Name: Fred Rugenyi
Place of study: University of Bergen (UiB)
Completed exams: Erasmus Mundus Master in Quality in Analytical Laboratories
Subject for study: Quality in Analytical Laboratories.
He is TCM’s first master’s graduate
Fred Rugenyi stands as a trailblazing figure at TCM, having achieved the distinction of being its inaugural master’s student in the specialized field of method development within LC-MS.
Will continue to help
Fred Rugenyi remarkable journey not only includes the successful defence of his thesis but also the attainment of an exceptional A grade. A testament to his unwavering commitment and outstanding contributions to the field Liquid Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS). With these achievements under his belt, Fred Rugenyi now eagerly embarks on the next chapter of his career. Seizing the myriad of opportunities that await him as he continues to make valuable contributions to TCM.
At TCM, the development and dissemination of knowledge related to carbon capture are core elements of its operations. Over the years, the company has authored more than 60 scientific articles. Based on findings and insights derived from open test campaigns conducted at its facilities. Additionally, TCM regularly delivers presentations at international CCS conferences.
TCM also serves as a hub for knowledge enrichment. Attracting students and researchers to Mongstad who engage in tackling specific issues that lay the groundwork for more efficient carbon capture methods.
Name: Fred Rugenyi
A collaborative program between TCM and UiB
Fred Rugenyi, a 34-year-old native of Kenya. Recently achieved a significant milestone this autumn by earning his EU-funded Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in Quality in Analytical Laboratories from the University of Bergen (UiB). Fred’s academic journey was enriched by his participation in a collaborative program between TCM and UiB.
His thesis represents the culmination of his extensive studies and hands-on experience in the realms of chemistry, project management, and quality assurance. Furthermore, it stands as a direct contribution to advancing our understanding of amine-based post-combustion carbon capture. A pivotal field in addressing environmental concerns. Fred expresses his satisfaction in being able to contribute directly to a project with tangible applications in his crucial domain, emphasizing the practical impact of his work.
Fred’s introduction to TCM came through Professor Bjørn Grung, the coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Quality in Analytical Laboratories programme and deputy head of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Bergen.
“What led to your fascination with carbon capture? Was there a particular event, class or experience that ignited your curiosity?”
“I didn’t have a specific defining moment. My interest in the field grew out organically from a curiosity about the versatile applications of chemistry across various domains. I was particularly drawn to measurement chemistry and quality management.”
“What were your initial impression of TCM?”
“My initial impression of TCM was that it represented a highly professional organisation comprised of very intelligent individuals.”
“Could you please provide a concise overview to the topic you have worked on during your tenure at TCM?”
“My primary objective was to conduct a comprehensive qualitative and quantitative analysis of non-volatile solvent degradation components using advanced liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. This endeavour entailed the creation, refinement, validation, and practical application of innovative analytical methods. In the context of CO2 capture, the outcome of this research contributes to an enhanced understanding of the health and environmental implications associated with the solvents employed in CO2 capture systems. Ultimately, this knowledge facilitates better solvent management, leading to reduced consumption, improved operational efficiency of CO2 plants, and a subsequent reduction in the overall cost of CO2 capture.”
“How has TCM supported and guided you in your research endeavours, particularly when addressing pertinent issues?”
“My research journey at TCM has been enriched by the invaluable technical guidance extended by my supervisor, Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan and team members within the Technology department led by Mathew Campbell. TCM has demonstrated its commitment by making essential resources available, encompassing administrative support, access to laboratory equipment, and the provision of necessary chemicals. Moreover, TCM prioritizes the safety and well-being of its researchers, ensuring that work procedures align with health and safety standards. Additionally, I would like to underscore the tremendous moral support I’ve received from the dedicated Mongstad team. Their genuine interest in my work and their willingness to engage with my personal experiences have been truly uplifting.”
Are there people at TCM whom you would like to specifically acknowledge as crucial advisors during your research?”
“In addressing this question, I would like to refer to my acknowledgment in my thesis: “Dr. Muhammad Zeeshan, your patience, trust and support throughout the project meant a lot to me. Your expertise, insightful feedback and constructive suggestions have helped me refine my ideas and problem-solving approach. I am profoundly grateful for your guidance and constant encouragement. Blair McMaster, your help in understanding the carbon capture process and the Mongstad facility was invaluable.”
The foresight and proactivity of Muhammad Ismail Shah, when serving as the Technology manager, to acquire the state-of-the-art LC-MS as part of the TCM package points to the strategic role of organisational positioning. In addition, I firmly believe that numerous individuals, often working diligently behind the scenes and without immediate recognition, have played a role in fostering a productive work environment. This extends to the decision-makers who formulate and endorse the organization’s overarching goals. It also encompasses those individuals who take the time to guide you in the right direction when you might be feeling disoriented, as well as the entire collaborative community that has contributed to my journey here at TCM.”
“What are your overall impressions of the expertise TCM concerning the advancement of carbon capture technologies?”
“At TCM, I’ve had the privilege of interacting with exceptional talents encompassing a wide spectrum of disciplines, including brilliant mathematicians, chemical engineers, process engineers, mechanical engineers, and modelling experts, among others. This diverse and collaborative group of professionals operates seamlessly as a cohesive team. They offer holistic perspectives, tackle challenges with creative vigour, and craft innovative solutions that are instrumental in driving forward the development of cutting-edge CO2 capture technologies.”
“Have your experience at TCM had an impact on your career aspirations or influenced specific projects you plan to pursue?”
“Yes, my time at TCM has significantly influenced my career aspirations. It has deepened my passion for comprehending the entire carbon capture value chain, with a particular focus on applying CO2 capture to ensure uninterrupted access to energy while upholding commitment to environmentally responsible practices. I am genuinely delighted that TCM has afforded me the opportunity to actively pursue these objectives.”
“What advice would you offer to prospective students contemplating similar opportunities at TCM?”
“TCM provides a unique platform for you to immense yourself in the world of cutting-edge innovations and emerging technologies of the future. Here, you’ll gain access to a diverse range of learning experiences, spanning from early-stage technologies to those in the market and practical applications. Beyond academic knowledge, TCM offers a hands-on education that bridges the gap between theoretical understanding and real-world problem-solving. You’ll have the chance to tackle multidimensional challenges in various fields, all within a multicultural environment that enriches your daily experience. TCM is the place where academic knowledge meets practical application in a truly transformative way.”
“Thank you very much for your time and insight. Good luck!”