Ozlem Akgul's Webpage

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Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 3836
Email: o.akgul@ucl.ac.uk
Department of Chemical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE
United Kingdom

Ozlem Akgul received her BSc Degree in Chemical Engineering from Ege University (Turkey) in 2007. She studied in Karlsruhe University (Germany) during her final year as an exchange student. She obtained an MSc degree in Chemical Process Engineering from UCL in 2009 and started her PhD in the same year. She has shown interest in computer-aided process engineering since the early years of her study.

Research project

Title: Optimisation of Bioethanol Supply Chains

Supervisors: Dr Lazaros Papageorgiou and Prof Nilay Shah (Imperial College)

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Bioenergy is regarded as one of the most promising options among the renewables to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The two main advantages of the biomass resources are that they have a much higher regeneration rate than fossil fuels and have the effect of reducing the GHG emissions through the photosynthetic absorption of carbon dioxide.

The transport sector accounts for the 67 % of the overall oil consumption and 21 % of the total GHG emissions in the EU. As a result, the Biofuels Directive aims to address this problem and promote the use of renewable fuels by setting a minimum blending quota of biofuels and other renewables. This level is required to increase to 5.75 % in 2010 and up to 10 % by 2020. Among the biofuels, biethanol has attracted significant attention.

A biofuel supply chain consists of several stages such as biomass cultivation sites, biofuel production sites and biofuel demand centres. This project aims to develop models for the optimal design of bioethanol supply chains. While doing this, it seeks to address different aspects of a bioethanol supply chain such as use of different technologies, different types of feedstock, variation of ethanol demand with time and uncertainty in demand and market conditions.

Selected Publications

Akgul, O., Zamboni A.; Bezzo F.; Shah N.; Papageorgiou, L.G., “Optimization-based Approaches for Bioethanol Supply Chains”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. (In Press).

Akgul, O.; Shah, N.; Papageorgiou, L.G. “Optimisation-based Approaches for Bioethanol Supply Chains”, CMS 2010 (Conference Abstract) , Austria, 2010.

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