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FOSSIL FUELS: OIL, GAS and COAL Section 3 Basic and applied strategic research
 Author  Dr Robert Breen
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Oxford
 Last Updated  21 December 2012
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Table 3.1: Research Funding | Table 3.2: Key Research Providers

Research and development funding by UK oil and gas producers was about 1,000 million in 2009 3. Details of R&D investment may be gleaned from the annual reports of oil and gas sector companies but the details of UK funded projects are not readily available. To extend the UKERC Research Register to encompass all sources of funding and commercial project details would require a major information gathering exercise to glean all local or international contracted research topics from the universities and institutions.

The funding analysis of Table 3.1 is limited to UK government bodies and the key research providers listed in Table 3.2 are those institutions currently included in the UKERC Research Register with grant funded projects since January 2007 to August 2012.(It should be noted that the staff data listed in the “No of Staff” column refers to staff who can be identified as working on Oil and Gas research, whereasthe staff numbers listed within the “Description column refer to the size of the Department/Team.)

Most basic and strategic research listed in the Register is conducted by university departments and only a small percentage of grants (since 2007) are conducted through research institutes. The majority of basic research activity (about 82 of grants) is provided by EPSRC through a number of its research themes and over 16 (by number of grants) is funded by NERC. Although some grant funding is included in programmes such as SAMULET or SUPERGEN, Oil and Gas research is not contained in one research theme or programme but is characterised by activities that are related across a number of themes. For example, the research activity funding is generally attributable to EPSRC themes of Energy, Engineering, Mathematical sciences and Physical sciences.

Much of the funding in Oil and Gas maintains the expertise and fundamental research (“enabling”disciplines such as numerical modelling and fluid dynamics) in support of developments in this sector and some new research activities, especially in biology and chemistry multidisciplinary topics, seek to grow research fields.

Of the 180 to 190 projects, research activities are spread between 47 universities and institutes with particular research undertaken by over 90 departments or research centres within the universities organisational structures. The nature and range of theresearch topics, or sub-themes, is delivered by means of collaborative groupings by discipline, sub-topics and expertise involving a number of institutes. It is also not possible to define the number of researchers in any department that are solely engaged in oil and gas research topics. The institutions that clearly identify centres for the oil and gas sector are: Heriot-Watt University Institute of Petroleum Engineering, University of Aberdeen Geology and Petroleum Geology, and University ofNottingham Division of Fuels and Power Technology.

Although the research in the Oil and Gas category is wide ranging it falls in the general themes of geosciences, process performance and efficiency, and environmental impact (combustion and emissions). The research may, however, be grouped into the general topics of:

  • Hydrocarbon reservoir related research for resource extraction performance or gas storage: geosciences, geology, geochemistry, seismology, seismography
  • Marine: wave loading, structural engineering and sedimentology,
  • Process performance and energy efficiency: fuel research and combustion, tribology, energy modelling, asset life time analysis, automotive engines, drilling, hydrocarbon processes
  • Fundamental Enabling topics in support of other activities: fluid flow/dynamics, numerical modelling, energy research capacity, data and information systems
    • Instrumentation and measurement, gas spectroscopy
    • Materials: strength of materials, corrosion, non-destructive evaluation, membrane technology
A characteristic of projects in the Oil and Gas category within the Register is that they are shared across a number of categories that have their own Landscape. These research topics may be summarised in the activities of:
  • CO2 capture, emissions, environmental monitoring, pollution
  • Electricity generation and energy infrastructure
  • Policy and economics and social science related topics.
3 “The 2010 R&D Scoreboard: The Top 1000 UK and Global Companies by R&D Investment” Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, 2010

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Table 3.1: Research Funding

         
 Programme  Funding Agency  Description  Committed Funds  Period  Representative Annual Spend
SAMULET (II) EPSRC/ TSB SAMULET (Strategic Affordable Manufacturing in the UK through Leading Environmental Technologies) is a Rolls-Royce-led collaborative programme to accelerate the development of manufacturing and product technologies.
SAMULET II - Government investing £25 million, with business providing a further £40 million for a series of collaborative research and technology projects.
Related interest (small) in Oil and Gas Combustion.
£25M Govt plus £40M Rolls-Royce 2012 onwards  
SUPERGEN 2 EPSRC Conventional Power Plant Life Extension SUPERGEN 2. The development of novel tools and methodologies to extend the life of existing conventional (ageing) steam and combined cycle power plant. The total package is £4.2 million for the period 2008 to 2012.
The Oil and Gas related interest is undefined (small) under fossil fuels and Oil and Gas Combustion.
£4.2M 2008-2012  
Responsive Mode EPSRC EPSRC Responsive Mode funding:
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  on-going  
Environment and Energy ESRC Policy related research responsive mode.
Related interest (small) in Enhanced Oil Recovery and Non-Conventional Oil and Gas Production
  on-going  
Programmes NERC NERC responsive mode. Although there are no “oil and gas” programmes small components of funding is noted for two areas:
  1. Enhanced Oil and Gas Production mainly geosciences for reservoir performance.
  2. Other Oil and Gas seismic and geosciences (also reservoir related)
  on-going  

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Table 3.2: Key Research Providers

