Research

Our research activities are organised along the following areas:

Group of Professor René Bañares-Alcántara

Decarbonisation of industrial chemicals and fuels

Global emissions are commonly attributed to four sectors: electricity, transport, heating, and industry. We focus on decarbonising industrial chemicals and, in some cases, exploring their use as ‘green’ fuels in transport, electricity, and heat. We model emission free production both in the UK and in other parts of the world.

Computer-based decision support

We have been developing computer based decision support systems for the improved automation of the processes within areas such as transport, energy, biofuels and pharmaceutical sectors. A significant area of our current work involves the development of decision support programs to assist policy designers. These programs are based on engineering design, computer science techniques and decision methods such as for example, ontologies, multi-criteria decision making, backcasting and complexity science.

Group of Professor Aidong Yang

Environmental and biological systems engineering 

Sustainable provision of energy, water, food, and other goods and services poses significant challenges to our society, calling for innovations at both the technology level and the systems level. Our work is aimed to further develop concepts and approaches in process systems engineering and industrial ecology, to enhance our understanding of the challenges from a systems perspective and to devise methods and tools for improving the production systems in a holistic manner. The environmental solutions we are interested in often involve the use of biological approaches which we strive to develop from a mathematical modelling perspective in collaboration with experimentalists.