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Tom Baxter

Tom Baxter

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Aberdeen

Tom Baxter graduated from Strathclyde University in 1975 with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (first class honours). He is a Fellow of the IChemE. He started his career with ICI Petrochemicals, moved to fine chemicals with the Swiss company Ciba-Geigy before taking a position as a Process Engineer in 1980 with BNOC (British National Oil Corporation).

Through privatisation and acquisitions BNOC became Britoil then BP. Here he worked as an Operations Engineer, Development Engineer and Research Manager. In 1991 he left BP and joined Altra Consultants as Technical Manager. In 1998 he accepted a position as Technical Director with Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants and became the Aberdeen Business Unit Director in 2006.

He returned to his role as Technical Director on 2010 together with a position as Senior Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department at Aberdeen University which he helped establish. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering at Strathclyde University in 2003 and Aberdeen in 2009. He has co-authored numerous papers on the use of Full Cost Accounting to measure sustainable performance.

Hydrogen: UK government sees future in low-carbon fuel – but what's the reality?

Aug 22, 2021 01:27 am UTC| Business Economy

The UKs long-awaited hydrogen strategy has set out the governments plans for a world-leading hydrogen economy that it says would generate 900 million (US$1.2 million) and create over 9,000 jobs by 2030, potentially rising...

Why hydrogen energy has seduced a generation of politicians

Apr 04, 2021 10:20 am UTC| Politics

Hydrogen is often touted in the scientific and general media as a silver bullet for reaching net zero emissions. Such articles might include the following claims: Its the most common element on Earth. It can be...

Hydrogen: where is low-carbon fuel most useful for decarbonisation?

Nov 10, 2020 05:50 am UTC| Science

Is hydrogen the lifeblood of a low-carbon future, or an overhyped distraction from real solutions? One thing is certain the coal, oil and natural gas which currently power much of daily life must be phased out within...

Why we should leave old oil rigs in the sea – and why we don't

Oct 05, 2020 14:09 pm UTC| Business

Decommissioning the UKs offshore oil and gas infrastructure will cost the taxpayer 24 billion, according to estimates from HMRC. So why cant we leave man-made structures in the sea and thereby save the cost of removal and...

Electric Car Series

Hydrogen cars won't overtake electric vehicles because they're hampered by the laws of science

Jun 03, 2020 14:35 pm UTC| Science

Hydrogen has long been touted as the future for passenger cars. The hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which simply runs on pressurised hydrogen from a fuelling station, produces zero carbon emissions from its...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Five myths about dismantling North Sea oil rigs

Apr 14, 2017 03:14 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is under fire from environmental groups over its proposal to decommission the Brent oilfield in the North Sea. The plans submitted to the government relate to four concrete and steel platforms...

Oil in Global Economy Series

How to burn more oil and gas but slash emissions? Offshore power stations

Jan 05, 2017 13:23 pm UTC| Insights & Views

While the energy in fossil fuels is valuable for society, burning them has well documented environmental consequences global warming, smog and the effects of nitrous and sulphur oxides. Many think the time has come to...

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Economy

Smart robots to revitalize Japan's economy, competitiveness: Softbank CEO

Smart robots can revitalize Japans economy and competitiveness, insists Softbank Group CEO Masayoshi Son, as their much-hyped robot dubbed Pepper, prepares to bow out. According to Son, their Vision Fund is...

S. Korea to develop solar-powered drone that could carry 20 kg to stratosphere

South Korea will invest 37.47 billion won in developing a solar-powered drone that could carry over 20 kilograms in the stratosphere with natural disaster monitoring capability by 2025. Drones that reach the...

Hyundai Motor to reuse spent-up EV batteries as energy storage systems in Texas

Hyundai Motor Group has collaborated with Texas-based groups CPS Energy and OCI Solar Power to test whether spent-up electric vehicle batteries could be reused as energy storage systems. ESS stores leftover electricity...

S. Korea to invest 2.6 trillion won in hyperconnectivity

South Korea will invest 2.6 trillion won in hyperconnectivity and related technologies for newly emerging services by 2025. The Ministry of Science and ICT identified the emerging services as metaverse, blockchain, and...

Countless chicken meat buyers eligible to share in $181 million price-fixing settlement

A $181 million class-action lawsuit price-fixing settlement allows anyone who purchased chicken from a grocery store in the last decade-plus to be eligible to collect. Law firms Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro and Cohen...

Politics

Capitol riots: Federal judge rejects insurrectionist's request to move case out of DC

Hundreds of people have already been arrested and detained for their participation in the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Many are now being tried for their involvement, and a federal judge has rejected a request by an...

Joe Biden says extreme weather will cost US over $100 billion this year

One of the issues that US President Joe Biden plans on tackling during his presidency is that of climate change. During his visit to Colorado, Biden said that the extreme weather would cost the country billions this...

Joe Biden to urge world leaders to vaccinate 70 percent of the world by 2022

With the rising cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 all over the world, US President Joe Biden is looking to curb the pandemic once and for all. In the upcoming summit next week with world leaders, Biden is set to get...

Nancy Pelosi reportedly told Gen. Mark Milley that Donald Trump should have been arrested for inciting the insurrection

Among the lawmakers who were being targeted by the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol last January 6 was Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A new book recently claimed that Pelosi spoke with a top general, saying...

Science

S. Korean scientists develop 3D printing ink from sunflower pollen

A group of South Korean scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore managed to develop 3D printing ink material from sunflower pollen. The research team led by professor Cho Nam-joon first incubated...

Kumho Petrochemical to produce eco-friendly rubber compound out of rice bran

Kumho Petrochemical Co. will produce an eco-friendly synthetic rubber compound made of rice bran-based bio-silica. Silica improves fuel efficiency, braking power, and wear resistance of synthetic rubber for...

From CRISPR to glowing proteins to optogenetics – scientists' most powerful technologies have been borrowed from nature

Watson and Crick, Schrdinger and Einstein all made theoretical breakthroughs that have changed the worlds understanding of science. Today big, game-changing ideas are less common. New and improved techniques are the...

234 scientists read 14,000+ research papers to write the upcoming IPCC climate report – here's what you need to know and why it's a big deal

This week, hundreds of scientists from around the world are finalizing a report that assesses the state of the global climate. Its a big deal. The report is used by governments and industries everywhere to understand the...

Insulin was discovered 100 years ago – but it took a lot more than one scientific breakthrough to get a diabetes treatment to patients

Diabetes was a fatal disease before insulin was discovered on July 27, 1921. A century ago, people diagnosed with this metabolic disorder usually survived only a few years. Physicians had no way to treat their diabetic...

Technology

GeForce Now leak did not confirm ‘Halo 5’ PC port, 343 Industries says

Aside from a couple of AAA games getting delayed, the gaming world was rocked this week with the massive GeForce Now datamine. Many gamers have assumed that most games mentioned in the leak are in the pipeline. However,...

MacBook Pro could feature 90Hz OLED panels from Samsung Display in 2022

Apple fans are still waiting for the announcement of the MacBook Pro refresh this year, but they might already have a few details to know about the laptops to come next year. Samsung Display confirmed Thursday that the...

Apple Watch Series 7 full specs appear in an alleged internal document

The Apple Watch Series 7 ended up being one of the most intriguing products from the tech giants launch event last Tuesday. It was not surprising that the company did not announce details about the watchs release, but it...

Xiaomi 11T Pro exclusively features 120W HyperCharge

The Xiaomi 11T series has been launched and the high-end Pro model unsurprisingly got the best features in the lineup. Aside from powerful cameras, it is also the only Xiaomi flagship this year to ship with the companys...
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