Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Process Systems Engineering



+44 (0)20 7594 6621n.shah




Mrs Raluca Reynolds +44 (0)20 7594 5557




ACEX 304/5ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus






Date Role
2016 -  Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
2009-2016 Director of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College London
2003-2007 Director of Undergraduate Studies, Imperial College London
2001- Professor of Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College London
1998-2001 Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College London.
1992-1998 Lecturer, Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College London.
1997-2002 ICT/Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship
1996 Institution of Chemical Engineers Junior Moulton Medal
1995 Imperial College London Teaching Excellence Award
1992-1996 Shell Lecturer Support Award
1988-1992 PhD in Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering Department, Imperial College London, Thesis Title: “Efficient Scheduling Technologies for Multipurpose Plants

Research interests

Design and analysis of energy systems:

  • Bioenergy systems and technologies.
  • Urban Energy Systems.
  • Modelling and optimisation of low carbon technologies and systems (e.g. CCS, hydrogen infrastrucutre etc).

Supply chain design and optimisation:

  • Development of new algorithms for large scale supply chain models.
  • Application to sector-specific processes (e.g. pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, consumer goods)

Process synthesis and development for fine chemicals, pharmaceutical and biochemical processes:

  • Combination of chemistry with modelling and engineering to improve process designs and to speed up process development.
  • Performing rapid economic assessments for different manufacturing routes.
  • Developing long-term capacity and investment plans.

Safety in design and operation, especially the application of formal mathematical techniques to assess and improve process safety


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Weber C, Shah N, 2011, Optimisation based design of a district energy system for an eco-town in the United Kingdom, Energy, Vol:36, ISSN:0360-5442, Pages:1292-1308

Almansoori A, Shah N, 2009, Design and operation of a future hydrogen supply chain: Multi-period model, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol:34, ISSN:0360-3199, Pages:7883-7897

Zamboni A, Shah N, Bezzo F, 2009, Spatially Explicit Static Model for the Strategic Design of Future Bioethanol Production Systems. 1. Cost Minimization, Energy & Fuels, Vol:23, ISSN:0887-0624, Pages:5121-5133

Hosseini SA, Shah N, 2009, Multiscale modelling of hydrothermal biomass pretreatment for chip size optimization, Bioresource Technology, Vol:100, ISSN:0960-8524, Pages:2621-2628

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