Kola – Researching Clean Fossil Fuels

Profile from STEMNET’s Leading Light series of a new generation of young people using their STEM skills to push the boundaries, and to make the world a better and more exciting place to live.

“I want to help raise the ambitions, hopes and aspirations of the next generation of scientists.”

Kola Liadi Mudashiru

Kola Liadi Mudashiru is a research associate in the clean use of fossil fuels at Newcastle University. He is developing revolutionary techniques to produce energy from coal in a way that is ‘carbon neutral’.

There is global interest in his work. Kola predicts that these new techniques have the potential to create around 5,000 new jobs in the UK alone, while generating over £1bn per year in the UK and £20bn per year globally.

Kola is pictured at a landfill drilling site for Coal Bed Methane at Rochdale near Manchester – this state-of-the-art equipment has the capacity to drill to a depth of 500 metres.
Profile courtesy of STEMNET
Photography by Richard Cannon