Geoff Maitland is Professor of Energy Engineering at Imperial College London, with a career that has straddled industry and academia. He studied Chemistry at Oxford University where he also obtained his doctorate in Physical Chemistry. After a period as an ICI Research Fellow at Bristol University, he was appointed to a lectureship in Chemical Engineering at Imperial College in 1974. He spent a secondment with ICI Plastics Division from 1979-81 and became a senior lecturer in 1983.
In 1986 Geoff moved to the oil and gas industry with Schlumberger, where he led research in oilfield fluids engineering for well construction, reservoir stimulation and production enhancement. He held a number of senior technical and research management positions in Cambridge and Paris, most recently as a Research Director. He rejoined Imperial College in September 2005 as Professor of Energy Engineering and his current research covers clean and efficient fossil fuel production and use, with particular emphasis on carbon dioxide capture and storage processes, recovery of non-conventional hydrocarbons including methane hydrate production and energy-related reactor engineering. He was Director of the Shell-Imperial Grand Challenge Programme on Clean Fossil Fuels from 2006 to 2011 and is the founding Director of the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre (QCCSRC), a $70m, 10 year research collaboration with Qatar Petroleum, Shell and Qatar Science and Technology Park, which started in 2008.
Geoff is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Energy Institute. In 2006 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was awarded the Hutchison Medal by the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1998 and served as President of the British Society of Rheology from 2002-2005. He was awarded the IChemE Chemical Engineering Envoy Award for 2010 for his media work explaining the engineering issues involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill. In 2011 he chaired the independent review of the UK Offshore Oil and Gas Regulatory Regime (‘The Maitland Report’) and in 2012 received the Rideal Lecture Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry.