Areas of expertise
- Water Science and Engineering
Ben attained a Masters in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath in 2012. He then gained industrial experience in chemical engineering and leadership roles in global food and drinks firms Kraft Foods, Mondelez, and Jacobs Douwe Egberts. In 2017, he was awarded chartered status within the Institute of Chemical Engineers. In 2018, he joined Cranfield University Water Science Institute to pursue an engineering doctorate (EngD) research degree as part of the STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre.
Ben's research focuses on the recovery of sustainable energy resources and nutrients from wastewater in the pursuit of a circular economy and a net-zero water sector.
He is currently developing novel technologies for the production of biomethane and the recovery of ammonia from concentrated wastewater. His project is grounded in the design and exploration of vacuum distillation and gas-liquid absorption processes in the Cranfield University Laboratories. This work is co-sponsored by Anglian Water, Northumbrian Water, Severn Trent Water, and the EPSRC.
Ben has received multiple awards throughout his research project, including: "Top Performing Research Engineer" by the STREAM Industrial Doctorate Centre (2018), "Best Research Presentation" & "Best Poster" at the Anglian Water Symposium (2019), and most recently "Best Oral Presentation" at the international Euromembrane Conference (2021).
- Anglian Water
- Northumbrian Water
- Severn Trent Water
Articles In Journals
- Guida S, Van Peteghem L, Luquami B, Sakarika M, McLeod A, McAdam EJ, Jefferson B, Rabaey K & Soares A (2022) Ammonia recovery from brines originating from a municipal wastewater ion exchange process and valorization of recovered nitrogen into microbial protein, Chemical Engineering Journal, 427 (January) Article No. 130896. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.14725284
- Bavarella S, Luqmani B, Thomas N, Brookes A, Moore A, Vale P, Pidou M & McAdam EJ (2022) CO2 absorption into aqueous ammonia using membrane contactors: Role of solvent chemistry and pore size on solids formation for low energy solvent regeneration, Separation and Purification Technology, 290 (June) Article No. 120786. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.19291319
- Davey CJ, Luqmani B, Thomas N & McAdam EJ (2022) Transforming wastewater ammonia to carbon free energy: Integrating fuel cell technology with ammonia stripping for direct power production, Separation and Purification Technology, 289 (May) Article No. 120755. Dataset/s: 10.17862/cranfield.rd.19291244