Dr Katie Chong


Phone number: 0121 204 4088
Email: k.chong1@aston.ac.uk
Room number: MB110A

I graduated from Aston University in 2002 with a First class honours degree in Chemical Engineering with Industrial Placement year. On graduating I joined Smurfit Kappa SSK as Process Development Engineer. Smurfit Kappa SSK is a large scale manufacturer of 100% recycled paper.  I spent 5 years working as a member of the technical team supporting day to day operation and carrying out optimisation projects.

In 2007 I returned to Aston University as a Research Assistant working on the Biosynergy Project. This was a large European FP6 project. At the same time I undertook a PhD to develop a methodology for the identification of the most promising biorefineries for the EU.

After completing my PhD I joined CARE Ltd as Bioenergy Consultant. This role involved working as part of a small team specialising in projects related to the thermochemical conversion of biomass and wastes.

In 2013 I joined WSP CEL as a Process Engineer. I was involved in a number of multidisciplinary projects in the oil and manufacturing industries.

In 2014 I re-joined Aston as a Research Associate in EBRI and in 2016 I was successful in becoming a lecturer in Chemical Engineering.

  • BEng with First Class Honours in Chemical Engineering, Aston University, 2002
  • PhD in European Biorefineries, Aston University, 2011
  • Aston Module Award: An introduction  to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 2014
  • PGCert in Professional Practice in Higher Education, Aston University, 2015
  • 2002 – 2007: Process Development Engineer, Smurfit Kappa SSK
  • 2007-2011: Research Assistant/PhD Candidate, Aston University
  • 2011-2013: Bioenergy Consultant, CARE Ltd.
  • 2013-2014: Process Engineer, WSP CEL
  • 2014 – 2016: Research Associate, Aston University
  • 2016 - present: Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Aston University
  • Introduction to engineering drawing as part of module CE1002 Design and Build
  • The process economics section of module CE3001 Process Economics and Loss Prevention
  • The pollution control section of module CE3104 Process and Pollution Control
  • Assistance with module CE2105 Process Simulation


Work as a member of the Bioenergy Research Group within EBRI.

Main focus of research is in the bioenergy sector. In particular:

  • Production of fuel blends using fast pyrolysis oil
  • Fast pyrolysis process optimisation
  • Biorefinery process synthesis and evaluation
  • Techno-economic modelling 


  • Reship - The ReShip project aims at developing technology for producing a cost-competitive pyrolysis oil based multicomponent fuel which meets the performance requirements of marine diesel engines
  • Biorefinery Advisory Model (BAM) Proof of Concept - The objective is to provide a web-based, user driven, flexible and robust biorefinery modelling system. The system will support non-expert users to assess future R&D, facilitate process design and compare the viability of multiple biorefinery configurations. For example, the model may be used to assess the optimum pre-treatment method for the production of butanol from wheat straw.


I am available to supervise new suitable applicants in the field of fast pyrolysis or biorefinery modelling and evaluation.
  • Chong, K.J. and Bridgwater, A.V. A methodology to generate, analyse and compare biorefinery process chains. in Bioten Conference on Biomass Bioenergy and Biofuels. 2010. Birmingham, UK: CPL Press.
  • Thornley, P., Bridgwater, A.V. and Chong, K.J. European biorefineries: implications for land, trade and employment in Environmental Science and Policy. 37 (0): 255-265,  2013