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Colin Snape

Director of Energy Technologies Research Institute, Faculty of Engineering

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    Jubilee Campus
    Wollaton Road
    Nottingham
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Biography

Adsorbents for the capture CO2 and other pollutants, such as Hg, in combustion and gasification

Pyrolysis experiments to simulate oil generation in petroleum basins.

Hydropyrolysis as an analytical pyrolysis technqiue to aid oil exploration and quantify pyrolytic carbon in the environment.

Pollutant source apportionment using stable isotopes

Expertise Summary

Prof. Colin Snape (FRSE) has been involved in fuel science and related disciplines for over 30 years having worked at the Coal Research Establishment of British Coal before moving to the University of Strathclyde in 1987 and then to the University of Nottingham in 2000. His current research programme encompasses applied geochemistry focussing on novel pyrolysis methods to aid oil exploration, heavy oil production from alternative feedstocks, including coal and biomass, fundamental aspects of combustion and carbonisation, together with developing adsorbents for CO2 capture both in combustion and gasification and for the control of other pollutants, including mercury. He has 250 peer reviewed publications and honours include the 2006 Henry Storch award from the American Chemical Society for lifelong achievement in fuel science.

Research Summary

Prof. Colin Snape's current research programme encompasses applied geochemistry focussing on novel pyrolysis methods to aid oil exploration, heavy oil production from alternative feedstocks,… read more

Selected Publications

Current Research

Prof. Colin Snape's current research programme encompasses applied geochemistry focussing on novel pyrolysis methods to aid oil exploration, heavy oil production from alternative feedstocks, including coal and biomass, fundamental aspects of combustion and carbonisation, together with developing adsorbents for CO2 capture both in combustion and gasification and for the control of other pollutants, including mercury.

Past Research

Professor Snape worked at the Coal Research Establishment of British Coal (formally the National Coal Board) from 1974 to 1987 on many aspects concerning the characterisation, geochemistry and utilisation of coals and their derivatives. His principal research interests were (i) the development of spectroscopic and chromatographic methods for coals and coal products and (ii) new process concepts for coal pyrolysis and liquefaction. Colin was particularly active in the application of new NMR methods and was the first to realise the benefits of spectral editing and two-dimensional techniques. He obtained patents on hydropyrolysis that helped to establish this liquefaction route as a viable alternative to hydrogen-donor solvent liquefaction. Before leaving British Coal in 1987, Colin had over 40 publications and, through his research on NMR and coal structure, geochemistry and liquefaction, had already gained international recognition having been asked to give plenary lectures on these topics. Since moving to the University of Strathclyde in October 1987 as a Lecturer in Applied Chemistry, he has secured well in excess of £2.5m in external research funding from the EU with the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), EPSRC and other sources including the US Dept. of Energy. In addition, British Gas, BP, Esso and Babcock have supported CASE students.

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