Williams, Gareth

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Gareth currently works within the CO2 storage research team at the British Geological Survey, where he provides expertise in seismic data analysis, rock physics modelling and numerical simulation of CO2 flow in the subsurface.  He’s published on a range of topics from deep subsurface structure to CCS, with a particular interest in the Sleipner CO2 injection operation. His current research is focused on the integrated modelling of fluid flow and time-lapse seismic response to monitor CO2 injection operations.

Professor Meihong Wang leads Process and Energy Systems Engineering Research Group at University of Sheffield, UK with expertise in modelling, optimization and control for power plants, carbon capture utilisation and storage, energy storage and bio-energy.  He joined Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London and UCL in 1999. He worked at Alstom Power, Cranfield University and University of Hull from 2004 to 2016. He has been investigators in over 20 research projects worth over £20 million from UK Research Councils, European Commission and Industry. He has published over 200 papers and is one of top 2% most-cited scientists in the world. One of his publications was awarded Ludwig Mond Prize 2014 by IMechE.  He was joint winner of Nigeria Prize for Science 2019 (the biggest and most prestigious prize in Africa). A research project on intensified carbon capture led by Prof Wang was Finalist of IChemE Global Award 2019 (Energy Category) and highly commended.  He was Siemens PSE MBI Prize Winner 2022He is an elected Fellow of Institute of Engineering and Technology (FIET).

Goran Strbac is a Professor of Energy Systems, with extensive experience in advanced modelling and analysis of operation, planning, security and economics of energy systems. He led the development of novel advanced analysis approaches and methodologies that have been extensively used to inform industry, governments and regulatory bodies about the role and value of emerging new technologies and systems in supporting cost effective evolution to smart low carbon energy future. He is currently Director of the joint Imperial-Tsinghua Research Centre on Intelligent Power and Energy Systems, Leading Author in IPCC WG 3, Member of OFGEM RIIO-2 Challenging Group, Member of the UK Smart System Forum, Member of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Smart Networks for the Energy Transition, and Member of the Joint EU Programme in Energy Systems Integration of the European Energy Research Alliance. He co-authored 4 books and published over 200 technical papers.

Dr Scott’s research is focussed primarily on carbon capture and other processes for the abatement of CO2. This includes detailed investigations into specific technologies, with a large effort on processes which are based on gasification, combustion and thermochemical cycles, as well as more general process and reactor modelling and sustainability assessment. Recent work has looked at combined gasification and metal oxygen donor processes (often called chemical looping combustion), in which the oxygen for combustion comes from a solid oxygen carrier (usually a metal oxide) rather than air. These high temperature processes have the potential to dramatically reduce the energy penalty associated with carbon capture and storage (CCS), and can also be used to produce hydrogen. Dr Scott’s research in this area goes from the understanding and development of the materials, through to lab-scale testing and process modelling of the scaled up systems.

Prof Nilay Shah is a Professor in Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London, where he currently is the Head of Department and formerly the Director of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering (CPSE), and a Chemical Engineer by training. He has co-authored over 300 technical papers on process systems modelling and engineering, design and optimisation of chemical and biochemical processes and low carbon energy supply chains and systems. Nilay Shah has received several awards and he is particularly interested in the transfer of technology from academia to industry. He was part of a team that recently developed a comprehensive report on greenhouse gas removal technologies (GGR). He is Deputy Chair of the RAEng Systems Approach to Decarbonisation Working Group and has just been appointed to the Energy Minister’s Hydrogen Advisory Council.


Prior to starting her academic career, Julia worked in industry for over 20 years, latterly in the pipeline industry for 7 years as an integrity consultant for GE Oil and Gas. In this role, she was responsible for providing fitness-for-purpose, remaining life and corrosion assessments for onshore and offshore pipelines. She has also worked as a materials engineer in the petrochemical and power generation industries involved with the operation, maintenance and design of chemical and power plant. Her primary research interest is in the use of pipeline infrastructure to deliver pathways to Net Zero – primarily in the transportation of CO2 for CCS schemes and hydrogen as a replacement for oil and gas in the energy mix.Research topics have included material and specification requirements for CO2 and H2 pipelines, techniques for conducting Quantitative Risk Assessments, including pipeline failure frequency and consequence analysis, hydraulic network design and developing system flexibility and techno-economics and wider economy impacts. Her wider research interests include the modelling of structural damage and corrosion on structures, particularly relating to onshore and offshore energy infrastructure.

Dr Camille Petit is a Reader in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, which she joined in September 2013. She currently leads the Multifunctional Materials Laboratory. Her research focuses on elucidating the fundamentals of porous materials formation, structure, and chemistry to exploit them in interfacial applications, i.e. separation of molecules (incl. CO2 capture) and solar fuel production. Her work also investigates the implications of using these materials at the large-scale. Materials of interest include metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)- and nitride-based materials. Dr Petit has published > 70 peer-reviewed articles. She has one granted patent and has filed two others, all related to the development of sorbent materials.Dr Petit is the recipient of the 2020 RSC Barrer Award,  2019 Philip Leverhulme Prize in Engineering, 2019 ERC Starting Grant, the 2017 AIChE’s 35 under 35 award, the 2017 IOM3 Silver Medal and the 2015 IChemE Sir Frederick Warner medal.

Jerome Neufeld is a Reader in Earth and Planetary Fluid Dynamics at the University of Cambridge appointed at the BP Institute, the Department of Earth Sciences and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.  The work of his group combines models of the fluid dynamics of geological CO2 storage with geophysical data sets to understand the migration and trapping of CO2 in the subsurface, with a particular and current focus on the role of mesoscale geological heterogeneities on the distribution and stabilisation of sequestered CO2.

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.

Sarah Mander, University of Manchester, focuses on climate change mitigation and researches renewable energy, long term energy scenarios, sustainable energy in the urban environment, recycling and climate change governance.