SHARE Network

The SHARE Network has been set up to provide an informal but professional interdisciplinary network of peers who are engaged in bioenergy research. It will run workshops and seminars to support knowledge exchange, promote mobility of early career researchers and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The SHARE Network is open to all bioenergy PhDs, post-doctoral researchers and research fellows, or those of equivalent professional standing, belonging to formal partners of the SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub.

There is a mailing list for the SHARE Network based at JISCmail ( for communication amongst members. If you wish to join this list please send an email to: with the body text SUBSCRIBE SHARE-NETWORK [your forename] [your surname]. This will be forwarded to the moderators for approval.

The Terms of Reference for the SHARE network can be downloaded here: SHARE Network ToR

Please see below for more information about our latest news and events. 

SHARE news

  •   Do you have colleagues that would benefit from SHARE?

If the answer’s yes, then please tell them about us!  We’re open to all early career researchers at SUPERGEN Bioenergy Hub partner institutions.  New folks can join the mailing list by going to to and clicking subscribe.


  • Next SHARE event

The next SHARE event will take place in Manchester on Friday 24th of March. More information will be posted in the new year.

SHARE Network Members

The SHARE Network is open to all PhDs, postdoc and equivalent researchers at Hub institutions. If you are a SHARE member and would like your research profile included on this page then please contact Laura O'Keefe


SHARE CHAIR: Aidan Smith - University of Leeds


Aidan is a researcher at the school of chemical and process engineering in the University of Leeds. His research focuses on hydrothermal processing, particularly hydrothermal carbonisation of biomass and wastes. His research is currently focused on the combustion and material properties of hydrochars along with the fate and influence of inorganics and heteroatoms within the feedstock. Prior to academic research Aidan worked in the mining and minerals sector; predominantly working on environmental issues associated with the mining process and the adaptation of clean technology.

SHARE VICE CHAIRS: Jon McCalmont and Sophie Parsons

Dr Jon McCalmont (Vice Chair)

Jon is a Post Doc researcher at the Institute of Biological, Rural and Environmental Science (IBERS) within Aberystwyth University. His research is aimed at a better understanding of the environmental impacts (positive and negative) of land-use changes to bioenergy feedstock production; particularly GHG and nutrient cycling, carbon dynamics and soil characterisation. Primary research effort is based around commercial scale Miscanthus production using cutting edge monitoring equipment (eddy covariance) to monitor carbon and water exchange over annual timescales. This study is complemented by plot scale replicated trials to further understand these dynamics.

Research Interests:

  • Atmosphere/ecosystem gas exchange (eddy covariance)
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Biomass crop production (land-use conversion and reversion)
  • Soil physical and chemical processes
  • Economic modelling

Dr Sophie Parsons (Vice Chair)

Sophie is a researcher within the Sustainable Energy Research Team (SERT), University of Bath. Her research is part of an Industrial Biotechnology Catalyst (Innovate UK, BBSRC, EPSRC) project to produce a microbial-based alternative to palm oil utilising waste lignocellulosic material and other cellulosic/sugary feedstocks. Her specialism is in life cycle assessment, process optimisation and techno-economic analysis. Prior to joining SERT, Sophie has worked in commercial sustainability consultancy and as a researcher for the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) within their materials division.

Main areas of interest:

  • Life cycle assessment
  • Biomass resources
  • Techno-economic analysis
  • Process modelling
  • Biotechnology

Dr Paula Blanco - University of Aston 

Paula is a Research Fellow or the EPSRC funded SUPERGEN Bioenergy Challenge II, based at the European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) in Aston University, Birmingham. Her current research is based in biomass gasification.

Paula did her PhD at the Energy Research Institute (ERI), at the University of Leeds. Her research was focused on the hydrogen production during the pyrolysis-gasification of refuse derived fuel, using diverse metal-based catalysts. During her PhD she carried out a research stay at the University of Sydney in Australia, and carried out some research work at the Energy research centre (ECN) in the Netherlands as part of the KTH Royal Institute of Technology/Biofuels Research Infrastructure for Sharing Knowledge (BRISK). She also participated in 4 International conferences and published 5 papers in International Journals, 4 of them as 1st author.

