Imperial College London

Paul Fennell

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Professor of Clean Energy



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228aBone BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






Date Role
2017 Professor of Clean Energy, Imperial College London
2014 -2016 Reader in Clean Energy, Imperial College London
2011-2014 Senior Lecturer in Clean Energy, Imperial College, London.
2007-2011 Lecturer in Clean Energy, RCUK (Shell) Research Fellow, Imperial College, London.
2003-2007 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge University
1999-2003 PhD - Chemical Engineering Department, Cambridge University
1994-1998 BA, M Eng (Hons).  Chemical Engineering Department, Cambridge University

Image: Dr. Paul Fennell with previous PhD students Dr John Blamey and Dr Danlu Tong

Professor Fennell with previous PhD students Dr John Blamey and Dr Danlu Tong (Photo by Dave Guttridge, The Photographic Unit)

Research Interests

  • Carbon Capture and Storage, Clean Energy Production. Study of pyrolysis, combustion and gasification of solid fuels, including biomass, wastes and coal, with integrated carbon capture and storage.
  • Production of fuels from waste materials, including contaminated wood.
  • Clean production of energy from fossil fuels:  developing  systems for carbon capture and storage, including pre and post combustion CO2 separation and oxyfiring of existing plant.
  • Combustion of blends of pulverised coals and co-combustion of coal with biomass or wastes.
  • Synergies between industry and power generation, with integrated cabon capture and storage
  • Trace element and other toxic emissions from the combustion and gasification of biomass, wastes and coal, including leaching properties of solid residues from such processing.
  • Characterization of emissions of particulate matter from combustion sources


    Selected Publications

    Journal Articles

    Donat F, Florin NH, Anthony EJ, et al., 2012, Influence of High-Temperature Steam on the Reactivity of CaO Sorbent for CO2 Capture, Environmental Science & Technology, Vol:46, ISSN:0013-936X, Pages:1262-1269

    Dean CC, Dugwell D, Fennell PS, 2011, Investigation into potential synergy between power generation, cement manufacture and CO2 abatement using the calcium looping cycle, Energy & Environmental Science, Vol:4, ISSN:1754-5692, Pages:2050-2053

    Wu Y, Blamey J, Anthony EJ, et al., 2010, Morphological Changes of Limestone Sorbent Particles during Carbonation/Calcination Looping Cycles in a Thermogravimetric Analyzer (TGA) and Reactivation with Steam, Energy & Fuels, Vol:24, ISSN:0887-0624, Pages:2768-2776

    Gao L, Paterson N, Fennell P, et al., 2008, The zero emission carbon concept (ZECA): Extents of reaction with different coals in steam/hydrogen, tar formation and residual char reactivity, Energy & Fuels, Vol:22, ISSN:0887-0624, Pages:2504-2511

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