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).  Google Scholar collected a total of ca. 7000 citations, as shown here.

      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).

      An article [Antal and Várhegyi, 1995] is presently the 14th by the number of citations in the Industrial & Engineering Chemistry  (a journal of the American Chemical Society) as shown by Scopus.  (See the top of this list here)