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Dr Pedro Arcelus-Arrillaga

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School Faculty of Eng & Digital Technologies


Dr. Pedro Arcelus-Arrillaga is an Assistant Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department in the University of Bradford. He received his PhD and MSc degrees in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London. His bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering was obtained with honours from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). His research interests are within the areas of energy and fuel processing, including the application of thermochemical and hydrothermal processes to transform non-conventional feedstocks, such as heavy oil, biomass and organic waste into fuel and value-added products. Dr. Arcelus was awarded the 2016 Townend Prize by the Imperial College London for the best research work or critical analysis in any of the areas of combustion, fuel production and / or its use. He has a strong track record of research outputs in the areas of chemical engineering, fuel technology, energy engineering and catalysis. Dr. Arcelus has extensive experience in teaching theory and laboratory modules in fundamental areas of the Chemical Engineering such as Reaction Engineering and Thermodynamics. He has achieved the status of Fellow (FHEA) by AdvancedHE  and he is a Senior member of the AIChE. He has a strong collaboration network with researchers from various renowned institutions in the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, and Colombia.


Dr. Arcelus-Arrillaga's research interests are within the areas of energy and fuel processing, including the application of thermochemical and hydrothermal processes to transform non-conventional feedstocks, heavy oil, biomass and organic residues into fuel and value-added products.

- Biomass and organic waste torrefaction.
- Hydrothermal liquefaction and carbonization of biomass and organic waste.
- Solar heating incorporated into thermochemical and hydrothermal reaction systems.
- Catalytic thermochemical and hydrothermal reactions.
- Supercritical water upgrading of unconventional resources.

Current Projects:

- Waste to Energy - Torrefaction of Biomass and Organic Residues to Produce Solid Fuel

- Hydrothermal Processing of Biomass and Organic Waste to Produce Fuel and Value-added Products


Teaching interests

Teach core modules in Chemical Engineering in particular: Reaction Engineering and Thermodynamics.

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-16: Imperial College London - PhD
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Senior Member
  • 01-JAN-16: Townend Prize
  • 01-JAN-23: Fellow (FHEA)
  • Spanish
  • English


TitleHydrothermal liquefaction of wood wastes in a concentrating solar plant: A techno-economic analysis (2023)
AuthorsBautista-Peñuelas E.;Macías J.D.;Villafán-Vidales H.I.;Valadés-Pelayo P.J.;Arcelus-Arrillaga P.;Ayala-Cortés A.;Cedano-Villavicencio K.;Arancibia-Bulnes C.A.;Peña-Cruz M.I.
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
TitleSolar hydrothermal liquefaction: Effect of the operational parameters on the fuels (2022)
AuthorsAyala-Cortés A.;Arcelus-Arrillaga P.;Pacheco-Catalán D.E.;Arancibia-Bulnes C.A.;Villafán-Vidales H.I.
JournalMrs Advances
TitleSolar hydrothermal processing of agave bagasse: Insights on the effect of operational parameters (2022)
AuthorsAyala-Cortés A.;Arcelus-Arrillaga P.;Millan M.;Okoye P.U.;Arancibia-Bulnes C.A.;Pacheco-Catalán D.E.;Villafán-Vidales H.I.
JournalRenewable Energy
Other typeEditorial
TitleEditorial: Catalysis in Iberoamerica: Recent Trends. (2022)
AuthorsAlvarez Moreno A;Arcelus-Arrillaga P;Ivanova S;Ramirez Reina T;