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Nixon Sunny is currently researching as a final-year doctoral student within the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Nixon joined Imperial College as an undergraduate MEng student in 2013 and graduated with a First Class Honours degree. During the final year of his first degree, he co-developed novel optimisation-based frameworks for domestic energy applications with support from Prof. Christos Markides. Furthermore, he held key positions of responsibility within the student Union during this time.

Nixon's PhD is supervised by Prof. Nilay Shah and Prof. Niall Mac Dowell, and aims to develop a novel decision-making framework for studying regional energy transitions. His recent work has focused on the design of robust H2-CO2 infrastructure for applications in the heating and industrial sectors. His research involves close collaboration with industrial stakeholders as well as distinguished research institutes within Europe, with the goal of expediting the deployment of low-carbon technologies across difficult-to-decarbonise sectors.

Nixon is the lead developer of the open-source, open-access, integrated "chain tool" within work package 4 of the EU ERA-NET ACT project, ELEGANCY. He has provided evidence to several multi-national industrial organisations, Committee on Climate Change, HMG's BEIS, engineering consultancies, etc. He is a member of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and Environment's "Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet" Doctoral Programme.



Iruretagoyena D, Bikane K, Sunny N, et al., 2020, Enhanced selective adsorption desulfurization on CO2 and steam treated activated carbons: Equilibria and kinetics, Chemical Engineering Journal, Vol:379, ISSN:1385-8947, Pages:1-11

Sunny N, Mac Dowell N, Shah N, 2020, What is needed to deliver carbon-neutral heat using hydrogen and CCS?, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:13, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:4204-4224

d'Amore F, Sunny N, Iruretagoyena D, et al., 2019, European supply chains for carbon capture, transport and sequestration, with uncertainties in geological storage capacity: Insights from economic optimisation, Computers and Chemical Engineering, Vol:129, ISSN:0098-1354, Pages:1-18

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