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Edidiong Asuquo undertook an MSc in Catalysis at the Department of Chemistry, University of Liverpool in 2007 with research focus on heterogeneous catalysis for glycerol utilization in the production of chemical intermediates under the supervision of Prof. Ivan Kozhevnikov. He completed his PhD at the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, University of Manchester in 2016. His research was on adsorption of heavy metals from wastewater using adsorbents obtained from hydrothermal carbonised, pyrolysed and chemically activated biomass feedstocks with Prof. Alastair Martin.

In 2014, he joined the Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Materials in the Surface Science Research Centre, University of Liverpool, led by Prof. Rasmita Raval as a Research Innovator working an industrial collaboration project sponsored by Innovate UK with Industrial and Academic Partners (University of Liverpool, International Paints (AkzoNobel), Revolymer & University of Newcastle).

In 2018, he joined the Organic Materials Innovation Centre (OMIC) in the School of Chemistry, University of Manchester as a PDRA in Prof. Peter Budd’s research group working on an EPSRC project on EPSRC funded grant- Organic Mixed Matrix Membrane Technologies (ORGMEMT), focused on polymeric mixed matrix membranes for gas separation applications.

In 2019, he moved to the Advanced Nanomaterials Group in the School of Materials, University of Manchester as a PDRA working on graphene-polymeric thermal conductive composites for lighting applications in an EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) grant with Dr Mark Bissett and Prof. Ian Kinloch. Thereafter he worked within the Advanced Nanomaterials Group in the School of Materials on a University of Manchester innovation Factory (UMIF) funded to commercialise and scale-up the production of 2D materials (graphene and transition metal dichalcogenides (MoS2 and WS2) based polymeric membranes for water purification applications with Dr Mark Bissett and Prof. Robert Dryfe.

He moved to the Catalysis and Porous Materials Research Group as PDRA with Prof. Arthur Garforth and Prof. Chris Hardacre in the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Manchester in 2021 and his current project is on polymer waste recycling with Industrial Partners. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), associate member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Areas of expertise

  • TP Chemical technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Catalysis
  • Hydrocracking
  • Pyrolysis
  • Adsorption
  • Membrane technology
  • Water treatment
  • Zeolites
  • Plastic recycling
  • Depolymerisation of plastics
  • Desalination
  • Gas separation
  • Reverse osmosis
  • Pervaporation
  • Organic solvent nanofiltration
  • QD Chemistry
  • Graphene
  • Tungsten disulfide
  • Molybdenum disulfide
  • 2D Nanomaterials
  • Polymer Science
  • Covalent organic frameworks (COF)
  • Porous organic polymers (POPs)
  • Polymers of Intrinsic microporosity (PIMs)

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Advanced materials
  • Energy


  • Sustainable Chemical Engineering


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