In recognition for her research she was awarded the Foxwell Memorial Prize as best student of the year in energy research, by the Energy Institute Yorkshire region (2014). She also obtained a PhD research excellence from the Graduate Board’s Examinations Group and Acting Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies at the University of Leeds.  


Research interests:

  • Pyrolysis
  • Gasification
  • Biomass & RDF
  • Metal-based catalysts
  • H2 production
  • Tar analysis


Dr Isabela Butnar – Institute for Sustainable Resources, University College London

Isabela is a researcher in bioenergy modelling at ISR – UCL. Her current research focuses on the modelling of GHG emissions from Land Use and Land Use Change (LULUC) associated with global bioenergy value chains within TIAM-UCL, a global energy system model. She also has an established expertise in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), mainly focusing on agricultural systems. 

Main areas of interest:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) methods, application, and teaching
  • Bioenergy value chains
  • Whole system analysis



Dr John Corton - IBERS, Aberystwyth

John is a researcher at IBERS, Aberystwyth University and also helps to manage the pilot scale processing labs at IBERS (the Beacon lab).  His focus has been on converting biomass generated during conservation management and other biomass waste streams for the purposes of sustainable energy production and is  drawn to research that is broad in merit.  His feedstock led research direction has meant that he has explored many conversion routes over the last few years.  These include fast and slow pyrolysis, anaerobic digestion, combustion (blending to benefit emissions), hydrothermal carbonisation and liquefaction (with help of many SUPERGEN partners).  As a consequence he has developed and has an interest in combining conversion routes into unified processes alongside efficient biomass pretreatments.  

Research interests:

  • Process development and optimisation for energy generation
  • Waste and conservation biomass
  • Pre-treatments
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Biomass conversion integration
  • Thermochemical conversion routes



Dr Chen-wei Chang - University of Manchester

Chen-Wei is a Research Associate at Tyndall centre of Climate Change Research, University of Manchester. His current research focuses on the techno-economic analysis and life cycle assessment of biomass gasification process. As a process engineer/chemist with strong multidisciplinary background in process development and biotechnology. He also has experience of process modelling, energy analysis, fermentation technology and multivariate data analysis. Prior to joining the Tyndall Centre, Chen-Wei has over 6 years of industrial and academic experience in evaluation, designing, optimising and developing process (lab scale to pilot scale) from waste to value-added products. 

Research Interests:

  • LCA
  • Gasification
  • Process modelling

Samira Garcia Freites - University of Manchester

Samira is a PhD researcher at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at The University of Manchester. Her research focusses on evaluating, from a technical, economic and environmental perspective, the integration of biomass gasification systems with carbon capture technologies along the whole process chain. As part of her research aim, she will investigate the potential and feasibility of using agricultural residues as feedstock; considering Colombia’s context as a study case. Her bachelor and MSc. studies are in Mechanical Engineering. She has worked as a research assistant studying the hydrodynamics of multiphase flows inside bioreactors for microalgae cultivation, using modelling and CFD simulation techniques. She also has experience in research project management.


Main areas of interests: 

  • Climate change mitigation
  • Bioenergy technologies
  • Process modelling
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Sustainable development 


Dr Miao Guo - Imperial College London

Dr Miao Guo is a EPSRC Research Fellow hosted at CPSE, Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London. She has a multi-disciplinary background, holds a PhD from Department of Life Sciences Imperial College London and a BSc from Renmin University of China. Her transition from Natural Sciences to Chemical Engineering has led to a unique academic path at the engineering-science interface. Her research interests include whole systems modelling and optimization, process-based agro-ecosystem modelling of food/non-food biomass and the environmental modelling of the biomaterials/biofuel/bioenergy from renewable resources. Her EPSRC Fellowship research project Resilient and Sustainable Biorenewable Systems Engineering Model (ReSBio) focuses on developing an open-source biorenewable system model from user-perspectives and providing insights into sustainable design of the future biorenewable systems, which best adapt to and mitigate future changes, contribute to UK sustainability and resilience agenda and support UK bioeconomy evolution.