                                                                                                                                                                                                     
 Name  Description  Sub-topics covered  No of staff  Field
British Geological Survey (BGS) British Geological Survey (BGS) is the world’s oldest national geological survey and provides expert services and impartial advice in all areas of geoscience to public and private sector clients.
Energy Sector research themes include:
Advanced seismic techniques
CO2 capture and storage
Renewables and energy security
NERC Science Programmes Director
  • OIL and GAS
  • Geosciences, Geology
>5 PHYSICAL SCIENCES and MATHEMATICS - Physics
Brunel University, School of Engineering and Design The School cites research for fundamental and applied research in many areas of: electronic and computer engineering; mechanical and aerospace engineering; design; advanced manufacturing engineering and management and civil and built environment engineering.
Research is oil and gas combustion is ably supported in the two groups of: Centre for Advanced Powertrain and Fuels Research (CAPF); Centre for Energy and Built Environment Research (CEBER)
>10 faculty,
> 10 researchers,
>20 research students
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fuel research and combustion
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Chemistry
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering; Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Cardiff University, Chemistry The School of Chemistry research strengths are: surface science, catalysis, chemical biology, solid-state/materials chemistry, physical organic chemistry, synthesis and theoretical chemistry.
New initiatives in Chemical Biology, Structural Biology, Catalysis, Solid-state and Materials Chemistry, and Physical Organic Chemistry.
Facilities are available for research in surface science, catalysis, magnetic resonance, X-ray diffractometry, mass spectrometry, spectroscopy, and calorimetry, high-performance computing and chemical biology.
>30 academic staff
>30 research staff
>10 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS CONVERSION
  • Fuel research
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Chemistry
Cardiff University, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences Research is organised into three distinct Groups:
  • Climate and Life
Palaeoclimate and Climate Systems Research Group
Palaeobiology Research Group
  • Environmental Science and Policy
Geomicrobiology Research Group
Applied Environmental Geoscience Research Group
Earth Surface Processes Research Group
Marine and Coastal Environment Research Group
  • Solid Earth Processes
Magmatism and Metallogenesis Research Group
Computational Geodynamics Research Group
3D Seismics Research Group
Facilities include: trace element and stable isotope geochemistry, geomicrobiology, particulate analysis, electron microscopy, 3D seismic interpretation and visualization, and parallel computing, and marine science.
>50 faculty,
>10 research staff,
>10 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Reservoir
  • Geology
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Cardiff University, School of Engineering Research themes of Aerospace, Digital Economy, Transport, Materials and Nano science are developed in multidisciplinary research institutes of:
  • BRE Institute of Sustainable Engineering
  • Institute of Energy
  • Institute of Environment and Sustainability
  • Institute of Green Electronic Systems - Communications, Sensors and Materials
  • Institute of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Institute of Mechanics and Advanced Materials
  • Institute of Medical Engineering and Medical Physics
>15 faculty,
>15 research staff,
>10 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Metallurgy and Materials
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
City University, School of Engineering and Mathematical Science Research activities focus on fields such as energy and the environment, instrumentation, construction processes, applied mathematics, systems and control and biomedical engineering. Research Centres are:
Energy & Transport Centre
Instrumentation & Sensors Centre
Systems & Control Centre
Construction Processes Centre
Applied Mathematics Centre

Energy research themes include: Internal Combustion Engines; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Alternative Energy Systems & Combustion Research; Positive Displacement Compressors; Small Turbo-Compressors, Viscous Flows and Flow Control for Aeronautical and Wind Engineering; Fixed and Rotary Wing Aeronautical Design.
>10 faculty,
>5 research staff,
<5 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Fluid Flow
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS- Applied Mathematics ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Cranfield University, School of Applied Sciences The School is organised in three departments, each comprising a number of specialist centres or institutes:
  • Manufacturing Department
  • Materials Department (includes: Composites Centre, Precision Engineering Institute, Welding Engineering and Laser Processing Centre)
  • Environmental Science and Technology Department (includes Centre for Automotive Technology, Centre for Energy and Resource Technology, Centre for Environmental Risks and Futures)
>30 faculty,
? researchers,
>5 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  SOCIAL SCIENCES
- Town and Country Planning
- Sociology
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Cranfield University, School of Engineering Oil and Gas sector research is supported in a number of departments:
  • Offshore Engineering and Naval Architecture Group (OENA) e.g. offshore platforms.
  • Offshore Technology and Subsea Engineering, e.g. materials and corrosion, reliability of subsea systems and components.
  • Power and Propulsion Department
  • Process Systems Engineering Group (PSE), e.g. process systems engineering, multiphase flow and bio-fuels.
>10 faculty,
>5 researchers,
>10 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Fluid Flow
  • Gas spectroscopy
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Physics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Durham University, Department of Earth Sciences The Department provides 5 undergraduate Honours degree programmes: Geology; Geoscience; Earth Sciences; Environmental Geosciences; Geophysics with Geology.
Major research units, the Northern Centre for Isotopic and Elemental Tracing and the Centre for Research in Earth Energy Systems, enable the research of interconnected Earth processes.
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Seismography, Numerical modelling
>20 faculty,
>30 research staff,
>50 PhD students
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Heriot-Watt University, Institute Of Petroleum Engineering Research activity ranges from exploration, through reservoir appraisal and development, to production technology. In addition, research extends into the whole energy sector and related environmental issues.
There are 12 distinct research themes, each represented by an interactive grouping of academic/research staff and postgraduate research students, and the inter-disciplinary nature of much research spans the exploration, development and production.
Research themes and leads
Petroleum Geoscience
Unconventional Reservoirs
Carbonate Reservoirs
Reservoir Geophysics
Multiscale Modelling and Flow Simulation
Uncertainty Quantification
Production Chemistry/Scale
Centre for Enhanced Oil Recovery and CO2 Solutions
Hydrates, Flow Assurance & Phase Equilibria
Production Technology
Marine Renewables
Carbon Capture & Storage
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Gas storage
>30 faculty,
>20 research staff,
>50 PhD students
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering
- Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Heriot-Watt University, School of Mathematical and Computer Science The School comprises three Departments of:
- Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics
- Computer Science
- Mathematics
Research activity encompasses both Mathematical and Computer Sciences.
>50 academic/research staff,
>50 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Reservoir/Numerical Modelling
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
- Applied Mathematics
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
- Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Imperial College London, Department of Aeronautics The department undertakes fundamental aerospace research and maintains collaborative links with Industry. Research is managed through the two sections, Aerodynamics and Aero structures, that cover a range of topics:
  • Fundamentals of flow
  • Aerospace vehicle design, aerodynamics and performance
  • Environmental and industrial flows
  • Biomedical flows
  • Control, dynamics and optimization
  • Flow Control
  • Turbulence, mixing and flow control
  • Computational mechanics
  • Impact of composites
  • Damage tolerance
>20 academic staff,
>20 research staff,
>10 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • REFINING, TRANSPORT and STORAGE of OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fluid dynamics
>20 academic staff,
>20 research staff,
>10 PhD students
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Imperial College London, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology Departmental expertise in mathematical analysis and modelling as well as in experimental investigation and measurement support all areas of fundamental research in addition to work with the Chemicals, Oil and Gas, Pharmaceuticals and Processing Industries.
Research is described in themes of:
Our research is centred on six Research Themes:
Biological Engineering
Natural Resource Engineering
Fluids Engineering
Particle and Materials Engineering
Process Systems Engineering
Reaction and Separation Engineering
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fluid Flow
  • Membrane technology
  • CO2 capture
>30 academic staff,
>40 research associates,
>20 PhD students
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Chemical Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Imperial College London, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Research is organised in six main centres:
Environmental and Water Resources Engineering
Fluid Mechanics
Geotechnics
Structures
Transport
Laing O’Rourke Centre (Systems Engineering and Innovation)
>30 faculty,
>40 researchers,
>50 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Wave load on structures
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Civil Engineering
Imperial College London, Department of Earth Science and Engineering The Department combines the fields of geoscience and engineering. Geoscience includes the study of the solid Earth but also the atmosphere, oceans and biosphere. Research is organised in three main sections: Earth & Planets; Petroleum Geoscience & Engineering; Energy, Environment, Modelling & Minerals.
Twelve specialist groups compliment the research portfolio which is supported by fundamental disciplines:
Geology, Geophysics, Environmental Geoscience, Petroleum Geoscience, Petroleum Engineering, Petroleum Geophysics, Metals and Energy Finance, Remote Sensing.
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Energy Research Capacity
>60 academic staff
> 50 research staff
>100 research students
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
SOCIAL SCIENCES - Education
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
- Chemistry
- Physics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Imperial College London, Department of Mechanical Engineering Research activities in Mechanical Engineering are split into three divisions:
Applied Mechanics:
Mechanics of Materials
Thermofluids

