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Dr Tom Dugmore started with the group in 2005 as an MChem project student under the supervision of Prof James Clark and Dr Rafael Luque, investigating the potential of succinic acid as a biological platform molecule to replace petroleum derived ones. He then continued with the group to carry out his PhD with Dr Moray Stark researching the effects of biodiesels on engine lubricants during usage. Whilst completing his thesis, Tom spent a year and a half at Castle Environmental waste management plant where he received training in environmental legislation and the issues and regulations surrounding chemical waste treatment.
In January 2013 Tom returned to the group as the Technical Liaison Officer for the newly established Industrial Engagement Facility on the WasteValor project – helping turn food industry wastes into raw materials for other processes. He now works as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on a joint project between University of York and Liverpool. The overarching aim of this project is to develop routes for the production of platform chemicals and bio-surfactants from waste biomass, integrating state of the art technologies for biomass activation, in-situ catalysis (using new functional materials) and separation in one-pot processes.