Jeni Spragg


I have an MEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bath, during which I spent one semester carrying out research in New Zealand.  During my MSc year at the CDT for Bioenergy here at Leeds, I completed  research projects on the pyrolysis & gasification of municipal solid waste and on the transition to alternative fuels in the European Union. I have two years industrial experience at a major operator in the oil and gas industry, predominantly working on gas processing and process safety. I have also completed policy research fellowships at the UK Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales.

Research interests

I am interested in the role of bioenergy in the chemical production processes of the future. What sets bioenergy apart from other renewable energy sources is its flexibility - not only does it produce power and heat, there is the possibility to create chemicals, fuels and high value products that would otherwise be sourced from fossil fuels. If we are to decarbonise the economy we will have to learn how to capitalise on these opportunities with innovative processes. 

My PhD focusses on the production of hydrogen by advanced reforming of bio-compounds, including steam reforming combined with CCS, and sorption-enhanced chemical looping steam reforming. Through process modelling, I hope to form an analysis of these processes as potential methods for the large-scale production of low-carbon hydrogen.


  • MEng Chemical Engineering

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Integrated Energy Research