>60 academic staff,
>40 research staff,
>50 research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • REFINING, TRANSPORT and STORAGE of OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Corrosion
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  • Materials strength
  • Fuel research and combustion
  • Tribology
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Imperial College London, Department of Mathematics Research sections
Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics
Pure Mathematics
Mathematical Finance
Statistics
Research activities include Dynamical Systems at Imperial College Fluid Dynamics Group and Stochastic Analysis Group
>60 academic and research staff,
>60 research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical modelling
  • Emissions
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Applied Mathematics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Keele University, School of Computing (Computer Science) and Mathematics Research in the School is focused in three main areas:
Applied Mathematics
Computer Science Applied Probability,
Operational Research, and Statistics
In Applied Mathematics, the research includes fluid dynamics and wave theory, with particular emphasis on geophysical fluid dynamics.
>15 academic staff,
<5 researchers,
>10 post-graduates
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fuel research and combustion
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Computer Science and Informatics
Kingston University, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing The Faculty aims to encourage interdisciplinary research across its 8 teaching schools via research centres of:
Centre for Earth and Environmental Science
Centre for Fire and Explosion Studies
Digital Imaging Research Centre (DIRC)
Materials Research Centre
Mobile Information and Network Technologies (MINT)
Sustainable Technology Research Centre
Specific research is focused via 18 research groups.
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fuel research
  • Emissions
  • Fluid dynamics
>25 academic/research staff,
<5 PhD students
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Lancaster University, (School of) Computing (and Communications) The School s research output spans five major sub-fields of:
Communications and Networking
Computer Systems
Intelligent Systems
Software Engineering
Human-Computer Interaction

>20 academic staff
>20 researchers,
? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Energy modelling
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Computer Science and Informatics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Architecture and the Built Environment
Loughborough University, Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering Research in the Department is organised into four research groups:
Applied Aerodynamics
Control and Reliability
Low Carbon Technologies
Structural Mechanics and Acoustics
Research topics cover aerodynamics, control systems, engines and fuel cells, lightweight structures and vehicle refinement.
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fuel research
  • Energy efficiency
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University, Department of Materials, (Inst of Polymer Tech and Materials Eng) Research in the Department is organised into 4 research groups:
Energy Materials
Advanced Ceramics
Surface Engineering
Advanced Polymers

>20 faculty,
>20 researchers,
>50 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Asset lifetime analysis
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Metallurgy and Materials
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Research programmes are undertaken within the School s 10 research groups including Thermofluids and Combustion

>30 faculty,
>40 researchers,
? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fuel research
  • Automotive engines
  • Emissions
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology Research in the School is distributed across the following active groups:
  • Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Flow Analysis (CMMFA)
  • Future Networks and Distributed Systems (FUNDS)
  • Image and Sensory Computation Group (ISCA)
  • Intelligent Systems Group (ISG)
  • Logic and Computation Group (LCG)
  • Novel Computation Group (NCG)
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Wave load on structures
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Applied Mathematics
Manchester Metropolitan University, School of Science and the Environment (Environmental and Geographical Sciences) The integrated school is able to develop and enhance teaching and research synergies from across the disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Ecology, Environmental Science, Geography and Sustainability.
School Divisions
  • Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology
  • Division of Chemistry and Environmental Science
  • Division of Geography and Environmental Management
Geography and Environmental Management is a multidisciplinary division with expertise in geography, physical geography, human and cultural geography, environmental management, sustainability, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and remote.
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Wave load on structures
>5 faculty,
>5 researchers,
? PhD students
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Complex Dynamics and Turbulence Research Focus:
  • Fluid Dynamics, Pattern Formation and Nanobiocomplexity
  • Dynamics of Complex Fluids
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • OIL and GAS
  • REFINING, TRANSPORT and STORAGE of OIL and GAS
  • Fluid dynamics
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
- Physics
- Applied Mathematics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Newcastle University, School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences Research activities are organised in six groups:
Environmental Engineering
Geomatics
Geosciences
Geotechnical and Structural Engineering
Transport
Water

>20 academic staff
>20 research staff
>20 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • NON-CONVENTIONAL OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Reservoirs
  • Marine engineering
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Geochemistry
  • Energy infrastructure
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Computer Science and Informatics
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES - Biological Sciences
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Architecture and the Built Environment
Newcastle University, School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials Research Themes:
- Chemical Engineering Science
- Measurement and Analysis
- Products and Processes
- Natural Resources

>20 faculty,
>20 researchers,
? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Membrane technology
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 33 ;
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 33 ;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 34 ;
Open University, Mathematics, Computing and Technology International Development (Development Policy and Practice) New technologies in health, agriculture and energy. DPP research focuses on these key drivers of change.
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Policy and economics
  SOCIAL SCIENCES
- Politics and International Studies
- Development Studies
AREA STUDIES
- Middle Eastern and African Studies
- Asian Studies
Open University, Materials Engineering Research is based around core expertise in Structural Integrity (safe design and assessment of components and structures under load).
Other research groups:
  • Solder Research Group;
  • Forensic Engineering Group;
  • Surface Engineering Research Group.
>5 academic
>5 research
>10 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Materials strength
  • Structures
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Metallurgy and Materials
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Queen Mary, University of London, School of Engineering and Materials Science Research is coordinated within the following research areas:
Biomedical Engineering and Materials
Modelling and Simulation in Engineering Systems
Functional Nanomaterials
Research fields include thermodynamic principles, combustion and condensation heat transfer, electrospray technology and medical engineering.
>40 academic
>20 research staff
? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fuel research
  • Emissions
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Chemical Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
Queen Mary, University of London, School of Mathematical Sciences Research is organised in three groups covering topics in:
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics
Research collaborations with the departments of Engineering, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, Physics, Biology, and the Astronomy Unit.
40 faculty,
? researchers,
? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Fluid dynamics
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Applied Mathematics
Royal Holloway, University of London, Department of Earth Sciences Research interests include:
environmental geoscience,
geochemistry and geophysics,
magmatic processes,
palaeobotany, and
structural and sedimentary geology.

