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Dr Aiduan Borrion
Chadwick Building
Gower Street
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  • Associate Professor
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

I am an Associate Professor and Co-director of the Circular Economy Lab at UCL. From Sept 2019, I become the Programme Director of our very popular Masters degree course - MSc in Environmental Systems Engineering.

I am serving as the European Editor of Environmental Engineering Science, the official journal of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP). I am also a member of the peer review panel for British Council Newton Fund and a Judge for Global CleanTech Challenge. I hold a PhD in Environmental Engineering and Clean Energy Technology from UCL. 

Research Summary

My research interest lies in bioresource technology and sustainability, with two key focus areas. 

The first area of my research is focused on developing quantitative sustainability methods and tools to support the design and delivery of technology, systems and services to help achieve net zero, using a life cycle assessment (LCA) approach.  My research integrates environmental LCA, life cycle costing (LCC) and social LCA to support decision making, including energy, water, food, packaging and waste services etc.  

For this area of research, I have contributed my LCA expertise to the £27m BBSRC Sustainable Bioenergy Centre (2010-2015). My ongoing projects including the €5.5m H2020 project (NOMAD) on developing biofertiliser from biogas effluent, £4.4m Innovate UK project (the Power Drive Line) on solid state car battery design, and the £4.4m UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Centre for Mineral-based Construction Materials. 

Alongside my research, I offer consultancy services in the area of life cycle assessment (LCA), net zero and sustainability to external organisations and provide peer review services for LCA works through UCLC Consultancy. 

The second area of my research is focused on bioresource technology, recovering valuable chemicals and energy from biomass, including anaerobic digestion (AD), biorefinery, and advanced biofuel from biomass. My lab is equipped with state of art facilities including BMP and auto-fed digesters.

For this area of research, I am involved in various AD and biofuel projects in the UK, Asia (China and India) and South America (Chile, Colombia and Haiti), including closing the loop waste-energy-food: applying anaerobic digestate in urban agriculture, food waste AD in China, co-designing AD systems with artisanal fishing communities in Colombia.

My team consists of the following members:

1. Dr Mairi Black (Senior Research Fellow)
2. Haodong Lin (Research Assistant)
3. Sarah Hunter (PhD student)
4. Xiaowen Zhu (PhD student)
5. Berill Takacs (PhD student)
6. Mingjie Yi (PhD student)
7. Dr Judy Zhang (visiting researcher)
8. Dr Rob White (Visiting researcher)

Teaching Summary

I am the module coordinator of Life Cycle Assessment (CEGE0059), a postgraduate module, and contribute to teaching in Civil Engineering in Practice (CEGE0021), a core module of our civil engineering programme. I am also involved in project supervision at undergraduate, MSc and PhD level.

In addition, I run a regular short course (twice a year), aiming at industrial professionals and policy-makers, entitled "Conducting a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): from Theory to Practical Application". The course is supported by UCL Life LearningInvestment Fund and developed in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthurFoundation. in 2018, I won the Sustainability Education Award for developing and delivering this course. I also offer this LCA course as in house training to organisations looking to equip their staff with the necessary skills and knowledge for achieving Net Zero and sustainability targets. The course are offered as advertised or with bespoken elements.


For more information about this course, please visit http://bit.ly/LCACourse

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