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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: 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

Doosan clinches 780 billion won Saudi desalination plant project

Doosan Heavy Industries Construction Co. (DHICC) has clinched a 780 billion-won deal to build the Yanbu-4 seawater desalination plant in Saudi Arabia. The deal was inked by DHICC with a consortium of French energy...

S. Korea appeals WTO's ruling on its 15.39% anti-dumping tariffs on Japanese steel

South Korea appealed the World Trade Organizations (WTO) ruling that it partially violated rules in slapping anti-dumping 15.39 percent tariffs on Japanese stainless steel bars since July 2004 The appeal was made nearly...

BlackBerry unaware why stock price surged 17.7%

BlackBerry Ltd. said it was unaware of any material, undisclosed corporate developments that caused a 17.7 percent surge in its share price at $16.53 on Monday, even after it settled a patent royalties dispute with...

Hyundai Mipo wins 80.2 billion won chemicals carrier deal from Europe

Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co. has won an 80.2 billion won order to build two petrochemical carriers for a European company to be delivered by March next year. The mid-sized shipyard is one of three shipbuilders, including...

EU consumes more electricity from renewable sources than fossil fuel for first time in 2020

Europeans got 38 percent of their electricity from renewable sources last year, surpassing fossil fuels, which accounted for 37 percent, for the first time. According to an annual report from Ember and Agora...

Politics

Melania Trump divorce: Piers Morgan says ex-FLOTUS will not rush into divorcing husband Donald Trump

As of late, more speculations have circulated on whether former first lady Melania Trump will stay or leave former President Donald Trump now that they have left the White House. Controversial TV personality Piers Morgan...

Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani sued for defamation by Dominion

Donald Trumps attempts to overturn the election results have ultimately resulted in his impeachment in the last stretch of his term as president. The after-effects of the attempts have also affected his close allies,...

Donald Trump humiliation: Ex-POTUS' niece Mary Trump says she wants to change her last name to distance herself

Among the most vocal critics of now-former President Donald Trump is his own niece Mary Trump. Ms. Trump recently said she wants to change her last name in order to further break from her uncle. Speaking to The...

Joe Biden brings in longtime physician as the new White House doctor

Joe Biden has already made personnel changes among the White House staff in his administration, and recently he has made another one. Biden is set to bring in his longtime physician to become the new White House...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ patch 1.1 doesn’t completely fix the bugged Takemura quest

CD Projekt Red delivered its promise to release patch 1.1 for Cyberpunk 2077 this month. While its patch notes are filled with much-needed gameplay fixes, players found that it also comes with a new bug that affects a main...

More Samsung Galaxy S21 shipments anticipated in 2021, research predicts

A market research predicts the Samsung Galaxy S21 would perform better than the Galaxy S20 lineup last year. However, another report claims that the company has laid out quite a conservative estimation of units to be...

Apple launches new Fitness+ feature 'Time to Walk' with inspirational stories told by celebrities

Apple has launched a new Fitness+ feature to inspire its subscribers to go out for a walk. Instead of listening to lengthy audiobooks, the new Time to Walk feature focuses on inspirational stories told by...

Sony Xperia Compact rumored to return in 2021 with new 5.5-inch smartphone

Sony has been rumored to bring back its small-size smartphone series in recent years, and that appears to become a reality soon. A new leak appeared in the wild, possibly giving tech fans their first look at the next...
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