Dr Abby Samson

Dr Abby Samson is a lecturer in Fuels and Combustion for the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Prior to joining the Energy 2050 group in Sheffield in 2020, Dr. Samson was a Senior Lecturer in Engineering at the University of Lincoln (2013-2020).  She was also a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds (2011-2013).  Dr. Samson’s principal research interests lie in the field of sustainable energy.  She has over 15 years of experience in fuels research.  Her main area of expertise deals with the development of renewable energy from the thermochemical conversion of biomass including fundamental studies on biomass gasification, combustion and pyrolysis.  Dr. Samson also has a background in heterogeneous catalysis.   She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Leeds (2011) in the area of biomass conversion, a M.S. in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University, USA (2005) in the area of coal and carbon science and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, USA (2003).

Dr. Samson is a Member of the Committee for the Clean Energy Special Interest Group for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (CE SIG, IChemE).  She is also an Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, a Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the British Section of the Combustion Institute, the Flame and Energy Research Forum and is an associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable energy and fuels
  • Biomass
  • Waste to Energy
  • Materials recovery
  • Catalysis