The MPhil and PhD programmes in Chemical Engineering attract students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds such as statistics, maths, electrical engineering, chemistry and physics. You may work on multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with colleagues across the University or from external organisations.
Research in the School of Engineering is cross-disciplinary and our strategy is to ensure that our research groups grow and provide a balanced portfolio of activities for the future. This is achieved in part through MPhil and PhD supervision.
Every article, instrument, machine or device we use depends for its success upon materials, design and effective production. We work on a wide range of materials topics including:
- new material development
- optimising of materials processing
- testing and evaluation at component scale and at high spatial resolution
- failure analysis.
Much of our work relates to materials and processes for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency, carbon capture and storage. We also use biological and bio-inspired processes to develop new functional materials.
The Group Head is Professor Lidija Siller.
Since 2008 we have:
- won over £3m in research funding from EPSRC, EU and industry
- published more than 90 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings
- seen more than 20 PhD students graduate
- delivered more than 40 invited, keynote and plenary talks at International Conferences including a plenary at Nanoscale Multilayers, Madrid 2013 (Bull).
Process intensification is the philosophy that processes can often be made smaller, more efficient and safer using new process technologies and techniques, resulting in order of magnitude reductions in the size of process equipment. This leads to substantial capital cost savings and often a reduction in running costs.
The Group Head is Professor Adam Harvey. Professor Harvey's research focuses on Oscillatory Baffled Reactors (OBRs), biofuel processing and heterogeneous catalysis.
The group's research income since 2008 is approximately £9 million, from a diverse range of funders including the:
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- European Union
- Technology Strategy Board (TSB)
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
- Carbon Trust.
Notable grants include an EPSRC Platform grant, involvement in two SUPERGEN projects and an ERC Advanced Grant. The group is also active in a number of areas of EPSRC's recently established Catalysis Research Hub.
- seen 20 PhD students graduating from the group
- 130 Publications
- 2,500 citations
- given over 50 invited talks
- 20 visiting researchers
- received the IChemE Brennan Medal 2008 (Reay and Harvey).
Quality and Ranking
We rank in the top 150 for Chemical Engineering - QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.
Working with industry
Industrial involvement is a part of some PhDs and covers a wide range of activities such as:
- food processing
- water treatment systems
- process intensification technology
- solvent extraction
- polymer reactors
- process modelling and control
- design of electrochemical reactors and fuel cells
- clean technology.
The School of Engineering has a wide range of Chemical Engineering facilities for teaching and research. These include:
- Bioprocessing laboratory
- Centre for Process Innovation
- ExxonMobil Design Suite
- Hiden Catlab
- Electron microscopy
- X-ray powder diffraction
- Chemical analysis laboratory.