Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering. Before joining Coventry University in 2016, I was a Senior Lecturer in Renewable Energy Engineering at Kingston University London. I gained my PhD from Aston University whilst working on hybrid solar-biomass power plants. As a Research Fellow, I assisted in the development of pyrolysis plants for generating bio-fuels from agro-residues in India. My research has been published in several leading scientific journals (Energy, Solar Energy and Journal of Cleaner Production) and, as a guest editor, I have managed journal special issues. I am on international scientific committee panels for several international conferences and I am an external examiner for other higher education institutes. My current research projects involve the provision of energy services in the UK, India, China and Pakistan.


My research explores interdisciplinary engineering methods to advance and promote the sustainable development of renewable energy systems. By integrating energy systems modelling and optimisation methods with operations research techniques, I aim to develop cost-effective carbon reduction solutions. I have a particular interest in developing and implementing sustainable energy solutions to support economic development and social welfare in developing countries.

Areas of Expertise:

Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Thermochemical and biochemical conversion technologies
  • Solar and wind energy
  • Energy systems modelling and optimisation
  • Waste and energy services for developing countries
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Computer aided engineering
  • Supply chain optimisation
  • Decision support systems
  • Multi-criteria and multi-objective decision making

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Research Output 2010 2018

A life cycle assessment of options for producing synthetic fuel via pyrolysis

Vienescu, D. N., Wang, J., Le-Gresley, A. & Nixon, J. 20 Oct 2017 In : Bioresource Technology. 249, p. (in press)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

life cycle
environmental impact
1 Citations

Energy recovery from waste in India: An evidence-based analysis

Nixon, J., Dey, P. & Ghosh, S. Jun 2017 In : Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments. 21, p. 23-32 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Refuse incinerators
Waste management
Waste disposal

Modelling and evaluating a solar pyrolysis system

Sánchez, M., Clifford, B. & Nixon, J. 7 Oct 2017 In : Renewable Energy. 116, p. 630-638 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Solar energy
Quality control
1 Citations

Construction and Experimental Study of an Elevation Linear Fresnel Reflector

Nixon, J. D. & Davies, P. A. 1 Jun 2016 In : Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME. 138, 3, 10 p., 031001

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Heat losses
Heat transfer
2 Citations

Designing and optimising anaerobic digestion systems: A multi-objective non-linear goal programming approach

Nixon, J. D. 29 Aug 2016 In : Energy. 114, p. 814-822 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Anaerobic digestion
Nonlinear programming

Activities 2014 2017

Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development

Nixon, J. (Keynote Speaker)
1 Nov 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Multidisciplinary Issues of Wind Turbines in Cold Environments

Nixon, J. (Co-organiser)

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Kingston University

Nixon, J. (Visiting lecturer)
2016 → …

Activity: Visiting an external academic institution

Newton Fund Panel Reviewer

Nixon, J. (Reviewer)

Activity: Reviewer of proposals for funding


Outstanding Reviewer – Emerald Literati Network 2014 Awards for Excellence

Jonathan Nixon (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)