Oxford Researchers

Over 180 senior Oxford researchers are listed below. Find relevant researchers using the search field at the top right, or by using filters on the left. Entries can be narrowed down by initials, energy theme and department (and combinations thereof).
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People: Solar

Chris Breward

Co-Director, EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Industrially Focused Mathematical Modelling

Fossil Fuels: Enhanced Oil Recovery; cavitation in fuels and lubricants
Solar: Operation of dye-sensitised cells; fabrication of polymer blended cells; contact resistance in silicon cells

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Peter Edwards

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Contact Person Petrochemicals
Solar: Transparent conducting coatings for solar cells; solar chemical fuels from CO2
Fossil Fuels: Sustainability in the modern petrochemical industry
Bioenergy: Algae jet biofuel
Storage: Hydrogen and ammonia storage materials

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J. Doyne Farmer

Co-Director, Complexity Economics

Economics: Discounting, forecasting technology improvement
Fossil fuels: Historical costs of coal-fired electricity
Nuclear: Pros and cons
Solar: Cost forecasts

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Helen Gavin

Programme Manager and Knowledge Exchange Researcher for Renewable Energy

Dr Helen Gavin is a sustainability professional, passionate about renewable energy and water resources.

Following a PhD in wetland hydrology, Helen became a Chartered Environmental Scientist with has more than 18 years of professional experience in quantitative environmental issues, that span water resources, hydroecology, hydropower, onshore wind energy projects, and more. She has audited water companies for ~10 years on greenhouse gas and renewable energy production as well as other topics. She has covered a range of roles including technical specialist, auditor and programme manager.

At the same time, Helen managed the multi-disciplinary research programme evaluating the risk and impact of drought and water scarcity in the UK, MaRIUS, working closely alongside the PI, Professor Jim Hall at the University of Oxford, and numerous industry practitioners and stakeholders. A key aspect was to ensure the outputs can be used by people working in the management of drought and water scarcity: see here for free data and outputs.

Currently, she is focusing on her passion for renewable energy. Helen has renovated her house to be as low carbon as possible, with rooftop solar panels that power the house, heat water and charge her electric car. Next step will be to remove the gas boiler and be completely fossil fuel free….

As Manager and Knowledge Exchange researcher of the Programme to Integrate Renewable Energy, Helen bring the results and findings of the programme an associated project to new audiences, and fosters a culture of collaborative working between academia and practitioners.

Get in touch if you want to know more. Why not subscribe to her monthly newsletter on renewable energy?

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Wei Huang

Associate Professor

Bioenergy: Synthetic biology, biofuels, CO2, SimCells
Demand and Efficiency: Biofuels
Solar: Synthetic biology
Storage: Biofuels

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Christian N Jardine

Senior Researcher

Economics, Policy & Politics: broad energy policy, promoting microgeneration, feed-in tariffs
Electricity Networks: integration of microgeneration, demand side management, time of day tariffs and pricing
Energy in Developing Countries: microgenertion, off-grid, micro-grids
Demand & Efficiency: domestic and commercial
Solar: technologies, economics, markets, policy mechanisms, technology learning, spinout: Joju Solar

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Nick Jelley

Professor and Tutor in Physics

Solar: Solar concentrator for cooking; power generation
Energy in Developing Countries: Solar concentrator for cooking; power generation
Storage: Thermal

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Angus Johnston

Professor of Law

Economics, Policy & Politics: Legal requirements, law and policy on electricy markets
Fossil Fuels: Law and decision-making
Nuclear: Subsidies and legal rules
Storage: Legal rules and regulators
Demand and Efficiency: Legal regimes, rules and incentives
Solar: Rules and policies

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Vladimir Kuznetsov

Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

Solar: Transparent conducting oxides
Storage: Hydrogen storage materials
Demand and Efficiency: Hydrogen economy, thermoelectric materials
Fossil Fuels: Catalysts for CO2 reduction

