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Professor Alan Guwy

Head of the Sustainable Environment Research Centre

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  • 01443 482239

Qualifications        

  • BSc, PhD, CCHEM, CIWEM, FLSW

About       

Professor Alan Guwy is the Head of the Sustainable Environment Research Centre (SERC) the largest research Centre at the University of South Wales (USW). He has carried out research in the areas of sustainable energy and environment science and engineering for more than 30 years. Currently his research interests are on the renewable hydrogen production, hydrogen energy systems and the optimization of biological and bioelectrochemical systems for the recovery of energy and high value products from industrial syngases, waste and biomass.

He currently leads hydrogen energy systems research in FLEXIS, a £24 million research operation designed to develop an energy systems research capability in Wales. He also leads the SERC team in the EPSRC LifesCO2R project, developing novel  technology based upon integrated low-cost bio-electrochemical processes to convert CO2 into liquid fuels for transportation, energy storage, heating and other applications. He is the USW PI in an ERDF project entitled Reduce Industrial Carbon Emissions – “RICE”. He is the USW lead on the FLEXISAPP project and the inventor of novel processes “OxyHyH20”.  In collaboration with TATA and Welsh Water and the IDRIC team he is the lead on an industrial biorefinery initiative entitled “ The VFA Factory for Decarbonisation” making carboxylic acids from biowastes and syngases. He was the Operating Agent for the International Energy Agency’s Biohydrogen Task 34 and a Scientific Advisor for the H2FCSUPERGEN Hub.

He has received funding either as principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator (Co-I) from the EPSRC BBSRC, NERC (MeteorRR) and a variety of EU programmes totalling more than £15M. These include funding from 5 EPSRC SUPERGEN projects (UK SHECBIOFC), EU framework projects FP 5, 6, 7 and H2020 and a number of large ERDF projects including FLEXIS, RICE, H2WalesLCRI. He was the leading USW investigator in a H2020 project RESURBIS to recover energy in the form of hydrogen and valuable products such as volatile fatty acids as platform chemicals form of green chemicals from sewage sludge and other municipal wastes.

He has published over 110 ISI papers, with 9619 citations and an h-index of 47. His  publications include papers in high impact journals such as Energy & Environment Systems (IF 33.25) and two of top 10 highest cited papers in the journal of Water Research in last 30 years and the highest cited paper in the journal of Water Science and Technology in last 20 years.

Experience     

  • 2004 – Present - Head of Sustainable Environment Research Centre at the University of South Wales (SERC)
  • 2013 – 2018 - Director of the Energy and Environment Research Institute (EERI) at the University of South Wales
  • 2001 – 2006 - Reader (assoc. Prof) in SERC, School of Applied Sciences at the School of Applied Sciences, University of Glamorgan
  • 1999 – 2001 - Senior Lecturer in Waste Treatment Research Unit, School of Applied Sciences, University of Glamorgan
  • 1993 – 1999 - Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Waste Treatment Research Unit, School of Applied Sciences, University of Glamorgan

Publications        

Memberships and Affiliations (past and present)       

  • Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW)
  • Operating Agent for the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (Task 34)
  • UK representative on International Water Association’s (IWA) specialist group for Anaerobic Digestion
  • UK Committee member of the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement IEA-HIA (Task 21)
  • UK Committee member of International Water Association’s (IWA) Task group on Harmonization of Anaerobic Biodegradation, Activity and Inhibition Assays (since 2002)
  • Director of the Waste Treatment Technology Network in Wales
  • Director of the Waste Treatment Technology Consortia for Industrial training in Waste Management
  • Committee member of Welsh Energy Research Centre (WERC)
  • Committee member of Wales Waste Resource Research Centre (WWRReC)
  • EPSRC college member
  • A chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM),
  • A chartered member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
  • Member of International Association of Water Quality (MIWA)
  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College