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About Prof John Brammer

Prior to joining Chester in early 2016, John worked at Aston University as a Lecturer then a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering. He started at Aston in 1997 as a Research Assistant, and completed a PhD in 2001 in the production of energy from biomass. John obtained a Lectureship in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry subject group in 2002, and since then has developed his teaching across a range of subjects, as well as his research in the area of sustainable energy systems. He obtained a Senior Lectureship in 2013.

John moved to Chester in 2016 to take up a Chair in Chemical Engineering.  At Chester he has continued his teaching in the areas of heat transfer, process design, process simulation, process economics and sustainable energy, and also his research into sustainable energy systems.

Before entering academia, John worked extensively in industry, with both Rolls-Royce plc on aero gas turbine combustion, and with PowerGen plc primarily on stationary boilers. His employment record is as follows

2016 - present: Professor in Chemical Engineering, University of Chester

2013 - 2015: Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University

2002 - 2013: Lecturer, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University

1997 - 2002: Research Assistant, Bioenergy Research Group, Aston University.

1990 - 1995: Group Leader, Combustion Section, Power Technology, PowerGen plc., Nottingham

1983 - 1990: Technologist, Combustion Department, Engineering Division, Rolls-Royce plc, Derby



John teaches the following subjects to students on Chemical Engineering undergraduate programmes:

Heat Transfer to Level 4 and 6 students

Process Simulation to Level 7 students

Process Design Principles to Level 6 students

Process Economics to Level 6 students

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems to Level 6 students

Design Project to Level 6 students

MEng Research Project to Level 7 students

PhD Supervision

John has supervised nine PhD students to successful completion in various topics related to energy systems.  He is available to supervise new suitable applicants in the field of energy systems analysis, and design analysis and modelling of energy system components.


John's research interests are in the field of energy production systems, in particular bio-energy systems. He specialises in overall system modelling and analysis, and also in computational fluid dynamics analysis of individual plant components. He also carries out experimental research in gasification and pyrolysis systems.

Recent research funding

1 EC Marie Curie IAPP project;

1 Innovate UK Localised Energy Systems project;

2 EPSRC DTA grants under Supergen programme;

3 EPSRC Industrial CASE awards;

1 Innovate UK KTP award.

Published Work

Last five refereed publications

Hossain, A. K.; Serrano, C.; Brammer, J.; Ph.D.; Omran, A.; Ahmed, F.; Smith, D.; Davies, P. (2015). Combustion of fuel blends containing digestate pyrolysis oil in a multi-cylinder compression ignition engine. Fuel, accepted for publication, in press.

Yang, Y.; Brammer, J. G.; Mahmood, A.S.N.; Hornung, A. (2014). Intermediate pyrolysis of biomass energy pellets for producing sustainable liquid, gas and solid fuels. Bioresource Technology, vol 169, 794–799.

Wright, D. G.; Dey, P. K.; Brammer, J (2014). A barrier and techno-economic analysis of small-scale bCHP (biomass combined heat and power) schemes in the UK. Energy, vol 71, 332–345.

Gilbert, P. J.; Alexander, S. A.; Thornley P.; Brammer, J. G. (2014). Assessing economically viable carbon reductions for the production of ammonia from biomass gasification; Journal of Cleaner Production, vol 64, 581–589.

Wright, D.; Dey, P. K.; Brammer, J. (2013). A fuzzy levelised energy cost method for renewable energy technology assessment; Energy Policy, vol. 62, 315-323.


  • BSc with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering, University of Southampton, 1981
  • MEng in Engineering and Management, University of Durham, 1982
  • MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Technology, Loughborough University, 1997
  • PhD in bio-energy systems analysis, Aston University, 2001

Membership of Professional Bodies

Chartered Engineer, Member of the Energy Institute, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy