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Dr Tosin Somorin joined Cranfield University in 2015 as a Research Fellow in Energy Systems, after obtaining a PhD in gas turbines, fuels and applications. She leads the development of a novel energy system that aims to thermally treat faecal sludge to power toilet components. This system is part of the development of the Nano Membrane Toilet, a project that is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for people lacking access to modern sanitation. She brings on-board a multidisciplinary background and years of experience in applied science and engineering. She holds a master's degree in Biotechnology from the University of Hertfordshire, UK and a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria. She has worked at a leading environmental consulting firm, with extensive experience on environmental studies, particularly in compliance monitoring and impact assessment. Some of the leading projects involved clients such as Shell, Escravos GTL, Daewoo Nigeria and Brass LNG, on aspects of microbiology, environmental and analytical chemistry, with investigation on water, air or soil quality; waste water treatment; effluent monitoring; bio-degradation and remediation of crude oil in various environments.

She is a member of the Energy Institute and Society for Applied Microbiology, with an ongoing commitment to developing sustainable, clean energy solutions. She is passionate about sharing her career trajectory and encouraging girls to a career in science and engineering. In 2017, she was nominated for the “Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35” and awarded “Highly Commended in ‘Environment & Engineering’ by the Women Leaders Milton Keynes, UK.

Current activities

Dr Tosin Somorin is a Research Fellow in Energy Systems, within the Energy and Power theme. Her research primarily focusses on the design, development and testing of a micro-combustor, for subsequent integration in the Nano-Membrane Toilet. She also leads the “Characterization of faecal material behaviour during drying” project at Cranfield University, in conjunction with University of KwaZulu-Natal and Swansea University.


Research interests cover areas of bioenergy generation and technology qualification, particularly: (i) fuel characterisation, (ii) waste recovery and utilisation, (iii) microbial bioprocesses and technologies, (iv) thermochemical conversion of carbon-based fuels, (v) development of innovative energy technologies and processes, (vi) design of experimental test rigs, (vii) process and scenario modelling, (viii) feasibility studies and environmental assessment (e.g. techno-economic and life cycle assessment), (ix)  emission and sustainability analysis.

Tosin represents the School of Water, Energy and Environment on the HR Excellence in Research Team, a wider part of the Research Committee. She serves as a Committee Member of the Step-up Working Group, Cranfield Women Network and one of the MSc Thesis Coordinator for the Cranfield Energy and Power. Apart from her main research activities, Tosin supports teaching and supervision of students at Cranfield University while providing training and guidance to research students. She is working towards obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. She has co-authored more than 10 articles in leading international journals, participated in national and international conferences, and co-organised a number of conferences including the Young Microbiologists Conference and the Nigeria Energy Forum.


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng)


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