The University of Sheffield
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Professor Peter Styring

UG Programme Tutor - MEng Chemical Engineering with Chemistry
Professor of Chemical Engineering & Chemistry
Professor of Public Engagement


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Professor Peter StyringBSc. PhD. CEng. CChem. FIChemE. FRSC

Key Skills and Experience

Professor Peter Styring’s expertise lies in the field of catalysis and functional materials, together with their continuous flow processing that allows reactions to be rapidly taken from the Discovery scale to the Production scale over a short time scale. Peter is now regarded as one of the world experts in Carbon Capture & Utilisation (CDU) with increasing expertise in CDU policy.

Professor Styring is an author of the highly influential Carbon Capture and Utilisation in the Green Economy policy document that has received global acclaim. Professor Styring is working with government through consultation on future strategies for CDU both at national and European level.

Professor Styring is Chair of the CO2Chem Network, the largest global network of academics, industry and policy makers with interests in CDU. The network currently has 900 members and is continually growing. Giving network members access to a vast database of knowledge and potential collaborators in this exciting field of research.

Professor Styring has considerable expertise in catalysis and physical & synthetic organic chemistry having previously been a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry sponsored first by Thorn EMI and then DERA. He gained a BSc and PhD in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield before going on to work in Spain and the USA before moving back to the UK. Professor Styring is currently working on novel solid carbon capture agents combined with solid supported catalysts that can act in tandem and so reduce process costs while increasing energy efficiency. Professor Styrings work in CDU is extended through efforts in the production of polymers, small molecules and liquid fuels, using the commercially viable products as energy stores from renewable power.

Professor Styring was also an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow form 2006-9, working on TV, radio and the printed media with a focus on one of his other research interests, Snowsports Engineering. Professor Styring presented a number of programmes on TV and eventually became a film maker, producing films for 5 News, Current TV and new media channels. That work continues within CO2Chem with the production of films for public engagement.

Research Interests

  • New materials for carbon dioxide capture
  • Catalysts for carbon dioxide utilisation (CDU)
  • Absorber and reactor intensification for CDU
  • Process design for energy and economically efficient CDU
  • Life Cycle Assessment in CDU
  • CDU Policy and Public Engagement
  • Snowsports Tribology

Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDU)

  • Director of the CO2Chem Network (, part of the EPSRC Grand Challenge in the Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Director of the UK Centre for Carbon Dioxide Utilisation (CDUUK) based at Sheffield
  • UK Member of the ICCDU International Scientific Board
  • Member of the European Taskforce on Carbon Dioxide Reuse
  • Managing Director of CO2Chem Media & Publishing Limited

Professional Activities

  • Chartered Engineer & Chartered Chemist
  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Numerous Plenary Lectures, Keynotes and Invited Seminars
  • Consultant on Carbon Dioxide Utilisation
  • Chair of the CO2Chem Network
  • Chair of the 2015 Faraday Discussion on Carbon Dioxide Utilization
  • Regional Chair of the 2017 ICCDU conference which will be held for the first time in the UK
  • Member of the ICCDU International Scientific Board
  • UK Coordinator for the FP7 Regions of Knowledge SCOT consortium
  • EPSRC College Member
  • Member of the IChemE Publication Medals Board
  • Participant in numerous external administrative/policy activities
  • Expert Panel Member for FOM, Netherlands
  • Moderator for DECC in 4 Kingdoms Initiative
  • European Parliament STOA expert group on CO2 to methanol
  • Member of European Task Force on Carbon Dioxide Re-use

