University academics in China visit



Professor Raffaella Ocone and Dr Kokou Dadzie from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences have recently visited the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

The visit was part of a successful Newton International Exchange Grant awarded to Heriot-Watt in collaboration with researchers at the Institute of Thermophysics. The collaborative research is in the area of coal combustion and will be aimed at validating the models developed at Heriot-Watt with state-of-the-art Electrical Capacitance Tomography (ECT) measurements undertaken at the CAS.

Professor Ocone and Dr Dadzie also visited the 660MW Ultra-Supercritical Fluidized Bed Boiler in Langfang which will be the prototype that researchers at Heriot-Watt will be modelling. In addition to coal, new avenues for energy generation by biomass were discussed and the research for the next three years was planned. During their visit Professor Ocone and Dr Dadzie gave seminars at an audience of academics, postdocs and students at the CAS.

As part of her trip, Professor Ocone also gave an invited talk at the eighth Sino-US Joint Conference of Chemical Engineering at the University of East China in Shanghai. One of the few academics not from China or the US, Professor Ocone’s talk focused on recent achievements in the modelling of the complex reactions core to the production of middle distillates in oil refining. The work is part of an ongoing collaboration with UNICAMP and PETROBRAS in Brazil.