Staffordshire Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Engineering



Our vision is to carry out world-leading theoretical and applied research and knowledge exchange to address complex real-world engineering challenges to improve peoples’ lives and the environment they live in, improving life satisfaction, productivity, and sustainability.

Our aim

Our research addresses aspects of renewable and sustainable engineering that are key to enhancing peoples’ lives, economic growth and improving our global environment. We aim to achieve this through a strong focus on interdisciplinary collaborations motivated by a range of stakeholders including extensive engagement with industry and government agencies to ensure our research achieves maximum impact.

  • Renewable and Low Carbon Energy – we design, optimise and validate novel approaches for renewable and low carbon energy with a particular focus on small scale, local energy generation and storage including: solar photovoltaic; solar heating/cooling; thermal energy storage; organic/polymeric solar cells; biogas; micro combined heat and power; liquid air energy storage; and smart grid systems.
  • Sustainable Manufacturing – we develop approaches to improve productivity, reduce waste and improve the reliability of manufactured goods with a particular focus on: advanced reconfigurable and flexible automation; the application of machine learning and advanced robotics; development, optimisation and use of novel materials for manufacturing; and novel design practices.
  • Sustainable Transport – we research novel approaches to transport and improvement of existing modes to improve sustainability and reduce environmental impact through: industrial design; novel materials; autonomy; control, optimisation and condition monitoring of engine performance.

Group leader

Professor Torfeh Sadat-Shafai


Torfeh's expertise lies in plastic electronics, Photovoltaics, Experimental Physics, Electronic Material & Thin Films Technology and Optoelectronics. Torfeh is also course leader for Advanced Technology MSc

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Researchers within Staffordshire Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Engineering

Professor Hamidreza Gohari Darabkhani

Professor-Low Carbon & Renew Engergy Sys

Hamidreza's expertise lies in conventional and renewable clean energy conversion technologies including carbon capture, thermofluids and more. Hamidreza is also course leader for the Mechanical Engineering MSc.

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Dr Mohammad Moghimi Ardekani

Associate Professor

Dr Mohammad Moghimi Ardekani Associate Professor of Clean Energy Technologies School of Digital, Technologies and Arts Staffordshire University

Dr Alison Griffiths

Associate Professor

Alison's expertise includes smart grids and their protection and renewable integration, smart homes, wireless sensor network design, implementation & optimisation.

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Dr Soheil Komilian


Dr Komilian has been a Lecturer and Researcher within the department of Engineering, since 2014. He is currently the course leader for BEng/MEng Electrical & Electronics Engineering.

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Christopher Gould

Senior Lecturer

Dr Chris Gould has a PhD in Thermoelectric Technology and is an expert in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

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Dr Bahamin Bazooyar

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Professor Tony Dodd

Associate Dean Research And Enterprise

Dr Therese Lawlor-Wright

Head Of Department -Design & Engineering

Kudakwashe Oniko

Senior Lecturer

Diana's research interests include Industry 4.0, Surface 7 Geometry Metrology ,2D & 3D Surface parameters and the effect of surface topography on automotive tribological systems.

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Chris Wayman

Senior Lecturer

Chris worked as a Design Engineer in the automotive sector and in secondary Education specialising in creativity and Product Design Technology. His interests include historical product design, new manufacturing methods & materials and creati…

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Dan Lewis

Course Director

Dan has years of industry experience working with some of the UK's largest retailers developing products for market and has travelled extensively across Europe and the Far East to work with suppliers on his designs.

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Nigel Turner


With a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art and over 20 years' experience in industry designing anything and everything from homeware to automotive accessories, and underwear to packaging, Nigel also has 10 years' experience in product d…

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Edward Austin


Ed has a proven track record designing best selling ranges for hotels and restaurants worldwide, with over 5 million products sold, from Hilton to Harvester and everything in between. Ed is interested in the intersection of craft pottery and mod…

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Timothy Forrester

Senior Lecturer

Tim Forrester is one of Britain's most innovative designers. He achieved great success during a period spent working in Milan & has now returned to the UK to continue designing & manufacturing his high quality, inspirational and versatil…

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Dr Andrew Wootton


Dr Abdul Waheed Awan

Senior Lecturer

Currently I am Senior Lecturer in Mechanical & Automotive Engineering and Award Leader for MSc Automotive Engineering within School of Creative Arts and Engineering.

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Andrew Cash

Senior Lecturer

Andy's research interests include Automotive Propulsion and Vehicle Dynamics (mostly Engine related areas) branching out into Autonomous and Future Automotive.

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Debi Roberts

Course Director

Debi has a keen interest in Automotive and Aeronautical Aerodynamics, Engine Design and Engineering History (Automotive and Aeronautical).

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Hugh Williamson

Head Of Department - Art & Design

Hugh trained in Transport Design, and has in-depth industry experience working across a range of sectors including automotive, product, building and toy design. He is cluster lead for the Design courses, and link tutor for our franchise courses …

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Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

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Midlands University of the Year

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