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


Academic institutions

  • Beijing Forestry University 
  • Boreskov Institute of Catalysis
  • Brandenburg University of Technology
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Columbia University
  • De La Salle University
  • Heriot-Watt University 
  • Imperial College London
  • Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science
  • Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science
  • Leeds University
  • Monash University
  • Nanjing Technology University
  • National University of Colombia 
  • NTUA
  • Queen Mary University London 
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • University College London
  • University of Alicante
  • University of Antioquia
  • University of Bath 
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Groningen
  • University of Maribor
  • University of Nottingham Malaysia
  • University of Seville
  • University of Tehran
  • University of Tokyo
  • University of Wollongong.

Industry partners

  • Addionics Ltd
  • Air Products
  • Bio-Sep Ltd
  • Celbius Ltd
  • Ceres Power
  • Fawley Waterside
  • Fluor Ltd
  • Greenergy Ltd
  • GSK UK
  • Herb UK
  • Inspro Ltd
  • NVH Global
  • Smart Separations Ltd
  • The NPL.


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Meet the team

Academic staff

Bahman Amini Horri profile image

Dr Bahman Amini Horri

Associate Professor of Energy Materials and Sustainability Fellow at the Institute for Sustainability

Natalie Belsey profile image

Dr Natalie Belsey

Senior Lecturer & Principal Scientist at NPL

Madeleine Bussemaker profile image

Dr Madeleine Bussemaker

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Qiong Cai profile image

Professor Qiong Cai

Professor in Sustainable Energy and Materials; Sustainability Fellow; Theme Leader on Chemicals for Net-Zero within the Institute for Sustainability

Tao Chen profile image

Professor Tao Chen

Professor in Chemical Engineering; Associate Dean (International)

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

Visiting Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering

Michael Short profile image

Dr Michael Short

Senior Lecturer of Process Systems Engineering

Dimitrios Tsaoulidis profile image

Dr Dimitrios Tsaoulidis

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

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Dr Lei Xing

Lecturer in Digital Chemical Engineering / Fellow of Institute for Sustainability / Fellow of Institute for People-Centred AI

Research fellows

Dr Lefteri Andritsos

Research Fellow

Postgraduate research students

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Raymond Atughwe

PhD Researcher

Soudabeh Bahrami Gharamaleki profile image

Soudabeh Bahrami Gharamaleki

Postgraduate Research Student

Thorin Daniel

Project: Electrochemical system design using artificial intelligence

Ishanki Anjana De Mel profile image

Ishanki De Mel

Project: Optimisation of distributed energy systems

Meshkat Dolat profile image

Meshkat Dolat

Project: Optimisation and system design for bespoke dual function materials for direct air carbon capture and utilisation

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Ali Goksu

Postgraduate Research Student

Junbin Huang

Postgraduate Research Student

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Farid Jalili Jamshidian

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

Pye Kywe

Postgraduate Research Student

Jing Li

Postgraduate Research Student

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Mahsa Masoudi

Project: Development of novel methodologies for improving the safety and electrochemical performance of Li-CO2 batteries

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Angie Merkouri

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

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Shailza Saini

Postgraduate Research Student

Robert Steven

Postgraduate Research Student

Juyan Zhang

Postgraduate Research Student

Ruosi Zhang

Project: Optimization of integrated energy systems in aquaculture

Xueliang Zhu

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

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