Tosin Somorin


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I am keen to develop innovative clean energy technologies and integrated energy solutions for sustainable and resilient energy futures, particularly for rural communities, informal settlements, areas with limited or no energy access including remote or disaster affected areas.

I joined the University of Strathclyde as a Lecturer/Chancellor Fellow in Energy in July 2019, bringing on-board 8 years’ multidisciplinary research experience in Applied Sciences and Engineering. Prior to this, I was at Cranfield University as a Research Fellow in Energy Systems, where my research in faecal biomass conversion led to the development of a novel sanitary micro-combustor for on-site conversion of human waste to energy. This was part of the development of the Nano-Membrane Toilet, a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) for people lacking access to modern sanitation. I also contributed to other high-value research projects including RAEng funded project in collaboration with ASOMECSA and Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia, and BMGF “Faecal Waste Drying Characterisation" project with University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa and Swansea University, UK.

I hold a PhD in Gas Turbines, Fuels and Applications from Cranfield University, UK (2015), MSc in Biotechnology from the University of Hertfordshire, UK (2010) and a BSc in Microbiology from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria (2006). I have worked in environmental consulting with extensive experience in compliance monitoring and environmental impact assessment. Some of the leading projects involved clients such as Shell, Escravos GTL, Daewoo Nigeria and Brass LNG and, research on aspects of microbiology, environmental and analytical chemistry with investigation on water, air and soil quality. Others were focused on waste water treatment; effluent monitoring, bio-degradation and remediation of crude oil in various environments.

I am an Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a member of the Energy Institute and Society for Applied Microbiology, with ongoing commitments to encouraging girls to a career in STEM. I have 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.

Research Interests

My research interests cover the areas of, but not limited to:

  • fuel and waste characterisation
  • waste recovery and utilisation
  • integrated bioprocesses and technologies
  • thermochemical conversion of carbon-based fuels
  • design and testing of innovative energy technologies and processes, including complex design of laboratory- and pilot-scale rigs, process modelling and simulation
  • energy systems planning, modelling and analysis
  • environmental impact and sustainability assessment
  • feasibility studies (e.g. techno-economic and life cycle cost assessment)

Available PhD Projects

Source Detection and Treatment of Microplastics

Clean energy technologies for a rapidly developing world


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