Nikzad joined FairHeat after completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. He also holds a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London.

During his second year in Imperial College London, Nikzad worked as an Undergraduate Researcher. He spent his time in research work under the supervision of a PhD student on the Solar Hydrogen Project performing experiments on both bench-scale and large-scale photobioreactors to investigate biohydrogen production from photosynthetic micro-algae. Nikzad graduated from Imperial College London with First-Class Honours.

While pursuing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, Nikzad entered the Climate-KIC summer program across Europe with the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). As a Climate-KIC Journey participant, Nikzad was involved in a residential learning programme combining academic study and real-world experience focused on the issues around climate change. He led a team in developing a business proposal for an energy storage technology, which could be utilised in a residential setting.

Through these experiences in his academic career, Nikzad developed his interest in providing low carbon solutions to challenges in the energy system, which ultimately led him to FairHeat. Nikzad was strongly drawn by FairHeat’s Vision and the opportunity to deliver less carbon intensive heat networks.