The Energy Institute at the University of Sheffield is home to more than 300 of the best minds in energy research from around the world, dedicated to using transformational research, innovation and collaboration to address the world’s biggest energy challenges.
Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian
Professor of Energy Engineering
Energy, clean energy technology, coal combustion, renewable transport fuels.
Professor Lenny Koh
Professor in Operations Management
Energy, environment, sustainability, supply chains, low carbon, business development, industry, resource efficiency.
Professor Neil Hyatt
Professor in Nuclear Materials Chemistry
Radio active waste, immobilisation of plutonium residues, future nuclear fission, fusion fuel cycles, sustainable nuclear energy.
Professor David Stone
Professor in Electrical Engineering
Smart batteries, electric, hybrid-electric vehicles, energy storage systems, national grid.
Dr Muhammad Akram
Theme Manager of Carbon Capture and Utilisation at the Translational Energy Research Centre, Dept of Mechanical Engineering
Carbon capture, BECCS; CO2 utilisation; Waste to energy; Fischer Tropsch synthesis; Power to liquid (PtL); Biomass to Liquid (BtL)
Professor Kais Atallah
Engineering Flywheels and Motor Design
Dr Erica Ballantyne
Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management
Dr Andrew Brint
Lecturer in Operations Management
Energy market, infrastructure asset management, electricity distribution networks, operations and supply chain management.
Professor David J Beerling FRS
Director, Leverhulme Centre for Climate Change Mitigation
Animal and plant sciences, photosynthetic terrestrial ecosystems, global environment, global ecology, climate and atmospheric composition
Professor Dan Brockington
Director of SIID
Conservation, development, natural resource governance, social impacts of protected areas, conservation and media, conservation NGOs, sub-Saharan Africa, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, India, celebrity and development
Dr Solomon Brown
Lecturer Chemical Engineering Energy System
Numerical and mathematic techniques to problems in process and systems engineering, lithium-ion batteries, bio-seperation processes, optimisation of conventional power plants in developing energy systems
Dr Nick Taylor Buck
Co-production projects, city-regions in north of England, natural sciences, sustainable design and assessment, urban design, urban ecology, urban bioeconomy, systems thinking, integrated infrastructure development, urban decision-making, role of biomimicry in the design process, urban innovation processes and demonstrators
Dr Alastair Buckley
Senior Lecturer in Organic Electronics
Electrode interfaces, devices and manufacturing processes for polymer optoelectrics. the photophysics of molecular materials.
Dr Adrien Chauvet
Lecturer in Physical Chemistry
Ultrafast spectroscopy, charge dynamics in materials, molecules and molecular complexes, photo-physics, photo-chemistry, laser optics.
Dr Sonal Choudhary
Lecturer in Sustainable Management
Sustainable management, sustainability in logistics and supply chain management, energy and sustainability, resilience in supply chains, international stakeholders in energy industry, environmental sustainability, climate change, ecology, environmental economics, sustainable production and consumption, behavioral change, environmental science, pollution and sustainability in the Arctic
Professor Daniel Coca
Professor of Nonlinear and Complex Systems
Nonlinear and complex dynamical systems, stem cell population dynamics, solar wind, bioimiaging and biological data analysis
Dr Claire Corkhill
VC Fellow MSE Engineering Sustainable Nuclear Energy
Nuclear waste, the Engineered Barrier concept, disposal of nuclear waste, sociology of nuclear waste final disposal
Professor Serena Corr
Chair in Functional Nanomaterials, Dept of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Synthesis and scale-up of electrode materials for Li-, Na- and Mg-ion batteries and solid electrolytes for Li and Na batteries; operando characterisation of battery materials
Dr Jonathan Davidson
Lecturer EEE Engineering Energy Storage
Power electronics, piezoelectric transformer-based power supplies, thermal modelling and temperature estimation, pseudorandom binary sequences for system identification, electrochemical battery modelling
Dr Danielle Densley Tingley
Lecturer CIV Architectural Engineering
Sustainable building design, use of materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Professor Nicola Dibben
Department of Music
Research and innovation in the arts and humanities. Facilitator and co-ordinator for collaboration with arts and humanities researchers
Dr Karen Finney
Senior Research Fellow - MECH
Conventional power; bioenergy and waste; carbon capture; emissions monitoring
Professor Martin Foster
Professor EEE Engineering Energy Conversion
Resonant power supplies, piezoelectric transformers, power electronics packaging and thermal management, multilevel power converters, battery management technologies.
