Paul Rutter spent the first 30 years of his career in industrial research beginning as a Unilever research scientist and team leader working on bioadhesion in the oral cavity (1974-1980). He then spent a year as a Senior Research Fellow at London Hospital Medical School before joining BP to work on innovative fuels. He was appointed BP Research Associate 1988 and then manager of BP Minerals Research Group 1989-91, BP Corporate Research Management 1991-92, and manager BP Petroleum Engineering Research and Technical Support 1992 -2000. His final position in BP was senior advisor environmental technology where he provided strategic advice to BP business leaders on renewable energy technology, climate change science, carbon trading and greenhouse gas mitigation to meet BP’s 10% GHG emissions reduction target 2000 - 2002. He joined Imperial College as a Visiting Professor in 2002.
He has published over 30 research papers and patents on topics including colloid science, bacterial adhesion, mixed adsorption systems, coal preparation, alternative fuels, mineral processing, climate change and urban energy.
Presented papers at 3 Gordon Conferences, a Dahlem conference on bioadhesion, and numerous international meetings. Past member of international boards and committees concerned with climate change and sustainable energy (including IEA, WBC, NCAR)
Industrial supervisor for PhD students at Bristol University, Surrey University and Imperial College.
Current research interests are climate change impacts, the history of development of urban energy systems and sustainable energy technology.
Rutter P, Keirstead J, 2012, A brief history and the possible future of urban energy systems, Energy Policy, Vol:50, ISSN:0301-4215, Pages:72-80
et al., 2005, Hydrogen infrastructure strategic planning using multi-objective optimization, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, Vol:30, ISSN:0360-3199, Pages:1523-1534
et al., 2008, A Multi-disciplinary Approach to Assess the Impact of Global Climate Change on Infrastructure in Cold Regions, 9th International Conference on Permafrost, Institute of Northern Engineering, UAF, Fairbanks, Alaska, Pages:279-284