About

Our Mission

Teesside University stands unwavering in its commitment to achieving net zero status by 2030. Spearheading this transformative journey is the distinguished £16.4 million Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre (NZIIC).

Designed to forge robust connections between industry, research facilities, and higher education, the NZIIC serves as the driving force propelling our region towards an ambitious goal to establish itself as the foremost and most expansive decarbonised industrial cluster by 2040.

Meet our team

Get acquainted with our esteemed team at the Net Zero Industry Innovation Centre, hailing from diverse research and industry backgrounds. Comprising accomplished professionals in management, esteemed academics, dedicated Ph.D. students, and accomplished postdoctoral fellows, our world-class research team sets the bar in their respective fields. With a focus on pioneering basic and applied research, we are poised to propel your journey toward a net-zero future with accelerated innovation.


Kristofer Poirier

Kristofer Poirier

PhD Research Student

David Hughes

Professor David Hughes

Associate Dean of Research & Innovation

Venkatesan Krishnan

Dr Venkatesan Venkata Krishnan

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Mardin Abdalqadir

Mardin Abdalqadir

PhD Student

Dr Kamal Elyasi

Dr Kamal Elyasi

Research Associate

Faizan Ahmad

Dr Faizan Ahmad

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dr Sean Williams

Dr Sean Williams

Research Fellow

Danial Qadir

Dr Danial Qadir

Research Associate

Humbul Suleman

Dr Humbul Suleman

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Dipal Patel

Dr Dipal Patel

Lecturer in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Maria Dimopoulou

Maria Dimopoulou

Senior Lecturer in Food Science & Technology

Elena Imani

Elena Imani

PhD Research Associate

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*The Net Zero project is receiving up to £8.85m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.