PhD, MSc, and Undergraduate Students

  • Anshul Bongirwar

    Anshul Bongirwar

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    Anshul Bongirwar Undergraduate Student Researcher


    Anshul Bongirwar is an Undergraduate at Imperial College London, who spent his third year abroad in Australia at the University of Queensland. During the Summer of 2018, he worked for 8 weeks at the Sustainable Gas Institute as part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project (UROP).

    His work at the institute will be directly inputted into the MUSE simulation model to update the model’s database of the available technologies in industry. This will increase the possible computations the model must analyse, yielding results of higher accuracy.

    Amidst his undergraduate study, Anshul has been involved in several projects, one of his most recent involving the study of the effects of global warming on different ecosystems. His poster went on to win the best in class award for high quality content, aesthetic and presentation.

  • Arnaud Koehl

    Arnaud Koehl

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    Arnaud Koehl PhD Student


    Arnaud is a PhD researcher based at the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Public Health, and notably interacts with the Grantham Institute. He joined the Department after his MSc in Economics and Policy of Energy and the Environment at University College London. Arnaud also holds an MA in International Relations and a Diploma in Latin American Studies from the Lyon Institute of Political Studies.

    Arnaud has work experience from the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (USA), Janaagraha Centre for Democracy and Citizenship (India) and at the French Department for Energy and Climate. In parallel to his PhD, he works as a demand response analyst at KiWi Power.

    At the Sustainable Gas Institute, Arnaud worked on the transport module of the MUSE model.

  • Diego Moya

    Diego Moya

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    Diego Moya PhD Researcher


    Diego works as PhD researcher in the MUSE energy system model Group at Imperial College’s Sustainable Gas Institute and is part of the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP at the Grantham Institute. He is sponsored by the SENESCYT Universities of Excellence Scholarship Scheme and is a scholar of the Faculty of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Ambato, UTA-Ecuador.

    At UTA, Diego teaches Non-Conventional Energy Resources and Thermal Machines. He has recently completed the two-year Master of Engineering with Advanced Studies, Specialisation in Energy Systems, Griffith University, Australia and his previous studies are a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, National Polytechnic School, Ecuador.

    At Imperial, his current area of research is based on GIS approaches to assessing global decarbonisation pathways of the residential sector. The building sector is a classic case of all of the challenges of modelling technology deployment. Decarbonising space heating and cooling, water heating, lighting and appliances require the adoption of clean and low carbon technologies to meet demands for energy services in the residential sector. Modelling the buildings sector in the global energy system can help stakeholders such as academia, government, industry and other users understand and plan for cost-effective low carbon and renewable energy technologies.

    Diego is part of a team of energy systems modellers associated with the SGI working in the implementation of MUSE, the Modular Universal energy system Simulation Environment to enable a transparent and flexible analysis of energy system transitions. Diego also has a very keen interest in further researching areas related to energy conversion from solar and geothermal energy, waste to energy technologies and the use of natural gas.

  • Ernesto Santibanez Borda

    Ernesto Santibanez Borda

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    Ernesto Santibanez Borda PhD Researcher


    Ernesto Santibanez Borda is a Brazilian and Chilean national. He completed his undergraduate in Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, in Santiago, Chile as an industrial engineer with a major in mining.

    After graduation, Ernesto  worked two years as a production planning engineer in Escondida, a copper mine operated by BHP Billiton in the north of Chile. It was there that he decided to get more involved with the hydrocarbon industry so he moved to Imperial College to study a MSc in Petroleum Engineering.

    Ernesto is now working towards a PhD that focuses on developing natural gas distribution value chains.

    Ernesto’s PhD will involve him using an engineering systems inspired sustainability assessment optimisation approach. This methodology will then be used to assess the environmental and economic performance of natural gas production and LNG supply value chain options. It will also take into account economic uncertainties, greenhouse gas abatement technological options, as well as the uncertainty of future gas market.

  • Jemimah Anil

    Jemimah Anil

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    Jemimah Anil Masters Student - Researcher


    Jemimah is a Chemical Engineering graduate from Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS Pilani) in Dubai. During the final term of the 4-year program, she recognised that she had a strong interest in the energy-related issues. To develop her skills further, Jemimah set by learning about energy policies and economics and chose to join the MSc Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College. Jemimah is now looking forward to utilising her expertise in creating sustainable business models. She is also an eloquent speaker and loves to participate in plays.

  • Kaiming Zhao

    Kaiming Zhao

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    Kaiming Zhao Masters Student (Researcher)


    Kaiming Zhao is an MSc Student in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College London from 2017-2018.

    During three years of undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering in University College London, Kaiming has always been keen on the environmental aspect of engineering. With the aim to explore further the potential of utilising renewable energy solutions to solve environmental problems, he chose the MSc programme in Sustainable Energy Futures at Imperial College.

