Meet the Team


Professor Andrew Barron

Swansea University, Principal Investigator

Professor Andrew R. Barron is the Sêr Cymru Chair of Low Carbon Energy and Environment, where his research involves the application of nanotechnology to fundamental problems in energy research. He is also the founder and director of the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI)

Dr Enrico Andreoli

Swansea University, Senior Lecturer

Dr Enrico Andreoli is a Senior Lecturer at the Energy Safety Research Institute of Swansea University. His research focuses on the understanding, development, and application of materials and processes for sustainable energy production and transmission. In particular, the main focus is carbon dioxide capture and utilisation.

Dr. Carmen M. Fernandez-Posada

Swansea University, Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Carmen is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the Energy Safe Research Institute of Swansea University since January 2017. Her current research involves nanomaterials and coatings for industrial applications in order to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions, as well as, new materials for Carbon Capture and Storage. Her Background is in synthesis and characterization of many different types of materials. She received a PhD degree in Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies from Autonomous University of Madrid (Madrid, Spain), a MSc in Synthesis and Catalysis from Rovira I Virgili University, (Tarragona, Spain) and a 5 years-degree in Chemistry from Complutense University of Madrid (Madrid, Spain). Her PhD project was on synthesis and characterization of multiferroic materials at ICMM-CSIC (Madrid, Spain). Previously, she had worked on catalysis at Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (Tarragona, Spain) and on liquid crystals at Complutense University of Madrid (Madrid, Spain).

Dr. Charles W Dunnill

Swansea University, Senior Lecturer

As the world moves more to renewable energy resources there is a growing challenge to balancing YOUR energy requirements and the availability of renewable sources. Charlie advocates and researches the use of Hydrogen as the perfect universal energy carrier to store, transport and utilise these renewable energy supplies. Charlie is now a senior lecturer at the new Energy Safety Research Institute at Swansea University with an MSc in Chemistry from Nottingham and a PhD in nanomaterials from Glasgow University. His previous posts at UCL Chemistry include a prestigious Ramsay Fellowship and a post-doc in photocatalytic self-cleaning materials and photocatalysts working with Prof. Ivan Parkin. In his spare time, Charlie plays canoe polo, a game likened to 5-a-side Rugby but in boats.
Charlie is an associate editor for RSC Advances and recognised for teaching as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Dr Louise Hamdy

Swansea University, Research Assistant

Louise is a FLEXIS research assistant at the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI) in Swansea. She completed her Masters degree at the University of Glasgow, which included an industrial research placement with Sasol Technology UK, and she obtained her PhD in supramolecular chemistry from the University of Bath. Her interests lie in the area of functional materials, with particular focus on adsorbent properties. She is currently working on the development of cross linked polymers for carbon capture and is investigating the effect of cross-linking, hydrophobicity and temperature of adsorption on their CO2 uptake behaviour. Louise also has interests in science outreach, communication and conservation and over her career she has participated in several science fairs and projects.