This talk will focus on the challenges of continuing to use fossil fuels in a cleaner way for the rest of this century as we manage the eventual transition to low carbon more sustainable energy sources, the key role chemical engineers have to play in this and how IChemE, through ‘Chemical Engineering Matters’ and the Special Interest Groups/Member Groups can facilitate the process.

This talk is organized in conjunction with the launch of IChemE student chapter in Monash University Malaysia.

Details of the talk are as follows:

Presenter: Professor Geoff Maitland
Date: 25th September 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am (light refreshments provided after talk)
Venue: Plenary Theatre

Interested students can register via the following link.

Speaker's Profile

Towards a Low Carbon Fossil Fuels Future – Chemical Engineering: The JourneyGeoff Maitland is Professor of Energy Engineering at Imperial College London, with a career that has straddled industry and academia. He studied Chemistry at Oxford University where he also obtained his doctorate in Physical Chemistry. After a period as an ICI Research Fellow at Bristol University, he was appointed to a lectureship in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in 1974. He spent a secondment with ICI Plastics Division from 1979-1981 and became a senior lecturer in 1983.

In 1986, Geoff moved to the oil and gas industry with Schlumberger, where he led research in oilfield fluids engineering for well construction, reservoir stimulation and production enhancement. He held a number of senior technical and research management positions in Cambridge and Paris, most recently as a Research Director. He rejoined Imperial College in September 2005 as Professor of Energy Engineering and his current research covers clean and efficient fossil fuel production with particular emphasis on carbon dioxide mitigation procesess, recovery of non-conventional hydrocarbons including methane hydrate production and energy-related reactor engineering.

Geoff is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Energy Institute. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the Hutchison Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1998 and served as President of the British Society of Rheology from 2002-2005. He was awarded the IChemE Chemical Engineering Envoy Award for 2010 for his media work explaining the engineering issues involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill.