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
Academic Staff

Professor Gioia Falcone (Rankine Chair of Energy Engineering, Head of Energy and Sustainability Research Group)

Professor David Flynn (Professor of Cyber Physical Systems)

Professor Zhibin Yu (Affiliate)

Professor Manosh C Paul (Professor of Thermofluids, Deputy Head of Energy and Sustainability Research Group)

Professor Angela Busse (Professor of Fluid Dynamics)

Dr Ian Watson (Reader)

Dr Jin Yang (Reader)

Dr Andrea Cammarano (Reader)

Dr Nader Karimi (Affiliate)

Dr. Anastasia Ioannou (Affiliate)

Dr Siming You (Senior Lecturer)

Dr Junlong Shang (Affiliate)

Dr Yiji Lu (Lecturer in Energy Conversion & Storage Systems)

Dr Guanchen Li (Lecturer in Thermal Energy/Multiscale Materials)

Dr Yihuai Zhang (Lecturer in Geo-Energy Engineering)

Dr Julien Mouli-Castillo (Lecturer in Geo-Energy Systems)

Mr David Banks (Senior Research Fellow)



In the News

Petroleum Experts Ltd has donated 10 educational licences of the IPM suite and MOVE software, equivalent to the value of £4,446,137.28, 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.