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Energy Champions

Energy Champions have been selected from early career researchers to support the development of stronger research networks and wider engagement in the initiative's activities.  

Energy Champions: 

Dr Mark Ainslie, EPSRC Early Career Fellow, Department of Engineering


Mark is a EPSRC Early Career Fellow in the Bulk Superconductivity Group, part of Division C (Mechanics, Materials and Design) of the Department of Engineering. He is also a Junior Research Fellow at King's College. From 2012-2017, he was a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow in the same research group. He is currently working on engineering interactions of conventional, magnetic and superconducting materials for electrical applications. This project is focused in particular on the design of an axial gap, trapped flux-type superconducting electrical machine.

Mark received his BE and BA degrees from the University of Adelaide, his masters from the University of Tokyo and his PhD from the University of Cambridge.


Dr Chi Kong Chyong, Research Associate, Judge Business School


Kong is a Research Associate in the Judge Business School and Director of the Energy Policy Forum, University of Cambridge

Kong holds a PhD in Energy Economics and Policy from Cambridge Judge Business School and an MPhil in Technology Policy from Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge, he worked as a researcher at the National Academy of Sciences in Ukraine. Since completing his PhD, Kong has been a research associate at EPRG working mostly on natural gas market modelling and Eurasian gas trade relations as well as on energy infrastructure investment (natural gas pipelines, carbon capture & storage technologies, renewable energy technologies). Kong speaks English, Russian and Vietnamese.


Dr Dan Credgington, Royal Society University Research Fellow, Department of Physics


Dan received his PhD from UCL in 2010, where he worked on nano-scale patterning and characterisation of conjugated organic molecules. He subsequently joined Imperial College London as a post-doctoral researcher working on methods to measure the impact of recombination on the performance of organic solar cells, and the link between morphology and device function. In 2012, he joined the Cavendish Optoelectronics group, in collaboration with the commercial OLED developer CDT. In 2014 he took up a Royal Society University Research Fellowship focussing on understanding the behaviour of excitons within modern organic LEDs, and how they can be controlled. Within the wider Optoelectronics group his interests encompass organic and hybrid heterojunction solar cells and new electrode materials for organic devices. He is the Energy Materials theme coordinator for the Cambridge NanoDTC, a Cambridge Nanoforum fellow and an Official Fellow and College Lecturer at Emmanuel College.


Executive Committee and President of the Cambridge University Energy Network


The objectives of the Cambridge University Energy Network are as follows:

  • Promote the sharing of ideas and opinions in the context of energy generation in a sustainable manner.
  • Promote cross-disciplinary research and publication by providing a forum to collaborate successfully.
  • Bring together diverse academic disciplines to address the social, technical, political, economic, security, geological and environmental challenges in the generation of energy.
  • Promote the concept of a holistic and cross-disciplinary approach to energy research and teaching within the university.
  • Work with academic staff to generate framework for teaching, supervising research and funding a holistic and cross-disciplinary energy programme within the university