Winthrop Professor Mike Johns is the Chair of Chemical and Process Engineering.
Along with his team, he works on the characterisation, separation and discharge of water inevitably produced during oil and gas production. A key feature is the application of magnetic resonance characterisation techniques. These have been commercialised for oilfield emulsions and are currently being used to develop cheap emulsion breaking technology employing CO2.
The current focus is also on sub-sea processing and water discharge, specifically they are developing radiation-free multi-phase flow measurement devices and non-optical detection of trace oil contamination.