ORCID: 0000-0003-2598-8935
ResearcherID: M-6599-2018
Dr Saim
Memon CEng FHEA
Head of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engg, Course Director at London South Bank University
London, England, United Kingdom
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Dr Saim Memon is the Head of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering Research Group, Senior lecturer and Course Director at London Centre for Energy Engineering, London South Bank University, London, UK. He studied PhD in Renewable Energy in Buildings (Vacuum Insulated Smart Windows) as part of EPSRC Funded CALEBRE Project at School of Mechanical, Electrical & Manufacturing Engineering (Loughborough University, UK), PGCert Teaching Qualification (University of Aberdeen, UK), MSc in Mechatronics (Staffordshire University, UK), BEng (Hons) in Electrical Engineering MUET. He is Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and having Qualified Teacher status by General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).


His research experiences are on are on: energy-materials for vacuum-insulated-smart-windows to net Zero Energy Buildings; vacuum based photovoltaic solar thermal collector; applied semi-transparent photovoltaics and electrochromic films; translucent vacuum insulation panel; renewable energy technologies; thermoelectric devices for energy harvesting applications with vacuum-insulation; smart-grid integration to electric-vehicles with fast charging battery mechanism and; harvesting the concentrated solar irradiations to useful electrical energy.


He published over 60 research articles in the form of journals, book-chapters, patent-provisional, conferences, book-editor, newsletter and magazines. In 2020, he published 23 research articles. He has over 7 recent journals published & recognised as 4* for REF 2021. He raised funding of £261,789 from H2020, Innovate-UK, The IET/IMechE Engineering-Education-Grant-Scheme EEGS, DAIWA-Anglo-Japanese, Royal Academy of Engineering participation and Newton-Fund participation grants. He leads international collaborations. He has been invited speaker in numerous conferences/workshops and presented research findings and developed collaboration with researchers in the UK, Europe, USA, UAE, Japan, Australia, Thailand, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Kenya, Peru, South Africa, Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, China and Hong Kong. 


He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering with international collaboration of 14 countries worldwide. He was also an Editor-in-Chief for the book on Advanced Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Harvesting Applications, it attracted worldwide collaborations.  He holds a Guest Editor role in Sustainability on a special issue of Renewable Energy and Advanced Smart Vacuum Insulations Technologies for Zero Energy Buildings (2019-2021). He also holds a Guest Editor role in Energies on a special issue in Applied Solar Thermal Energy (2020-2021). He is a recognised reviewer of over 18 prestigious journals by Elsevier, Springer, IEEE, Taylor & Francis and MDPI publishers.


He taught 34 BEng/MSc modules and supervised over 25 BEng/MSc/PhD projects. He demonstrated and evidenced his excellent track record in Teaching and Supervision practices throughout his career. He developed and led a project that engaged local London Engineering students on Solar Car Challenge as part of the IET IMechE Engineering Education Grant Scheme. He also organised and chaired international and national conferences. He is founder of DEEE Society at LSBU for students’ academic engagement. He has outstanding volunteer contributions throughout his academic career as evidenced on his profile such as: he contributed to the society as vice-chairman of The IET Young Professionals; elected Executive Officer at Staffordshire University Students Union; elected committee member of Postgrad Taught Students at NUS UK; elected vice-chair at Loughborough University Postgraduate Association; elected honorary secretary and committee member at Vacuum Group Institute of Physics; and many more volunteer roles he held and served our UK community.

