Dr Paul Balcombe
MEng, PhD, CEng, MIChemE, FHEA

Dr Paul Balcombe

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy
Deputy Director of Industrial Engagement (Employability)
Programme Director - Chemical Engineering

E404, Engineering, Mile End

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Expertise: Specialises in developing unique technology-specific, probabilistic emissions/cost modelling of energy supply chains, particularly relating to methane emissions from natural gas, as well as hydrogen and ammonia supply chains.
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Affiliations: Honorary Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London
Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers

Brief Biography

Paul is a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy and started at QM in January 2020, researching technologies and policies to decarbonise energy systems, particularly relating to hydrogen and methane emissions from natural gas supply chains.

Paul studied Chemical Engineering at University of Manchester (MEng 2002-2006), attained chartered engineer status from his time in industry in 2011. He then completed his PhD at University of Manchester (2010-2014) jointly held in chemical engineering and environmental economics. Paul then spent 5 years as a Research Associate and then Research Fellow at Imperial College London. During this time he created and led the Methane and Environment Programme at the Sustainable Gas Institute, conducting research into improving understanding of methane emissions from gas supply chains, as well as improving emissions profiles from hydrogen and ammonia supply chains.

Paul's broader research interests involve the environmental, economic and technical assessments of energy industry to answer a number of key questions: how can we decarbonise our energy use whilst maintaining living standards; what role should fossil fuels have in decarbonisation targets; and how can energy policy help us to do this most effectively?