Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Sheila Samsatli

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Contact details

Room: Wessex House 7.28
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 384799

PhD, MSc, AMIChemE


Sheila is the 50th Anniversary Prize Fellow in Chemical Engineering and a member of academic staff.

She is leading a growing group of researchers developing large-scale optimisation models for integrated multi-scale systems: single technologies, systems at district, regional and national levels. Her projects include developing value chain models for hydrogen, biomass, syngas and CO2; hydrogen injection into the natural gas grid, funded by BEIS and EPSRC. She is the PI of an EPSRC/Newton Fund project to develop a model for biomass value chains in Malaysia. She is leading the modelling subtask of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydrogen Implementing Agreement Task 38 Power-to-Hydrogen-to-X.

She received a “high commendation for outstanding contribution in research (Sir William Wakeham Prize 2016)” during her post-doctoral appointment at Imperial College London.

She is a key developer of the Energy Technologies Institute's Biomass Value Chain Model, which is currently being used by the ETI, BEIS and ETI's industrial members to drive bioenergy policy in the UK.

She is guest associate editor of a special issue in Frontiers in Energy Research journal on "Integrated Energy Networks and Sustainable Value Chains".

Sheila is the pioneer of the Value Web Model, a concept that transcends traditional supply chains by modelling circular pathways and interlinking value chains. This has a wide range of applications at different spatial and temporal scales, including integrated energy systems, water networks, supply chains for food, chemicals etc. and the circular economy. 


Sheila received her PhD in Chemical Engineering from University College London in 2012 and then worked as a Research Associate at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College until June 2016.

PhD supervision

Sheila is available to supervised research degree projects.  She is keen to supervise PhD projects on the following topics; please e-mail her if you are interested:

  • Biomass value chain modelling: energy vs food production and/or food-energy-water-environment nexus
  • Optimisation under uncertainty
  • Efficient methods for large scale optimisation models
  • Application of methods in Artificial Intelligence (e.g. Constraint Programming) for planning and scheduling of chemical plants
  • Optimising energy and/or water systems in cities
  • Mathematical programming and game theory for decision-making.



  • CE30122 MEng Research Project


Sheila’s research interests focus on multi-scale mathematical modelling and optimisation and their application to chemical engineering problems such as process synthesis and integration, whole systems design and operation, production planning and scheduling, supply/value chains, location and transportation problems and so on. In the particular, she has great interest in the following:

  • Multi-vector energy networks comprising technologies for conversion, storage and transport
  • Value chain modelling (biomass, CO2, etc.)
  • Heat, electricity, transport fuels, alternative energy vectors (e.g. hydrogen, syngas, methanol, ammonia)
  • Water exchange/distribution networks
  • Optimisation under uncertainty (stochastic analysis, robust optimisation etc.)
  • Efficient methods for large scale optimisation problems (e.g. decomposition)
  • Mathematical programming and game theory for decision-making
  • Application of methods in Artificial Intelligence (e.g. Constraint Programming) for planning and scheduling of chemical plants

Current research projects 

  • EPSRC/Newton Fund project on biomass value chain modelling in Malaysia (Grant No. EP/P018165/1)   
  • BEIS/EPSRC-funded project on hydrogen injection into the natural gas grid (PhD student: Chris Quarton)
  • URS-funded project on modelling and optimisation of renewable hydrogen and CO2 value chains (PhD student: AndrĂ© Pereira)
  • IEA HIA Task 38 Power to Hydrogen to X
  • CO­2 as a feedstock for fuels and chemicals: whole-systems value chain modelling
  • Integrated multi-vector energy networks and value chains
  • Resource management in cities and energy parks
  • Value web modelling: working with international researchers to configure my models for their countries 


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