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Research Interests

Environmental Remediation ; Process Engineering Design ; Water and Wastewater Treatment ; Oil Spill Response and Clean-up ; Process Safety and Loss Prevention; Business Process Re-engineering ; Oil and Gas Reservoir Management and EOR ; Oil and Gas Strategic Business Management ; Oil and Gas Project Management and Economics


Augustine has over 20 years’ experience that spans the petroleum industry, water industry and the academia. He is a chartered environmentalist, chartered water and environmental manager and currently an Associate Professor in Energy and Environment in the School of Energy, Construction and Environment. His research interest is focused on the following themes; water and wastewater treatment, oil/water separation and spill remediation, enhanced oil recovery, process safety, process engineering design and petroleum management. Prior to joining Coventry University, he was a process design engineer at Severn Trent Water where he was involved in several multi-million pounds’ capital and research projects including the £40M UK DEFRA National Demonstration Programme (NDP) for the removal of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in wastewater treatment plants in England and Wales. As part of the NDP, he was a co-investigator in the Severn Trent £3M Hallam Fields demonstration pilot plants for the removal of EDCs as well as the £2.7M EDCs monitoring in river catchments. He has also recently secured and leading a $2.4M World Bank Assissted Project on International Twinning assignment to conduct International Accreditation, Curriculum Adaptation and Training of faculties at Uganda Technical College Kichwamba in Oil & Gas related construction trades.

He also previously worked for Fugro Consultant, consulting for various multinational Oil & Gas companies in both the upstream and downstream sector. He led and carried out various quality and HSE compliance audits, oil spill monitoring, remediation and environmental studies for some of the largest oil & gas projects in West Africa onshore and offshore environments for Shell Petroleum, ExxonMobil, Addax Petroleum, ChevronTexaco, Total, ENI, Schlumberger, Oildata and ConocoPhillips etc. 

Augustine is a reviewer for over a dozen journals including Water Research, Energies, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Chemosphere, Science of the Total Environment, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering etc. He is also an Editorial Board Member of Journal of Environmental and Analytical Toxicology and Journal of Chemical, Environmental and Biological Engineering. To date, Augustine has over 50 academic publications including journals, conferences and book chapters.

Vision Statement

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster was a reminder that despite the advances in technology in the exploration and production of oil and gas; there have not been significant improvements in the way we respond to oil spills. My vision is to work on the development of novel materials using facile methods and low cost inputs that can be applied for oil water separation and spill clean-up. I am currently researching on the development of superhydrophobic and superoleophilic sorbents for oil water separation and on processes and protocols to reduce process accidents in high-risk industries particularly the oil and gas industry.

Education/Academic qualification

Environmental Engineering, Doctorate, Coventry University

Environmental Engineering, MSc, University of Port Harcourt

1 Dec 20031 Sep 2004

Water & Wastewater Engineering, MSc, Cranfield University

29 Sep 200410 Sep 2005

Chemical Metallurgy & Mineral Processing, MSc, University of Port Harcourt

15 Dec 19991 Dec 2001

Industrial Chemistry, Degree, University of Benin

1 Mar 19941 Dec 1998

External positions

PhD External Examiner, De Montfort University

1 Jan 2019 → …

PhD External Examiner, Heriot-Watt University

2019 → …

International Team Lead - Albertine Regional Sustainable Development Project, UTC, Kichwamba, Uganda, The World Bank

29 Jan 201830 Mar 2021

PhD External Examiner, Newcastle University

2018 → …

EPSRC Grant Reviewer

2016 → …

External Examiner, Plymouth University

1 Dec 20151 Dec 2019

External Programme Reviewer, Teesside University

2014 → …

Education Advisory Board Member, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators


  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • TP Chemical technology
  • QD Chemistry

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Research Output 2006 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)
34 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
Energy security
Natural gas
Natural Gas
1 Citation (Scopus)

Coalbed Methane Development in Indonesia: Design and Economic Analysis of Upstream Petroleum Fiscal Policy

Acquah-Andoh, E., PUTRA, H., Ifelebuegu, A. & Owusu, A., Aug 2019, In : Energy Policy. 131, p. 155-167 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

fiscal policy
coalbed methane
Economic analysis
economic analysis
Crude oil
3 Citations (Scopus)
32 Downloads (Pure)

Effect of Aluminium Salt Dosing on Activated Sludge Settleability Indicators: A New Settleability Model Development

Ojo, P. & Ifelebuegu, A., 21 Jan 2019, In : Water (Switzerland). 11, 1, 19 p., 179.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
activated sludge
development model
Density (specific gravity)
activated sludge
settling velocity

Renewable Energy in Africa: Policies, Sustainability and Affordability

Ifelebuegu, A. & Ojo, P., Jan 2019, Energy in Africa: Policy, Management and Sustainability. Adesola, S. & Brennan, F. (eds.). Palgrave Macmillan UK, p. 199 - 221 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sustainable development
Renewable energy resources
Geothermal energy
Solar energy
Wind power

Activities 2008 2016

  • 7 Participation in conference
  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

The Fourth International Conference on Advances in Applied Science and Environmental Technology, At Bangkok, Thailand

Augustine Ifelebuegu (Speaker)
8 May 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

SPE/AAPG Africa Energy and Technology Conference

Augustine Ifelebuegu (Speaker)
12 Dec 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

INDO-UK Workshop on Clean Water through Advanced and Affordable Materials

Augustine Ifelebuegu (Invited Speaker)
9 Aug 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

International Conference on Advances in Applied Science and Environmental Technology

Augustine Ifelebuegu (Speaker)
22 Feb 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

World NOCs Local Content Congress

Augustine Ifelebuegu (Keynote Speaker)
16 Jun 201517 Jun 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


2017 Top Peer Reviewer for Multidisciplinary Research

Augustine Ifelebuegu (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

2018 Top Peer Reviewer for Evironment/Ecology Research

Augustine Ifelebuegu (Recipient), 2018

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

CIWEM Dr Jenkins Memorial Competition

Augustine Ifelebuegu (Recipient), Feb 2009

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Top Reviewer in Cross-Field, 2019

Augustine Ifelebuegu (Recipient), Sep 2019

Prize: National/international honour

Top Reviewer in Environment and Ecology 2019

Augustine Ifelebuegu (Recipient), Sep 2019

Prize: National/international honour