He is now our Research and Technology Manager, working with Dr Joan Kelley, and will manage a variety of research and development projects, including the design of innovative tests kits for the rapid detection of microbiological contamination in fuels. (Major airlines, large fuel distribution companies and maritime suppliers are all important customers.) He will also act as consultant on all aspects of microbial contamination in fuel systems and participate in industry standards committees.

After graduating from the University of Lancaster in 2007, Alex joined Shell Research, where he was an integral member of the Aviation Fuels team, working on alternative jet fuels and lead free Avgas. He developed expertise in a wide range of analytical techniques for testing jet fuel, diesel and Avgas, as well as novel fuel analysis and jet fuel thermal stability.
Alex then undertook a five-year PhD and Postdoctoral research project at the University of Sheffield (co-sponsored by Shell Research Ltd. and Airbus), investigating the impact of alternative fuels and novel materials on microbial communities in conventional aviation fuel systems. The project developed a predictive and mechanistic understanding of microbial biofilm formation and proposed novel management/remediation approaches; building up expertise in wide range complex molecular biology techniques, as well as developing non-standard methods for analysing microbial contamination.


Section 18.1- – Fuel Filtration

Note 1 – since the introduction of BioFuel (FAME) into fuel tanks the quality and life expectancy of fuels has been adversely affected as FAME is hydroscopic so any water in the fuel goes into suspension.  This water can lead to injector pump damage and facilitate the growth of bacteria which blocks conventional filters.

Note 2 – Removing as much water as possible preserves the quality of the fuel.

There should be a fuel polishing system to help maintain the fuel quality.  If there is not polishing system the fuel should be tested every three months.  Fuels for emergency generators should be tested every six months for quality and suitability. 

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