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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


Energy & The Environment

The Energy and The Environment Group cover a broad range of research activities with a specific emphasis on addressing the key drivers for industry and the environment. The research areas covered by the group includes:

  • Combustion and new fuel technologies
  • IC Engines
  • Turbomachinary and algorithmic development for optimization
  • Pollution, mixing and chemistry in industrial and environmental flows
  • High performance computations applied to industrial and environmental flows
  • Refrigeration and Air-conditioning

The research group has strong links with leading technology companies and government research laboratories, such as BP, Cosworth Technology, Ford, Jaguar, Lotus Engineering and Shell (IC Engines), ABB Turbo, Ebara Corporation, Sulzer (MAN) Turbo, US Navy’s David Taylor Model Basin (Turbomachinery). There are also many examples of projects where members of the group work with other universities, for example: the Virtual Centre of Excellence for IC Engines (with Leeds, Loughborough and Oxford), and with ETH Zurich on the design of centrifugal compressors. The group has one spin off company, Advanced Design Technology Ltd, which is a global leader in the development of advanced Turbomachinery Aerodynamic design codes based on 3D inverse design approach.

The group have extensive experimental and computational facilities through strategic investment on a departmental and faculty level.

Academics working in this area

Gaetano Burriesci

Professor of Bioengineering

William Suen

Associate Professor, and Graduate Tutor (Research)

Paul Hellier

MSc Mechanical Engineering Deputy Programme Director | Lecturer in Engines and Fuels | EPSRC Research Fellow | Associate Professor

Helen Czerski


Will Newton

Senior Teaching Fellow | Year in Industry Tutor

Mohan Edirisinghe

Bonfield Chair of Biomaterials

PJ Tan

Associate Professor

Federico Bosi

MSc Engineering with Finance Deputy Programme Director, and Associate Professor

Nicos Ladommatos

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Mehdi Baghdadi

MSc Power Systems Engineering Deputy Programme Director, and Lecturer

Nelia Jurado Pontes

Teaching Fellow

Ian Eames

Professor of Fluid Dynamics

Peter Lee

Professor of Materials Science

Kai Luo

Chair of Energy Systems

Ali Abolfathi

Senior Teaching Fellow

Christian Klettner

Teaching Fellow

Andrea Ducci

Associate Professor

Yiannis Ventikos

Kennedy Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Head of Department

Manish K Tiwari

Professor of Nanonengineering

Ramanarayanan Balachandran

Professor of Energy Technologies

Stavroula Balabani

Professor of Fluid Mechanics & Graduate Tutor (Taught)

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