Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Postgraduate







432abcBone BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Michael is a PhD student in the Clean Energy Processes lab, led by Dr Christos Markides. He is interested in a range of thermo-mechanical technologies to help reduce carbon emissions, with a focus on integrated generation and storage for electrical and thermal energy.

Prior to joining Imperial, Michael worked at the University of Nottingham as a Research Assistant in the RESTLESS project, researching technology neutral metrics for energy storage and compiling a database of performance and costs for various technologies. He led a workshop at the UK Energy Storage conference 2016 to launch the database within the academic community.

Michael has also worked at Rolls-Royce where he helped to develop methods for reducing gas turbine vibration. The experience of working in a large industrial engineering environment has been a useful complement to his academic study.

He graduated from the University of Cambridge with an MEng in Aerospace Engineering, having spent his third year studying abroad at MIT, within the Aero-Astro department.



Wang Y, Song J, Chatzopoulou MA, et al., 2021, A holistic thermoeconomic assessment of small-scale, distributed solar organic Rankine cycle (ΟRC) systems: Comprehensive comparison of configurations, component and working fluid selection, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol:248, ISSN:0196-8904, Pages:1-19

Le Brun N, Simpson M, Acha S, et al., 2020, Techno-economic potential of low-temperature, jacket-water heat recovery from stationary internal combustion engines with organic Rankine cycles: A cross-sector food-retail study, Applied Energy, Vol:274, ISSN:0306-2619, Pages:1-14

Pantaleo A, Simpson M, Rotolo G, et al., 2019, Thermoeconomic optimisation of small-scale organic Rankine cycle systems based on screw vs. piston expander maps in waste heat recovery applications, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol:200, ISSN:0196-8904


Olympios A, Hoisenpoori P, Mersch M, et al., 2020, Optimal design of low-temperature heat-pumping technologies and implications to the whole energy system, The 33rd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems.

Sapin P, Simpson M, Olympios A, et al., Cost-benefit analysis of reversible reciprocating-piston engines with adjustable volume ratio in pumped thermal electricity storage, 33rd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems (ECOS 2020), ECOS

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