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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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Biomass Engineering & Materials Science
Pyrolysis Engineering & Materials Science
Exergy Engineering & Materials Science
Electricity Engineering & Materials Science
Costs Engineering & Materials Science
Power plants Engineering & Materials Science
Anaerobic digestion Engineering & Materials Science
Potential energy Engineering & Materials Science

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Research Output 2010 2020

  • 407 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 17 Article

Alternative operational strategies for wind turbines in cold climates

Stoyanov, D. & Nixon, J., 6 Aug 2019, In : Renewable Energy. 145, p. 2694-2706 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Wind turbines
Wind power
Water content

Assessment of energy potential of date palm residues in Khairpur district, Pakistan

Kumar, S., Harijan, K., Jeguirim, M., Nixon, J. & Soomro, M. I., 15 May 2019, In : Biofuels. (In-press), p. (In-press) 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Potential energy
potential energy
9 Citations (Scopus)
15 Downloads (Pure)

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

Vienescu, D. N., Wang, J., Le-Gresley, A. & Nixon, J., Feb 2018, In : Bioresource Technology. 249, p. 626-634

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Synthetic fuels
Life cycle
life cycle
7 Citations (Scopus)
5 Downloads (Pure)

Environmental Management and Corporate Social Responsibility Practices of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Dey, P. K., Petridis, N. E., Petridis, K., Malesios, C., Nixon, J. & Ghosh, S. K., 10 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Cleaner Production. 195, p. 687-702 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
small and medium-sized enterprise
Environmental management
environmental management
variance analysis
6 Citations (Scopus)
13 Downloads (Pure)

Modelling and evaluating a solar pyrolysis system

Sánchez, M., Clifford, B. & Nixon, J., Feb 2018, In : Renewable Energy. 116, p. 630-638 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Solar energy
Quality control

Activities 2014 2017

Kingston University

Jonathan Nixon (Visiting lecturer)
2016 → …

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

Multidisciplinary Issues of Wind Turbines in Cold Environments

Jonathan Nixon (Co-organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Newton Fund Panel Reviewer

Jonathan Nixon (Reviewer)

Activity: OtherReviewer of proposals for funding


Outstanding Reviewer – Emerald Literati Network 2014 Awards for Excellence

Jonathan Nixon (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)