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I am an Associate Professor and Chartered mechanical engineer with a PhD in Automotive Engineering which focused on improving the accuracy of chassis dynamometer vehicle emissions measurements through a forensic examination of the existing procedures to identify sources of error, and assessment of potential approaches to mitigating these errors.

I have extensive expertise in the field of automotive engineering with over 17 years of experience in the planning, management and delivery of industry-linked R&D projects with OEM’s, fuel companies, SME’s and other research institutions. My funded research has been in the form of direct, industry-funded collaborative R&D, or R&D led by industry through funding bodies such as the DTI, TSB or InnovateUK. My core expertise consists of three main strands:

  • The evaluation and accurate measurement of engine/vehicle performance, fuel consumption and emissions
  • Development of gasoline and diesel aftertreatment systems
  • Diesel/biodiesel fuel performance and stability 

My core research has required me to build inter-disciplinary collaborations with academics within the departments of Biology, Chemistry and Chemical engineering, particularly in the areas of alternative fuels and aftertreatment systems. These collaborations have been extremely successful and resulted in joint research proposals and the delivery of multi-faceted R&D projects.


  • Automotive
  • emissions
  • fuels
  • Chassis dyno
  • vehicle fuel consumption
  • RDE

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Projects 2007 2020

Testing and Validation of On-Vehicle Catalytic Fuel Reformer for Clean, Efficient Combustion

Bannister, C.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

On-Board Hydrogen Production for Cleaner Vehicles

Bannister, C. & Cox, A.


Project: Central government, health and local authorities

IAA - NOx Aftertreatment Development

Bannister, C., Akehurst, S. & Cox, A.


Project: Research council

Research Output 2004 2019

Assessing the impact of FAME and diesel fuel composition on stability and vehicle filter blocking

Gopalan, K., Chuck, C., Roy-Smith, C. & Bannister, C., 15 Jan 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)
Open Access
Fuel systems
Diesel fuels
Fuel filters

Degradation Of Diesel In A Modern Fie System

Smith, C., Gopalan, K., Chuck, C. & Bannister, C., 10 Sep 2017. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Fuel filters
Diesel fuels
Antiknock rating
Direct injection
Exhaust gases
34 Citations (Scopus)

Modelling and control of hybrid electric vehicles (a comprehensive review)

Enang, W. & Bannister, C., Jul 2017, In : Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 74, p. 1210-1239 RSER-D-16-01913R1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hybrid vehicles
Fuel economy
Fuel consumption


Catalytic Routes to Liquid Aviation Fuels from Lignocellulosic Feedstocks

Author: Donnelly, J., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Chuck, C. (Supervisor), Bannister, C. (Supervisor) & McManus, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Renewable liquid transport fuels from microbes and waste resources

Author: Jenkins, R., 29 Jan 2015

Supervisor: Chuck, C. (Supervisor) & Bannister, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Robust real-time control of a parallel hybrid electric vehicle

Author: Enang, W., 27 Jun 2017

Supervisor: Bannister, C. (Supervisor) & Brace, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Vehicle and engine biodiesel investigations

Author: Ali, H., 1 Aug 2011

Supervisor: Hawley, J. (Supervisor) & Bannister, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Vehicle emissions measurement

Author: Bannister, C., 2007

Supervisor: Hawley, J. (Supervisor) & Brace, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD