Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Clean Energy Technologies



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Christos Markides was born in Athens (Greece) in 1978, and grew up first in Johannesburg (South Africa) until the age of 7 and then in Limassol (Cyprus). After finishing school in 1995 and attending compulsory military service from 1995 to 1997, he left Cyprus to undertake a 4-year MEng degree in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Following this first degree, he did a PhD in Energy Technologies, also at the Department of Engineering of the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Epaminondas (Nondas) Mastorakos, which he completed in 2005.

After completing his education, he worked for a short time as a Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) at Cambridge University Engineering Department (CUED) while also being a Fellow and Engineering Director of Studies at Robinson College. In 2006 he co-founded a spin-out of company, which was embedded in CUED, to develop a thermally powered fluid pumping technology based on a two-phase thermofluidic oscillator concept. He acted as the company's Technical Director until 2008, when he was awarded a 5-year co-current Fellowship by the Research Council's UK (RCUK) and (then) Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd (FWEL); later acquired by John Wood Group. He was appointed to the post of Lecturer in Clean Energy Processes at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Imperial College in late 2008. He became Senior Lecturer in 2014, Reader in 2016 and Professor in 2018.

He now leads the Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory, coordinates the Experimental Multiphase Flow (EMF) Laboratory, which is the largest such experimental space at Imperial College London, and is a Co-Founder and Director of recent spin-out company Solar Flow; for more details about the research and other activities of the group and his personal research interests, please click here.

Date Role
2018 - Professor of Clean Energy Technologies
Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
2018 - Founder and Director of Spin-out Company
Solar Flow Ltd, Imperial College London
2016 - 2018 Reader in Clean Energy Processes
Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
2014 - 2016 Senior Lecturer in Clean Energy Processes
Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
2008 - 2014 Lecturer and RCUK-Foster Wheeler Fellow in Clean Energy Processes
Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
2006 - 2008 Co-Founder and Technical Director of Spin-out Company / Embedded Researcher in Experimental Thermofluidics and Heat Transfer
Thermofluidics Ltd / Cambridge University Engineering Department, Cambridge
2005 - 2008 Official Fellow and Director of Studies in Engineering
Robinson College, Cambridge
2005 - 2006 Postdoctoral Research Associate in Turbulent Mixing and Autoignition
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
2001 - 2005 PhD in Energy: ‘Autoignition in Turbulent Flows’
Cambridge University Engineering Department and Clare College, Cambridge
2001 - 2003 Doctoral Research Associate in EU Project ‘Simulation Tools for Pollutant Predictions’ (STOPP)
Institute of Chemical Engineering and High Temperature Processes (ICE-HT), Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), Patras, Greece
2000 - 2001 MEng in Energy, Fluid Mechanics and Turbomachinery (with Distinction)
Cambridge University Engineering Department and Clare College, Cambridge
1997 - 2000 BA (Hons) in Engineering (Ranked 5th)
Cambridge University Engineering Department and Clare College, Cambridge

Research Interests

  • Methods, processes, components, technologies and systems for the collection, recovery, utilization, conversion and/or storage of energy for heating, cooling and power, novel 'total energy' integration schemes in high-efficiency systems with emphasis on renewable and waste heat, and solar energy
    • Hybrid photovoltaic-thermal (PV-T) collectors and solar combined cooling, heating and power (S-CCHP) trigeneration systems in distributed applications
    • Waste-heat recovery and conversion to heating, cooling and/or power with advanced cycles
    • Thermal energy storage and large-scale electrical energy storage via thermal processes
    • Nuclear energy thermohydraulics and next-generation thermodynamic power systems
    • Thermodynamics and fluid flow/heat transfer effects in conversion devices and machines, heat exchangers and other high-performance components
  • Transport processes, heat and fluid flows in energy technologies, urban environments, physiological systems, etc., including turbulent, inhomogeneous, multiphase and reacting flows 
    • Multiphase and interfacial flows, including horizontal, vertical or inclined liquid-liquid or gas-liquid flows
    • Novel fluid mixing and bioreactor design and characterization
    • Autoignition, combustion and post-ignition flame propagation phenomena
    • Gasification of heavy oil, and coal and syngas production
    • Development and application of advanced diagnostics: high-resolution intrusive and non-intrusive (optical/laser-based) techniques for the measurement for velocity, turbulence, species, concentration, phase distribution, temperature, heat flux and reaction with particle image velocimetry (PIV), particle tracking velocimetry (PTV), laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), infrared (IR) thermography, and related techniques  


Clean Energy Processes (CEP) Laboratory

Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Theme

Multiscale Computational Chemical Engineering Research Theme

Multiphase Transport Processes Research Theme

Energy Infrastructure (Energy Futures Lab) Research Theme

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Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Solanki R, Mathie R, Galindo A, et al., 2013, Modelling of a Two-Phase Thermofluidic Oscillator for Low-Grade Heat Utilisation: Accounting for Irreversible Thermal Losses, Applied Energy

Mathie R, Nakamura H, Markides CN, 2012, Heat Transfer Augmentation in Unsteady Conjugate Thermal Systems – Part II: Applications, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Vol:56, Pages:819-833

Zadrazil I, Bismarck A, Hewitt GF, et al., 2012, Shear Layers in the Turbulent Pipe Flow of Drag Reducing Polymer Solutions, Chemical Engineering Science, Vol:72, Pages:142-154

Markides CN, Smith TCB, 2011, A Dynamic Model for the Efficiency Optimization of an Oscillatory Low Grade Heat Engine, Energy, Vol:12, Pages:6967-6980

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