Science for Sustainability Hub

SDG 7: Affordable & Clean Energy

Cutting-edge solutions to meet energy demands

Name Areas of research Description
Benjamin Bach

data visualization

data science

public engagement

Working on data visualization and making data accessible and understandable by experts and non-experts. Data visualization is essential in understanding complex processes and data sets. Especially, techniques from storytelling and visual communication have huge potential to communicate findings and information to large and diverse audiences. 
Euan Brechin

quantum information

refrigeration technologies

Interested in the use of earth abundant molecule-based magnets for cryogenic refrigeration and information processing, replacing the critical resources currently employed, including Helium and the Lanthanides.
Julio Bros-Williamson

digital twins & living labs

climate change resilience

healthy buildings

Interested in low embodied carbon materials and techniques in the built environment, energy-efficient technological solutions for the refurbishment of existing buildings, and climate change adaptation and resilience of buildings by developing solutions and low carbon building services.
Charles Cockell

space

astrobiology

microbiology

Interested in sustainable biotechnology in space to support human space exploration.
Michael Cowley

chemistry

discovering new chemistry for a sustainable society 

Working on the chemistry of the most abundant metals in the Earth’s crust - aluminium and silicon - to provide synthetic methods to prepare bulk and fine chemicals with lower energy costs and without reliance on limited reserves of precious metals.
James Cumby

materials

AI

batteries

Creating new materials for future energy technologies, with the aim of diversifying and improving energy storage systems. To do this I combine synthetic chemistry with artificial intelligence to discover materials faster and more efficiently.
Katherine Dunn

electrosynbionics

bionanotechnology

renewable energy

Research on electrosynbionics, which involves the development of devices that use biological or bio-inspired components to generate, use or store electricity. This includes biophotovoltaics and biobatteries.
Yuta Era

biotechnology

recycling

catalysis

Aiming to convert waste metals to useful products such as catalysts, with a particular focus on catalysis promoted by biogenic metal nanoparticles.
Andrew Free

biotechnology

anti-microbial resistance

biogeochemical cycling

Interested in the application of microbial communities to bioremediation, sustainable waste treatment and energy generation from waste. We also have interests in the evolution and spread of antimicrobial resistance and approaches to tackling it.
Chris French

biotechnology

biomass

pathway engineering

Research on biomass degradation for sustainable non food-based feedstocks, also metabolic pathway engineering for conversion of sugars to valuable products as alternative to chemical processes.
Daniel Friedrich

renewable energy

heating and cooling

data-driven engineering

Develop and apply mathematical methods to practical problems in energy system design and optimisation, in particulat for decarbonising thermal energy systems.
Ross Grassie

quantum

AI

sustainability

Interested in the potential of quantum computing to address sustainability challenges.
Julian Hall

optimization software

open-source

energy system modelling

Leading the development of HiGHS, an open-source linear optimization software that will enable non-governmental organizations, early-stage companies, and government ministries in lower income countries to use meaningful models for sustainable energy system modelling.
Aliakbar Hassanpouryouzband

sustainable chemistry

renewable energy

thermodynamics

Development of tools to enable hydrogen as a low-cabon energy pathway, and the use of sustainable chemistry technologies such as climate engineering, water desalination, gas storage, cold energy storage, etc.
Claire Hobday

energy

decarbonising heating and cooling

Tackling issues of heating and cooling through understanding and developing solid-state refrigerant materials. We do this by analysing the structure of materials via diffraction and computational methods and understanding how the refrigerant properties are altered.
Louise Horsfall

sustainable biotechnology

resource efficiency

synthetic biology

Translating academic research into novel industrially-usable platforms for the sustainable production of scientifically improved enzymes, bio-based chemicals and other bio-derived materials by exploiting new analytical and bio-based technologies. Our disruptive innovations will lead to the development of unique and sustainable new products, derived from wastes and by-products, and demonstration of their cost-efficient and energy-saving production using novel biomanufacturing technologies.
Amanda Jarvis

green chemistry

biotechnology

Development of greener and more efficient methods for chemical production, with a focus on using knowledge from both Chemistry and Biology to design better catalytic processes. 
Susan Jarvis 

sustainable Food systems

agritech

animal welfare science 

I work in the area of Sustainable Food Systems, and in particular the role of animal welfare science to ensure sustainable and socially acceptable food production systems.  In regard to teaching I lead the delivery of undergraduate programmes and courses in Global Agriculture and Food Security.  I also lead the DDI Agritech Talent programme at Easter Bush Campus which is aimed at upskilling learners in data science and technology relevant to sustainable food systems.  
Caroline Kirk

environmental remediation

green energy storage 

Materials chemistry solutions for environmental issues using low cost and sustainable methods. This includes innovative and novel approaches for remediation of potentially toxic elements, developing new materials for applications in green energy storage and production of sustainable and low carbon cements.
Marc Krautzberger

renewable energy

technological solutions to manage the nexus between climate change and poverty

social science and policy

Interested in how policymakers and firms manage competing demands (e.g. economic vs. environmental goals) in the process of developing and providing technological solutions in response to societal challenges.
Sam Lau

chemical separations

desalination

polymer science

Interested in recycling plastic waste into polymer membranes and microporous polymers for chemical separations. We also deploy Green Chemistry principles to make these materials by deploying green solvents and biorenewable materials.
Wei Li

