Manchester is the birthplace of electrical tomography and this group builds upon that reputation working with some of the world’s leading chemical engineering companies.

Tomography uses multipoint sampling to make measurements across three dimensional space. The comparative differences across the sampling nodes are in turn digitally processed, allowing real time analysis and feedback. The measurement system can use electrical impedance, electrical resistance, ultrasound, X-rays, or photon energy. It provides measurement where conventional monitoring instruments cannot be operated, due to either the nature of the containment or the process underway. Not only that, the results can produce on-line queryable three dimensional data and visual representations, allowing for a far greater degree of understanding of the process.

The main aim of our research is to advance these techniques and to help identify solutions for industrial processes. We work across different sectors including personal care, foods, fine chemicals, catalysis, and combustion.


Norouzi Rad, M., N. Shokri, and M. Sahimi. (2013) "Pore-Scale Dynamics of Salt Precipitation in Drying Porous Media", Phys. Rev. E, 88:032404.

Rodgers T, Gangolf L, Vannier C, Parriaud M, and Cooke M. (2011) "Mixing times for process vessels with aspect ratios greater than one", Chem. Eng. Sci., 66:2935-2944.

V. L. Kasyutich and P.A. Martin. (2011) "Towards a two-dimensional concentration and temperature laser absorption tomography sensor system", Applied Physics B, 102:149-162.


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Postgraduate Opportunities

We are always interested in receiving applications from high quality applicants at both PhD and PDRA level, please email us if you have an idea for a project.

For a full list of currently available positions see our postgraduate opportunities.

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