Research activities are divided into three main themes of Global Environmental Change (GEC), Geodynamics & Sedimentary Systems (GSS) and Physics & Chemistry of Earth Processes (PCEP).
These topics also entail collaborative links with the petroleum geosciences industries.
>20 academic
>5 research
>5 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • NON-CONVENTIONAL OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Reservoirs
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
Sheffield Hallam University, Materials and Engineering Research Institute Research topics range from semiconductors to concrete and from theoretical modelling to industrial applied coatings. Specific activity in the fields of:
Advanced coatings
Automation and robotics
Corrosion and structural integrity
HIPIMS
Infrastructure management
Materials analysis
Materials modelling and complex flows
Polymers and nanocomposites
Sustainability and process simulation

>10 faculty,
>10 researchers,
? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Materials
  SOCIAL SCIENCES - Business and Management Studies
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES - Biological Sciences
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Metallurgy and Materials
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Chemical Engineering
UK Energy Research Centre Technology and Policy Assessment
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Energy research capacity
  SOCIAL SCIENCES
- Economics and Econometrics
- Town and Country Planning
- Politics and International Studies
- Sociology
- Education
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
- Computer Science and Informatics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Architecture and the Built Environment
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University College London, Department of Mathematics Applied mathematics research is organised by groups:
  • Cross-Disciplinary Group (biology, medicine, physics, chemistry and economics)
  • The Fluid Dynamics Group (astrophysical fluid dynamics and statistical physics; direct numerical simulation and modelling of turbulent flows; modelling of fluid suspensions, fluid-fluid interfaces, free-surface flows, nonlinear wave equations and random disturbances in ocean currents)
  • The Environmental Flows Group (dynamics of rotating and stratified fluids; modelling of vortices, convection and rotating hydraulics)
  • The Industry Oriented Group
>10 faculty,
>10 researchers,
? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Fluid flow
  • Numerical modelling
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
- Applied Mathematics
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University College London, Mechanical Engineering The department concentrates its research under three major research themes:
Biomedical Engineering
Thermofluids
Marine
These are applied across a broad range of industries, notably Energy, Biomedical Engineering, Maritime Defence, Transport and Offshore sectors.
>15 academic
>10 research staff
>20 research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Fuel analysis
  • Emissions
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
- Chemistry
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Aberdeen, School of Engineering The School undertakes research in a broad range of fundamental and applied Engineering topics in:
Civil
Mechanical
Electrical & Electronic
Chemical and
Petroleum engineering.

The School has a strong tradition of research in a number of areas including applied dynamics, impact mechanics, engineering materials, sediment transport, communications protocols, and holography.
>50 academic staff
>30 research staff
>70 research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • REFINING, TRANSPORT and STORAGE of OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Drilling
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Applied Mathematics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
- General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering
University of Aberdeen, Geology and Petroleum Geology Research work is carried out across 5 research themes:
Climate change, tectonics and sediment flux
Terrestrial ecosystems
Deep-water frontiers
Geofluids and porous media
Meteorite impacts and astrobiology
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Geosciences, geology
  • Seismology
>10 academic
<5 research staff
>20 post-grad students
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Bath, Department of Chemical Engineering Research topic are pursued through
multidisciplinary Research Centres:
  • Centre for Extremophile Research
  • Centre for Regenerative Medicine
  • Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies
  • UK Sustainable Hydrogen Energy Consortium
  • BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials
  • Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment
>10 academic staff
>10 research staff
>5 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • REFINING, TRANSPORT and STORAGE of OIL and GAS
  • Hydrocarbon processing
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Chemical Engineering
University of Bath, Department of Mechanical Engineering Research activities cover the broad areas of Design and Manufacturing, Machine Systems, Solid Mechanics and Materials and Thermo-Fluids. Research is embedded in one of more of the Research Centres which include:
  • Institute for Sustainable Energy & the Environment (I-SEE)
  • Materials Research Centre
  • Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control
  • Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre
  • Composites Research Unit
  • Sustainable Energy Research Team (SERT)
>20 academic staff
>20 research staff
>5 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fluid dynamics
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Birmingham, School of Chemical Engineering Research is organised via two multi-disciplinary centres:
  • Centre for Formulation Engineering - Topics include: design and characterisation of microstructured products; heat and mass transfer; fluid flow; particle technology and materials engineering across chemical, biological and physical systems.
Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Materials Processing

