Sustainable energy and materials

We have a team of academics and researchers with diverse skills and expertise, to drive research and innovation in developing materials and clean technologies to address and mitigate the energy and environmental challenges, to pave the way for a net-zero emission future.

Research areas

Our research covers several key application areas including sustainable catalysis for CO2 and waste conversion, hydrogen and fuel cells, energy storage batteries, biomass and waste valorisation, as well as solar and nuclear energy applications. Our work spans from materials design and synthesis, to device fabrication and testing, and multiscale modelling for materials design and process optimisation.

Research facilities and strengths

We have well-equipped research labs and a wide range of facilities covering materials synthesis, analysis and characterisation, device fabrication, and process testing.

Materials synthesis facilities

  • Rotary evaporators
  • Vacuum oven
  • High-temperature chamber and tube furnaces
  • High energy ultrasound probes etc.

Materials characterisation facilities

Analytical and characterisation tools

  • BET porosity and surface area analyser
  • Mercury porosimeter
  • Particle size analyser
  • FTIR-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
  • Density analyser
  • TGA
  • Raman Spectroscopy
  • H2-TPR
  • UV-vis
  • Data-Colour Spectrometer.

Devices and process testing

  • SOFC testing rigs
  • Hydrogen production rigs
  • Thermal catalysis mini-plants
  • Multiscale-ultrasound processing
  • Potentiostats
  • Conductivity measurement
  • High pressure batch reactors.


  • Screen printing
  • Spin-coating
  • Doctor-lade
  • Uniaxial compression equipment.

Software and licenses

  • COMSOL Multiphysics
  • Sustainability software
  • GAMS
  • VASP
  • ASPEN.

Imaging techniques

Ongoing projects

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Start date: October 2019

End date: September 2023

Completed projects


Meet the team

Academic staff

Bahman Amini Horri profile image

Dr Bahman Amini Horri

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Natalie Belsey profile image

Dr Natalie Belsey

Senior Lecturer & Senior Research Scientist at NPL

Madeleine Bussemaker profile image

Dr Madeleine Bussemaker

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Qiong Cai profile image

Dr Qiong Cai

Reader in Chemical and Process Engineering

Franjo Cecelja profile image

Dr Franjo Cecelja

Head of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering

Tao Chen profile image

Professor Tao Chen

Professor in Chemical Process Engineering

Melis S. Duyar profile image

Dr Melis Duyar

Senior Lecturer in Chemical and Process Engineering

Siddharth Gadkari profile image

Dr Siddharth Gadkari

Lecturer in Chemical Process Engineering

Tomas Ramirez Reina profile image

Dr Tomas Ramirez Reina

Senior Lecturer in Chemical and Process Engineering

Michael Short profile image

Dr Michael Short

Lecturer of Chemical and Process Engineering

Dimitrios Tsaoulidis profile image

Dr Dimitrios Tsaoulidis

Asst Professor (Lecturer) in Chemical & Process Engineering

Lei Xing profile image

Dr Lei Xing

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Research fellows

Dr Lefteri Andritsos

Research Fellow

Postgraduate research students

Ishanki Anjana De Mel profile image

Ishanki De Mel

Project: Optimisation of distributed energy systems

Junbin Huang

Postgraduate Research Student

Anamika Kushwah profile image

Anamika Kushwah

Project: Studying interactions between the catalytic upgrading of biomethane and fuel cells to obtain optimal flowsheets

Loukia Pantzechroula Merkouri profile image

Angie Merkouri

Project: Superior catalyst design for both CO2 capture and flexible CO2 utilisation

Juyan Zhang

Postgraduate Research Student

Qi Zhang

Project: Design of transition metals carbide catalysts for gas phase CO2 conversion

Xueliang Zhu

Project: Breakup dynamics of flashing jet throughout accidental release of superheated liquids