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Mr Chris Kim
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  • Senior Post Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Chris is an energy system modeller interested in technological decarbonisation pathways for hard-to-abate sectors, particularly for aviation and chemicals. Chris has a background in chemical engineering and holds a MSc and a BEng from Imperial College London and UCL, respectively. His master’s thesis, ‘Understanding the Chemistry of the Organosolv Process for Poplar Pulping’ was awarded distinction. Chris has also been involved for several years as a postgraduate teaching assistant within the MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment.
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Thesis title: Examining the competitiveness of synthetic jet fuel and high-value chemicals in a net zero energy system 

Petroleum-based fuels and chemicals are difficult to eliminate from the energy system. There are however, a wide range of technologies which can provide chemically alike low-carbon alternatives. To minimise residual emissions, evaluating these technologies are crucial for promoting coherent and timely investment decisions.

The thesis is focused on understanding the competitiveness of synthetic jet fuels and high-value chemicals from a whole systems perspective, using the UK as a case study. An energy system model of the UK, UK TIMES, is used to explore the cost-competitiveness of key technologies in scenario pathways. The PhD is co-funded by Johnson Matthey (JM), who are global leaders in sustainable processes, including Fischer-Tropsch and methanol synthesis.

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