Dr Neha Mehta

Dr Neha Mehta

School of Chemical Engineering
Assistant Professor in Whole Energy Systems Analysis

Contact details

Y3 Engineering Building
School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Neha Mehta is an Assistant Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham. Neha’s area of expertise and research interests lie in the fields of whole energy systems analysis, environmental sustainability, circular economy, and waste-to-energy pathways. In her research she has used a wide range of research methods, including life cycle analysis, techno-economic assessment, and material flow analysis.


  • PhD in Earth Sciences, University of Turin, 2019
  • MTech in Environmental Engineering and Management, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, 2014
  • BTech in Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Raipur, 2012


MEng and MSc research projects

Other activities

  • Outreach officer, Energy, Resources and the Environment Division, European Geosciences Union, 2022-23
  • Postdoctoral Development Centre representative, Queen’s University Belfast, 2021-22
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Postdoc Society Committee member, Queen’s University Belfast, 2019-22
  • Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast, 2019-22
  • Manager (Environmental Services), Tata Motors Limited, Pantnagar, 2014-15


Recent publications


Akor, CI, Osman, AI, McCallum, C, Mehta, N, Morgan, K, Walsh, P, Smyth, B, Rooney, DW & Sheldrake, GN 2023, 'Heterogeneous catalytic conversion of solid anaerobic digestate waste to biofuels and value-added chemicals', Materials Advances. https://doi.org/10.1039/D2MA00811D

Halawy, SA, Osman, AI, Mehta, N, Abdelkader, A, Vo, DVN & Rooney, DW 2022, 'Adsorptive removal of some Cl-VOC's as dangerous environmental pollutants using feather-like γ-Al2O3 derived from aluminium waste with life cycle analysis', Chemosphere, vol. 295, 133795, pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.133795

Fawzy, S, Osman, AI, Mehta, N, Moran, D, Al-Muhtaseb, AH & Rooney, DW 2022, 'Atmospheric carbon removal via industrial biochar systems: a techno-economic-environmental study', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 371, 133660. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.133660

Mehta, N, Anderson, A, Johnston, CR & Rooney, DW 2022, 'Evaluating the opportunity for utilising anaerobic digestion and pyrolysis of livestock manure and grass silage to decarbonise gas infrastructure: A Northern Ireland case study', Renewable Energy, vol. 196, pp. 343-357. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2022.06.115

Osman, AI, Elgarahy, AM, Mehta, N, Al-Muhtaseb, AH, Al-Fatesh, AS & Rooney, DW 2022, 'Facile Synthesis and Life Cycle Assessment of Highly Active Magnetic Sorbent Composite Derived from Mixed Plastic and Biomass Waste for Water Remediation', ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, vol. 10, no. 37, pp. 12433-12447. https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.2c04095

Al-Muhtaseb, AH, Osman, AI, Jamil, F, Mehta, N, Al-Haj, L, Coulon, F, Al-Maawali, S, Nabhani, AA, Kyaw, HH, Myint, MTZ & Rooney, DW 2022, 'Integrating life cycle assessment and characterisation techniques: a case study of biodiesel production utilising waste Prunus Armeniaca seeds (PAS) and a novel catalyst', Journal of Environmental Management, vol. 304, 114319. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2021.114319

Mehta, N, Cunningham, E, Doherty, M, Sainsbury, P, Bolaji, I, Nejad, BF & Smyth, BM 2022, 'Using regional material flow analysis and geospatial mapping to support the transition to a circular economy for plastics', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, vol. 179, 106085, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2021.106085

Nejad, BF, Smyth, BM, Bolaji, I, Mehta, N, Billham, M & Cunningham, E 2021, 'Carbon and energy footprints of high-value food trays and lidding films made of common bio-based and conventional packaging materials', Cleaner Environmental Systems, vol. 3, 100058, pp. 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cesys.2021.100058

Al-Muhtaseb, AH, Osman, AI, Kumar, PSM, Jamil, F, Al-Haj, L, Al Nabhani, A, Kyaw, HH, Myint, MTZ, Mehta, N & Rooney, DW 2021, 'Circular economy approach of enhanced bifunctional catalytic system of CaO/CeO2 for biodiesel production from waste loquat seed oil with life cycle assessment study', Energy Conversion and Management, pp. 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enconman.2021.114040

Mehta, N, Cunningham, E, Roy, D, Cathcart, A, Dempster, M, Berry, E & Smyth, BM 2021, 'Exploring perceptions of environmental professionals, plastic processors, students and consumers of bio-based plastics: Informing the development of the sector', Sustainable Production and Consumption, vol. 26, pp. 574-587. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.spc.2020.12.015

Al-Mawali, KS, Osman, AI, Al-Muhtaseb, AH, Mehta, N, Jamil, F, Mjalli, F, Vakili-Nezhaad, GR & Rooney, DW 2021, 'Life cycle assessment of biodiesel production utilising waste date seed oil and a novel magnetic catalyst: A circular bioeconomy approach', Renewable Energy, vol. 170, pp. 832-846. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2021.02.027

Bolaji, I, Nejad, BF, Billham, M, Mehta, N, Smyth, BM & Cunningham, E 2021, 'Multi-criteria decision analysis of agri-food waste as a feedstock for biopolymer production', Resources, Conservation and Recycling, vol. 172, 105671. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resconrec.2021.105671

Review article

Osman, AI, Farghali, M, Ihara, I, Elgarahy, AM, Ayyad, A, Mehta, N, Ng, KH, Abd El-Monaem, EM, Eltaweil, AS, Hosny, M, Hamed, SM, Fawzy, S, Yap, PS & Rooney, DW 2023, 'Materials, fuels, upgrading, economy, and life cycle assessment of the pyrolysis of algal and lignocellulosic biomass: a review', Environmental Chemistry Letters, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 1419-1476. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10311-023-01573-7

Osman, AI, Mehta, N, Elgarahy, AM, Hefny, M, Al-Hinai, A, Al-Muhtaseb, AH & Rooney, DW 2022, 'Hydrogen production, storage, utilisation and environmental impacts: a review', Environmental Chemistry Letters, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 153-188. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10311-021-01322-8

Osman, AI, Mehta, N, Elgarahy, AM, Al-Hinai, A, Al-Muhtaseb, AH & Rooney, D 2021, 'Conversion of biomass to biofuels and life cycle assessment: a review', Environmental Chemistry Letters, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 4075-4118. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10311-021-01273-0

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