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Management team

Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian

Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian

Professor of Energy Engineering

Energy, clean energy technology, coal combustion, renewable transport fuels.

Professor Pourkashanian

Professor Lenny Koh

Professor Lenny Koh

Professor in Operations Management

Energy, environment, sustainability, supply chains, low carbon, business development, industry, resource efficiency.

Professor Koh

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 Hyatt

Professor David Stone

Professor in Electrical Engineering

Smart batteries, electric, hybrid-electric vehicles, energy storage systems, national grid.

Professor David Stone
 

Members

Professor Kais Atallah

Engineering Flywheels and Motor Design

Professor Atallah

Dr Erica Ballantyne

Lecturer in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Sustainable Transport

Dr Ballantyne

Dr Andrew Brint

Lecturer in Operations Management

Energy market, infrastructure asset management, electricity distribution networks, operations and supply chain management.

Dr Brint

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 Beerling

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

Professor Brockington

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 Brown

Dr Nick Taylor Buck

Research Fellow

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 Buck

Dr Alastair Buckley

Senior Lecturer in Organic Electronics

Electrode interfaces, devices and manufacturing processes for polymer optoelectrics. the photophysics of molecular materials.

Dr Buckley

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

Dr Choudhary

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

Professor Coca
 

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

Dr Corkhill

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 Davidson

Dr Danielle Densley Tingley

Lecturer CIV Architectural Engineering

Sustainable building design, use of materials to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr Tingley 

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

Professor Dibben

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.

Professor Foster

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 Genovese

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

Professor Gibbins

Dr 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 Gladwin

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

Dr Gope

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

Professor He

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 Hughes

Professor Peter Jackson

Professor of Human Geography

Social and cultural geography, commodity culture, geography of consumption, consumption and identity, families, convenience and sustainability

Professor Jackson

Dr Bhupendra Khandelwal

Lecturer MECH Engineering Low Carbon Transport

Combustion, micro combustion, gas turbine combustors, alternative fuels, PM emissions, gaseous emissions, hydrogen combustion, hydrogen combustors, micro combustors

Dr Khandelwai

Professor Vitaly Kudryavtsev

Professor PHY Particle Physics

Dark matter research, neutrino physics and astrophysics, proton decay, cosmic rays

Professor Kudryavtsev

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

Professor Lang

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

Dr Li

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 Lidzey

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

Professor Ma

Dr Robert Marchand

Lecturer SUMS Social Science Fuel Poverty

Supply chain management, fuel poverty research network, problem structuring methodologies, behavioural operations management.

Dr Marchand

Professor Martin Mayfield

Professor CIV Engineering

Engineering sustainable solutions, sustainable buildings, dynamic systems, engineering in society, Urban Flows Insitute

Professor Mayfield

Professor Simon Marvin

Director of the Urban Institute

Climate change, sustainability, ecological security, smart cities, urban and regional restructuring, urban planning

Professor Marvin

Professor Bill Nimmo

Professor of Energy Engineering and Sustainability

Biomass combustion, biomass gasification, anaeroic digestion, waste to energy, corrosion studies, coal combustion and gasification

Professor Nimmo

Dr Jonna Nyman

Postdoc Fellow Politics Social Science Sustainable Energy

Energy security, climate politics, politics of security, politics of energy security

Dr Nyman

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

Dr Ogden

Professor Colin Osborne

Professor APS Science

Photosynthesis, plant growth, plant productivty, evolution and crop breeding

Professor Osborne

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

Dr Pinna

Professor Ian Reaney

Professor MSE Engineering Functional Materials

Functional materials and devices, glass research, biomaterials and tissue engineering, dielectrics and piezoelectrics

Professor Reaney

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 Rhodes

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

Professor Robinson

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

Dr Rougé

Professor Anthony J Ryan, OBE

Polymers, thermodynamics and kinetics, soft nanotechnology, molecular machines, fabrication of molecular valves and motors

Professor Ryan

Jay Shaw

Nuclear AMRC Civil Nuclear Business

Nuclear advanced manufacturing techniques, nuclear business development, nuclear manufacturing innovation, nuclear modular reactors, small reactor markets

Jay Shaw

Andrew Storer

CEO, Nuclear AMRC

Nuclear advanced manufacturing techniques, nuclear business, nuclear industry, nuclear modular reactors, nuclear supply chains, nuclear procurement, nuclear investment, economies of scale

Andrew Storer

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

Professor Styring

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

Dr Swift

Professor Steve Thornton

Professor CIV Engineering Sustainable Nuclear Energy

Contaminent hydrogeology, soil and groundwater resources.

Professor Thornton

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.

Professor Veres

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.

Professor Wang

Dr Matt Watson

Senior Lecturer GEO Social Science Sustainable Energy

Redefining sinle use plastics, sustainability, resource demand, resource consumption.

Dr Watson

Dr Thomas Webb

Reader in Psychology

Self-regulation, behaviour change, reducing single use plastics.

Dr Webb

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 Wei

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 While

Dr Matthew Wood

Lecturer Politics Social Science Low Carbon Transport

Work on legitimacy in the European Union.

Dr Wood

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 Zhu

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

Professor Zimmerman