CV of Gábor Várhegyi

Personal Information

      Place and date of birth: Budapest , 1947

      Married, two grown-up children


      Eper u 2/A Budapest, Hungary 1112
Phone: +36 1 2461894, Cell phone: +36 30 4153243


      1994: Doct. Habil., Budapest University of Technology and Economics

      1992: Doctor of Chemical Science (D.Sc.), Hungarian Academy of Sciences

      1980: Candidate of Chemical Science (C.Sc.), Hungarian Academy of Sciences (recognized as PhD by the Budapest University of Technology and Economics)

      1973: Doctoral degree, Loránd Eötvös University of Sciences, Budapest

      1970: M.Sc. in Chemistry, Loránd Eötvös University of Sciences, Budapest


      1 July 2013 – Independent scientist

      1 July 2013 – External advisor of the Institute of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.  Earlier positions in this Institute and its predecessors: Head of the Group of Thermal Reaction Studies (2008-2013);  Head of Department of Environmental Chemistry (1999-2007); Head of Department of Thermal Analysis (1998); Head of Department of Macromolecular Chemistry (1996-1997); Scientific adviser (1992-1995), Senior researcher (1980-1992); Researcher (1973 - 1979)


      2014-2017: Participant in Norwegian project Enabling the biocarbon value chain for energy (BioCarb+, )

      2008-2012: Project Manager of a Hungarian OTKA research project entitled "Study of the Chemical Processes of Biomass Utilization".  (See the Final Report here)

      2005-2007: Project Manager of the Hungarian team in a LIFE project of the European Union entitled "Biochar based co-generation alternative" (Acronym: BioCoAl, contact number: LIFE05 ENV/IT/00801)

      1995-2005: Project Manager in Hungarian research projects on biomass and other fuels.

      1993-1996: Project Manager of the Hungarian team in a JOULE II project of the European Union ("Fuel reactivity and release of pollutants and alkali vapours in pressurized solid fuel combustion for combined cycle power generation", JOU2CT920037)

      1990-1997: Principal Investigator in two consecutive US - Hungarian Science and Technology Joint Fund grants on biomass research (1990-1997)

Main Research Topics

      Thermal decomposition and gasification/combustion properties of biomass materials and other solid fuels

      Reaction kinetic evaluation of experiments at arbitrary temperature - time functions assuming complex mechanism schemes

      Developing software for reaction kinetic evaluation, computer control, data acquisition and data processing of measurement systems

Experience Abroad

      2005 – : Visits at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim and at the SINTEF Energy Research, Trondheim.  Subject: biomass research and teaching on PhD courses.

      2007-2009: Visits at the China University of Petroleum. Subject: biomass research. (Guest professor title: 2009-2014).

      1987 - 2000: Visits at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute of the University of Hawaii, USA. Subject: Charcoal formation from biomass materials (18 months combined)

      1996: Visiting scientist at the National Institute for Resources and Environment, Japan. Subject: Thermochemical conversion of biomass materials (2 months)

      1973 - 1974: Postdoctoral research scholarship at the École Polytechnique, Paris, France. Subject: thermodynamics (6 months)


      President of the Working Committee for Thermal Analysis of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

      Member of the National Committee of The Combustion Institute


      Author/coauthor of 109 English language research papers (see the list).

      The Scopus database shows ca. 4600 independent citations till 9 January 2018 (screenshot).  The overall number of citations by Scopus is 5360 while the h index is 36 ( ).  Google Scholar collected more than 7000 citations with an h index of 39 ( ).

      An article [Várhegyi et al, 1997] is currently the fourth by the number of citations in the Journal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis  (an Elsevier journal) as shown by Scopus.  (See the top of this list here).