    Kaiming’s MSc thesis involves working with the Sustainable Gas Institute, using the MUSE energy model to analyse future projections of the industrial sector. His research focuses on the effect of carbon price on the uptake of decarbonising technologies in the cement industry.

  • Mr Cheng-Ta Chu

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    Mr Cheng-Ta Chu PhD student


    Mr. Cheng-Ta Chu is PhD student at Chemical Engineering Department of Imperial College London. His PhD research focuses on global electricity system/market modelling. He received his BEng degree(2005) in Electrical Engineering from National Chung Cheng University (Taiwan), MEng degree(2008) in Computer and Communication Engineering from National Cheng Kung University(Taiwan), and MPhil degree(2011) in Technology Policy from University of Cambridge. Before his PhD study, he was a researcher at Industrial Technology Research Institute(Taiwan) for 4 years, working on energy system modelling, energy policy analysis and green energy promotion. He also has several years of experience on information system and software development.

    After years of energy system modelling research in Taiwan, he developed particular interest in electricity sector modelling because this sector in Taiwan is facing a huge challenge in the low carbon transition. He is currently working with Sustainable Gas Institute at in developing global electricity sector modules. This sector is critical in the MUSE model since it accounts for significant amount of emission, and would possibly produce negative emission to compensate emission from other sectors. The electricity sector module is designed to identify the key technologies, market functions, and political instruments that can mitigate future emission effectively.

  • Mr Jonathan Bosch

    Mr Jonathan Bosch

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    Mr Jonathan Bosch PhD Researcher


    Jonathan Bosch holds a Masters degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Manchester. Since graduating in 2012 he has already embarked on short career working in particle accelerator research at CERN, the European organisation for nuclear research, before commencing a PhD at Imperial College London. His focus there was research and development for ultra-high vacuum systems for the large hadron collider, utilising a wide array of engineering and physics skills. This environment in fundamental research gave Jonathan the inspiration he needed to take the leap into a new career in energy systems research, in which he is now undertaking his PhD.

    Jonathan’s research is concerned with understanding the inherent characteristics of renewable energy and how it can be modelled and integrated into energy systems models in order to predict the potential of their future deployment in the global energy system. This work will help the MUSE model to be better able to make realistic investment decisions based on a more accurate picture of renewable energy resources and the ability of renewable energy technologies. The question we most want to answer is the following: what is the global potential (in terms of generation capacity) of renewable energy technologies given the temporal and spatial constraints that are inherent to the renewable energy resource?

  • Mr Sandro Luh

    Mr Sandro Luh

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    Mr Sandro Luh Visiting Masters Student


    Sandro is an international visiting research student at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Imperial College London, who joined the Sustainable Gas Institute in September 2017 for half a year to write his master thesis. His background is in the field of mechanical engineering, which he currently studies at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) since 2012. He gained his BSc degree there in 2015 and will also receive his MSc degree at ETH Zurich in 2018.

    Sandro’s work with us will look into the technological and economical potentials of electrification in the industrial sector of the energy system. For this, he will evaluate the most promising technologies and implement them into our ModUlar energy systems Simulation Environment, MUSE, to simulate the impacts of these technologies on the future energy system.

    During his studies in Zurich, Sandro has also participated in various extracurricular activities. These include his role as semester representative for mechanical engineering students, the participation in Model United Nations (MUN), and the organisation of a discovery semester for refugees at ETH Zurich.

  • Ms Erin Johnson

    Ms Erin Johnson

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    Ms Erin Johnson PhD Researcher


    Erin Johnson is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, Imperial College London. Her research applies supply chain modelling to assess how biomethane can best contribute to an affordable, secure and environmentally sustainable future energy system. This has particular relevance for decarbonising Britain’s heating sector which is fed by one of the most comprehensive gas networks in the world.

    After graduating Imperial with a Master’s in Chemical Engineering, Erin spent 5 years at National Grid where she gained an in-depth understanding of the issues affecting Britain’s energy system.

    Erin has contributed to a chapter in the third report of the Institute’s White Paper Series, ‘A greener gas grid: What are the options?’

  • Niccolo Bitossi

    Niccolo Bitossi

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    Niccolo Bitossi Masters Student - Researcher


    Niccolò has long been passionate about energy. He started his journey across this field in Italy, where he completed a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Energy Engineering. After a short work experience in an energy service company, he decided to pursue his ambition of a more international education and career and enrolled on the MSc in Sustainable Energy Futures. This course allowed him to become a well-rounded energy expert, by completing his traditional engineering background with knowledge of energy economics and policy. Niccolò is now looking forward to putting into practice what he has learnt and give a contribution towards the achievement of a more sustainable economy and society. His main areas of interest are energy system modelling, low-carbon strategies and industrial energy efficiency.

