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Tom Baxter

Tom Baxter

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Aberdeen

Tom Baxter graduated from Strathclyde University in 1975 with a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (first class honours). He is a Fellow of the IChemE. He started his career with ICI Petrochemicals, moved to fine chemicals with the Swiss company Ciba-Geigy before taking a position as a Process Engineer in 1980 with BNOC (British National Oil Corporation).

Through privatisation and acquisitions BNOC became Britoil then BP. Here he worked as an Operations Engineer, Development Engineer and Research Manager. In 1991 he left BP and joined Altra Consultants as Technical Manager. In 1998 he accepted a position as Technical Director with Genesis Oil and Gas Consultants and became the Aberdeen Business Unit Director in 2006.

He returned to his role as Technical Director on 2010 together with a position as Senior Fellow in the Chemical Engineering Department at Aberdeen University which he helped establish. He was appointed Visiting Professor of Chemical Engineering at Strathclyde University in 2003 and Aberdeen in 2009. He has co-authored numerous papers on the use of Full Cost Accounting to measure sustainable performance.

Hydrogen: where is low-carbon fuel most useful for decarbonisation?

Nov 10, 2020 05:50 am UTC| Science

Is hydrogen the lifeblood of a low-carbon future, or an overhyped distraction from real solutions? One thing is certain the coal, oil and natural gas which currently power much of daily life must be phased out within...

Why we should leave old oil rigs in the sea – and why we don't

Oct 05, 2020 14:09 pm UTC| Business

Decommissioning the UKs offshore oil and gas infrastructure will cost the taxpayer 24 billion, according to estimates from HMRC. So why cant we leave man-made structures in the sea and thereby save the cost of removal and...

Electric Car Series

Hydrogen cars won't overtake electric vehicles because they're hampered by the laws of science

Jun 03, 2020 14:35 pm UTC| Science

Hydrogen has long been touted as the future for passenger cars. The hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV), which simply runs on pressurised hydrogen from a fuelling station, produces zero carbon emissions from its...

Oil in Global Economy Series

Five myths about dismantling North Sea oil rigs

Apr 14, 2017 03:14 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell is under fire from environmental groups over its proposal to decommission the Brent oilfield in the North Sea. The plans submitted to the government relate to four concrete and steel platforms...

Oil in Global Economy Series

How to burn more oil and gas but slash emissions? Offshore power stations

Jan 05, 2017 13:23 pm UTC| Insights & Views

While the energy in fossil fuels is valuable for society, burning them has well documented environmental consequences global warming, smog and the effects of nitrous and sulphur oxides. Many think the time has come to...

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Economy

US asks Australia not to charge Facebook, Google for local news

The US asked Australia to scrap proposed laws that will force Facebook and Google to pay for news sourced from local media outlets, and instead, further study the markets, and develop a voluntary code. Under the...

S. Korea's data industry enjoys 14% on-year growth

A survey revealed that South Koreas data industry grew by 14.3 percent to 19.3 trillion won in 2020 from $17.4 billion in 2019. The survey was conducted by the Ministry of Science and ICT and the Korea Data Agency on...

S. Korean exports to Japan plunge 11.7% to $25 billion in 2020

South Korean exports to Japan shrank 11.7 percent to $25.09 billion in 2020 from 2019 due to a pandemic-triggered plunge in petrochemical and steel products shipments, falling export prices, and low oil costs. Japan,...

UK meat exporters suffer post-Brexit border chaos with EU

The UK meat industry warned of looming border chaos as customs checks with the EU halted cross-border meat deliveries. To ease into the new customs checks, British meat firms have reduced trade volumes with the EU and...

Economic slump to push Japan further behind China in digital technology

Foreign affairs experts warned that unless Japan makes a serious effort to promote its digital competency as a national strategy, it will lag further behind China. Japan is struggling to prop up its virus-hit economy...

Politics

Kamala Harris makes surprising revelation about her first date with husband Doug Emhoff

Aside from Kamala Harris becoming the first female vice president of the United States, her husband Doug Emhoff will become the first, second gentleman of the country. The couple recently appeared together in an interview...

Donald Trump to reportedly issue up to 100 pardons and commutations on his last days as POTUS

During this time, Donald Trump has largely been out of the public and online eye following the Capitol riots. As the hours go down in his presidency, the outgoing president is reportedly set to issue his final series of...

Barack Obama revelation: Ex-POTUS reveals ultimatum given to him by daughters Malia and Sasha

Former President Barack Obama previously released a memoir about his life during his eight-year tenure in the White House. One of the revelations Obama made in his memoir was the ultimatum given to him by his daughters...

Donald Trump impeachment: Rudy Giuliani will not represent outgoing POTUS in Senate trials

Donald Trump has now become the first president to be impeached by the House twice, and this time it was due to the Capitol riots that resulted in several people dead. As Trump faces an impending Senate trial, his longtime...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

'GTA 6' could feature NPCs with more realistic behavior

One of the gameplay improvements that GTA 6 could be feature might focus on the non-playable characters (NPCs). It was recently discovered that Rockstar Games parent company, Take-Two Interactive, filed a patent...

Why Samsung Galaxy Note 21 is unlikely to ship with free chargers

Samsung has launched the Galaxy S21 series, and it joined that smartphone lines that will ship without the usual in-box free charger. The company has also hinted at doing to same for future Galaxy devices, possibly...

Asus ROG Phone 4 could get a name change and massive battery upgrade

The Asus ROG Phone 4 appears to be in the pipeline, and its design and specs may have already been leaked. Several sources suggest there would be massive battery upgrades while significant changes in the design seem...

S. Korea requires tech firms Google, Facebook, Netflix to stabilize services

South Koreas ICT ministry reminded global tech giants Google, Facebook, and Netflix and local tech firms Naver, Kakao, and Wavve, to provide stable services as mandated by the countrys new law. Last year, South Korea...
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