>20 academic
? research staff
? research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • REFINING, TRANSPORT and STORAGE of OIL and GAS
  • Hydrocarbon processing
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham, School of (Manufacturing and) Mechanical Engineering Mechanical Engineering research is organised into three focused research centres:
  • Bio-medical and Micro Engineering
  • Manufacturing Processes, Technology & Modelling
  • Vehicle Technology
>10 academic
>10 research staff
? research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fuel research
  • Emissions
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Geography and Environmental Studies
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Birmingham, School of Metallurgy and Materials Research areas:
  • Alloy Processing
  • Characterisation and Modelling
  • Engineering Properties of Materials
  • Functional Materials Processing
>10 academic
>10 research staff
? research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • OIL and GAS CONVERSION
  • Materials
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Metallurgy and Materials
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Birmingham, School of Computer Science Research Themes and Groups:
  • Nature-Inspired and Intelligent Computation
  • Computing Systems
    Formal Verification and Security
    Parallel and Distributed Computing
  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Software Engineering Research Group
  • Research Centres
    Centre of Excellence for Research in Computational Intelligence and Applications
    Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics
    Physical Sciences of Imaging in the Biomedical Sciences
    Doctoral Training Centre
    HCI Centre
>30 academic
>20 research staff
>50 research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Data and information systems
  OTHER
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
- Metallurgy and Materials
-Computer Science and Informatics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering
University of Birmingham, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences The School has an established history in research and teaching of both geology and geography. Research activity addresses issues such as climate change, oil exploration, renewable energy and resilience and is organised into five inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary research themes of:
Environmental health sciences
Geosystems
Society, economy and environment
Water sciences
Urban and regional studies (Centre for Urban and regional studies).
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Sedimentology
  • Emissions
> 84 academic and research staff
> 90 research students
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
- Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
- Geography and Environmental Studies
University of Birmingham, School of Mathematics The main research activities are:
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Theoretical and Computational Optimization
  • Statistics
  • Mathematics Education
>40 academic
>10 research staff
>10 research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Reservoirs
  • Numerical modelling
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Applied Mathematics
University of Brighton, School of Environment and Technology The School generates new knowledge of earth systems, human actions that affect the natural and built environment, and civil engineering.
Research covers five themes:
  • Applied geosciences
  • Ecology, landscape and pollution management
  • Society, space and environment
  • Ground, water and structural engineering
  • Sustainable construction and environmental planning
>50 academic staff
>30 research staff
43 research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • Sedimentology
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Brighton, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics Research activity is organised into the following groups:
  • Computing and Mathematical sciences
  • Digital Technologies and Informatics
  • Engineering and Product Design
  • Physics
>50 academic staff
>10 research staff
>30 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • OIL and GAS CONVERSION
  • Fuel research
  • Fluid dynamics
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS Physics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Bristol, School of Earth Sciences Research themes:
  • Climate and Ecosystem
  • Evolution and Architecture of the Solid Earth and Planets
  • Evolution of Biodiversity and Morphology
  • Geological Hazards and Risk
  • Global Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Reservoirs and Resources
Research groups:
  • Bristol Experimental Earth Studies Group
  • Climate and Environmental Change
  • Geochemistry
  • Geophysics
  • Palaeobiology and Biodiversity
  • Volcanology
>50 academic and
research staff
>60 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Reservoirs
  • Seismology
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Bristol, School of Geographical Sciences The school’s research is focussed on a number of themes:
  • Bristol Research Initiative for the Dynamic Global Environment (BRIDGE)
  • Geographies of Political Economy
  • Glaciology
  • Historical-Cultural Research Group
  • Hydrology Group
  • Personal Finance Research Centre
  • Spatial Modelling
>80 academic and research staff
>30 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Reservoirs
  • Numerical modelling
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Bristol, Mechanical Engineering Research groups:
  • Dynamics and Control
  • Fluids and Aerodynamics
  • Robotics
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Systems Centre
  • Ultrasonic and NDT (non-destructive testing)
  • OIL and GAS
  • REFINING, TRANSPORT and STORAGE of OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Numerical modelling
>? academic staff
>? research staff
>? PhD students
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Cambridge, Department of Chemical Engineering (and Biotechnology) Research is conducted in the themes of:
  • Biotechnology
  • Measurement
  • Microstructure engineering
  • Modelling
  • Processes
Research activities cover a broad range of topics, for example:
  • Biochemical and Environmental Engineering
  • BioScience Engineering
  • Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology
  • Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research
  • Catalysis
  • Cell and Organism Engineering
  • Colloidal Dispersions
  • Combustion
  • Computational Modelling
  • Electrochemical and Micro Engineering
  • Fluids and Environment Group
  • Healthcare Biotechnology
  • Laser Analytics
  • Magnetic Resonance
  • Molecular Microbiology
  • Polymer Processing Research
  • Powder and Paste Processing
  • Process Systems Engineering
  • Structured Materials
  • Terahertz Applications
>25 academic
>50 research staff
>100 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Fuel research
  • Combustion
  • Emissions
  • Bioengineering
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Chemical Engineering
University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering Research is conducted on Strategic Themes:
  • Energy, transport and urban infrastructure
  • Uncertainty, risk and resilience
  • Engineering for life sciences and healthcare
  • Inspiring research through industrial collaboration
>50 academic and research staff
>10 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Fuel research
  • Emissions
  • Combustion
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Physics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Cambridge, Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy Research themes:
Device materials
Electron microscopy
Materials chemistry
Medical & pharmaceutical materials
Structural materials
Clean energy & sustainability
Nuclear energy
>20 academic and research staff
>? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Materials strength
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Metallurgy and Materials
University of Dundee, Civil Engineering Research is undertaken within two thematic groups:
  • Environment Research:
    - Specific research is in:
    Fluid Mechanics
    Geotechnical Engineering
  • Infrastructure Research
>20 academic staff
>5 research staff
>? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fluid dynamics
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Civil Engineering
University of Edinburgh, Institute for Energy Systems Research Areas:
  • Marine Energy - Wave and tidal energy; offshore wind; coastal defence.
  • Power Systems - Distributed renewable generation; asset management and planning; power quality and reliability assessment; load modelling; demand-side management.
  • Energy and Climate - Wind, marine and hydropower resource modelling; climate change impact assessment; life cycle assessment; decarbonising energy supply.
  • Machines and Power Electronics - Novel generator designs for renewables; power converter design for renewables; switched-mode power supplies.
  • Innovation and Policy - Techno-economic analysis; roadmaps and standards; governance and policy; innovation systems; societal engagement with energy.
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Energy modelling
  • Energy infrastructure
>10 academic staff
>20 research staff
>50 research students
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Physics
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Geography and Environmental Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCES
- Economics and Econometrics
- Business and Management Studies
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry Research activities span:
  • Chemistry/Biology Interface
  • Experimental and Theoretical Chemical Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
>40 academic staff
>80 research staff (including St Andrews)
>250 research students (including St Andrews)
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS CONVERSION
  • Fuel research
  •  
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Chemistry
University of Essex, School of Biological Sciences Research is organised through Groups, with common interests:
  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Environmental Biology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Sports and Exercise Science
Specific research activity is conducted mainly in the Research Centres:
  • The Centre for Environment and Society
  • Essex Biomedical Science Institute
  • Centre for radicals and oxidative stress
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • NON-CONVENTIONAL OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Pollution
>? academic staff
>? research staff
>? PhD students
BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES - Biological Sciences
University of Glasgow, School of Geographical and Earth Sciences Research is conducted in the fields of Human Geography and Earth Systems, Earth Systems Research addresses:
  • Earth-life processes
  • Surface processes
  • Shallow crustal processes
  • Extra-terrestrial and mantle processes
  • Earth observation and technology
>50 academic and research staff
>20 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Geosciences, geology
  • Numerical modelling
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Huddersfield, School of Computing and Engineering Informatics Research is organised in research groups:
  • Centre for High-Performance Intelligent Computing (CHIC)
  • Computer Graphics, Imaging and Vision Research Group High Performance Computing Research Group
  • Knowledge Engineering and Intelligent Interfaces (KEII) Research Group
  • Software Engineering Research Group
  • XML, Database and Information Retrieval (XDIR) Research Group
  • Serious Games Research Group
  • Computing and Engineering Pedagogical Research Group
Engineering and Technology Research
is organised as follows:
  • Centre for Precision Technologies
    Advanced Machining Technology Group
    Surface Metrology Research Group
    Engineering Control and Machine Performance Group
  • Centre for Diagnostic Engineering
    Energy, Emissions and the Environment Research Group
    Machinery Condition and Performance Monitoring Research Group
    Machinery Informatics and Dynamic Analysis of Systems (MIDAS) Research Group
  • Automotive Engineering Group
  • Systems Engineering Group
  • Electron Microscopy and Materials Analysis (EMMA) Research Group
>20 academic staff
>20 research staff
>1 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Fluid flow
  • Numerical modelling
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Applied Mathematics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Leeds, Institute of Particle Science & Engineering Current activities are organised within the following areas:
- Particulate measurement systems
- Particulate systems modelling
- Manufacture of advanced particulates
Research activities encompass Colloid, Nanoparticle and Interfacial Engineering; Multi-scale and Systems Modelling; Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemicals; Mineral and Waste Processing; Powder and Formulation Engineering; and In-Process Measurement and Control of Process Systems.
>10 academic staff
>10 research staff
>? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Fluid Flow
  • Numerical modelling
  • Materials
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS Chemistry
- Metallurgy and Materials
- Computer Science and Informatics
- Applied Mathematics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Leeds, School of Earth and Environment School of Earth and Environment:
Earth Surface Science Institute
Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
Sustainability Research Institute  
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Sedimentology
>50 academic staff
>50 research staff
>50 research students
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Leicester, Department of Geology Research is focused in three principal groups:
  • Crustal Processes: - Large Scale Magmatic and Volcanic Processes; Earth Systems Processes; Tectonics and Sedimentology; Fluid Processes.
  • Palaeobiology
  • Geophysics & Borehole Research: Crustal Geophysics; Applied Geophysics; Petrophysics
>20 academic staff
>10 research staff
>30 post-grad students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • NON-CONVENTIONAL OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Reservoirs
  • Geosciences, geology
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Liverpool, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences Research activities address the physics, chemistry, biology, geography and geology of the Earth, and is organised in the clusters of:
  • Earth’s Interior Dynamics
  • People Space and Place
  • Earth’s Changing Environment
  • Oceans and Ecosystems
>40 academic and research staff
>40 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Geosciences, geology
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Liverpool, School of Engineering Research is organised in themed centres:
  • Centre for Engineering Dynamics (covering the dynamics of fluids, structures and flight)
  • Centre for Engineering Sustainability
  • Centre for Materials and Structures
>20 academic staff
>20 research staff
>40 post-grad students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Numerical modelling
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Liverpool, Department of Geography Research is organised in the clusters of:
- Earth’s Interior Dynamics
- People Space and Place
- Earth’s Changing Environment
- Oceans and Ecosystems
>20 academic staff
>5 research staff
>10 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • NON-CONVENTIONAL OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Climate change
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Geography and Environmental Studies
University of Manchester, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences The School is organised in research groups:
  • Centre for Atmospheric Science
  • Basin Studies and Petroleum Geoscience
  • Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry
  • Environmental Biochemistry and Geomicrobiology
  • Physics and Chemistry of Minerals and Fluids
  • Structural and Petrological Geoscience
  • Palaeontology and Palaeobotany
>45 academic staff
>45 research staff
>50 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • NON-CONVENTIONAL OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Geosciences
  ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Manchester, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering Research groups:
Control Systems
Electrical Energy and Power Systems
Microelectronics and Nanostructures
Microwave and Communication Systems
Power Conversion
Sensing, Imaging and Signal Processing
>50 academic staff
>25 research staff
>5 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • REFINING, TRANSPORT and STORAGE of OIL and GAS
  • Energy infrastructure
  • Instrumentation
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Manchester, School of Materials Research groups
Biomaterials
Ceramics and Glasses
Composite Materials
Corrosion and Protection
Metallic Materials
Graphene and Nanostructured Materials
Paper Science
Polymer Science and Engineering
Textile Design, Fashion and Management
Textile Science and Technology
>20 academic staff
>? research staff
>1 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Materials strength
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Metallurgy and Materials
University of Manchester, School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering Research groups
Aerospace
Energy, Environment and Climate Change
Structures, Dynamics and Extreme Loading
Manufacturing and Management
Nuclear
Expert Groups include:
Advanced Flow Diagnostics and Instrumentation
Coastal Processes
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Energy and Multiphysics
Geo-Engineering
Impact and Explosion
Turbulence Mechanics
>20 academic staff
>20 research staff
>10 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Hydrocarbon processing
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Manchester, Physics and Astronomy Research groups:
Accelerator, Nuclear and Particle Physics
Condensed Matter, Atomic and Biological Physics
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics
Theoretical Physics
>30 academic staff
>50 research staff
>5 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • REFINING, TRANSPORT and STORAGE of OIL and GAS
  • Fluid dynamics
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Physics
University of Nottingham, Division of Fuels and Power Technology The Faculty of Engineering research activities are organised in multi-disciplinary Research Divisions:
  • Architecture and Urbanism
  • Electrical Systems and Optics
  • Energy and Sustainability - Advanced Materials Research Group, Cleaner Fossil Energy and CO2 Mitigation, Institute of Building Technology (IBT) and Institute of Sustainable Energy Technology (ISET), The Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage, Thermofluids
  • Infrastructure and Geomatics
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials, Mechanics and Structures
  • Process and Environmental
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Combustion
  • Fuel research
  • Fluid dynamics
>? academic staff
>? research staff
>? PhD students
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Physics
University of Nottingham, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering (Envir & Mining Eng) The Faculty of Engineering research activities are organised in multi-disciplinary Research Divisions:
  • Architecture and Urbanism
  • Electrical Systems and Optics
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Infrastructure and Geomatics
  • Manufacturing
  • Materials, Mechanics and Structures
  • Process and Environmental - environmental flows, bioprocess engineering, industrial microwave processing, particle and fluid processing
>20 academic staff
>10 research staff
>? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Hydrocarbon processing
  • Fluid flow
  • Reservoir
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Chemical Engineering
University of Nottingham, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering The Electrical Systems and Optics Research Division includes:
  • Cummins Innovation Centre
  • Applied Optics Group
  • George Green Institute for Electromagnetics Research
  • Institute of Biophysics, Imaging and Optical Science
  • Photonic and Radio Frequency Engineering Group
  • Power Electronics, Machines and Control Group - Power Electronic Energy Conversion, Conditioning and Control; Power Electronics Integration, Packaging and Thermal Management; Motor Drives and Motor Control; Electrical Machines
>20 academic staff
>20 research staff
>1 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Hydrocarbon processing
  • Reservoir
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50 ;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50 ;
University of Nottingham, School of Mathematical Sciences Research activities are organised in seven research groups:
Algebra and Analysis
Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Mathematical Medicine and Biology
Mathematical Physics
Number Theory
Scientific Computation and Analysis
Statistics and Probability
>60 academic staff
>10 research staff
>50 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Fluid flow
  • Numerical modelling
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Applied Mathematics) 100
University of Nottingham, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering The Materials, Mechanics and Structures Research Division spans bioengineering, geomechanics, materials science, and structural engineering. Organisation includes:
  • The Nottingham Centre for Geomechanics
  • The Centre for Structural Engineering and Construction
  • Advanced Materials Research Group
  • Bioengineering Research Group
  • Polymer Composites Research Group
  • Structural Integrity and Dynamics Research Group
>20 academic staff
>20 research staff
>1 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Materials strength
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Metallurgy and Materials) 50 ;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50 ;
University of Oxford, Department of Engineering Science The Department undertakes an extensive range of research projects and activities are conducted in inter-disciplinary research groups:
Active Vision
Biomedical Image Analysis
Biomedical Instrumentation
Biomedical Signal Processing & e-health
Biomedical Ultrasonics, Biotherapy & Biopharmaceuticals Laboratory (BUBBL)
Civil Engineering
Communications
Control Group
Cryogenic Engineering
Discrete Element Research Group
Electrical Power Group
Energy Engineering
Environmental Chemical Engineering
Fluidics and Biocomplexity
Internal Combustion Engine Group
Invensys UTC
Mechanobiology
Microelectronic Circuits and Analogue Devices
Mobile Robotics
Ocean and Coastal Engineering and Water Resources
Ophthalmic Engineering
Optical Communications
Orthopaedic Biomechanics
Osney Thermo-Fluids Laboratory
Pattern Analysis & Machine Learning
Physiological Understanding through Modelling
Scanning Optical Microscopy
Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering
Systems Engineering
Systems of Systems
Tidal Energy Research Group
Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing
Visual Geometry
>50 academic staff
>30 research staff
>30 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fuel research
  • Automotive engines
  • Combustion
  • Emissions
 
