Scientific Advisory Board

Chair of SAB - Dr James Wilkie

Dr Wilkie leads the SAB to ensure that ACAL Energy's technology is best in class.

Formerly Development Director with Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells his experience includes: Managing Director of Morgan Crucible's R&D activities (including Fuel Cells), Vice President Technology of Shell Solar photovoltaics business; co-founder of Shell International Renewables; advisor to Shell Hydrogen and scenario planning and strategy advice to the Royal Dutch/Shell Managing Directors. He has also been a member of the advisory board for the UK Centre for Renewable Energy Systems & Technology (CREST) for many years, is a member of the Grove Fuel Cell Advisory Committee and holds both an MBA and Chartered Engineer status.


Professor Frank Walsh, Professor of ElectroChemical Engineering ( School of Engineering Sciences), University of Southampton

Functions: Director of the Electrochemical Engineering Group (which integrates the expertise of the School of Chemistry and the School of Engineering Sciences), Deputy Head of School of Engineering Science for Infrastructure.
Qualifications: Eur Ing, BSc, MSc, PhD, CEng, FIMMM, CChem, FRSC, FIMF, FICorr, ILTM, Cert Ed.

Prof Mike Turner, Professor of Materials Chemistry, University of Manchester and Director, Organic Materials Innovation Centre

Mike Turner obtained his first degree and a PhD from the University of Bristol, working with Professor Selby Knox on the synthesis of new organometallic complexes, before moving to the United States to work with Professor Harry Allcock investigating new routes to polyphosphazenes. He returned to the UK to work at the University of Sheffield with Professor Peter Maitlis on the mechanism of the Fischer-Tropsch reaction and was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 1993 to investigate the synthesis of novel polymers. He joined the staff of the Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield as a Reader in 2000 and in April 2004 moved to the University of Manchester to a Chair in Materials Chemistry and to be Director of OMIC.

Dr Ziya Haq

Dr Haq has 25 years experience in R&D for Unilever. He has extensive global management experience at a senior level, responsible for the Fabric Conditioning and Care research programme and sitting on the Global Laundry Category Management Team. He has a strong track record in innovative polymer chemistry with over 50 patents. He has acted as consultant for a number of blue chip chemicals and consumer goods businesses, including consumer electronics.