The related subjects of Energy, Environment and Sustainability (EES) extend across a range of significant research activities within IDEAS.

Research in this area focuses on providing innovative and practical solutions to industrial problems, with particularly strong industry-focused research in the oil & gas and renewable/sustainable energy sectors. The research is well recognised for transferring new technologies to industry through spin-out companies, patents and knowledge transfer partnerships.

EES is organised into two multi-disciplinary research sub-themes.


This sub-theme focuses on solving various aspects of problems related to oil & gas. In recent times, this expertise has been transferred to renewable and sustainable energy.

Energy research is organised under the following sub-groupings:

  1. Well Engineering

    Energy Conference

    The oil and gas industry is currently extending the frontiers of current technologies as well as adopting a vast array of new innovative technologies.

  2. Flow Modelling

    Teaser Flow Modelling

    From Flow Assurance in Oil and Gas to Water Management in Fuel Cells.

  3. Condition Monitoring

    Teaser Condition Monitoring

    Condition Monitoring Group is focused on developing and applying instrumentation to non-destructive (or semi-destructive) testing of materials and structures

  4. Materials

    Materials Teaser

    Fundamental and applied research into a wide range of materials, from high performance composites to biomedical.

Environmental Technologies

This sub-theme has particular interests in photocatalytic technology and reactor development, including the photocatalytic treatment of waste products, and have been developing a range of sensors such as real time and in-situ sensors, with applications for environmental sensing & monitoring. They have also been involved in the development of tracers/taggants for the oil & gas industry.

Environmental Technologies consists of two main groupings:

The impact of renewable and sustainable energy activities on practice forms a specific centre:

Centre for Understanding Sustainability in Practice (CUSP).

In the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, research in the School of Engineering was graded as "world leading" for 5% of the submission, with a further 80% judged to be at international level.