Biorenewables (bioenergy, biofuel, biochemical) system modellingResearch Interests:

  • Multi-objective optimisation of resource-competition systems
  • Integration of ecosystem services with bioenergy/biorenewable system optimisation
  • Whole systems modelling of circular bioeconomic sectors
  • Game theory based model to understand the policy implications for innovation market or low-carbon technology deployment
  • Biorenewable systems analyses and design under emerging economy context
  • Process-based biogeochemical modelling
  • Life cycle sustainability of biorenewables processes and supply chains
  • Optimisation for resource-efficient urbanisation system



Dr Zakir Khan - University of Glasgow 

Zakir is a Research Associate at System, Power and Energy Research Division, University of Glasgow. His research mainly focuses on the development of biomass gasification systems to control and reduce tar formation, and optimize the syngas quality. Zakir has previously worked on the development of pilot scale fluidized bed biomass gasification system for enhance hydrogen production.

Main areas of interest:

  • Biomass gasification
  • Fluidized bed
  • H2 production
  • Kinetic study
  • CO2 adsorbent
  • Integrated catalytic-adsorption

 Shiyun Liu

Shiyun is a PhD candidate at the University of Liverpool. Her research mainly focuses on the development of plasma-catalytic systems to convert tars and deliver high quality syngas from the biomass gasification process in an energy efficient and sustainable way.


Main areas of interest:

  • Plasma-Catalytic reforming of biomass tar for production of value-added chemicals.
  • Process development and optimization of plasma-catalytic systems.
  • Syngas production

 Angela Mae Minas

Angela is a PhD Researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at The University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the social sustainability of rice straw bioenergy development in Southeast Asia. She has expertise in communication research and practice. Prior to joining Tyndall Centre, Angela worked in international agricultural research and development organisations as knowledge management and communication specialist.

Main areas of interest:

  • Agricultural innovation systems
  • Community-based environmental management
  • Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • Science communication
  • Policy 

Eddy Mitchell - University of Leeds

Eddy’s main area of interest is biomass-for-heat technologies and their associated environmental impacts. His PhD is researching the impact of feedstock parameters on airborne emissions from domestic biomass combustion, and the impact that those emissions have on air quality, atmospheric chemistry and climate change. He is contributing to Supergen projects 1.1 and 1.2.

Eddy Mitchell

Main areas of interest:

  • Heat
  • Feedstocks
  • Emissions
  • Stoves
  • Air Quality
  • Climate Change


Dr Mohamad Anas Nahil - University of Leeds

Anas is a research fellow at the University of Leeds.

Keywords: Activated carbon, Catalysis, Pyrolysis, Gasification, Hydrogen, Bio-fuels.

For more information, please visit his University profile:

Kiran Parmar - University of Leeds

Kiran is a postgraduate researcher at the Energy Research Institute (ERI) at the University of Leeds.

His PhD project focuses on the opportunities to valorise digestate and other organic waste materials through integration of anaerobic digestion (AD) and hydrothermal carbonisation (HTC). With this approach there is potential to convert digestate in to a safer, higher quality product with multiple uses, whilst increasing AD efficiency and operator revenue by increasing biogas yields. This approach also has environmental benefits and mitigates fugitive methane emissions (by reducing disposal of digestate to land) whilst providing additional supply chains for solid fuels.

As well as enhanced biogas generation via anaerobic digestion, treatment of HTC process water via mesophilic and thermophilic degradation maybe a direct route for production of biofuels and fine chemicals. New research links developed through this project with the University of Akureyri in Iceland are developing the production of biofuels and fine chemicals via thermophilic microbes. Next steps include investigating microbial inhibitory mechanisms and extending the focus towards treatment of a wider range of feedstocks such as algae.

Webpage: ORCiD


Research Interests:

  • Organic wastes
  • Hydrothermal carbonisation
  • Agronomics and combustion
  • Anaerobic digestion
  • Microbial inhibition

 Dr Mirjam Roeder - University of Manchester

Mirjam is a researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at The University of Manchester. Her research focuses on environmental impacts and social and institutional frameworks of bioenergy systems. In her research she follows interdisciplinary and whole systems approaches and has a strong expertise in life cycle assessment.

Main areas of interest:

  • Bioenergy systems
  • Lifecycle assessment
  • Climate change
  • Agriculture
  • Whole systems approach


 Bolaji Shemfe - Cranfield University

Bolaji is currently completing his PhD at the Centre for Bioenergy & Resource Management within Cranfield University’s Energy division. His research focuses on the development of viable biorefinery process designs.

