Dr. Artur Majewski

Dr. Artur Majewski

School of Chemical Engineering
Research Fellow II at the Centre for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Research
Project Manager (flexJET), BioEnergy Group

Contact details

Address
School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham B15 2TT
UK

Qualifications

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy - in recognition of attainment against the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education, University of Birmingham - 2018
  • PhD - in technical since; Environmental engineering, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland - 2007
  • Meng - Environmental engineering; water, sewage and waste technology, Koszalin University of Technology, Poland - 1999
  • Forestry technician, Technical School of Forestry in Goraj, Poland - 1994

Research

RESEARCH THEMES

  • hydrogen production
  • biofuels
  • catalysis
  • hydrocarbons reforming
  • Solid Oxide Cells
  • fuels for SOFC
  • water and wastewater technology

CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

  • Research Fellow II in the Joint University-Industry Consortium for Energy Materials and Devices Hub (JUICED) project. The project has been carrying out research in close collaboration with industry in the development of energy materials up to demonstrator level (research on nano-enabled energy materials).
  • Project Manager of a consortium of 12 industrial and academic partners in the EU H2020 flexJET project (€15m). The flexJET project is constructing a pre-commercial demonstration plant for the production of advanced aviation biofuel (jet fuel) from waste vegetable oil and organic solid waste biomass, demonstrating the SABR-TCR technology i.e. transesterification, hydrodeoxygenation and hydrocracking/isomerisation, and Thermo-Catalytic Reforming combined with hydrogen separation through pressure swing adsorption to produce a fully equivalent jet fuel.

 PAST RESEARCH ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • The Demonstration of Waste Biomass to Synthetic Fuels and Green Hydrogen (TO-SYN-FUEL) EU H2020 project (lead by Fraunhofer UMSICHT) has been demonstrating the conversion of organic waste biomass (sewage sludge) into biofuels. The pre-commercial scale 500 kg/h TCR plant is under construction in Germany. The project implements an integrated process combining Thermo-Catalytic Reforming (TCR), with hydrogen separation through pressure swing adsorption, and hydrodeoxygenation, to produce a fully equivalent gasoline and diesel substitute and green hydrogen for use in transport.
  • Power-to-Gas energy storage concept tailored for developing countries - funded by GCRF/UoB.
  • Demonstration of Catalytic Properties of Char from Thermo-Catalytic Reforming (TCR) of Deinking Sludge project (funded by EPSRC, UK) has been demonstrating advance utilisation of wastes from paper mills with additional benefit in the production of bio-oil, syngas and char.
  • Biogas to energy - Catalyst for biogas combined steam/dry reforming - EPSRC Global Challenges Research Fund. In this project, we aimed to develop a more economically viable method for producing hydrogen from biowaste. Our project aimed to develop a novel catalyst able to convert biogas into H2 and CO.
  • The project ‘Working towards Mass Manufactured, Low-Cost and Robust SOFC stacks’ (funded by FCH JU, EU) addressed a novel design solution for lightweight SOFC stacks that decouples the thermal stresses within the stack and at the same time allows best sealing and contacting.
  • Sofc Apu for Auxiliary Road-truck Installations (SAFARI) project aimed to design, optimise and build 100 W solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) stacks, and to integrate them into truck cab power systems (auxiliary power unit). The system comprised units from industrial partners ALMUS (Switzerland) and from ADELAN (UK) with a battery found in a truck.
  • The project “Rural hybrid energy enterprise system” (funded by EPSRC, UK) goal was hybrid renewable energy systems at a scale suitable for rural communities. It was a consortium of six universities from UK and eighth universities from India.
  • Supply Chain Research Applied to Clean Hydrogen project (funded by EPSRC, UK). The goal was to develop a fuel cell system, from hydrogen production, storage, to utilisation and application.
  • Project “Squeezing hydrogen out of biomass; new catalysts for clean energy generation” (funded EPSRC, UK). A Ru-based system was developed for catalytic hydrogen generation from formic acid. The main goal was to design a rector with a continuous feed system that could produce up to 1 kg of H2 per day.
  • European Commission Framework 6 Project "Real SOFC". It was one of the biggest fuel cell related projects in Europe with 39 industrial and academic partners. The project aimed at solving the problems of ageing with planar SOFC in industrial applications. That included gaining the full understanding of degradation processes, finding solutions to reduce ageing and producing improved materials.

