Upul Wijayantha awarded a PhD from University of Bath in 2000. He worked in Hydrogen Solar Ltd to develop the twin cell technology for renewable production of hydrogen, which was extended to US as well. In 2007 he moved to Loughborough University and continued research in hydrogen generation technologies, including catalytic methane cracking, photoelectrolysis and water hydrolysis.  He became the Head of the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems in Cranfield University in May 2022. Upul currently serves on two technical task groups of the IEA looking at renewable hydrogen technologies, and is part of the team behind HyDEX, a project aiming to accelerate innovation in hydrogen by supporting SMEs to develop the technologies and skills needed for the emerging hydrogen economy. He recently worked with Midlands Engine, Energy Research Accelerator, academics, industries and local government representatives to develop the UK Midlands pan regional green growth plan. He leads industrial engagement in the UK Research and Innovation Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy, and is a co-director of the EPSRC’s CDT in Sustainable Hydrogen. He is the immediate past Chair of the RSC Electrochemistry Group.