Supergen Bioenergy Hub relocates to Aston University with new Director

Professor Patricia Thornley

5 September 2018 

  • ·Professor Patricia Thornley appointed as new EBRI Director
  • ·Supergen Bioenergy Hub relocates with Professor Thornley to Aston

Aston University’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) has appointed Professor Patricia Thornley as its new Director.

Professor Thornley joins Aston from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, at University of Manchester and brings with her the 4.5 million EPSRC Supergen Bioenergy hub, which Patricia leads.

Patricia is a chartered physicist with over 20 years-experience working in bioenergy in industry and academia. She was involved with engineering implementation of many of the UKs early bioenergy plants, before leading the 4.5 million EPSRC SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub, which aims to bring together industry, academia and other stakeholders to focus on the research challenges associated with delivering sustainable bioenergy systems.

Her personal research interests focus on the environmental, social and economic impacts of bioenergy systems in the UK and overseas and how these can be practically managed to deliver sustainable bioenergy systems.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Science, Professor Sarah Hainsworth said: “I am delighted that Patricia Thornley is taking on the role of Director of the European Bioenergy Research Institute succeeding Professor Tony Bridgwater. Patricia is a world leading researcher in the area of Bioenergy. 

Sustainable low carbon energy supply is one of the global grand challenges and Patricia will lead Aston’s efforts in our energy portfolio utilising our unique facilities in the area of bioenergy and enhancing our track record of delivering high quality industrially relevant research.”


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About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

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