Centre for Energy and Environment Research

Our members are internationally renowned for their research into supporting and shaping explosion and fire safety in industry, and greener and sustainable chemical processes

Leader: Professor Basu Saha, Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering, School of Engineering

Our research supports sustainable chemical technologies, renewable sources of energy, green energy, clean technology, modelling for urban pollution management, multiphase fluid flow in fractured reservoirs, enhanced oil recovery, fluid flow assurance, rock characterisation, explosion and fire safety and hydrogen hazards.

We have established relationships with a variety of small and medium-sized enterprises and large industrial organisations including Sellafield Ltd, The Welding Institute, National Nuclear Laboratory, BOC, Airbus, MEL Chemicals, Purolite International Ltd, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Uptown Oil Ltd, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Johnson Matthey and AstraZeneca.

Since 2014, our members have already published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal papers, along with refereed conference papers, book chapters, edited books and had several patents approved. They have an outstanding track record in impactful research.

Selected current and recent projects include:

  • an investigation of the causes and prevention of fires in domestic refrigeration systems - an associated PhD student is part of the team looking at the cause of the fridge fire at the centre of the Grenfell Tower tragedy
  • development of an innovative two-stage esterification-transesterification process for synthesising biodiesel from waste cooking oil. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is using this biodiesel in a combined cooling, heat and power (CHP) system and this green energy project was shortlisted in two categories: “Energy” and “Resource-poor Technology” in the 2016 Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) Global Awards.