Our Advanced Thermal Conversion Technology Lab (ATCT) is equipped with bench-scale high temperature and high pressure facilities to study novel routes for the conversion and upgrading of biobased and fossil-derived feedstocks.

The lab has a particular focus on microwave processing, pyrolysis, and supercritical fluid technology for energy, fuel and chemical production using novel and conventional reactor systems. The facility allows researchers and industry partners to carry out basic and applied research in the production and characterisation of conventional and renewable fuels, chemicals and their derived fractions.

Our capability allows us to address the needs of the energy and process industries, including:

  • - Microwave-assisted thermal conversion and catalytic upgrading of carbon-based materials
  • - Sub- and supercritical fluids for pretreatment and processing of materials including particle formation, polymer foaming and blending, composite recycling and biomass fractionation and degradation
  • - Pyrolysis and gasification of biomass and waste, including mixed plastic waste
  • - Catalysis synthesis and characterisation
  • - Separation technology including phase behaviour measurements, fractionation and azeotrope breaking.
If you are interested in using the facility and benefitting from expert support, please get in touch.

Using the facility

Various high-profile research projects have been undertaken in these facilities, working with a number of national and internationally-based companies, such as Recycling Technologies Ltd., and funding bodies including Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and British Council.