environmental remediation

greenhouse gas removal

clean air

net zero

Development of low energy solutions for multiple greenhouse gases removal at the climatically relevant scale to enable a transition to a net greenhouse gas neutral future. 
Francisca Martinez Hergueta

composites

recycling

manufacturing

Life cycle assessment of sustainable composites. Development of recycling routes for thermoplastic materials and remoulding processes compatible with the structural requirements of the transport sector. Prediction of the mechanical response using finite element analysis and artificial intelligence/machine learning models. 
Michela Massimi
renewable energy, science policy
Focus on methodological/conceptual problems concerning the use of scientific models for projections (in high-energy physics, nuclear physics as well as in climate science), the cross-section between science policy and modelling, and epistemic injustices concerning science.
Alasdair McDonald

renewable energy

wind energy

electrical technologies

Leads the University teaching and research in wind energy. In the UK, wind energy (including offshore) is set to be the biggest contributor to low carbon, low cost electricity generation in the coming decades.
Encarni Medina-Lopez

satellite data for coastal environmental applications

renewable energy

AI

Expertise in water and energy and how these two interact in the natural environment. My research focuses on the development of tools to improve the monitoring of coasts and oceans using remote sensing and artificial intelligence. 
Dimitri Mignard

water-energy-food nexus

agritechnology

desalination

Technologies for irrigation, desalination and energy access, assisting with access to clean water, food production and reforestation, all using clean energy, and dedicated to serve poor communities in low income countries. 
Andrew Millar

science policy

biotechnology

Interested in systems thinking, open research practices and science policy for partnerships, and potentially to biotechnology for a circular economy in industry, food and health. 
Dominic Moran

environmental

agricultural and food system

economics

Interested in definitions and metrics of sustainability, economic appraisal of technological options using non-market valuation, and behavioural and political appraisal of technology adoption. 
Diego Oyarzún

biotechnology

synthetic biology

AI

data science

Computational modelling and data science for better biotech solutions to global sustainability challenges.
Bart Pander
autotrophic biotechnology business Interested in non-photosynthetic autotrophic microbiology and biotechnology.
Alexandra Price

renewable energy

regenerative economy.

Work in renewable energy - designing tools to help researchers design control policies to make a step change in the viability of wave energy. Also interested in decarbonisation, including clean heat, co-housing, and regenerative economics. 
Subramanian Ramamoorthy

AI

technology in education

healthcare technologies

Expertise in Robotics and AI, with broad interests in the applications of these technologies to helping address societal problems. I am particularly interested in the application of predictive modelling and design methods to advancing healthcare technologies, and technologies for energy and sustainable systems. Also, as an educator, I am keen to explore ways to improve the quality and access to education.
Win Rampen

renewables

decarbonising heating

Working on grid scale energy storage, and interested in decarbonising building heating with heat pumps, and technologies to help decarbonise agricultural/off road and construction machinery.
Judy Robertson
data literacy Academic lead for Data Education in Schools. We're looking for researchers who work on sustainability themes using data who might want to explain their work to school children. https://dataschools.education/. Our seminar series for teachers is themed around the sustainability goals this year.
Neil Robertson

drinking water

solar

rural  

Expertise in materials chemistry for application in low-cost solar photovoltaics, and electrical energy storage via batteries and supercapacitors. We also work on photocatalytic water treatment for rural communities in India, which would also be applicable to similar communities around the world. This is focused on villages where untreated surface water is currently being consumed.
Susan Rosser

engineering biology

biotechnology

biomedicine

Expertise in engineering biology approaches to engineer cells to perform novel functions e.g. build pathways for the production of biosurfactants, develop enzymes for cold water cleaning and new ways for biology to build things in general. My research is also focused on developing cell and gene therapies that are cheaper, more effective and widely available.
Michael Rovatsos
AI and its application to sustainability
Focus on AI algorithms that can support the development of technologies supporting fairness, equality, and social justice. As part of my role at the intersection of research and innovation, I am also interested in many other areas of sustainability where AI and data science can be applied.
Giulio Santori

negative emission technologies

energy 

Development of negative-emission engineering devices
Joyce Tait

life science innovation

policy and regulation

responsible innovation

Focus on genetic technology solutions to challenges relevant to Net Zero and biodiversity policy objectives, considering: development of business models and value chains for innovative technologies; regulatory systems, standards and guidelines and how they can support of constrain innovation. 
Job Thijssen

battery materials

sustainable reformulation

jedi (justice equity diversity inclusion)

Interested in soft matter for sustainable energy materials, for example hybrid solid electrolytes for safer batteries, as well as the role of inclusion in current physics curricula.
John Thompson

energy efficient communications

renewable energy

sustainable infrastructure

Energy efficient solutions for wireless communications and internet of things systems. These technologies will help to underpin practical solutions in many application domains such as: low carbon energy generation; sustainable industry and infrastructure; smart cities.
Camilla Thomson

renewable energy

environmental impact

energy systems

Developing analytical tools for better evaluating the environmental impacts of energy systems and technologies. This aims to inform the rapid transition to low-carbon energy systems and support sustainable development. This is achieved by both evaluating emerging technologies, and exploring how they can be best combined and developed to produce energy systems that are secure, equitable, economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable.
Mark Wilkinson

renewable energy

sustainable industry

Researching the geological storage of hydrogen to match supply from renewable energy to demand, the same with underground storage of compressed air, to enable the transition to sustainable and  clean energy. we are also investigating Carbon Capture and Storage to decarbonise otherwise difficult  CO2 emissions including cement manufacturing and iron and steel production.