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Ho-Yin Mak

Associate Professor in Management Science

Solar Energy: adoption, marketing and incentives


Storage: capacity planning, investment and integration with renewable energy


Transport: electric vehicles (infrastructure planning and adoption), alternative business models (e.g., car sharing)

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Alex Money

Programme Director

Economics, Policy & Politics: business decision-making
Networks: innovative solutions to the challenge of insufficient investment in infrastructure
Solar: models for utility-scale solar powered electricity
Energy in Developing Countries: models for utility-scale solar power deployment

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Michael Moody

Head of Atom Probe Research Group

Nuclear: Atom probe characterization of structural materials for fission and fusion reactors
Solar: Atom probe characterization of photovoltaic devices

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Andreas Muench

Reader in Applied Mathematics

Solar: Modelling of production of organic solar cells from polymer solutions
Storage: Modelling of fabrication process for nano-structured materials for batteries

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Robin Nicholas

Professor of Physics

Solar: Use of carbon nanohybrids, graphene and carbon nanotubes in organic and thin film PV. Development of ThermoPhotoVoltaics, TPV

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Dermot O’Hare

Professor of Chemistry and Senior Tutor in Chemistry, Vice Master Academic Balliol College

Fossil Fuels: catalysis, CO2 hydrogenation to fuels
Bioenergy: biomass conversion
Solar: catalytic water splitting

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Michael A. Osborne

Dyson Associate Professor in Machine Learning

Electricity Networks: Smart Electricity Tariffs and Load Shifting
Storage: Machine Learning Approaches to Battery Management
Solar: Solar Photo-voltaic Prediction

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David Robinson

Senior Research Fellow

Economics, Policy & Politics: Microeconomics, market design, regulation, privatisation, global energy and climate change governance
Electricity Networks: Decarbonisation, smart grids, markets, network regulation
Energy in Developing Countries: Market design, renewable deployment, climate change policy and geopolitical relations
Demand and Efficiency: Demand-side response in decarbonised electricity systems
Solar: Distributed generation in developed and developing countries

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Richard Stone

Professor in Engineering Science

Fossil Fuels: Spark ignition engine combustion, particulate matter emissions, laminar burning velocity measurements
Demand and Efficiency: Spark ignition engine efficiency, oil-free refrigeration systems, Stirling engines
Bioenergy: Use of ethanol
Solar: Solar concentrators

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Dr Susann Stritzke

Research Associate Renewable Energy

Energy in Developing Countries: solar PV; Renewable energy business models and business development; deployment of utility scale solar PV projects; demand vs. supply

Economics, Policy & Politics: politics of infrastructure investments; energy policymaking and governance; energy auctions; investment models

Solar: on- and off-grid solar PV in Sub-Saharan Africa; risk factors of solar PV projects; solar energy Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in developing countries

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Edman Tsang

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

Fossil Fuels: Green Fuels Catalysis
Bioenergy: Catalytic Biomass Conversion
Transport: Fuel Cells Catalysts and Hydrogen
Solar: Solar fuels, Photocatalysis
Energy in Developing Countries: Biofuels from oils, sugars, vegetation

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Jamie Warner

Professor of Materials

Solar: novel transparent electrodes from graphene, boron nitride and metal sulphides, atomic level material characterisation
Demand and Efficiency: nano-materials for light emitting displays, materials and processes for improved device performance
Storage: electrode materials for batteries and fuel-cells

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Andrew Watt

RCUK Academic Fellow

Contact Person Solar
Solar: Colloial quantum dot, chalcogenides, metal oxides, organic, solution processing, vaccum deposition, transparent conductors, thin film deposition, nanoparticle synthesis

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Angus Wilkinson

Professor of Materials

Nuclear: Materials for fusion and fission power, microstructural characterisation, mechanical properties
Transport: Aerospace materials characterisation and mechanical properties
Solar: CIGS microstructural characterisation

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