Wetenhall, Ben


Ben Wetenhall is a lecturer at Newcastle University. His research interest is decarbonising industrial processes and energy generation, primarily through transportation by pipeline of carbon dioxide (CO2) for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) schemes and hydrogen for use as an alternate energy source. Some examples of previous research topics include material and specification requirements for novel pipelines, the impact of impurities on CO2 pipelines and shipping, pipeline failure frequency and consequence analysis (including developing analytical and CFD CO2 building ingress models), CCS network flexibility, and the effect of injecting cold CO2 on the surrounding rock.

Dr Jen Roberts is the UKCCSRC Deputy Director and Early Career Lead. Jen is Senior Lecturer and Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde where she researches interlinking technical, social and environmental risks in energy systems, with particular focus on CO2 geological storage.  To date, Jen has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and +1,000 citations, and she is Deputy-Editor-in-Chief for the journal Earth Science, Systems and Society. Jen also sits on the Research Committee for the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage (SCCS) Directorate, and the Science Advisory Group for the NERC CO2 Storage Research Facility (CSRF).

Richard Marsh specialises in resilient energy systems. Previously an engineer with QinetiQ, developing aviation gas turbine technologies, Richard joined Cardiff University on a range of energy related projects including low carbon technologies. In 2008 he took a lectureship in the Gas Turbine Research Centre, where he has led a variety of research projects and presented at major international conferences, including ASME, ICLASS and the Combustion Institute. Collaborators include Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Tata, EU and EASA. Funding sources include, EPSRC, EU H2020, ERDF and industry. Research projects include capture ready power plants, particulate matter emission, power plant flexibility and use of alternative fuels.

Clair Gough is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Manchester. With a focus on CCS and biomass energy with CCS (BECCS). Clair has extensive experience in energy-related social scientific research, including expert elicitation processes, public attitudes and responses, and ethical assessment, as well as integrated socio-technical assessments. Clair’s research aims to better understand social, technical and climate implications of CCS and its role in achieving net zero. Her current research includes analysis of the conditions for establishing a social license to operate decarbonisation and carbon removal technologies, including CCS and BECCS.

Dr Kyra Sedransk Campbell is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. She is co-inventor of the Oxidative Ionothermal Synthesis (OIS) method, and a co-founder of Nanomox Ltd. Her research is at the interface of chemical engineering, chemistry, and materials science; she uses fundamental research, including developing new technologies and techniques, to inform important issues around sustainability. In the area of carbon capture, she has been significant in understanding the corrosion challenges that plague the existing technologies to make the infrastructure safer and less susceptible to corrosion. She is a member and the lead of the EDI working group for the ISCF TFI Future Leaders Group, on the EDI committee for the TransFire project, on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the TFI Network+, and serves as EDI lead for the CCS Network+. She is engaged in working towards improving EDI in manufacturing, as a pathway to make it more appealing, and therefore sustainable in the UK, as a career.

David Reiner is Professor of Technology Policy at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at Cambridge. He is one of two academic members of the CCUS Council, which is chaired by the UK Energy Minister and is on the Advisory Board of the £210m Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge. His research focuses on the political economy of climate and energy policy, particularly focusing on hard-to-abate sectors and greenhouse gas removal. David was UKCCSRC Deputy Director for Systems and Policy 2017-2022. 

As Professor for CCS at the University of Edinburgh, Stuart has helped create the UK’s largest University group examining CO2 storage geology. He has over 40 years research experience in energy, innovating new approaches to oil and gas, radioactive waste, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen storage, and biochar. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2002 for research on radioactive waste disposal, awarded the Geological Society William Smith Medal in 2011 for work on the geochemistry of oil and gas field reservoir quality, appointed OBE in 2012 for service to climate change technologies, and in 2021 he was awarded the Energy Medal of the Geological Society. He is also the Director of SCCS, co-Director of Edinburgh Climate Change Institute (ECCI) and Co-I of UKCCSRC.

Jon Gibbins is the Director of the UKCCSRC. He has worked on energy engineering, fuel conversion and CCS for 45 years, initially in industry and then as a university academic, latterly leading national academic research initiatives. With over 80 papers and more than 100 articles and reports on CCS and related topics, he is a Chartered Engineer, a Member of the IMechE, a Fellow of the Institute of Energy and Professor of CCS at the University of Sheffield.  Since 2005 Jon has played a leading role in UK CCS academic capacity building, growing the UK CCS Research Centre as an inclusive and open virtual national hub and helping to start now-mainstream UK initiatives on industrial decarbonisation (2012) and CCS clusters (2016). His research activities centre around engagement with industry and policymakers on practical aspects of CCS deployment, with an emphasis on policy and economic requirements plus detailed practical analysis of matching capture plant designs to market conditions.

Paul Fennell (Deputy Director for Capture), CEng CSci FIChemE, is a deputy director of the UKCCSRC with more than 100 papers on energy and industry related subjects. He works with many industrial partners within EPSRC and EU projects, as well as regular consultancy. He has advised BEIS and the EA and was cited in the most recent IPCC Assessment Report. He chaired the IChemE Clean Energy Special Interest Group and was a member of the road-mapping team for the Iron and Steel sector. He was PI on 2 EPSRC grants, including the £1.3M “Opening New Fuels” project, 3 non-EPSRC grants and Co-I on 8 EPSRC grants. He has appeared on BBC radio and News 24 and regularly contributes on public engagement, winning the 2015 IChemE ambassador prize.

  • UKCCSRC Core Research Project – Capture: A1, Materials Development