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Staff Profile



Associate Professor


School of Engineering
University of Warwick
T:   024 765 23118
W:   Sustainable Thermal Energy Technologies

Research Interests

Stan is Associate Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the School's Mechanical and Process Engineering stream. His research is focused around solar energy, energy storage, phase change materials, recovery of waste heat, thermo-chemical storage and upgrading of thermal energy and thermally driven cooling technology. He is a member of the Sustainable Thermal Energy Technologies research group. The group undertakes research in low carbon energy technologies and design essential to underpin a sustainable built environment.

Our brochure of facilities and capabilities gives an indication of the equipment we have and what we can do. Our laboratories recently underwent a further £2M extension and refurbishment that have brought new capabilities in many areas of analysis.

Work on Solar Energy, Thermal Systems and Energy Storage is central to much of the research carried out within the University of Warwick's Global Research Priority (GRP) on Energy, for which Stan is the academic theme lead in Thermal Energy and Solar Energy Research Themes. He is also closely involved with Warwick's flagship project I-STUTE, one of EPSRC's centres for End Use Energy Demand.

Current research projects include:

Previous research projects have included:

PhD projects

Applications are welcomed from those wishing to study towards a PhD and can be via the online application system. Applicants should include a description of the proposed research topic, which can be discussed prior to submission of the application. It may be beneficial (in terms of available resource) for proposed PhD study to be aligned with the topic of a current research project. Please have a look at the web pages for the Sustainable Thermal Energy Technologies research group for some background into the sorts of thing in which we are interested.

Views from recent STET graduates:
Some examples of general areas for PhD research topics:
  • thermal energy storage (domestic/ industrial/ grid scale)
  • district heating systems (technologies/ controls)
  • integration & utilisation of solar thermal systems
  • industrial waste heat

Examples of undergradute student projects:

What are project students doing now?:

Sally Biddlecombe went on to work in sustainability with Arup's building services team.

Rob Sharpley went on to work with chocolate (-another type of phase change material!) for Nestle.

Research Projects

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Post Graduate Supervision

  • Rheology and flow of phase change material slurries
  • Performance/monitoring of photovoltaics and effects of shading
  • Flat plate solar collector performance analysis with dynamic conditions and its optimization decisions
  • Domestic thermal energy storage
  • Heat transfer in solar absorber plates with microchannels