Energy and Chemical Industries

h2carImproving quality of life demands the supply of increasing amounts of energy and consumer chemicals, whilst at the same time global warming has become a major cause for concern. The Energy research theme addresses the challenges of introducing the hydrogen economy to replace the current reliance on carbon-based fuels.

Fuel cells, hydrogen generation, storage and use are being investigated. The production of chemicals such as pharmaceuticals, vitamins, personal and household products is the traditional business of the chemical industry, but new challenges are being addressed to manufacture such products more efficiently.

Novel production routes using catalysis or supercritical fluids, reduction of waste by-products, and control of product formulation are some of the key challenges which are being addressed within the Chemical Industries theme.

Theme Research Areas

Research Groups

Staff involved in this theme

    Academic                                 Research Keywords
Dr Bushra Al-Duri  
Professor Mostafa Barigou Fluid mechanics, Multiphase flows, Rheology, Mixing, Computational Fluid Dynamics
Dr Andy Ingram  
Professor Kevin Kendall Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, Hybrid vehicles, Systems for combined heat & power
Dr Gary Leeke  
Dr Paula Mendes Nano-Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cells
Professor Andrzej Pacek  
Prof. Robert Steinberger-Wilckens Head of The Centre for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Research
Dr Regina Santos  
Professor Mark Simmons Chemistry-chem eng interface, reaction engineering of enantioselective reactions
ProfessorJoe Wood Catalysis, reaction engineering, hydrogenation, carbon capture and storage, heavy oil upgrading, reaction kinetics.