About Us

The Sustainable Gas Institute is a unique academic-industry partnership, and a ground-breaking collaboration between the United Kingdom and Brazil. Our role is to provide thought leadership and drive research into the technology that could underpin a role for natural gas in the global energy landscape.

We are a multidisciplinary institute operating on a ‘hub and spoke’ model, with our international research hub in Imperial College, London and spokes at leading research universities in Brazil. We manage, lead and deliver world class research with our global partners across the spectrum of science, engineering, economics and business.

The aims of the Institute are to:

• Examine the environmental, economic and technological role of natural gas in the global energy landscape.

• Define the technologies and develop energy systems models that could explore the role of gas and other energy sources.

• Help to advance technology roadmaps to support future R&D investment decisions.

• Address the global challenge of how to mitigate climate change.

Our People

Prof Nigel Brandon OBE, FREng


Nigel Brandon was the founding Director of the Energy Futures Lab at Imperial College London and a founder of AIM listed fuel cell company, Ceres Power. His research focus is electrochemical power sources for fuel cell and energy storage applications. He has led...

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Dr Adam Hawkes


Adam is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Systems in the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, and has extensive experience in modelling systems of energy technologies, energy and climate change consultancy, energy trading, government policy impact assessment, and ICT...

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Zara Qadir

Communications Manager

Zara Qadir has been the Communications Manager for the Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI) at Imperial College London since June 2015. Zara is responsible for communications activities and strategies including publications,  web marketing, social media, media outreach and...

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Professor Velisa Vesovic

Theme Lead for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Velisa is Professor of Transport Phenomena at Imperial College London and a Fellow of Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). He is a member of  Eurogia+, EU-Eureka Cluster for low-carbon Energy Technologies, and UK representative for the Working Party on Thermodynamics...

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Professor Anna Korre

Theme Lead, Environmental Impact Assessment

Anna Korre Heads the Minerals Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group with 15 researchers. Her research focus is in the areas of modelling risk and uncertainty and the environmental and life cycle assessment of engineering systems. She has led and participated...

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Marina Lomberg

Operations Manager

Marina joined SGI in October 2017 to lead the operational aspects of the Sustainable Gas Institute. Marina studied Materials Science and Engineering and holds a PhD from Imperial College London. Her research focused on new manufacturing techniques for Solid Oxide Fuel...

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Sara Giarola

BG Fellow

Sara Giarola joined the Chemical Engineering Department of Imperial College London in 2012, after gaining her PhD at the University of Padua (Italy). Prior to joining the Sustainable Gas Institute she worked on the development of sustainable systems for the conversion of...

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Dr Paul Balcombe

Research Fellow

Paul moved to the Sustainable Gas Institute from Manchester, where he achieved a first class degree in Chemical Engineering, attained chartered engineer status from his time in industry and then completed his PhD in 2014. Paul’s research interests involve the...

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Dr Sara Budinis

Research Associate

Sara joined the Sustainable Gas Institute in May 2015 from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London where she was a Marie Curie Early Stage Research Fellow from September 2011 to September 2014. Sara is a PhD student in the Department of Chemical...

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Dr Daniel Crow

Research Associate

Daniel studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge and completed his PhD in Mathematics at Imperial College London in 2013. He was a postdoctoral researcher at The Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, where he worked on the theory of strongly...

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Dr Jamie Speirs

Lead - White Paper Series

Jamie is a Research Fellow in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London and leads the Sustainable Gas Institute's White Paper Series. He joined Imperial College in 2007, working in the Centre for Environmental Policy, before joining SGI in...

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Dr Julia Sachs

Research Associate

Julia Sachs studied Engineering Cybernetics at the University in Stuttgart in Germany and graduated with a Diploma in 2012. Julia then went on to do a PhD in model-based optimization of hybrid energy systems in rural areas also at the University of Stuttgart in...

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Dr Ivan Garcia Kerdan

Research Fellow

In 2008 Ivan graduated from the Faculty of Engineering of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with a degree in Mechatronics. His main areas of interest were instrumentation, automation control, heat transfer, thermodynamics, and robotics. Ivan finished an...

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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...

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Jasmin Cooper

Research Associate

Jasmin Cooper graduated from The University of Manchester in 2013 with a First-class degree in Chemical Engineering with Environmental Technology. She then went on to do her PhD in life cycle sustainability and sustainable development at The University of Manchester,...

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International Advisory Panel

Dr David Joffe

Team leader at the UK Committee on Climate Change

David is a team leader at the UK Committee on Climate Change, now focusing on decarbonisation of buildings and industry. Until recently he was CCC’s Head of Modelling and was lead author for their advice to the UK Government on the 5th carbon budget (the emissions limit for...

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Professor Jim Watson

Director, UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC)

Jim Watson is Director of the UK Energy Research Centre and Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex. He has 20 years of research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policies. He frequently advises governments in the UK and abroad, and has been...

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Professor Robert Clark

Chair, Energy Strategy and Policy, University of New South Wales

Professor Robert Clark AO FAA FRSN was appointed Professor and Chair of Energy Strategy and Policy at the University of New South Wales in 2012. He was formerly the Chief Defence Scientist (CDS) of Australia and Chief Executive Officer of the Defence Science and Technology...

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Dr David Daniels

Chief Energy Modeler, U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Since 2012, David has been the Chief Energy Modeler at EIA, where he works to ensure internal consistency across all of EIA’s energy models. Prior to EIA, Dr. Daniels served as the Chief Scientist of Digital Sandbox, a security analytics software company, where he developed...

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Dr Ricardo Gorini

Head, Energy Economic Department, Energy Research Office

Ricardo is Head of the Energy economic department at Energy Research Office (EPE). He has experience working with energy planning tools, energy scenarios, energy demand forecast, energy regulation, and evaluation of energy projects. His main research interest is the...

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Professor Zheng Li

Professor & Dean, Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University

Zheng Li is a professor and the head of the Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing and has been working on dynamic modelling of power systems, development of monitoring and measurement technologies of thermal power plants, and analyses of energy...

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Professor David Allen

Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, & Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. David Allen is the Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of seven books and over 200 papers. His recent work has focused primarily on...

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