• Chris Comerford
    Lab Manager

Background

Chris joined Celignis in 2017 and has played a key role in the development and growth of the company since then.

He is a graduate from University College Dublin with a 1st class honors degree in Agricultural Science. Prior to working at Celignis he worked in the Backweston laboratory for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

At Celignis he undertakes the role of lab manager, being responsible for sample analysis and work supervision and in the development of our quality management LIMS system.

Chris has particular expertise in the analysis of biomass for properties relevant to valorisation in thermal processes such as combustion and has extensive experience with a wide range of analytical equipment for these tests including our ash melting furnace, Dumas analyser, and ion chromatography system.

Chris has also been instrumental in the expansion of Celignis's analytical and processing capabilities associated with our relocation to much larger premises in 2018.



Expertise and Track-Record

Quality Control

Chris has a highly trained keen eye for detail and accuracy. He understands the power of accurate data and the opportunities it can provide and has developed protocols to ensure that Celignis's analytical methods are undertaken with the highest level of precision and care. In his role as lab manager he ensures that all analystes are fully trained and the quality of their work rigorously chekced through detailed reviews of the data on our custom LIMS software.

Method Development

Over the years Celignis has greatly expanded the range of anaytical services it provides to our clients in the bioeconomy. Chris has been responsible for the development of many of these analysis methods and in the installation and maintenance of new equipment as the company has grown. This role has taken particular importance since Celignis relocated in 2018 to a premises 5 times larger than our previous lab. That move allowed us to accelerate our program of method development and the expansion of our range of equipment.

Biomass Combustion

To date most of the biomass that has been valorised has been processed via combustion technologies. The decision on which feedstocks are most suitable for a given combustion process is dependent on a number of key parameters relevant to the thermal processing of biomass. These include: calorific value, ash (content, composition, and melting temperature), chlorine content, elemental composition, and moisture content. Chris has the experience of analysing thousands of biomass samples for these properties, covering a wide variety of feedstocks.



Qualifications

BAgrSc: Horticulture - Grade 1.1 (3.91 G.P.A.).







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