Dr Amy Gandy
Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Materials Engineering
Development of materials for use in nuclear fusion, specifically plasma facing armour materials and materials for fuel production. Understanding the formation and evolution of radiation damage in materials for nuclear fusion and fission, and the resultant impact on material performance including storage of materials for fission following removal from the reactor.
Professor Andrea Genovese
Professor in Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Sustainable freight transport, transition towards a circular economy, decision support methodologies for logistics and supply chain management, environmental and social sustainability in supply chains and production systems.
Professor Jon Gibbins
MECH Engineering Power Plant Engineering and Carbon Capture
Centre Director at UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre
Coal and biomass gasification and combustion, carbon capture and storage, electricity system balancing
Dr Maria Gil Moltó
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Modelling strategic interaction between firms, policy-makers, consumers and non-for-profit institutions with a special focus on innovation, regulation and industrial policy in energy and environment-related markets and industries.
Professor Daniel Gladwin
Lecturer EEE Engineering Energy storage and control
Control-power systems, power electronics, embedded systems, energy storage and management, intelligent systems, telematics, optimisation and modelling, evolutionary computing
Dr Prosanta Gope
Lecturer in Cybersecurity
Smart grid security - secure privacy-aware demand response management in smart grid, secure dynamic pricing-based billing system, secure communication for drone-based monitoring in smart grid, block-chain-based secure energy trade system, security for Offshore wind power system
Professor Shuisheng He
Professor MECH Engineering Sustainable Nuclear Energy
Nuclear thermal hydraulics, carbon capture and storage, computational fluid dynamics, turbulence modelling, unsteady turbulent flow, buoyancy-influenced flow, biofluids
Dr Kevin Hughes
Senior Lecturer MECH Engineering Fuel Cell, Chemical Kinetics
Fuel combustion, fuel degradation, deposit formation, pollutant chemistry, proton exchange membrane fuel cells, process modelling in carbon capture and storage systems
Dr Mohammed Ismail
Theme Manager of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies at the Translational Energy Research Centre, Dept of Mechanical Engineeering
Hydrogen systems, hydrogen fuel cells, hydrogen electrolysers, water-energy nexus, membrane distillation desalination, catalysis for hydrogen systems, characterisation of energy materials, multiscale and multiphysics modelling of energy units and systems
Professor Peter Jackson
Professor of Human Geography
Social and cultural geography, commodity culture, geography of consumption, consumption and identity, families, convenience and sustainability
Dr Hajime Kinoshita
Senior Lecturer, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Nuclear, CO2 capture
Professor Vitaly Kudryavtsev
Professor PHY Particle Physics
Dark matter research, neutrino physics and astrophysics, proton decay, cosmic rays
Professor Zi-Qiang Lang
Professor ACSE Engineering Energy System
Nonlinear system modelling, analysis and design in the frequency domain, health monitoring and fault detection of engineering systems and structures, smart structures and systems, wind turbine system condition monitoring and control, passive and semi-active vibration control and applications in marine, automobile, civil and earthquake engineering
Dr Guang-Jin Li
Lecturer EEE Engineering Motor Design and Control
Novel permanent magent machines including single and hybrid excited switched flux permanent magnet machines, fault tolerance, fault modelling and diagnostics, thermal modelling of electrical machines, renewable energy and low emission transportation including wind power, electrical/hybrid vehicles, more electrical aircraft
Professor David Lidzey
Professor of Physics
solar energy, development and evaluation of solution processed photovoltaic devices, organic and hybrid photonic devices and structures, organic and hybrid semiconductor polaritons, spectroscopy of functional semiconductor materials, conjugated polymers and perovskites, structural probes of thin-film materials
Professor Lin Ma
Professor MECH Engineering Energy System Modelling
Future clean and sustainable energy technology with a focus on multi-scale energy process and computational modelling, carbon capture and storage, clean coal and biomass combustion for power generation, pollutants formation prediction, fuel related ash deposition, slagging and fouling in power plant furnaces, future power plant simulation, wind turbine aerodynamics, wind resources prediction
Dr Robert Marchand
Lecturer in Resource Efficiency
Fuel poverty, energy vulnerability, hard-to-reach consumers, resource efficiency, policy targeting, participatory policy design, energy access, business and supply chain management
Professor Nicolas Martin
Professor of Restorative Dentistry, School of Clinical Dentistry
Sustainability in Dentistry and Healthcare: The environmental impact of dental restorative materials, single-use plastics and packaging in healthcare; remote clinical consultations (tele-dentistry) using super-fast broadband communication and embedding ‘sustainability’ in educational curricula.
