Dr Abby Samson
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Lecturer in Fuels and Combustion
+44 114 222 7830
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Department of Mechanical Engineering
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Dr. Abby Samson is a Lecturer in Fuels and Combustion in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. She is a member of the Energy Engineering Group and the Energy Institute at the University of Sheffield.
Prior to this, she was a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Lincoln.
She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds in biomass conversion, a MS in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University in coal and carbon science and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Abby’s research deals with the development of low-carbon and sustainable energy and fuels including fundamental studies on gasification, combustion and pyrolysis of solid fuels, heterogenous catalysis, pollution control, carbon capture and materials recovery.
- Research interests
Thermal conversion of solid fuels
Fuel processing and upgrading
Waste to energy
- A comprehensive comparative study on methylene blue removal from aqueous solution using biochars produced from rapeseed, whitewood, and seaweed via different thermal conversion technologies. Fuel, 330, 125428-125428.
- A comprehensive comparative study on the energy application of chars produced from different biomass feedstocks via hydrothermal conversion, pyrolysis, and torrefaction. Energy Conversion and Management, 270, 116260-116260.
- Biofuel characteristics of chars produced from rapeseed, whitewood, and seaweed via thermal conversion technologies – Impacts of feedstocks and process conditions. Fuel Processing Technology, 238.
- Hydrothermal conversion of different lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks – effect of the process conditions on hydrochar structures. Fuel, 302. View this article in WRRO
- The importance of inherent inorganics and the surface area of wood char for its gasification reactivity and catalytic activity towards toluene conversion. Renewable Energy.
- Catalytic conversion of methylated aromatics over wood-derived chars – the role of reforming agents and the effect of methyl groups. Fuel, 280. View this article in WRRO
- Catalytic conversion of toluene over a biochar bed under an inert atmosphere – The comparison of chars from different types of wood and the role of selected metals. Fuel, 279. View this article in WRRO
- Novel sequential flow baffled microalgal-bacterial photobioreactor for enhancing nitrogen assimilation into microalgal biomass whilst bioremediating nutrient-rich wastewater simultaneously. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 124455-124455.
- Physicochemical properties of biochars prepared from raw and acetone-extracted pine wood. Fuel Processing Technology, 185, 106-116. View this article in WRRO
- Effects of surface rates for the series reaction A → B → C on successive separated spherical sites. Chemical Physics, 516, 160-167. View this article in WRRO
- Gasification of Miscanthus x giganteus pellets in a fixed bed pilot-scale unit. Frontiers in Energy Research, 6. View this article in WRRO
- Pyrolytic toluene conversion to benzene and coke over activated carbon in a fixed-bed reactor. Fuel, 207, 283-292. View this article in WRRO
- A review of the mitigation of deposition and emission problems during biomass combustion through washing pre-treatment. Journal of the Energy Institute, 89(2), 159-171.
- Low temperature ignition of biomass. Fuel Processing Technology, 134, 372-377.
- Influence of alkali metals on the kinetics of the thermal decomposition of biomass. Fuel Processing Technology, 104, 189-197.
- Commodity Fuels from Biomass through Pretreatment and Torrefaction: Effects of Mineral Content on Torrefied Fuel Characteristics and Quality. Energy & Fuels, 26(11), 6466-6474.
- Combustion properties of torrefied willow compared with bituminous coals. Fuel Processing Technology, 101, 1-9.
- Combustion and gasification characteristics of chars from raw and torrefied biomass. Bioresource Technology, 119, 157-165.
- Combustion properties of some power station biomass fuels. Fuel, 89(10), 2881-2890.
- Kinetics of the Thermal Decomposition of Biomass. Energy & Fuels, 24(2), 1274-1282.
- Chapter 1 - Overview of biomass conversion to biofuels In Yusup S & Rashidi NA (Ed.), Value-Chain of Biofuels Fundamentals, Technology, and Standardization Elsevier
Conference proceedings papers
- Formula to calculate the rate of biooxidation of elemental sulfur (Rbes) by thiobacillus thiooxidans bacteria. AIChE Annual Meeting, Conference Proceedings (pp 5978)
- A performance modelling study of integrating a MEA direct air capture unit with a CCGT absorber. SSRN Electronic Journal
- Teaching activities
Module Leader for MEC303 Advanced Engineering Thermodynamic Cycles