Energy and Sustainability

As the home institution of such global luminaries as Lord Kelvin, James Watt, W.J.M. Rankine and Joseph Black, our reputation in energy engineering is long-standing and world-renowned.

Energy engineering research at the University of Glasgow today focuses principally on the efficiency of energy generation, supply, conversion, transport, distribution and storage technologies.

Taking a pragmatic view of the rapidly-evolving energy sector globally and regionally – not least the ambitious ‘net zero’ emissions strategies being pioneered in Scotland – we address both development / deployment of renewables and the most responsible further uses of conventional energy resources as bridges to a sustainable future.

Our research is deeply rooted in partnerships with industry, whilst drawing on the most rigorous scientific approaches, the most powerful numerical tools and the very latest new materials. Our work is avowedly multi-disciplinary, and as such can be categorised in a number of ways, depending on the balance of core scientific disciplines invoked in the research, or the interests of distinct end-user communities.

Areas of work
  • Renewable, low-carbon heating, cooling and power technologies
  • Integrated energy systems
  • Carbon capture, utilisation and storage
  • Waste management
  • Life-cycle assessment
  • Sustainable manufacturing and multi-objective optimisation
  • Geo-Energy Engineering
  • Geothermics
  • Hydrogeology
  • Thermogeology
  • Groundwater quality and hydrochemistry
  • Combustion & gasification
  • Solar and electro-fuels
  • Fluid flow, heat & mass transfer
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Experimental flow dynamics
  • Thermoacoustics
  • Environmental science
  • Chemical process simulation
  • Bioenergy
  • Multi-objective optimisation
  • Power electronics
  • Control theory and applications
  • Smart grid communications
  • Machine learning, big data analytics, game theory and stochastic optimisation
  • Sustainable Manufacturing

Professor Gioia Falcone
Professor Zhibin Yu
Professor Manosh C Paul 
Dr Ian Watson
Dr Jin Yang
Dr Nader Karimi (Affiliate)
Dr Andrea Cammarano
Dr Siming You
Dr Ying Liu
Dr Xiaolei Liu
Dr Anastasia Ioannou
Dr Junlong Shang (Infrastructure & Environment)
Dr Jim Sharp
Dr Yiji Lu
Mr David Banks



In the News

Petroleum Experts Ltd has donated 10 educational licences of the IPM suite, the equivalent of £1,483,741.60, to the University of Glasgow.

The software will be used for thesis projects of our MSc in Sustainable Energy and for research in geothermal energy, carbon capture and sequestration, and hydrogen storage.