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's research is centred around the theme of clean energy, specifically low carbon hydrogen production, carbon capture, and catalytic/non-catalytic material development and testing. Within these fields, his research group investigates reaction kinetics and mechanisms, applies machine learning to design and optimise materials, and studies decarbonisation processes. 

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 from PhD candidates.

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

- Low carbon hydrogen production
- Carbon capture technologies
- High-temperature solids looping cycles (Sorbent enhanced reforming, calcium and chemical looping)
- Catalytic material development from molecular modelling to experimental testing
- Machine Learning applied to chemical engineering 
- Ammonia production via chemical looping
- Greenhouse gas removal technologies and machine learning approaches to optimisation
- Seawater electrolysis
- Direct conversion of solar to H2
Applying artificial intelligence in chemical engineering PhD
Designing porous foam catalysts PhD/ MSc by Research

Current activities

Current projects include:
- HyPER project (Low-carbon hydrogen production by sorption enhanced reforming -
- Fugitive amine emissions scrubbing using electrostatic precipitation
- 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
- Methanol to SAF material development and reactor design
- Ammonia conversion and production.


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