Bolaji Shemfe

Main areas of interest:

  • Thermal conversion of biomass for production of biofuel, energy and chemicals
  • Process development and integration of biorefinery processes
  • Heat transfer optimization for integrated biorefineries


 Dr Li Wang - University of Liverpool

Li is currently a post doc at University of Liverpool. Her research mainly focuses on the development of novel low energy plasma/catalytic gas cleaning process to deliver high quality syngas from the gasification of waste biomass technology funded by the EPSRC. Li has also worked on the development of plasma/catalytic as an alternative technology for green C1 chemistry in the COutilization, CH4 conversion and the CH3OH decomposition. Her PhD research focused on the COx-free H2 production from NH3 decomposition for fuel cell devices.

Main areas of interest:

  • Biomass upgrading
  • H2 production
  • CO2 utilization
  • CH4 conversion
  • Carbon material

Dr Andrew Welfle - University of Manchester

Andrew is a researcher at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at The University of Manchester. His research focuses on biomass resource modelling, bioenergy scenarios, the global trade of biomass trade for energy end uses, and the wider benefits and impacts of bioenergy pathways. Andrew also has experience of lifecycle assessment and analysis of bioenergy policy. Prior to joining the Tyndall Centre, Andrew worked for an engineering consultancy specialising in sustainability and energy of the built environment.

Main areas of interest:

  • Biomass resources
  • Resource modelling
  • Bioenergy scenarios
  • Lifecycle assessment
  • Biomass Trade

Dr Aakash Welgamage Don - Robert Gordon University

Aakash Welgamage Don is a research fellow in the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. His current research focuses on the conversion of cellulose waste into value-added chemicals and eco-friendly fuel via a cost effective and low-environment impact approach. Aakash is currently working on the Supergen Project “Photocatalytic Bioethanol Production” in collaboration with Queens University Belfast and University of St. Andrews.

 Research interests

  • Photocatalysis
  • Biofuels
  • Waste Biomass Conversion
  • UPLC-MS/HPLC-ELSD method development for lignocellulose products
  • Microbiology and Biotechnology applications on biomass conversion

 Dr Carly Whittaker - Rothamsted Research

Carly is a post doc at Rothamsted Research. Her research focuses on assessing the environmental impacts of bioenergy supply chains.

Carly Whittaker Rothamsted Research SHARE Network

Main areas of interest:

  • Life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology
  • Biomass supply chain logistics
  • Energy crop agronomy 


Dr Chunfei Wu

Chunfei is a Lecturer at the School of Engineering at the University of Hull, UK. He has worked in the areas of converting renewable and waste resources to energy, fuel, and chemicals through catalytic thermo-chemical routes for more than 10 years. His research interests include biomass pyrolysis, biomass gasification, catalytic steam reforming, CO2 capture and utilisation, carbon nanotubes production from waste plastics, and the application of carbon nanotubes. He has been a principal investigator of several collaborative grants; White Rose Collaboration Fund, Royal Society International Exchange Scheme and Worldwide Universities Network. He has published more than 80 peer reviewed journal publications with >1400 citations with an ‘h factor’ of 23 (Google Scholar) in the areas of catalytic thermo-chemical conversion of wastes, and he is a Charted Scientist and a Member of Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2014, he has published 45 journal papers, and he is currently PIs in Hull University for 4 research projects (including EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions staff exchange project, EPSRC and Royal Society projects). His research group has 3 full-time PhD students and two academic visitors (from Xi’an Jiaotong University).

Research interests:

  • Biomass pyrolysis
  • Biomass gasification
  • CO2 adsorption
  • CO2 utilisation
  • Plastic gasification






 Dr Yang Yang - Aston University

Yang is currently a Research Fellow for the EPSRC funded SUPERGEN Bioenergy Challenge Project 14, based in EBRI at Aston University.

He joined EBRI as a doctoral student in 2010. His research project was about intermediate pyrolysis of biomass/waste material and use of pyrolysis oils as diesel engine fuels for renewable energy production. He completed his PhD in 2014. Prior to that, he did a 14-month industrial secondment under an EC Marie Curie IAPP project at WEHRLE-WERK AG in Germany.

In recognition of his Ph.D study at EBRI, he was awarded the prestigious "Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad" by the Chinese Ministry of Education’s China Scholarship Council in 2014.

Main areas of interest:

  • Biomass/waste
  • Pyrolysis
  • Combined Heat and Power




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