Research themes

Our world-class research is grouped around five different themes that overlap and support each other and several academic staff belong to more than one research theme. Each of the themes is cross-cutting in nature. The research skills and expertise ranges from the very fundamentals of theoretical chemical engineering science to experimental process development and optimisation in order to solve important multidisciplinary challenges.

Sustainable Engineering

Research in this theme explores the challenges that arise for industry from the drive towards sustainable development. The diverse but interrelated research covers process design, innovative manufacturing, life cycle sustainability assessment and optimisation, clean and clean-up technologies and sustainable use of resources (water, energy, bio-feedstocks).

The research in this area benefits from an integrated approach that combines science, engineering, environmental and socio¬economic analysis. Read more >>

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Process Development and Integration

Research in this area takes a holistic approach to the process, rather than focusing on individual unit operations, and includes pilot scale experimental work.

Part of the strategy for exploitation of research in this area is the continual transfer of technology through the Process Integration Research Consortium and spin out companies such as Process Integration Limited.

Another part of the group's strategy has been to re-invigorate our large-scale experimental pilot research. This has been achieved through significant investment in facilities and infrastructure. Success of the strategy has led to major industrial research support from companies such as Cameron and Unilever. Read more >>

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Molecular Systems and Biomaterials

This theme has a cross-disciplinary approach to molecular level engineering, spanning complexity levels from bioorganic soft matter to biological systems and integrating predictive molecular modelling.

This cross-disciplinary research at the interface between life sciences, engineering, materials science and the physical sciences facilitates collaboration with a broad range of industrial collaborators. Read more >>

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Multi-Scale Modelling

This theme addresses industry-relevant research challenges across length scales from atomic to macro by developing and using a full range of modelling methodologies including quantum mechanical, molecular dynamical, coarse graining and bulk scale modelling.

Computational studies are powerful tools to gain insight into fast reaction processes that cannot be obtained experimentally. The study enables one to make predictions and suggestions for novel experiments.

The research interests in CEAS are based on modelling, simulation and design and range all the way from studies at molecular level, to mesoscopic to macroscopic systems. Read more >>

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Instrumentation and Analytical Science

This theme is concerned with research into new instruments and analytical techniques for the measurement of a wide range of phenomena from nano-scale molecular processes in biological cells through to macro-scale chemical processes in industrial reactors.

To meet these measurement demands, the research develops new analytical methodologies and instrumentation exploiting a wide range of

  • advanced chemical, biochemical and physical sensors that utilise optical spectroscopies
  • complex mass spectrometries such as secondary ion mass spectrometry
  • Infrared and Raman imaging for medical diagnostics
  • laser gas analysis
  • laser trapping
  • polymer microfabrication
  • microfluidics and optical fibre sensing

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