BTech Applied Chemistry (1st Class Honours), Ph.D Surface Chemistry, CSc CChem FRSC, Fellow of the American Carbon Society
Fred has applied his broad background in materials science and organic chemistry to the development of innovative, bio-based carbon materials and technologies for diverse industries, including automotive, energy efficiency, biochemical, environmental, pharmaceutical, and specialty chemicals. Application areas of particular expertise for use of activated carbon and/or carbon fibre materials include: energy storage in electric double layer capacitors (EDLC, a.k.a. “super” and “ultra” capacitors); energy storage in secondary batteries (e.g., lithium ion); evaporative loss control devices (ELCD) for capture of fugitive gasoline emissions on motor vehicles; adsorbed gas storage on highly nanoporous carbon at relatively low pressures (e.g., methane, hydrogen, toxic gases); electrical swing adsorption (ESA) systems for gas capture (e.g., CO2) and gas separations (e.g., N2 and O2 from air, CH4 and H2S from natural gas); carbon-based catalysts for both gas and liquid phase applications; and purification of drinking water (removal of contaminants, including chlorine and chloramine disinfectant residues).
Expert advice is provided on the manufacture, characterization, and commercial utilization of carbon materials, most notably activated (nanoporous) carbon and carbon fibre (fiber). Core skills cover all phases of product development and commercialization, including R&D, process design and scale-up, management of plant trials, plant specification and construction, M&A due diligence, and helping to prosecute intellectual property protection (including drafting of patent applications and serving as an expert witness in patent litigation); in this context, Dr. Fred Baker, has been awarded over 50 patents covering the production and applications of activated carbon and carbon fibre materials.