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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy


Several major technology themes that are being researched at the University of Leeds by world-class research groups have the potential to make a transformational difference in the development of low carbon technologies for the future.

The Centre for Doctoral Training is a unique opportunity to integrate these efforts and unify their outcomes.

The University has internationally leading research strengths in each of our theme areas underpinned by >£40m of EPSRC, NERC, ESRC, TSB, EU, Industry etc., research spend, and more than 1000 archived peer reviewed papers since 2001, typically in leading journals and with high citation counts.

Click here for an overview of our research themes.

Our research is completed under the following themes:

Theme 1: Feedstocks, Processing and Safety
Lead: Professor Jenny Jones

  • Feedstocks
  • Preprocessing
  • Hazards and Safety

Theme 2: Conversion
Lead: Professor Paul Williams

  • Combustion
  • Gasification
  • Liquefaction Routes

Theme 3: Products, Utilisation and Impact
Lead: Dr Hu Li

  • Utilisation
  • Emissions
  • Bio-products, Materials and Co-products

Theme 4: Sustainability and Whole Systems
Lead: Professor Peter Taylor

  • Sustainability
  • LCA
  • Policy
  • Socioeconomics
  • Techno-economics
  • Regulations and Standards
  • Competition for feedstocks between processes/products
  • Biomass supply chain innovation

The University has internationally leading research strengths in each of our theme areas.

Student in lab

The CDT brings together a cohort of postgraduate research students and their supervisors to enable innovative technological solutions across our key research themes.

Our activities span a range of disciplines across the University of Leeds: