Research Associate in Resource Efficiency in Plastics and Petrochemical Systems
Academic Division: Energy, Fluids and Turbomachinery
Research group: Energy
Fanran is a Research Associate working on the critical review and data modelling and uncertainty of GHG emission accounting for petrochemical sectors as part of the C-THRU project in the Resource Efficiency Collective. Previously, he was a research fellow in Sustainable Material and Technologies at the University of Nottingham. He received his PhD degree in Materials Engineering and Materials Design from the University of Nottingham in 2017. His research focuses on resource efficiency and life cycle sustainability which integrates engineering and science-based disciplines with insights from economic sciences to develop system optimisation and policy relevant strategies.
His expertise is in the application of whole systems approaches (life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis with optimisation algorithm) to renewable energy systems and novel materials. He has been a named investigator on research grants valued at ~£2.2 million. His work has covered a wide range of materials, bioenergy, bioprocesses, and transportation sectors, e.g., carbon fibre composite recycling, plastic recycling, municipal solid waste management, wind turbine blade waste prediction and management, and continuous production of commodity chemicals, lithium-ion EV batteries.
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