Recent Grants Awarded

  • SCOT (Smart CO2 Transformations): FP7 Regions of Knowledge consortium with Belgium, France and the Netherlands (2013-2016)
  • Industrial Carbon Capture Storage and Utilisation: Department of Energy and Climate Change contract (2013-2014)
  • 4CU (A Coordinated, Comprehensive Approach to Carbon Capture and Utilisation: EPSRC Programme Grant EP/K001329/1 with UCL, QUB and University of Manchester (2012-2017)
  • CO2Chem Grand Challenge Network Continuation: EPSRC EP/K007947/1 (2012-2017)
  • Carbon Capture and Utilisation in the Green Economy: CLCF Policy Document authoring with ECN, The Netherlands (2011)
  • Utilising CO2 in Synthesis and Transforming the Chemicals Industry: EPSRC EP/H035702/1 (2010-2012)


  • 2007 IChemE Hanson Medal
  • 2012 Nova Institute Award for Innovation in CDU

Recent Key Papers

P. Styring, D. Jansen, H. de Coninck, H. Reith& K. Armstrong, 2011. Carbon Capture and Utilisation in the Green Economy. CO2Chem Media & Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-9572588-1-5.

P.L. Lau, R.W.K. Allen & P. Styring, 2013. Continuous-flow Heck synthesis of 4-methoxybiphenyl and methyl 4-methoxycinnamate in supercritical carbon dioxide expanded solvent solutions. Beilstein J. Org. Chem., in press.

K. Armstrong, G. Dowson, & Styring, P., 2013. Recent Advances in Catalysts for Carbon Dioxide Utilization. The Catalyst Review, 26(2), 6-13.

M.L. Taylor, R.H. Elder, P. Styring & R.W.K. Allen, 2013. Improved solvation routes for the Bunsen reaction in the sulphur iodine thermochemical cycle: Part I - Ionic liquids. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2013, 38(4), 1765-1774. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2012.10.034

P. Styring, 2012. Polymer-Supported Palladium Catalysts for Suzuki and Heck Reactions, Solid Phase Organic Synthesis. Ed. P.J.H. Scott, Volume 2(Chapter 7), 69-78. Wiley. ISBN: 978-0-470-56665-7

P. Styring, A.F. Routh & S. Parkinson, 2012. Friction reduction using self-waxing alpine skis. Sports Engineering, 15, 117-127.

P. Styring & K. Armstrong, 2011. Catalytic carbon dioxide conversions to value-added chemicals. Chimica Oggi-Chemistry Today, 29, 34-37.

O. Aschenbrenner, P. McGuire, S. Al-Samaq, P. Styring, S. Supasitmongkol, J. Wood & B. Al-Duri, 2011. Adsorption of carbon dioxide and nitrogen on hydrotalcite-like compounds of different compositions. Chemical Engineering Reaction and Design, 89, 1711-1721: invited paper submitted for carbon Capture and Storage Special Issue.

S. Supatitmongkol & P. Styring, 2010. High CO2 solubility in ionic liquids and a tetraalkylammonium-based poly(ionic liquid). Energy & Env. Sci., 3, 1961-1972.

O. Aschenbrenner & P. Styring, 2010. Comparative Study of Solvent Properties for Carbon Dioxide Absorption. Energy Environ. Sci., 3, 1106-1113. DOI:10.1039/c002915g

O. Aschenbrenner, S. Supasitmongkol, M. Taylor & P. Styring, 2010. Measurement of Vapour Pressure of Ionic Liquids and other Low Vapour Pressure Solvents. Green Chem., 12, 2268-2273.

O. Aschenbrenner, S. Supasitmongkol, M. Taylor & P. Styring, 2009. Measurement of Vapour Pressure of Ionic Liquids and other Low Vapour Pressure Solvents. Green Chem., 11, 1217-1221. DOI: 10.1039/b904407h

P. Styring & A.I.R. Parracho, 2009. From discovery to production: Scale-out of continuous flow meso reactors. Beilstein J. Org. Chem., 5, No. 29. doi:10.3762/bjoc.5.29

P. Styring & N.T.S. Phan, 2008. Supported Phosphine-free Palladium Catalysts for the Suzuki-Miyaura Reaction in Aqueous Media. Green Chem., 10, 1055-1060.