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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: UK government sees future in low-carbon fuel – but what's the reality?

Aug 22, 2021 01:27 am UTC| Business Economy

The UKs long-awaited hydrogen strategy has set out the governments plans for a world-leading hydrogen economy that it says would generate 900 million (US$1.2 million) and create over 9,000 jobs by 2030, potentially rising...

Why hydrogen energy has seduced a generation of politicians

Apr 04, 2021 10:20 am UTC| Politics

Hydrogen is often touted in the scientific and general media as a silver bullet for reaching net zero emissions. Such articles might include the following claims: Its the most common element on Earth. It can be...

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

Adidas promotes Star Wars gear ahead of The Book of Boba Fett series this December

Adidas is promoting its Star Wars collection inspired by the legendary galactic bounty hunter, Boba Fett, featuring a pair of his Firebird Track Pants, ahead of its upcoming The Book of Boba Fett series at Disney+ on...

Amazon invests in fractional sports trading card, NFT marketplace Dibbs

Amazon is getting into sports collectibles by investing in fractional marketplace Dibbs, which recently launched a feature allowing users to sell stakes in their items with each other. The terms of Amazons investment...

Nike, Adidas, H&M, Zara, Coach found contributing to Amazon rainforest's destruction with their leather products

A new report from sustainability organization Slow Factory Foundation and Stand.earth found that cattle farmers who produce leather for fashion brands such Nike, Adidas, HM, Zara, and Coach are intensifying the...

McDonald's Canada offers new Bacon' N Crispy Onion Quarter Pounder

McDonalds has begun offering the Bacon N Crispy Onion Quarter Pounder, only in Canada. The sandwich consists of a quarter-pound beef patty, hickory smoked bacon, crispy onions, a grilled onion sauce, cheese, ketchup,...

Politics

Capitol riots: Insurrectionist asks courts for permission to attend wedding in Cancun ahead of sentencing

Hundreds of the members of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol were arrested and charged by the feds since the insurrection. One insurrectionist recently made a bizarre request to the courts, asking for permission...

Nancy Pelosi condemns Rep. Lauren Boebert's attacks against Rep. Ilhan Omar

The recent Islamophobic attacks that Colorado GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert made against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar have also led to internal squabbles in the House Republican caucus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted Boeberts...

Taliban criticizes UN for postponing decision on who would represent Afghanistan

The international community is still reluctant to acknowledge the Talibans government in Afghanistan following the withdrawal in August. The insurgent group recently criticized the United Nations for postponing its...

Melania Trump in talks to write memoir about life in White House

Former first lady Melania Trump has stayed out of the spotlight for much of the year since leaving Washington. The former first lady is also set to write a memoir about her time in the White House. Page Six reports that...

Science

New study shows drinking coffee, tea may reduce risk of dementia, stroke

Coffee and tea drinkers had lower risks of dementia and stroke, according to a study published in Plos Medicine in November 2021. This study involved 365,682 participants aged 50 to 74 years from the UK...

Doosan Robotics launches collaborative robot cafe

Doosan Robotics Co. has produced an unmanned modular robot cafe, which refers to a robot that can work with a human. The unmanned modular robot cafe is 1.8 meters wide, 1.59 meters long, and 1.85 meters high. Doosan...

Nissan to roll out unmanned vehicle for traversing the moon's surface

Nissan Motor Co. rolled out on Dec.2 an unmanned rover prototype to operate on the moon using its electric cars all-wheel-control technology to let it operate under harsh conditions. The Japan Aerospace Exploration...

S. Korean researchers find use for apple peel and crab apple as natural pigment

South Koreas Apple Use Research Institute has developed a reddish natural pigment extraction and recycling method using wasted apple peel and crab apples. Apple peel contains the reddish natural pigments called...

Pigeons consider safety, food availability in picking where to perch

Pigeons consider safety and food availability in picking where to perch, according to Keio University professor emeritus of animal behavior, Shigeru Watanabe. The finding could help cities manage pigeon...

Technology

Meta is expanding the Facebook Protect program to more users

Meta appears to be making more effort to push Facebook users handling high-profile pages to enable Facebook Protect features. Those who fail to turn on the safety tools might risk getting locked out of their...

Samsung Galaxy A73 could sport a 108MP main camera and launch in December

Renders allegedly showing the design of the upcoming Galaxy A73 surfaced recently, and it appears that Samsung is not planning a significant redesign. However, several notable changes in the technical specifications were...

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will cost $699 in the US, report says

With the possibility of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE launching in a month, more details about the anticipated mid-range phone have leaked once again. This time, the devices introductory price in the United States has been...

‘The Matrix Awakens’ movie tie-in could launch on PS5 soon

The highly anticipated sequel film The Matrix Resurrections will premiere in a few weeks, but that may not be the only thing that sci-fi fans should expect. A promotional image for The Matrix Awakens recently leaked, and...
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