• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    1. Dual Hydrogen Refuelling/Electric Charging Station (DHREC) Fuelled by Biofuels: A Smart Energy System for Net-Zero Targets
    2. Electrolysers economic improvement by designing a hybrid hydrogen production system
    3. Bio-syngas fueled system for Hydrogen, Heat and Power cogeneration

    Personal profile


    Dr Amiri is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) with a demonstrated background of working in the higher education sector.  He has more than 10 years of experience in hydrogen and fuel cells R&D with a specific focus on relevant processes modelling and simulation. He has received a PhD from Curtin University (Australia) where he developed a computational tool for fluidised bed reactor optimisation. His research was in collaboration with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO, Australia) and awarded John A Brodie Medal by Engineers Australia. During his postdoctoral research, Dr Amiri worked on an Australian Research Council Linkage project that aimed to develop a modular simulator for thermal management and scale-up of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology.

    He joined Aston University in 2016 as a lecturer in Chemical Engineering to develop the process simulation and computation teaching line at BEng and MEng levels. He has developed a new process computation module (CE3021) and an innovative computer-based assessment method published in the IChemE journal of Education for Chemical Engineers. 

    Dr Amiri has initiated biofuels and fuel cell system integration research at Aston since 2017 to realise both sectors’ potential in the fast-growing hydrogen economy. To this end, he links Birmingham’s leading universities (Aston and UoB) to add up their biofuel and fuel cell research capabilities. He serves as the representative of the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) in hydrogen relevant bodies such as the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Hub (H2FCSupergen) and Energy Research Accelerator (ERA). Dr Amiri is Aston PI for research collaborations in UK’s big hydrogen-based projects including Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) and HyDEX (https://www.era.ac.uk/hydex).

    Before his PhD, Dr Amiri had 4 years experience of working in the natural gas industry as a process engineer. He had supervised 6 PhD students (2 completed).


    • PhD in Chemical Engineering
    • MSc in Chemical Engineering
    • BSc in Chemical Engineering

    Research Interests

    • Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 
    • Process modelling and simulation, digital process engineering
    • Renewable Energies 
    • Decarbonisation

    Teaching Activity

    Undergraduate Modules

    • CE2105: Process Simulation (Module leader)
    • CE3021: Process Computations (Module leader)
    • CE3003: Chemical Engineering Design Project
    • CE1002: Design and Build
    • CE2PSC: Process Simulation and Control (Module leader)

      Postgraduate Modules

    • CE4023: Advanced Process Simulation (Module leader)
    • CE4011: Advanced Research Project


    • 2022 – Present: Senior Lecturer, Aston University. 
    • 2016 – 2021: Lecturer, Aston University. 
    • 2017 – Present: Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Curtin University.
    • 2013 – 2016: Research Associate, Curtin University.
    • 2013 – 2015: Associate Lecturer, Curtin University.
    • 2009 – 2013: Research and Teaching Assistant, Curtin University.

    PhD Supervision


    1. Clyde Batista (Main supervisor, Aston University). Project: Solid Oxide Fuel Cell lifetime modelling and measurement for biofuels applications;
    2. Abdelnasir Omran (Associate supervisor, Aston University): Project: Techno-economic study of proton exchange membrane fuel cell hybrid vehicle (PEMHFCHV) with a focus on overall efficiency and power consumption;
    3. Mohammed Kazeem Ayodeji (Associate supervisor, University of Birmingham). Project: Integrating an IT-SOFC-based Power Plant with a Renewable Powered SOE, Methanation Reactor and MCFC for CO2 Capture


    1. Konstantinos Zoupalis (Main supervisor, Aston University): Project: Control design for mSOFC with a focus on lifetime and performance improvements;
    2. Shi Tang (Associate supervisor, Curtin University): Project: Multi-scale Modelling and Optimization Study on the Thermal Management of SOFC.
    3. Hossein Dashti (Associate supervisor, Curtin University): Project: Carbon Dioxide Capture using Gas Hydrates Technology

    PhD projects in hydrogen production and fuel cell area are available. Potential applicants are welcome to contact Dr Amiri via email ([email protected])  

    Contact Details

    Phone number: 0121 204 3169
    Email: [email protected] 
    Room number: MB110C

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
    • Member of EPSRC Peer Review College
    • Member of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Research Hub (H2FCSupergen) advisory board

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
    • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert

    Award Date: 1 Sept 2018

    External positions

    Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Curtin University

    15 Jan 2017 → …


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