Dawid Hanak


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Academic Biography

Prof. Dawid Hanak is the Professor of Decarbonisation of Industrial Clusters at the Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre, Teesside University. He leads transformational research to develop breakthrough technologies such as direct air capture, carbon capture, hydrogen production, and high-value chemicals and fuels synthesis. His expertise is in process design and development, third-party validation, techno-economic feasibility assessment, environmental impact assessment, and business model development. He has helped multiple organisations to demonstrate the feasibility of their innovative net zero processes, develop market strategies, and quantify their business emissions across all scopes. He also actively contributes towards developing harmonised guidelines for carbon capture, utilisation and storage assessment and holds a leadership position at the COST Action on Techno-Economic Assessment of Carbon Mitigation Technologies. 

External Roles and Professional Activities

  • Senior Member of the International Association for Carbon Capture, 2023
  • Member of the Society of Chemical Industry, 2021
  • Member of the EPSRC Full Peer-Review College, 2020
  • Chartered Manager and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr FCMI), 2020
  • Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (CEng MIMechE), 2019
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2018

PhD and Research Opportunities

Prof. Hanak is currently accepting PhD applications in the field of net zero transition, with a particular focus on: 

  • next-generation carbon capture and utilisation technologies 
  • direct air capture and utilisation 
  • low-carbon hydrogen production and utilisation 
  • advanced waste-to-X technologies
  • small and micro nuclear reactors
  • AI and machine learning for process design and feasibility assessment

Funding options
Bursaries and Scholarships at Teesside University

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