Clementine Chambon is a post-doctoral researcher in the Chemical Engineering department. Her research interests lie in optimising decentralised energy technologies to reach the most energy-deprived communities in the world. Her current project examines biomass gasification and its application for rural electrification in LED countries. This spans topics such as electricity demand estimation, technological performance of biogasifiers, integration with other generation technologies as part of a hybrid system, and analysing their impact in terms of cost and CO2 mitigation potential. The research findings are directly commercialised through Oorja Development Solutions, a social enterprise active in deploying mini-grids to provide clean energy access to off-grid communities in rural India.
Clementine completed her PhD in 2017 under the supervision of Dr Jason Hallett, Prof. Paul Fennell and Dr Anthe George. Her project investigated lignocellulose processing using ultra-low-cost ionic liquids and lignin valorisation. Specifically, her research focused on the production of liquid fuels and bio-derived aromatic chemicals from waste biomass resources. This work was funded by an Imperial College President's PhD Scholarship, the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Climate-KIC. Clementine holds a First Class Honours MEng degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge.
et al., Quantitative glucose release from softwood after pretreatment with low-cost ionic liquids, Green Chemistry, ISSN:1463-9262
et al., 2018, Pretreatment of South African sugarcane bagasse using a low-cost protic ionic liquid: a comparison of whole, depithed, fibrous and pith bagasse fractions, Biotechnology for Biofuels, Vol:11, ISSN:1754-6834
et al., 2018, The feasibility of char and bio-oil production from pyrolysis of pit latrine sludge, Environmental Science-water Research & Technology, Vol:4, ISSN:2053-1400, Pages:253-264
et al., 2016, Analysis of energy access and impact of modern energy sources in unelectrified villages in Uttar Pradesh, Energy for Sustainable Development, Vol:35, ISSN:0973-0826, Pages:67-79