Dr Peter Weston

Dr Peter Weston PhD, MEng, AMIChemE, FHEA

Senior Lecturer


I am a Chemical Engineer with two main passions; to develop practical sustainable technologies and to support aspiring engineers. I am currently the Course Leader for Chemical Engineering. My research interests are focussed on bioenergy and sustainability.


I completed my MEng and Doctoral qualifications in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sheffield in 2014. I was awarded the 2015 Foxwell Memorial Prize for my research designing a partial oxidation burner to thermally destroy tars produced during biomass gasification. In 2014, I joined an energy and environmental consultancy company as a Renewable Energy Technologist. I worked on several collaborative R&D projects in the energy-from-waste and bioenergy sectors including plasma gasification and anaerobic digestion. I joined Sheffield Hallam University as Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering to work on an Innovate UK funded project to develop a novel heat exchanger for the food industry. I became a full-time Chemical Engineering Lecturer in September 2018 and became Course Leader a year later. I am an Associate Member of the IChemE and a Fellow of HEA.

Specialist areas of interest

- Waste Heat Recovery;
- Energy from Waste;
- Advanced Thermal Treatment of Biomass;
- CFD Modelling and Simulation.


Department of Engineering and Mathematics

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Courses taught:

- Chemical Engineering

Modules taught:

- Design Project
- Fluid Modelling for Chemical Engineers
- Chemical Process Modelling, Instrumentation and Control



Current Projects

Advanced heat recovery systems for the food manufacturing industry, DEXT. Funded by Innovate UK. Project partners: DEXT Heat Recovery, William Jackson Food Group and DCI Refrigeration.

Previous Projects

Design and development of a microwave induced plasma gasifier for the treatment of screenings waste from the water industry (2012-2015). Funded by Innovate UK. Project partners: Stopford Energy and Environmental, Liverpool John Moores University and United Utilities.

Assessing the Feasibility of Using Microwave Induced Plasma Torrefaction for the Production of an Energy Dense, Carbon Neutral Fuel from Wood Pellets. Funded by Innovate UK. Project partners: Stopford Energy and Environmental and Liverpool John Moores University.


Journal articles

Weston, P., Sharifi, V., & Swithenbank, J. (2013). Destruction of Tar in a Novel Coandă Tar Cracking System. Energy & Fuels, 28 (2), 1059-1065. http://doi.org/10.1021/ef401705g

Book chapters

Sethuramalingam, R., Asthana, A., & Weston, P. (2019). Review of Waste Heat Utilisation from Data Centres. In Al-Habaibeh, A., Asthana, A., & Vukovic, V. (Eds.) The International Conference on Energy and Sustainable Futures (ICESF). Nottingham Trent University

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