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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Gbemi is an assistant professor at the Centre for Environmental Policy, and a member of the Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering. She leads a research group/activity on Modelling for the Adoption of  Alternative Technological Systems (MAATS Lab). In MAATS Lab we synthesise cost-effective and innovative ways to accelerate uptake of alternative technological systems for decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors like industry. Gbemi's transdisciplinary research experience and expertise at the interface of Engineering, Policy and Economics places her in the best position to address technology adoption for climate change mitigation. 

Gbemi received a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; MSc in Advanced Chemical Process Design at the University of Manchester and; PhD in Process Integration from the University of Manchester. She has over 10 years combined experience in academia and industry. 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 uptake of technological solutions for industrial decarbonisation, accelerating uptake of advanced waste heat and material recovery technologies in the energy intensive industry, efficient energy integrated solutions for manufacturing industries, integration of renewable energy technologies in small scale industry, hierarchical ordering of alternative technologies 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. 

Examples of input into recent developments on accelerating technology uptake for 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)


Dr Oluleye previous track record is centred on four major themes. The first is Modelling of alternative technological systems, the second theme is Integration of low-to-zero carbon technologies into end-use systems, the third stream is Assessment (economic, environmental, techno-economic and market) of alternative technological systems, and the fourth is Adoption of alternative/clean technological solutions. 

areas of expertise

  • Modelling of Low-to-Zero Carbon Technologies, end-use industrial, domestic and commercial systems
  • Development of graphical and optimisation tools for grassroot design, operational optimisation and retrofit of clean technological 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 cleantech and clean industry  
  • Quantification of the impact of systems, business models and policies in increasing the market share of low-to-zero carbon technologies (cleantech) 
  • providing rigorous evidence to support policy creation
  • Global market potential analysis of low-to-zero carbon technologies, and energy vectors
  • Market Potential Assessment (Pioneer)
  • Market Penetration Optimisation (Pioneer)


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



Oluleye O, Bishay D, Kas B, 2023, Can a hierarchical ordering of alternative technological concepts for decarbonizing industrial energy systems minimize mitigation costs?, Frontiers in Sustainability, Vol:4, ISSN:2673-4524, Pages:1-15

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

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