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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

Tofurky to incorporate algae protein into plant-based food products

Tofurky, a processor of plant-analog proteins, will collaborate with Triton Algae Innovations to develop products incorporating protein from essential red algae. Jaime Athos, CEO of Tofurky, said that the opportunity...

US meat, poultry producers not ready to comply with animal-rights laws

Food processing trade groups are saying theyre not ready for the implementation of animal welfare statutes in California and elsewhere on Jan.1, and are calling for an extension. Passed by voters in 2018, Californias...

Dallas Cowboys edges Chicago Bulls, LA Lakers as USA’s most fashionable sports brand

The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League came out as the most fashionable US sports team brand, with 16,428 tagged posts across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter from August 2020 to August 2021. The data was...

Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team inks branding deal with Crypto Exchange FTX

FTX Trading Limited has partnered with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team for numerous race seasons in multiple branding campaigns. The exchanges logo will be featured prominently by both F1 cars and drivers and...

Nike, Adidas back in favor with Chinese consumers: survey

Nike and Adidas are again popular with Chinese consumers after both faced boycotts in March due to the Xinjiang region controversy, according to Citi Researchs survey in September. Citi had conducted a survey of 1,000...

Politics

Capitol insurrection: Steve Bannon admits planning January 6 rally to 'kill Biden presidency'

The recent revelations from the new book by journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa showed how much twice-impeached former President Donald Trump and his allies were involved in the January 6 insurrection. Following the...

Nancy Pelosi hints that House will not vote on $3.5 trillion proposal unless Senate passage is certain

The Democratic Party in Washington faces a challenge that could put their majority in both the House and the Senate at stake in the 2022 midterms. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently hinted that the House would not vote on...

Mary Trump, NYT lawsuit by ex-POTUS Donald Trump 'curious', says former prosecutor

This week, twice-impeached former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against his niece Mary Trump and the New York Times over his financial records. Former prosecutor Joyce Vance weighed in on what the lawsuit would...

Joe Biden: French ambassador to the US returns following call between POTUS and Emmanuel Macron

A diplomatic crisis recently occurred with France following the deal made between the US, the UK, and Australia over providing Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. After the recent call between US President Joe Biden...

Science

UK industry group warns CO2 crisis poses a risk of meat shortage

An industry group has warned of carbon dioxide (CO2) shortage in the UK within the week due to a sharp rise in gas prices that could result in meat supply issues. The gas price hie has forced domestic energy suppliers...

S. Korea's POSCO, Hyundai to use oyster shell waste for steelmaking

S. Korean steelmakers POSCO and Hyundai Steel Co. will start using oyster shells as a secondary base material for producing steel. Both firms have been developing a recycling technology with a local oyster shell...

S. Korea to develop solar-powered drone that could carry 20 kgs 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 and with natural disaster monitoring capability by 2025. The drone will serve as an...

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...

Technology

EU to use non-Apple compatible USB-C connector as charging port for all devices

The EU will prescribe using the USB-C connector as the standard charging port for mobile phones, tablets, and headphones, which is not compatible with Apple products. The iPhone is charged from a Lightning cable while...

‘Bayonetta 3’ is launching in 2022

It has been three years without any update about Bayonetta 3, leading to speculations and worries that the games development may be facing issues. But all those were erased with the release of a new 4-minute video at the...

‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’ developer is getting rid of the ‘dognados’

All the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta weekends have concluded, and Sledgehammer Games confirmed they have some work to do before the game launches. However, a post-beta update seems to be confusing some fans, especially...

EU could soon require USB-C ports on all devices, but Apple can still avoid the change

The European Commission, the European Unions executive arm, has forwarded a proposal that would make the use of USB-C port a requirement on all devices sold in the region. If legislated, Apple is one of the companies...

Twitter is developing an NFT authentication feature

Twitter has expanded the feature, now officially called Tips, allowing users to send monetary support in the form of tips to their favorite accounts. Aside from launching globally, it will now support payments in Bitcoin...
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