  • Nimil Shah

    Nimil Shah

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    Nimil Shah Undergraduate Student Researcher


    Nimil Shah is a third-year Chemical Engineering student at Imperial College London. Nimil is working at the Sustainable Gas Institute during the Summer of 2018 as part of the  Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) . His work at the Institute will include analysing the shipping industry in order to further MUSE’s scope and contribute towards the fourth white papers.

    Nimil has been involved in a variety of projects whilst at Imperial. During his first summer he was in Tanzania, as part of  Encatus biogas project to provide rural villages with cleaner and cheaper fuel. In 2017, he received a scholarship to attend Tsinghua University’s environmental summer school in Beijing where he learnt about various environmental problems and innovative solutions.

    In his free time, Nimil plays tennis and has recently taken an interest in professional cycling. This was discovered having watched the recent Giro d’Italia and a multi-day cycling trip he took through northern Thailand last year.

  • Rasmus Bramstoft

    Rasmus Bramstoft

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    Rasmus Bramstoft Visiting PhD student


    Rasmus is a visiting PhD student from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). His field of research is modelling of integrated energy systems (power, heat, gas, and transport). Rasmus is currently involved in the Danish research project “FutureGas”, where his PhD research focuses on the future role of gas, renewable gas, and the gas infrastructure in integrated, renewable-based energy systems. Prior to his PhD, Rasmus has participated in a number of research projects involving integrated energy system analysis.

    During his research stay at the Sustainable Gas Institute, Rasmus will work on linking results from the global whole system model, MUSE-SGI, and the Balmorel-OptiFlow-DTU model, which provides results for the integrated electricity, gas and district heating systems, with higher temporal and spatial resolution for North-western Europe. In this way, the novel modelling framework combine assessments of the energy system and the future role of gas at different spatial and temporal scales.

  • Siyuan Chen

    Siyuan Chen

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    Siyuan Chen Visiting PhD student


    Siyuan Chen is a PhD student from Tsinghua University (China) where he got his BSc (2012-2016) in the Department of Energy and Power Engineering.

    Siyuan’s research interests involve power generation expansion planning, energy system modelling, energy strategy and energy policy. He is now the lead investigator for the project ‘The optimal mix and technology roadmap of power generation and power grids under the low carbon emission target in China’ funded by The Energy Foundation.

    Siyuan is visiting Imperial College for six months funded the Short-term Visiting PhD Student Program of Tsinghua University, and he will be working in clean and low-carbon transition pathway for China’s power sector, supervised by Sustainable Gas Institute researchers.

Gas Innovation Fellowship Program Students

  • José Eduardo Alves Graciano

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    José Eduardo Alves Graciano Post doctoral Researcher - Gas Innovation Fellowship Program


    José Eduardo Alves Graciano has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Faculdades Oswaldo Cruz (2010). He earned his master’s degree from Universidade de São Paulo in 2012, with research topic on process design focused on the synthesis of wastewater networks. Then, during his PhD at the same university, he conducted research on process control aiming to develop and improve Real-Time Optimization (RTO) methodologies applied to chemical processes. In 2014, he won a Brazilian grant for an internship of six months at the Department of Chemical Engineering of Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked on the development of a new algorithm integrating RTO and Self-Optimizing Control methods. He received his PhD in December of 2015.

    In 2016, he won a postdoctoral grant from the Gas Innovation Fellowship Program with the research “Optimization-based process synthesis of natural gas to higher value chemical products: economic and environmental evaluation”. The main objective of this research project was to study and design new chemical plants converting the low-value CO2-rich Natural Gas – from the new basin of the pre-salt layer in Brazil – into added-value chemicals. The project was conducted part at Universidade de São Paulo and part at Imperial College London, integrating the expertise of both institutions. His fields of interest include modelling, simulation and parameter estimation applied to the design and optimization of chemical processes.

  • Mr. Murilo Marangon Cicolin

    Mr. Murilo Marangon Cicolin

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    Mr. Murilo Marangon Cicolin PhD student - Gas Innovation Fellowship Program


    Murilo is a PhD Student enrolled in the Joint Degree Programme between University of Sao Paulo and Imperial College London. He started the studies at Imperial College London in October 2018.

    Murilo developed experimental research for five years in the hydrodynamic laboratory of the University of Sao Paulo during his Undergraduate, MSc and PhD studies. The main topics of his research are control of flow over bluff bodies and fluid-structure interaction.

    His current research investigates the control of flow over a bluff body with control rods placed in its wake. It has an important application in the offshore industry, seeing that it can reduce the loads induced by sea current in platforms, cables and other subsea systems used for oil and gas extraction.