Imperial College London

Dr Gbemi Oluleye

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Technology and Policy



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My research vision is to pioneer optimal cost-effective and innovative ways to decarbonise residential and industrial systems (where industrial systems is defined taking into account industrial processes and their associated energy system). My multidisciplinary research experience and expertise at the interface of Engineering, Policy and Economics places me in the best position to address adoption and increased market share of low carbon technologies and concepts (i.e. clean industrial innovations) to support Industrial Decarbonisation.

Dr Gbemi Oluleye is an assistant professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, and a member of the Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering and leader of the Clean Industrial Processes and Energy Systems Research group ( 

She has worked as the lead researcher in a range of projects in both academia and industry, covering emerging strategies for decarbonising energy intensive industries, novel demand-driven business models to support industrial decarbonisation, advanced waste heat recovery in the energy intensive industry, efficient energy integrated solutions for manufacturing industries, integration of renewable energy in small scale industry, hierarchical ordering of decarbonisation measures for some foundation industries, exploiting energy efficiency in a business model to support technology adoption, fabric integrated thermal storage for low carbon dwellings, quantifying distributed energy potential for the UK, commercialisation of biogas fuelled solid oxide fuel cells in Europe, pathways to commercialisation of clean industrial systems and renewable gas production in Europe. Gbemi received a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria in 2008, completed an MSc in Advanced Chemical Process Design at the University of Manchester in 2010, and obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester (2012 - 2016). She has over 10 years combined experience in academia and industry.

Examples of input into recent developments on industrial decarbonisation are:

  • 2020 - Member of BEIS Strategic Advisory board for the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy
  • 2020 - 2021 Member Assessing Low Carbon Transition (ACT) Technical Working Group on Industrial Decarbonisation (Pulp & Paper, and the Chemicals sector)
  • 2021 - 2022 Member Climate Bond Initiative Technical Working Group on Industrial Decarbonisation (Basic Chemicals)
  • 2020 BEIS Industrial Strategy Fellowship (on 6 months Secondment), contributed to development of the UK hydrogen strategy
  • 2020 Invited keynote speaker at the Achieving Net Zero: Decarbonising Industry roundtable by the All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group (APPCCG) (2020)


My previous track record is centred on three major themes. The first is industrial technology and system design, development and assessment,  the second theme is industrial technology and system integration and the third theme is industrial technology and system adoption.

areas of expertise

  • Modelling of Low Carbon Technologies (for heat and electricity provision in domestic, commercial and industrial energy systems), industrial processes, and industrial systems
  • Development of graphical and optimisation tools for grassroot design, operational optimisation and retrofit of industrial systems
  • Pinch Analysis, Total Site Analysis, Process Integration, Process Systems Engineering
  • Thermodynamic assessment of industrial systems (based on energy and exergy)
  • Techno-economic assessment of industrial systems
  • Environmental assessment of industrial systems
  • Systems, business model and policy innovation to support industrial decarbonisation
  • Quantification of the impact of systems, business models and policies in increasing the market share of clean industrial systems
  • providing rigorous evidence to support policy creation
  • Global market potential analysis of low-to-zero carbon technologies, and energy vectors


2021 -  Assistant Professor (Lecturer)
2020 - 2021 Senior Policy Advisor, BEIS (on secondment)
2019 - 2021 Imperial College Research fellow, Centre for Environmental Policy and The Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering
2016 - 2019 Research Associate, Centre for Process System Engineering, Imperial College London
2015 - 2016  Research Associate, Centre for Process Integration, The University of Manchester, UK
2012 - 2015 PhD student/ Research Assistant, Centre for Process Integration, The University of Manchester, UK
2012 - 2016 Teaching Assistant/ Foundation Year Supervisor, School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, The University of Manchester, UK
2014 - 2016 Widening Participation Fellow/ Manchester Access Program Academic Tutor, The University of Manchester, UK
2011 - 2012 Research Assistant, Centre for Process Integration, The University of Manchester, UK
2010 - 2011 Process Engineer, Process Integration Limited, Manchester, UK
2008 -2009 Graduate Process Engineer, National Engineering and Technical Company, Nigeria
2007 - 2008 Knowledge Transfer Graduate, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, Nigeria



Rai U, Oluleye G, Hawkes A, 2022, An optimisation model to determine the capacity of a distributed energy resource to contract with a balancing services aggregator, Applied Energy, Vol:306, ISSN:0306-2619, Pages:1-22

Sechi S, Giarola S, Lanzini A, et al., 2021, A bottom-up appraisal of the technically installable capacity ofbiogas-based solid oxide fuel cells for self power generation in wastewatertreatment plants, Journal of Environmental Management, Vol:279, ISSN:0301-4797, Pages:1-15

Oluleye G, Gandiglio M, Santarelli M, et al., 2021, Pathways to commercialisation of biogas fuelled solid oxide fuel cells in European wastewater treatment plants, Applied Energy, Vol:282, ISSN:0306-2619


Oluleye O, Teng Y, A Comparative Assessment of Policies to Support Heat Decarbonisation in an Industrial Site Utility System, 12th International Conference on Applied Energy

Oluleye O, 2020, Reducing Carbon Mitigation costs of Biogas Fuelled Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: An impact of new business models, 15th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy Water and Environment Systems (SDEWES 2020)

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