Dr Natalia Martsinovich
Lecturer, Department of Chemistry
Computational modelling of materials for applications in solar cells and photocatalysis
Professor Simon Marvin
Director of the Urban Institute
Climate change, sustainability, ecological security, smart cities, urban and regional restructuring, urban planning
Professor Martin Mayfield
Professor CIV Engineering
Engineering sustainable solutions, sustainable buildings, dynamic systems, engineering in society, Urban Flows Insitute
Professor Bill Nimmo
Professor of Energy Engineering and Sustainability
Biomass combustion, biomass gasification, anaeroic digestion, waste to energy, corrosion studies, coal combustion and gasification
Dr Alisyn Nedoma
Lecturer, Dept of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Polymeric energy materials, organic solar cells, nanostructured electrodes, organic photocatalysts
Dr Jonna Nyman
Postdoc Fellow Politics Social Science Sustainable Energy
Energy security, climate politics, politics of security, politics of energy security
Dr Mark Ogden
Lecturer CBE Engineering Sustainable Nuclear Energy
Spent nuclear fuel reprocessing, solvent extraction and ion exchange, novel separation processes, ionic liquids in seperation processes, supercritial fluids in seperation processes, actinide speciation
Professor Colin Osborne
Professor APS Science
Photosynthesis, plant growth, plant productivty, evolution and crop breeding
Dr Christophe Pinna
Senior Lecture MECH Engineering Dynamic Modelling
Mechanics of materials, experimental mechanics, computational solid mechanics, thermo-mechanical processing of metals, composites, fatigue, damage and fracture as well as machining
Professor John Provis
Professor of Cement Materials Science and Engineering
Eco-efficient and low-CO2 cements for infrastructure applications, including geopolymer cements
Professor Ian Reaney
Professor MSE Engineering Functional Materials
Functional materials and devices, glass research, biomaterials and tissue engineering, dielectrics and piezoelectrics
Professor Edward Rhodes
Professor GEO Social Science Sustainable Energy
Palaeoseismology, fault slip-rates studies, luminesence technical developments, low temperature thermochronology, grain tracing and transport rate, palaeoclimate, palaeoenvironmental reconstruction, fluvial and aeolian geomorphology, grain mixing, surface processes, natural carbon sequestration
Professor Darren Robinson
Professor Architecture Social Science
Statistical modelling of peoples' presence, activities, comfort and behaviours, multi-agent stochastic simulation, solar radiation, urban energy simulation
Dr Charles Rougé
Lecturer in Water Resilience
Modelling and analysis of complex water resource systems, hydropower production, advantages and disadvantages of dams constructed to produce large quantities of renewable energy, energy consumption to transport and supply water to cities and irrigated farmlands
Professor Anthony J Ryan, OBE
Polymers, thermodynamics and kinetics, soft nanotechnology, molecular machines, fabrication of molecular valves and motors
Dr Mahdieh Sadabadi
Lecturer Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE)
Microgrids, control systems, power electronics, and renewable energy systems
Dr Abby Samson
Lecturer MECH Fuels and Combustion
Sustainable energy and fuels, biomass, waste to energy, materials recovery, catalysis.
