewater.

Some photo are attached below:

Mr Shuming Zhang visited Zhejiang University

Mr. Shuming Zhang from QUB visited the Institute for Themal Power Engineering of Zhejiang University from September 2021 to December 2021. During his exchange period at Zhejiang University, Shuming worked in Prof. Mengxiang Fang’s group mainly on the techno-economic analysis of the autothermal CaO looping biomass gasification process. There is one revised manuscript waiting for journal submission. In addition, he received training on CO2 absorption in large-scale industrial applications.

A Sino-UK workshop on biomass and wastewater

The workshop, partially funded by the EU RISE project, has successfully carried out bringing participants from UK and China. Topics related to biomass conversion and wastewater treatment have been discussed, in addition to the collaborations and career development. We aim to sustain the research links and promote the development and deployment of bioenergy and its interaction with wastewater treatment.

Call for participants for the workshop on Sino-UK Workshop on Biomass Conversion and Utilisation

Workshop Title: Sino-UK Workshop on Biomass Conversion and Utilisation

UK Principal Applicant: Prof. Xin Tu, University of Liverpool

Partner Country Principal Applicant: Prof. Hanping Chen, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Discipline: Energy and Chemical Engineering        

Dates and venue: 9th to 11th Dec 2021, Liverpool & On-line (Zoom)          

Scope of the workshop

1. Thermochemical conversion of biomass to fuels, chemicals and materials

2. Catalytic conversion of biomass to fuels, chemicals and materials

3. High value-added biomass utilisation & process

4. Synthesis of biomass-based materials & catalysts

The programme, Newton Fund Researcher Links provides opportunities for early career researchers from the UK and internationally to research exchange and developing potential research collaborations.

As part of this programme, we are now recruiting early career researchers to participate in the above workshop.

The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for sharing research expertise and networking. During the workshops early career researchers will have the opportunity to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and discuss this with established researchers from the UK and partner countries. There will be a focus on providing mentorship for participated ECRs and developing links for future collaborations.

The Newton Fund will cover the costs related to the participation to the workshop, including travel, accommodation and meals. The British Council accepts no responsibility for any problems which may occur with travel or accommodation arrangements or any other issues that participants might experience when the participants are away from their home.

Application and Deadline:

The full application below must be completed and submitted by 10th November 2021 to:

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applications must be submitted using the Researcher Links application form
  • Application must be submitted before the above deadline
  • Participants must be Early Career Researchers: Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers.
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  • Participants must have a research or academic position (a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised university or research institution in the UK.
  • Participants are expected to attend all sessions of the workshop.

Quality Assessment

  • Experience and relevance of the applicant’s research area to the workshop
  • Motivation and contribution to the aims of the workshop
  • Description of the long-term impact expected through the participation in the workshop
  • Ability to disseminate workshop’s outcomes

Selection Procedure:

  • Eligibility check
  • Quality assessment

Notification of results:

Applicants will be notified by email prior to the workshop.

Equal Opportunities

Equal opportunities and diversity are at the heart of the British Council’s cultural relations ambitions. While recognising that some research fields are dominated by one particular gender, Principal Applicants are encouraged to work towards an equal gender balance, promote diversity. They must not exclude applicants on the basis of ethnicity, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, social status or disability. Participants’ selection undertaken by workshop organisers must not contravene this policy.  Extra support to enable participation of Early Career Researchers with special needs will be given.

Workshop Application Form