New Head of R&D positioning TUV SUD NEL for future growth
Dr Martin Hanton joined TUV SUD NEL at the beginning of 2018 as Head of R&D. He has now established himself in his post and is working to expand the lab’s capabilities and expertise, particularly in the development of clean fuel metrology.
“My recruitment is a key part of TUV SUD NEL’s strategy to expand its overall research and development activities,” says Martin. “Drawing on my previous training and experience, I look forward to guiding the company on this important journey.”
According to Martin, growing the lab’s innovation capabilities is crucial, not only to allow it to remain at the cutting edge of flow metrology in existing areas, but also to position it to work in new and emerging fields and to allow it to meet future challenges. These include the development of primary standards and industry guidance that will enable new clean fuels to be utilized by society.
“When people start filling up their vehicles with LNG or hydrogen, they will want to be sure that there are infrastructure and regulations in place that mean they get what they are paying for,” Martin explains. “TUV SUD NEL needs to adapt as the UK and the wider world transitions to a new energy landscape based upon clean fuels. Our R&D program therefore needs to position us as a leader in this field and to identify the optimum metering approaches that should be used.”
Before joining the company, Martin worked at Sasol Technology UK, a subsidiary of the Sasol Group specialising in R&D for fuels, refining and petrochemical production.
“Technically, my core skills are in chemistry, although I have notable experience of economic assessment, IP strategy development and patenting, coding (VBA, C++), chemical engineering and HSE,” Martin notes. “From a management perspective, my primary experience is in relation to building and leading technical teams.”
Martin was awarded a BSc and PhD in chemistry from Leicester University and a Diploma in Management from Dundee College/Charted Management Institute. He has been a RSC Chartered Chemist since 2006.