Professor of Chemical Engineering, Aston University
Tony Bridgwater is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Aston University in Birmingham UK. He has worked at Aston University for most of his professional career. He is Director of the recently created European Bioenergy Research Institute as well as leading the internationally renowned Bioenergy Research Group, with a world-wide research portfolio focusing on fast pyrolysis as a key technology in thermal biomass conversion for power, heat, biofuels and biorefineries. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Institute of Energy.
Of particular note was his technical leadership of the UK’s SUPERGEN Bioenergy Consortium – the UK virtual centre of excellence in biomass and bioenergy research with 14 academic partners and 10 companies - which ran for 8½ years until the end of 2011. In addition he has led and coordinated nine major EC research and development projects in bioenergy and has an active current involvement in six further research and development projects. He has attracted funding from national research funding councils in Canada, Holland, Norway and the USA. He has been responsible for raising over £24 million during his research career. He formed and led the IEA Bioenergy Pyrolysis Task – PyNe - from 1994 to 2008 with parallel European networks on pyrolysis, gasification and combustion which included the EC sponsored ThermoNet and ThermalNet networks.
He has organised and chaired 5 international conferences in the Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass series from 1988 to 2004 all with peer reviewed proceedings. He has also organised 5 European conferences in pyrolysis and gasification of biomass. The latest activity is the organisation and chairman ship of the 20th International conference on Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis in Birmingham in May 2014 which attracted 230 delegates from 37 countries.
He has published extensively with 32 books on bioenergy, over 100 peer reviewed journal papers, and over 250 conference publications and presentations.
He was awarded the following:
UK Environmental Capital Peterborough Clean Energy Award in 2012 to recognise outstanding contributions to the development, implementation and promotion of clean energy technologies;
Green Leader in the West Midlands in 2011 in recognition of individuals who are having a positive environmental impact in helping the West Midlands achieve its vision for a low carbon economy.
The Aston University Chancellor’s medal in July 2010 for “outstanding service to the University”.
The North American Don Klass Award in September 2009 for “Excellence in Thermochemical Biomass Conversion”
The European Johannes Linneborn Prize in 2007 for “Outstanding contributions to bioenergy”