Publications

Up to date:  Google Scholar, Scopus

 1.     A.J. Majewski, P.R. Slater, R. Steinberger-Wilckens "Understanding the effect of water transport on the thermal expansion properties of the perovskites BaFe0.6Co0.3Nb0.1O3-δ and BaCo0.7Yb0.2Bi0.1O3-δ", Journal of Materials Science, 2020 – in press

  1. A. Fivga, H. Jahangiri, M.A Bashir, A.J. Majewski, A. Hornung, M, Ouadi “Demonstration of catalytic properties of de-inking sludge char as a carbon based sacrificial catalyst“, Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis, pp 1-12, Volume 146, 2020
  2. A.J. Majewski, A. Dhir “Application of silver in microtubular solid oxide fuel cells”, Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, pp 1-13, volume 7, issue 3, 2018
  3. A.J. Majewski, R. Steinberger-Wilckens, U. Bossel, “Catalytic Reforming System Suitable for Transportation Applications”, Fuel Cells, pp 535-542, volume 18, 2018
  4. A.J. Majewski, A. Dhir, “Direct Utilization of Methane in Microtubular-SOFC”, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, pp F272-F277, volume 163 No 3, 2016
  5. T.I. Tsai, L. Troskialina, A.J. Majewski, R. Steinberger-Wilckens, “Methane internal reforming in solid oxide fuel cells with anode off-gas recirculation”, International J. Hydrogen Energy, Volume 41, Issue 1, 2016, pp 553–561
  6. A.J. Majewski, A. Dhir, “Direct Utilization of Methane in Microtubular-SOFC”, ECS Transactions, pp 2189-2198, volume 68 (1), 2015
  7. A.J. Majewski, J. Wood: “Tri-reforming of methane over Ni@SiO2 catalyst”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, pp 12578-12585, volume 39, 2014
  8. A.J. Majewski, J. Wood, W. Bujalski: “Nickel-silica core@shell catalyst for methane reforming”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, pp 14531-14541, volume 38, 2013
  9. M.D. Redwood, R.L. Orozco, A.J. Majewski, L.E. Macaskie: “An integrated biohydrogen refinery: Synergy of photofermentation, extractive fermentation and hydrothermal hydrolysis of food wastes”, Bioresource Technology, pp 384-392, volume 119, 2012
  10. M.D. Redwood, R.L. Orozco, A.J. Majewski, L.E. Macaskie: “Electro-extractive fermentation for efficient biohydrogen production”, Bioresource Technology, pp 166-174, volume 107, 2012
  11. A.J Majewski, D.J. Morris, K. Kendall, M. Wills: “A Continuous-Flow Method for the Generation of Hydrogen from Formic Acid”, ChemSusChem, pp 431-434, Volume 3, Issue 4 , 2010
  12. A.M. Anielak, A.J. Majewski: „Removal of nitrogen compounds from infiltration water using direct filtration on filters with zeolite and sand beds”, Gaz Woda i Technika Sanitarna, pp 26-30, volume 4, 2009
  13. A.M. Anielak, A.J. Majewski: „Removal of fulvic acids from surface waters with a modified natural zeolite”, Przemysl Chemiczny , pp 684-688, 84/9 2005
  14. A.M. Anielak A.J. Majewski: „Modified natural zeolites in surface water treatment” Gaz Woda i Technika Sanitarna, pp 302-306, volume 9, 2004