Gordon McKay | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Mr. Gordon McKay

Dr. Gordon McKay (PhD)

Full Professor
Sustainable Development
College of Science and Engineering


Dr. McKay has almost 40 years experience in academia and industry. He is presently a professor of Sustainable Development at Hamad Bin Khalifa University. Before this, he was a Full Professor and Head of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). During his time in Hong Kong, he was Chairman of the Chemical Engineering Discipline of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers.

Prior to joining HKUST in 1995, he spent 10 years in the industry. He established his own company, Consultancy Process Engineering and Management Systems, and this company was subcontracted to Project Management (PM) Ltd (Foster Wheeler Ireland) which employs over 600 staff and is Ireland's largest process engineering design company. He was the Senior Process Specialist, specializing in process plant design, environmental impact assessment and process plant safety. From 1971 to 1987, Dr. McKay was a Reader in the Chemical Engineering Department at Queen’s University, Belfast and he was a Training Consultant to the BP Oil Refinery in Northern Ireland. During this period in 1983/84, he was appointed as Project Manager for a European Commission Technical Assistance project at the University of Jordan. He has over 1000 publications, over 600 in international refereed journals and authored twelve books about energy, environment and process design. He co-authored the second most cited paper (15,000 cites to date) ever in the SCI Chemical Engineering sector and has a Scopus h-index of 101 and a Google Scholar h-index of 116.


Research Interests

  • Waste to value-added products
  • Production of biochars for agriculture and food security
  • Production of biochars, bio-oil and biogas from wastes
  • Removal of pollutants from wastewater for water security


Full Professor

College of Science and Engineering, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar

2015 – Present
  • Full Professor and Head of Department

    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    1995 - 2015
  • Company Owner and Managing Director

    Senior Process Specialist, Project Management - Foster Wheeler Ireland, Ireland

    1987 - 1995
  • Reader/ Senior Lecturer

    Department of Chemical Engineering, The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland

    1970 - 1987
  • Project Manager

    European Union Technical Assistance Program, University of Jordan

    1983 - 1984



University of Bradford, Yorkshire, UK

  • PhD

    University of Bradford, Yorkshire, UK

  • B. Tech. (1st Hons)

    University of Bradford, Yorkshire, UK


Selected Publications