Imperial College London

Professor Nilay Shah OBE FREng

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Process Systems Engineering



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Date Role
2016-2021 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 and industrial systems:

  • Bioenergy systems and technologies.
  • Urban Energy Systems.
  • Modelling and optimisation of low carbon technologies and systems (e.g. CCS, hydrogen infrastructure etc).
  • Industrial decarbonisation
  • Synthetic fuels

Supply chain design and optimisation:

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

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.
  • Quality by design
  • Vaccines and other biopharmaceuticals


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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