The process analysis group is involved in the development of new methods for in situ and ex situ industrial process analysis in order to increase our understanding of processes and also for monitoring and control purposes.
The group is particularly strong in the area of process tomography for investigating spatial properties of reactor systems through electrical resistance, electrical capacitance and optical tomography (Rogers, Martin). In situ laser spectroscopic methods have also been developed for real-time process gas analysis (Martin). This led to the creation of the University spin-off company TDL Sensors Ltd. Other developments include process monitoring through optical sensing with fibre optics such as for the detection of hydrogen (Scully). X-ray spectroscopies have been developed by Schroeder's group for in situ analysis of key industrial systems.
The group are members of the leading UK process analytics group: Centre for Process Analysis and Control Technology (CPACT) (Martin).