Imperial College London

Dr. Clementine Chambon

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering








Bone 329Bone BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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 HallettProf. 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.



Chambon CL, Chen M, Fennell PS, et al., 2019, Efficient Fractionation of Lignin- and Ash-Rich Agricultural Residues Following Treatment With a Low-Cost Protic Ionic Liquid, Frontiers in Chemistry, Vol:7, ISSN:2296-2646

Gschwend FJV, Chambon CL, Biedka M, et al., 2019, Quantitative glucose release from softwood after pretreatment with low-cost ionic liquids, Green Chemistry, Vol:21, ISSN:1463-9262, Pages:692-703

Chambon CL, Mkhize TY, Reddy P, 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

Bond T, Tse Q, Chambon CL, 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

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