About Ernesto Hernandez

Life scientist and chemical engineer working at The University of Manchester. He started out his career as a distinguished technician working in the field of electromechanics. In his spare time, he indulged his passion for studying biology. This long-standing endeavour led him to win the first place in The National Olympiad of Biology in 1993. Coming from a poor family in deprived rural Mexico, studying Chemical Engineering proved to be an ideal way to make a living and find ways to use living systems in the search to solve a number of problems currently confronting society. It was during his undergraduate studies that he won two national contests for summer internships at Ohio State University and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Ernesto has been using microbes and their products in a variety of ways. They can, for instance, be used to convert a variety of wastes into natural gas (methane), to decontaminate water, soil and sludge, or to ease the flow of oil in deep underground oil reservoirs at tremendously high temperatures and pressures. Given his understanding of life systems and how they can be used for the good of the humankind, Ernesto has been invited to speak in plenary talks at international conferences, civil gatherings, state ceremonies, activist groups and other public events.

The planet is warming up… How can engineering help?

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Guest Speaker: Dr Ernesto Hernandez (UNMC)

With special response about engineering and environmental challenges by

Dr Amirhossein Malakahmad (UT Petronas)

Inspired in the exponential achievements in modern history, Ernesto Hernandez will give us a different perspective on global warming. He embarks into the journey of showing SciTech solutions, not aiming to save the Earth from its inevitable death but to help it last longer as a liveable global home for us all. Continue reading

Saving the Earth from ending like Venus: on fire and raining sulphuric acid

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We show a new way to save our planet from global warming.  To tackle this problem, We focus on a natural approach to capture the smoky carbon dioxide released by industrial plants and make chalk out of it, using a process that could be accelerated up to one million times and adds value to CO2 in a socially responsible way. You can find the whole article in page 9 of Asia Research News.

Grants for researchers to attend biorefinery workshop

About this Opportunity

Grants are available for early career researchers (see Eligibility section) to attend a workshop in Mexico entitled Biorefinery research – promoting international collaboration for innovative and sustainable solutions.  Under the British Council Researcher Links scheme we will be holding a workshop on the above theme at the Mexican Institute of Petroleum, Mexico City, Mexico on the 18-22 May, 2015. The workshop is being coordinated by Dr Jhuma Sadhukhan and Dr Jorge Arturo Aburto Anell, and supported by Dr Elias Martinez Hernandez and other researchers.

Selected papers presented in the workshop will be considered for a Special Issue of the Chemical Engineering Research Design journal of the Institution of Chemical Engineers devoted to Biorefinery value chain creation.  Costs for the visa will be covered; however participants will be responsible for making all the necessary arrangements. Although this cost will not be covered by the British Council, participants are encouraged to purchase an adequate travel and medical insurance.

Key dates

Dates of the workshop – 18-22 May 2015

Deadline for applications – 23 January 2015

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to early career researchers based in the UK and Mexico. There is no restriction on nationality.

Early Career Researchers are defined as holding a PhD (or having equivalent research experience) and having up to 10 years post-PhD research experience. They are equivalent to the ‘Recognised Researcher’ and sometimes ‘Experienced Researcher’ categories in the EU framework for researchers’ careers. Participants must have a research or academic position (either a permanent post, research contract, or fellowship etc) at a recognised research institution either in the UK or in Mexico.

Contact

Dr. Elias Martinez

elias.martinezhernandez@eng.ox.ac.uk

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Ernesto Joins The University of Nottingham

 

The University of Nottingham (Malaysia)

The University of Nottingham (Malaysia)

Ernesto has joined the University of Nottingham team. While assigned at its Malaysia campus, he will teach and deliver solution-oriented knowledge for the creation of sustainable chemicals and materials.

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