Nuclear AMRC Civil Nuclear Business
Nuclear advanced manufacturing techniques, nuclear business development, nuclear manufacturing innovation, nuclear modular reactors, small reactor markets
Dr Victor Guang Shi
Technical Lead, AMRC
Resource efficient and circular supply chain simulation, digital enabled advanced services for circular economy
Professor Fionn Stevenson
Professor of Sustainable Design - Architecture
Energy, housing, post-occupancy evaluation, occupant practices, co-production and learning, sustainable design and usability.
CEO, Nuclear AMRC
Nuclear advanced manufacturing techniques, nuclear business, nuclear industry, nuclear modular reactors, nuclear supply chains, nuclear procurement, nuclear investment, economies of scale
Professor Peter Styring
Professor Chemistry Science CO2 Utilization
New materials for carbon dioxide capture, catalysts for carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU), absorber and reactor intensification for CDU, process design for energy and economically efficient CDU, life cycle assessment in CDU, CDU policy and public engagement, snowsports tribology
Dr Darrel Swift
Lecturer GEO Social Science Sustainable Nuclear Energy
Sediment transfer glaciers, influence of bedtopography on subglacial hydrology and flow dyanamics of mountain glaciers
Professor Steve Thornton
Professor CIV Engineering Sustainable Nuclear Energy
Contaminent hydrogeology, soil and groundwater resources.
Professor Sandor Veres
Professor ACSE Engineering Sustainable Nuclear Energy
Optimal decision making in autonomous systems, mobile robotics, agent supervised feedback control systems, architectures and programming of reasoning based intelligent agents, formation flying control of robotic vehicles, formal modelling and verification of systems by model checking, robust adaptive control.
Dr Sergio Vernuccio
Lecturer, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
Reaction engineering, process intensification, alternative energy sources, microkinetic modelling of complex reaction systems.
Dr Brant Walkley
Lecturer Chemical and Biological Engineering
Materials and processes for sustainable infrastructure, environmental remediation and clean energy.
Professor Meihong Wang
Professor CBE Engineering Energy System
Process modelling, simulation, control and optimisation, power plants, carbon carbon and transport (CCT), energy storage, bio-fuel production, refinery planning and scheduling, process condition monitoring and system identification.
Dr Matt Watson
Senior Lecturer GEO Social Science Sustainable Energy
Redefining single use plastics, sustainability, resource demand, resource consumption.
Dr Parag Wate
Lecturer in Architectural Science, School of Architecture
Data-driven building energy modelling and simulation, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis of building energy and environmental performance, parametric programming and computation for building and urban energy simulation
Dr Thomas Webb
Reader in Psychology
Self-regulation, behaviour change, reducing single use plastics.
Dr Hua-Liang Wei
Senior Lecturer ACSE Engineering Energy System
Complex nonlinear systems, bioscience signal processing and data modelling, forecasting and analysis of complex stochastic dynamical processes.
Dr Aidan While
Senior Lecturer USP Social Science Sustainable Nuclear Energy
Governance of economic spaces, implications of climate change and climate policy for urban and regional governance.
Dr Matthew Wood
Lecturer Politics Social Science Low Carbon Transport
Work on legitimacy in the European Union.
Dr Ruoyang Yuan
Lecturer in Fuels and Combustion
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Sustainable fuels and low-emission combustion, low-carbon energy conversion and life-cycle assessment of bioenergy, advanced laser optical diagnostics, fluid dynamics, thermofluids and heat transfer, thermal management and energy optimisation modelling of HEVs, BEVs.
Dr Ziqi Zhang
Lecturer in Social Media
Data mining, data science, natural language engineering and social media analytics in relation to energy data, policy and beyond.
Professor Zi-Qiang Zhu
Professor EEE Engineering Wind Generators
Novel high torque/power density permanent magnet machines, high-speed machines, direct-drive permanent magnet machines, low-cost permanent magnet motors, intelligent control of permanent magnet machine drives, novel PWM strategies, power trains for electric vehicles, wind power generation, domestic appliances, more electric aircraft.
Professor Will Zimmerman
Professor CBE Engineering
Biochemical Dynamical Systems
Energy efficient generation of microbubbles and their applications (particularly biofuels and bioreactors), plasma microreactors (especially low power consumption generation of ozone), fluid dynamics of helical turbulence and mixing, thin film dynamics and microrheometry, computational modelling with inverse methods