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 50 ;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50 ;(General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering)
University of Oxford, Department of Materials The Department covers a wide range of research topics of an interdisciplinary nature. Research groups include:
Structural and Nuclear Materials
Device Materials
Polymers and Biomaterials
Nanomaterials
Processing and Manufacturing
Characterisation
Computational Materials Modelling
>20 academic staff
>40 research staff
>60 post-grad students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Materials strength
  • Reservoir
  • Hydrocarbon processing
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100
University of Oxford, Department of Chemistry Research themes include:
  • Catalysis
  • Synthesis
  • Chemistry at the interface with biology and medicine
  • Sustainable Energy Chemistry
  • Interfacial Science
  • Kinetics, dynamics and mechanism
  • Advanced functional materials
  • Innovative Measurement and photon science
  • Theory and modelling of complex systems
>50 academic staff
>20 research staff
>? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Reservoir
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 100
University of Oxford, Department of Physics Research themes and groups include:
Research themes
Accretion, Outflows & Shocks
High-energy astrophysics
Applications & Innovations
Biological Physics
Citizen Science
Climate Physics
Condensed Matter Theory
Dark matter and Precision measurements
Dust, Gas and Molecules in the Universe
Exoplanets
Experimental Radio Cosmology
Galaxies
High-energy frontier physics
High-Redshift
Neutrinos.
Optical & Infrared Instrumentation
Particle Theory
Planetary Physics
Quantum Materials
Semiconductor Materials, Devices & Nanostructures
The Dark Universe
The Transient Universe
>50 academic staff
>50 research staff
>100 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Combustion
  • Instrumentation
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Physics) 100
University of Reading, School of Construction Management and Engineering The research theme of the School is schools are developing the policy, theory and practice of the organisation and management of the built environment. The five main research areas are:
Health Care Infrastructure
Digital Practices
Business Innovation in Construction
Transition Pathways to a Low-Carbon Economy
Innovative and Sustainable Technologies
>20 academic staff
>10 research staff
>30 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Energy efficiency
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Architecture and the Built Environment) 100
University of Reading, Department of Mathematics and Statistics Research groups:
  • Pure, Applicable, and Numerical Analysis, including
    Analytic Number Theory
    Operator Theory
    Spectral Theory
    Inverse Problems and Data Assimilation
    Nonlinear PDEs
    Linear Waves
    Statistical Physics and Complex Systems
    Centre for the Mathematics Of Human Behaviour
    Numerical Analysis
    Mathematical Biology
  • Complex Fluids and Theoretical Polymer Physics
  • Applied Statistics
>40 academic staff
>? research staff
>40 research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Seismology
  • Numerical modelling
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Applied Mathematics) 100
University of Salford, School of the Built Environment The research themes are sustainability and sustainable communities. Research Centres:
  • Centre for Applied Archaeology
  • Centre for Disaster Resilience
  • Centre for Information Technology in Construction
  • Centre for Real Estate and Facilities Management
  • Management in Construction Research Centre
  • Research Centre for Education in the Built Environment
>60 academic staff
>50 research staff
>50 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • Climate change
  • Energy Efficiency
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Architecture and the Built Environment
University of Sheffield, School of Mathematics and Statistics (Applied Mathematics) Research activities cover a broad range of science and technology applications. Research Groups are:
  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Category Theory
  • Differential Geometry
  • Environmental Dynamics
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Nonlinear Control
  • Number Theory
  • Particle Astrophysics and Gravitation
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre
  • Topology
>30 academic staff
>10 research staff
>50 post-grad research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Instrumentation
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Applied Mathematics
University of Sheffield, Department of Materials Science and Engineering Research Groups are:
  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • Ceramics
  • Glasses, Cements and Waste Immobilisation
  • Magnetics
  • Metallurgy
  • Nanomaterials and Nano engineering
  • Polymers and Composites
  • Surface Engineering and Tribology
>40 academic staff
>50 research staff
>? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Materials strength
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Metallurgy and Materials
University of Sheffield, Department of Mechanical Engineering Research activities are organised in four main groups of: Thermofluids
Design & Manufacturing
Solid Mechanics
Dynamics
>40 academic staff
>30 research staff
>? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Energy analysis
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Southampton, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment Research utilises core engineering and environmental science disciplines applied across many activities:
Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics
Astronautics
Bioengineering science
Computational Engineering and Design
Dynamics group
Electro-Mechanical engineering
Energy and Climate Change
Energy technology
Engineering materials
Environment group
Fluid Dynamics and Acoustics group
Fluid Structure Interactions
Human Sciences group
Infrastructure group
national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)
Signal Processing and Control group
Transportation group
Waste Management
>300 academic and research staff
>300 post- grad research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • REFINING, TRANSPORT and STORAGE of OIL and GAS
  • Fluid flow
  • Wave loading on structures
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Civil Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Southampton, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research Research Groups (from within the Faculty above):
Fluid Dynamics & Acoustics;
Signal Processing & Control;
Dynamics;
Human Sciences.
>30 academic staff
>? research staff
>? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Tribology
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Southampton, National Oceanography Centre Southampton NOCS is the integrated collaboration between the Southampton-based part of the Natural Environment Research Council s National Oceanography Centre, and the University of Southampton s Ocean and Earth Science. Research Groups:
Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems
Geology and Geophysics
Ocean Observing and Climate
Ocean Modelling and Forecasting
Geochemistry
Palaeoceanography and Palaeoclimate
Coastal Processes

