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Novel Concepts for the Production of Renewable Fuels

The first Energy Leeds Society event of the new academic year took place on Thursday 9th October; an event which saw an encouraging turnout of society members to welcome the esteemed guest speaker, Professor Wayne Seames (Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of North Dakota), who has joined the Energy Research Institute at Leeds, on a research and teaching engagement secondment until April 2015.

Advertised by the Society as ‘Novel Concepts for the Production of Renewable Transportation Fuels’; Wayne’s talk focused on the concept of Fatty Acid Bio-refinery and its potential role in a low-carbon world. His enthusiasm was apparent throughout, resulting in the academically diverse audience, consisting of undergraduates, postgraduates, research staff and lecturers, being treated to a highly interesting and topical event.

This audience participation was continued into a ‘warts an’ all’ Q&A session, in which Professor Seames fielded an array of questions, applying his many experiences from an extensive career giving insightful and thorough answers.

The society is grateful to Wayne for delivering such an excellent talk.

In addition, it was fantastic to see such a large turnout for a Society still in its relative infancy. Achieving high attendance numbers in what is only the Society’s second year is brilliant and we shall attempt to put on even more interesting and topical events for our members. Therefore, as we move into November, we on the committee shall continue the drive for success, hopefully making our upcoming events as positive as the first.

A video of the event can be found here.