Contact Dr Peter Clough


Dr Peter Clough is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Engineering with expertise in thermochemical processes that produce hydrogen or capture CO2

Dr Clough received an MEng in Environmental Engineering from The University of Nottingham and went on to complete a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. His PhD research focussed on high-temperature solid looping cycles and sorption enhanced steam reforming / gasification of biomass for the production of clean hydrogen. 

In 2017, Dr Clough joined Cranfield University's Energy and Sustainability Theme to continue his work into hydrogen and decarbonisation technologies. 

Dr Clough is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers [AMIChemE] and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Association [AFHEA]. 

Research opportunities

For HyPER opportunities, please see the HyPER website - 

Dr Clough is currently accepting applications for PhD students in the fields of:

  • Cheminformatics / Machine Learning applied to chemical engineering 
  • Hydrogen production via thermochemical routes
  • Carbon capture and storage technologies (primarily calcium and chemical looping)
  • Catalytic porous foams 

Current funded PhD opportunities, although always willing to discuss other potential projects:

  • Electrocatalytic conversion of ammonia into hydrogen PhD with EDF - 

Self-funded opportunities (will consider other project ideas).

Current activities

Dr Clough's research is centred around the theme of clean energy, specifically hydrogen production, carbon capture and storage, and catalytic/non-catalytic material development and testing. Within these fields, his research students and researchers investigate reaction kinetics and mechanisms, apply machine learning to design and optimise materials, and study decarbonisation processes. 

Current projects include:

  • HyPER project (Bulk low-carbon hydrogen supply by sorption enhanced steam methane reforming -
  • Fugitive amine emissions scrubbing using electrostatic precipitation - UKCCSRC (
  • Material development for CO2/N2/O2 adsorption technologies.
  • Decarbonisation of industrial processes.
  • Machine learning for catalytic materials design and optimisation. 
  • Gasification of waste plastic for hydrogen production.


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