>45 academic staff
>500 research staff
>? PhD students >700 students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OTHER OIL and GAS
  • Seismography
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Southampton, Optoelectronics Research Centre Research Groups:
  • Advanced Fibre Technologies & Applications
  • Advanced Solid-State
  • Computational Nonlinear Optics
  • Distributed Optical Fibre Sensors
  • Fibre Bragg Gratings
  • High Power Fibre Lasers
  • Infrared Science & Technology
  • Integrated Photonic Devices
  • Laser-Induced Forward Transfer
  • Microstructured Optical Fibres
  • Nanophotonics & Metamaterials
  • Nonlinear & Microstructured Optical Materials
  • Novel Glass & Fibre
  • Optical Biosensors & Biophotonics
  • Optical Fibre Communication
  • Telecommunications Devices and Sub-systems
  • Optical Microfibre Devices and Sensors
  • Optical Parametric Oscillators
  • Optical Sensors & Instrumentation
  • Photonic, Electronic and Plasmonic Microstructured Optical Fibres
  • Physical Optics
  • Planar Optical Materials
  • Planar Waveguide and Slab Lasers
  • Power Photonics & Applications
  • Pulsed Fibre Lasers
  • Pulsed Laser Deposition
  • Semiconductor Fibre Devices for Nonlinear Photonics
  • Scanning Near-Field Optical Microscopy
  • Silica Fibre Fabrication
  • Ultrafast Laser X-Ray
>? academic staff
>30 research staff
>? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Gas spectroscopy
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Physics)
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Southampton, School of Engineering Sciences As Faculty above:
Areas of interest:
Aeronautics and Astronautics
Audiology
Biomedical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computational Engineering
Environmental Science
Maritime Engineering and Ship Science
Materials and Surface Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Sound and Vibration
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Fluid flow
  • Tribology
  • Combustion
  • Numerical modelling
  • Emissions
  • Wave load on structures
>? academic staff
>? research staff
>? PhD students
PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS Chemistry
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Civil Engineering
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of St Andrews, School of Mathematics and Statistics Research groups and themes encompass:
  • Applied Mathematics -
    - Numerical Analysis
    - Plasma Physics
    - Solar and Magnetospheric Theory
    - Vortex Dynamics
  • Pure Mathematics
  • Statistics
>30 academic staff
>20 research staff
>20 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Fluid flow
  • Numerical modelling
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Applied Mathematics
University of Strathclyde, Electronic and Electrical Engineering Research activities are organised in six research groups:
Centre for Intelligent Dynamic Communications.
Centre for Excellence in Signal & Image Processing.
Institute for Energy & Environment
Centre for Microsystems & Photonics.
Industrial Control Centre.
Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering.

