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Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Dr Jonathan Nixon

School/Department: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Position: Senior Lecturer

Biography

In 2013 I was appointed as a Lecturer in Renewable Energy Engineering at Kingston University, and I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2015. My background is in mechanical engineering, which I studied at Aston University. As part of my undergraduate degree, I did an industrial placement year working at SolidSolutions Management Ltd, where I lectured and instructed company clients in the use of SolidWorks: a 3D modelling Computer Aided Design (CAD) package. After completing my undergraduate degree, I went on to do a PhD, followed by a postdoctoral post at Aston University.

As a member of the sustainable technologies research centre at Kingston University, I carry out research utilising interdisciplinary engineering methods to advance and promote the sustainable development of bio-energy and solar energy systems. For my PhD I designed, developed and tested solar thermal collectors for use in alternative hybrid solar-biomass power plant applications in India. My current research projects involve the deployment of bio-energy solutions for the provision of energy services in the UK, India and Pakistan.

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • 2013 - 2014 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - Kingston University: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • 2012 - 2013 Introduction to Learning and Teaching in Higher Education - Aston University
  • 2009 - 2012 PhD - Aston University 2012
  • 2008 - 2009 Certified SolidWorks Professional and Instructor
  • 2005 - 2009 BEng - First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering, Aston University

Research Interests

Specific areas of interest include but are not limited to:
Energy from biomass
Thermochemical and biochemical conversion technologies
Solar thermal energy
Municipal solid waste management
Provision of waste and energy services for developing countries
Supply chain optimisation
Decision support systems
Multi-criteria decision making

Teaching Area

Teaching topics include bio-energy, solar energy, life cycle assessment, green engineering, project management, computer aided engineering and advanced product design.

Other Professional Activity

RESEARCH PROJECTS
Royal Society and Department of Science & Technology, UK-India Scientific Seminar, Sustainable Energy Recovery from Waste Biomass, £12,000, 2015 [Principal Applicant]

British Council and Higher Education Commission, Knowledge Economy Partnerships Pakistan-UK, Biomass Resource Utilisation for Clean Energy Production and Socio-economic Development in Rural Areas, £40,000, 2015 – 2018 [Principal Applicant]

British Council, UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), Municipal solid waste to energy: Decision Support System for supply chain design, in collaboration with Jadavpur University, and Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India, 2012 – 2015 [Co-Investigator]

British Council, UK-India Education and Research Initiative (UKIERI), Climate change issues and environmental performance of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in India and the UK, 2012 - 2015 [Co-Investigator]

Oglesby Charitable Trust and Department of Science Technology, Business models and commercial scale implementation of bioenergy plant in Northern India, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Technology, Roper, India, 2012 - 2013 [Post Doc]

Research Councils UK (EP/G039992/1) and Department of Science and Technology, Science Bridges: Bio-energy: technology and business solutions for the UK and India, 2009 - 2012 [PhD Student]

PhD SUPERVISION
Diana Vienescu, Sustainable synthetic fuels from waste biomass for the aviation industry

OTHER ACTIVITIES & AWARDS
Chaired a Solar Energy Technical Session at the XIII World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC), 2014

Outstanding Reviewer, Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, 2014

Gave a plenary speech and participated in an open house interactive session with international experts from seventeen countries at the 4th International Conference on Solid Waste Management, Hyderabad, India, 2014

Guest Editor for Journal Special Issue: Bio-energy: technology and business solutions, International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 2013

Review papers for international journals including Energy, Renewable Energy, Journal of Cleaner Production, Energy Conversion and Management, International Journal of Electrical Power and Energy Systems and International Journal of Energy Sector Management (IJESM)

On the International Scientific Committee for the International Conference on Solid Waste Management (IconSWM)

External PhD Evaluator for Mehran University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan.

PUBLICATIONS
H.Y. Yap, and J.D. Nixon: A multi-criteria analysis of options for energy recovery from municipal solid waste in India and the UK. Waste Management, In press (2015)

J.D. Nixon, P.K. Dey, P.A. Davies, S. Sagi and R.F. Berry: Supply chain optimisation of pyrolysis plant deployment using goal programming. Energy, 68, 262-271. (2014)

J.D. Nixon, P.K. Dey and P.A. Davies: An interdisciplinary approach to designing and evaluating a hybrid solar-biomass power plant. International Journal of Energy Sector Management, 7(3), 321–337. (2013)

J.D. Nixon, D.G. Wright, P.K. Dey, S.K. Ghosh and P.A. Davies: A comparative assessment of waste incinerators in the UK. Waste Management, 33(11), 2234–2244. (2013)

J.D. Nixon, P.K. Dey S.K. Ghosh and P.A. Davies: Evaluation of options for energy recovery from municipal solid waste in India using the hierarchical analytical network process. Energy, 59, 215–223. (2013)

J.D. Nixon, P.K. Dey and P.A. Davies: Design of a novel solar thermal collector using a multi-criteria decision-making methodology. Journal of Cleaner Production, 59, 150–159. (2013)

J.D. Nixon, P.K. Dey and P.A. Davies: The feasibility of hybrid solar-biomass power plants in India. Energy, 46(1), 541–554. (2012)

J.D. Nixon and P.A. Davies: Cost-exergy optimisation of linear Fresnel reflectors. Solar Energy, 86(1), 147-156. (2012)

J.D. Nixon, P.K. Dey and P.A. Davies: Which is the best solar thermal collection technology for electricity generation in north-west India? Evaluation of options using the analytical hierarchy process. Energy, 35(12), 5230-5240. (2010)

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
J. D. Nixon, D. Wright, P. K. Dey, J. A. Scott, S. Sagi and S. K. Ghosh: Issues and challenges of implementing waste-to-energy practices in India, World Renewable Energy Congress XIII, London, UK. (2014)

J. D. Nixon, P. K. Dey, S. Sagi and R. F. Berry: A mobile pyrolysis plant in India generating biofuels from residues straws, 4th International Conference on Solid Waste Management (IconSWM), Hyderabad, India. (2014)

P. K. Dey, S. K. Ghosh, and J. D. Nixon: Characteristics, Issues and Challenges of Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to Energy Supply Chain: Comparative Analysis of India and the UK, 4th International Conference on Solid Waste Management (IconSWM), Hyderabad, India. (2014)

J.D. Nixon, Z. Engineer, A. Hossain and P.A. Davies: A hybrid solar-biomass power plant for India, World Renewable Energy Congress XI, Abu Dhabi. (2010)


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Email:
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Phone:
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