Areas of expertise
- Biomass and Waste
- Computing, Simulation & Modelling
- Energy and the Environment
- Environmental Impacts
- Power Systems & Turbines
- Renewable Energy
Tosin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a Master’s degree in Biotechnology from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. She received her PhD from Cranfield University, UK in Gas Turbines, Fuels and Applications, where she developed the first bio-fouling assessment model for gas turbine fuels and fuel systems. Her research is actively contributing to the development of the Nano-Membrane Toilet, a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and designed for people lacking access to modern sanitation in developing countries. She has more than 8 years’ multidisciplinary research experience in applied microbiology, environmental sciences and energy systems, and is a pioneering researcher with interest in technology development, deployment, and solutions for developing economies. She won the 2013 BioVision. Nxt Fellowship and the 2015 Best Innovative Idea for Growth in Africa. Prior to her PhD, she worked in the Oil and Gas industry with technical expertise in environmental impact studies.
The project aims to understand and ensure energy recovery from human waste, as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge (RTTC), a Water, Sanitation & Hygiene program launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The energy recovered is expected to power a new generation and inspiring self-sustained domestic scale toilet, the ‘Nano-Membrane Toilet’ and designed for people lacking access to modern sanitation in developing countries. Project covers faecal sludge characterisation, energy system modelling, bench-scale experimentation of thermal processes and further optimization studies.
Interests include Biomass and waste fuels, Renewable Power Generation, Life Cycle Assessment, Energy Systems Modelling, Technology Assessment, Environmental Impact Studies
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)
Articles In Journals
- Somorin T, Kolios A, Parker A, McAdam E, Williams L & Tyrrel S (2017) Faecal-wood biomass co-combustion and ash composition analysis, Fuel, 203 781-791.
- Onabanjo T, Di Lorenzo G & Kolios A (2017) Life-cycle assessment of self-generated electricity in Nigeria and Jatropha biodiesel as an alternative power fuel, Renewable Energy, 113 (December) 966-979.
- Somorin TO, Adesola S & Kolawole A (2017) State-level assessment of the waste-to-energy potential (via incineration) of municipal solid wastes in Nigeria, Journal of Cleaner Production, 164 804-815.
- Somorin TO & Kolios AJ (2017) Prospects of deployment of Jatropha Biodiesel-fired Plants in Nigeria's power sector, Energy, Early Online.
- Onabanjo T, Patchigolla K, Wagland S, Fidalgo B, Kolios A, McAdam E, Parker A, Williams L, Tyrrel S & Cartmell E (2016) Energy recovery from human faeces via gasification: A thermodynamic equilibrium modelling approach, Energy Conversion and Management, 118 364-376.
- Onabanjo T, Di Lorenzo G, Goodger E & Somorin Y (2016) Modelling of microbial fuel degradation in liquid fuels for a gas turbine engine application, International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, 109 191-201.
- Onabanjo T, Kolios A, Patchigolla K, Wagland ST, Fidalgo B, Jurado N, Hanak DP, Manovic V, Parker A, McAdam E, Williams L, Tyrrel S & Cartmell E (2016) An experimental investigation of the combustion performance of human faeces, Fuel, 184 (November) 780-791.
- Onabanjo T, Di Lorenzo G, Nikolaidis T & Somorin Y (2015) Application of bio-fAEG, a biofouling assessment model in gas turbines and the effect of degraded fuels on engine performance simulations. In: ASME 2015 Power Conference collocated with the ASME 2015 9th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, the ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, and the ASME 2015 Nuclear Forum, San Diego, CA, 28 June - 2 July 2015.