>50 academic staff
>30 research staff
>80 research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • Non-destructive evaluation
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS - Metallurgy and Materials
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- General Engineering and Mineral & Mining Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Strathclyde, Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering The main research activities are in:
Ship Stability and Safety
Marine Hydrodynamics
Marine Structures
Ocean Engineering
Marine Engineering
Emerging Technologies
Marine Renewable Energy and Alternative fuels

>10 academic staff
>10 research staff
>20 research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • ENHANCED OIL and GAS PRODUCTION
  • Energy research capacity
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Surrey, Centre for Environmental Strategy Research and teaching is based around three inter-related themes:
Sustainable Systems: Tools for Analysis and Design
Social and Economic Research on Sustainability: Developing Concepts and Themes
Policy, Strategy and Governance >10 academic staff
>5 research staff
>20 PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS CONVERSION
  • Energy research capacity
  • Energy efficiency
  SOCIAL SCIENCES
- Town and Country Planning
- Business and Management Studies
- Sociology
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES - (Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences
University of Sussex, Department of Engineering and Design Research activity is organised into three main groups with several specialist sub-groups. The main research areas are:
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering:
    - Centre for Physical Electronics and Quantum Technology
    - Communications
    - Industrial Informatics and Manufacturing Systems Research Centre
  • Mechanical Engineering:
    - Thermo-fluid Mechanics Research Centre (TFMRC)
    - Dynamics and Automotive Engineering (DAE)
    - Tribology
>30 faculty staff
>? research staff
>60 post-grad research students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Combustion
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS
- Chemistry
- Physics
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Wales, Swansea, College (School) of Engineering Research within the school follows multi-disciplinary activities and is organised into research centres:
  • Civil & Computational Engineering Centre
  • Materials Research Centre
  • Multidisciplinary Nanotechnology Centre
>40 academic staff
>5 research staff
>? PhD students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • Materials strength
  ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY - Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Warwick, School of Engineering Research activity follows two main Strategic Themes of:
Biomedical
Energy
And is organised in Research Groups of:
  • Civil, Structural, Environmental & Sustainable Development
  • Electronics, Power and Microsystems
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Information & Communication Technologies
  • Sustainable Energy Engineering and Design
  • Systems, Measurement and Modelling
>50 academic and research staff
>200 post-grad students
  • OIL and GAS
  • OIL and GAS COMBUSTION
  • OIL and GAS CONVERSION
  • Combustion
  • Energy efficiency
  PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS Chemistry
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
- Chemical Engineering
- Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering

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