Thermochemical pioneer wins prestigious award

Tony Bridgwater, professor of chemical engineering at Aston University in Birmingham, U.K., has been awarded the Don Klass Award for Excellence in Thermochemical Conversion Science. The award, presented in September at the international tcbiomass 2009 conference in Chicago, recognizes his extensive contributions to the field of bioenergy, and his past efforts as organizer of world biomass conferences. Globally recognized as a leading bioenergy researcher, Bridgwater has worked at Aston University for most of his professional career. His major research interests over the past 20 years have been in thermochemical processing of biomass and other solid fuels including waste and refuse to produce valuable fuels and chemicals. These products include conventional and unconventional gaseous and liquid fuels; oxygenates as fuel additives and chemical intermediates; and commodity chemicals such as methanol and ammonia for fertilizer production.