Research Interests
Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering
Electric Vehicle and Renewable Energy Integration
Renewable Energy
Fast Charging Batteries for Electric Vehicles
Vacuum Glazing
Hybrid Vacuum Glazed Photovoltaic-Thermal Collector
Magneto-Thermoelectric Generator
Vacuum Thermoelectric Elements
Advanced Smart Insulation Materials
Waste Heat Energy Storage
Thermoelectric for Energy Harvesting Applications
Hermetic Glass Edge Sealing Materials and Laser Weld
Ultra-High Vacuum Sealing Materials
Sustainable Low Carbon Infrastructure
Zero Energy Buildings
Translucent Vacuum Insulation Panel
Thermal and Sound Insulations of Windows
Smart Intelligent Windows
Finite Element Modelling of Heat and Mass Transfer
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Technologies
Triple Vacuum Glazing
Transparent Photovoltaics Thin Films
Microchannel Heat Sink Mechanism
Engineering Education
Professional Skills
Engineering Education
Renewable Energy
Sustainable Buildings
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Solar Energy
Research Experience
Guest Editor: Special Issue- Applied Solar Thermal Energy
MDPI|August 2020 - Present Dear Colleagues, It is our great pleasure to invite you to submit a manuscript to a Special Issue of Energies focusing on the novel research and developments of applied solar thermal energy technologies for sustainable low-carbon infrastructure. The modern distinction is a future of worldwide solar smart cities prompted by the increasing daily demand for energy by the global population. The adoption of the abund
MDPI|January 2020 - Present
Special Issue "Renewable Energy and Advanced Smart Insulation Technologies for Zero Energy Buildings (ZEBs)" Web-Link:
Lead School of Engineering: Equality and Diversity
London South Bank University|June 2017 - December 2019
Editor-in-Chief Book: Advanced Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Harvesting Applications
IntechOpen London|June 2018 - October 2019

Book: Advanced Thermoelectric Materials for Energy Harvesting Applications [Authors from UK, Greece, Japan, USA, Israel, Iceland, Brazil, Chile and Italy] 



Project Manager of Outreach Engineering Education for London Students
London South Bank University|October 2017 - October 2019
External Examiner of MSc Science and Engineering Programmes
Manchester Metropolitan University|August 2018 - September 2018
Leader in Degree Apprenticeship Program
London South Bank University|September 2016 - December 2017
Lecturer in Electrical Engineering
London South Bank University|August 2016 - December 2017
Lecturer in Electrical Engineering
North East Scotland College|September 2014 - August 2016
Vice-Chairman and Committee Member The IET
The Institution of Engineering & Technology|June 2010 - July 2016
Technologist-Research Engineer (Post-Doctoral Research Engineer)
The Technology Research Centre Ltd|May 2014 - August 2014
Teacher Renewable Energy (Distance Learning Tutor-Part Time)
Loughborough University|October 2011 - August 2014
Vice Chair (Postgraduate Association Committee)
Loughborough University|December 2012 - September 2013
PhD Researcher (EPSRC Funded-CALEBRE Project-EP/G000387/1)
Loughborough University|October 2010 - April 2013
Executive Officer (Non-Portfolio, Part time)
Staffordshire University|July 2009 - July 2010
Committee Member (Postgrad Taught Students in the UK)
National Union of Students UK|June 2009 - July 2010
Editor-in-Chief International Journal of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering
Akademia Baru Publishing (M) SDN BHD|June 2020
Course Director
London South Bank University|June 2019
Head of Solar Thermal Vacuum Engineering Research Group
London South Bank University|January 2019
Expert Contributor: Research and Educational Portal/Magazine
Vacuum Science World|July 2018
  • To provide a centralised education and information portal for all things relating to vacuum science.
  • Enable those in research, education, science and engineering to learn, collaborate and share knowledge and experiences from the world of vacuum science.
Senior Lecturer in Electrical Engineering
London South Bank University|January 2018
Founder and Academic Lead of DEEE Society
London South Bank University|October 2016
Committee Member (Past Honorary Secretary) IOP Vacuum Group
Institute of Physics|October 2013
  • Support/organise the technical meetings and events within the vacuum group.
  • Writing meeting annual general and committee meeting agendas, minutes and distribution to the committee on time. Participate and serve within the vacuum group on past actions, events and organising events.
  • Keeping record of meeting and notices of meeting times and places and requests contributions of items for the agenda.
University of Aberdeen
2015 - 2016
Postgraduate , Teaching Qualification (60 credits at SCQF level 11) 
Loughborough University
2010 - 2013
Doctor of Philosophy , Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Staffordshire University
2008 - 2010
Master of Science , Mechatronics
Mehran University of Engineering and Technology
2004 - 2008
Bachelor of Engineering , Electrical Engineering

