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Dr Peter Weston MEng, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Dr Peter Weston obtained a MEng in Chemical Engineering and a PhD from the Chemical & Biological Engineering Department at the University of Sheffield. Peter joined Sheffield Hallam University in December 2015 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. He currently works on a project related to the design and implementation of an advanced heat recovery system for the food manufacturing industry.


After completing an MEng degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, Peter continued at the same institution to achieve a PhD. His research was focussed on designing and developing a partial oxidation burner to thermally destroy tars produced when biomass is gasified. Peter was awarded the 2015 Foxwell Memorial Prize for his research in this area.

Following his PhD, Dr Weston joined Stopford Energy & Environment, an engineering consultancy firm, as a renewable energy technologist. He worked on a number of cutting edge R&D projects in the energy from waste and bioenergy sectors. Most notably, He helped to develop a microwave induced plasma gasifier to process waste from the wastewater industry. He also performed safety audits and gap analyses on large-scale anaerobic digestion and gasification facilities.

Peter returned to Sheffield and academia as a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on an advanced heat recovery system for the food industry. The aim of the project is to recover waste heat from industrial ovens and re-use the heat for on-site processes. Dr Weston is based within the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University.

Specialist areas of interest

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


Department of Engineering and Mathematics

Business, Technology and Enterprise


- Computational Fluid Dynamics.


Current Projects

Advanced heat recovery systems for the food manufacturing industry, DEXT. Funded by Innovate UK. Project partners: DEXT Heat Recovery, Willam 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.

Collaborators and Sponsors

- Innovate UK; 

- DEXT Heat Recovery; 

- William Jackson Food Group;

- DCI Refrigeration and Electrical.


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.

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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