 (Distinction, 83.36%, CGPA 3.7/4)

Invited Speaker, World Renewable Energy Congress (
Portugal, EU 2021
World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC), World Rene
Chair the Renewable Energy Technology session and
Southwest Jiatong University, China Dec 2020
Newton Fund and British Council Researchers Links
Keynote Speaker
Nizhny Novgorod State Technical University, Russia Oct 2020
Conference of Economic aspects of Energy Efficienc
Invited Speaker
Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MPEI), Moscow, Russia Oct 2020
XVII International Conference on Renewable & Small
Chartered Engineer
Oct 2018
Engineering Council UK
Registered Qualified Teacher
Apr 2017
General Teaching Council for Scotland
Fellow Member of Higher Education Academy (Advance HE)
Dec 2017
Advance HE

Patent (Provisional)


  • Memon, S. 2020. Semi-Transparent Photovoltaic and Electrochromic layered Vacuum Glazing (STPVE-VG) for Adaptive Solar Control with Sound and Thermal Insulation for Buildings and Vehicles, US Patent, provisional, 62942164.
Media Publications
Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference Summary
Vacuum Science World News | 2019
Interview with Dr Saim Memon
Vacuum Science World News | 2019
Status and Future Developments in Solar Thermal Vacuum Systems Engineering
Institute of Physics | 2018
Prizes and Awards
Research Participant Fund
Newton Fund and British Council Researchers Links UK-China (9-11 Dec 2020) International Workshop on Renewable Energy and Latent Heat Storage Integration for Buildings, University of Birmingham and Southwest Jiaotong University, China. | 2020
Research Participant Fund
Conference of Economic aspects of Energy Efficiency of the EU (ECENEF) of Erasmus+program, 08-11th of July 2019, Nizhny Novgorod State Technical Universit. Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Sponsored by UNECE and 30 Years of Jean | 2019
Research Participant Fund
Newton Funds Researcher Links UK-Russia Workshop on Scientific and Technical Grounds of Future Low-Carbon Propulsion, Newcastle, UK. | Sep 2018
Research Participant Fund
Newton Fund and British Council Researchers Links UK-Kenya (18-21 Sept 2018) International Workshop on How Resilient Manufacturing can solve the unemployment problem in Kenya University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya. | Jun 2018
Research Participant Fund
Newton Fund and British Council Researchers Links UK-Novosibirsk (22-25 Nov 2018) International Workshop on Medical Imaging Alliance: Siberia and UK Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk Russia. In c | Jun 2018
Research Participant Fund
Newton Fund and British Council Researchers Links UK-Peru (South America) (08-12 Oct 2018). International Training Workshop on Microplastic Debris, Instituto del Mar del Perú (IMARPE) in Callao, Perú, South America. | Jun 2018
Research Participant Fund
Newton Fund Researchers Links Thailand-UK (28-31 March 2018) International Workshop on Advanced Materials for Environmental Protection, National Science and Technology Development Agency, 111 Thailand Science Park, Khlong Nueng, Khlong Luang, 12120, Pathu | Mar 2018
Research Participant Fund
UK-China Researchers Link Workshop on the Electrification on the Road Transport (WERT18) (17-20 Dec 2018), supported by Tianjin University and Loughborough University. Tianjin, China. | Dec 2018
Researchers Fund
World Sustainable Energy Days (Young Energy Researchers) Award for Conference Paper Presentation, Austria, EU. | Nov 2018
Project Fund
LSBU NSS/progression project Fund: Enhancing the Experimental Research Quality and Innovations of BEng/MEng Project Students in EEE Division on Solar Thermal Vacuum Systems Engineering for Improving NSS, Progression and Developing Case Study for Recruitme | Nov 2018
Research Participant Fund
RAE Frontier of Engineering for Development Workshop Grant at Oxford, UK 17-20th September 2017, Oxford, UK. | Sep 2017
Research Participant Fund
Newton Fund Researchers Links (14-18 August 2017): International Workshop on Heritage Refurbishment Assessment Scheme, University Kebangsaan, Penang, Malaysia. | Jul 2017