Meet the School
Read interviews with our current academics and profiles of our Chemical Engineers both past and present to discover more about the heritage and diversity of the School.
Meet the School 1st April 2019
Specialty: Sustainable Chemical Engineering Can you please describe your research, for the layman, in ten sentences or less? My research focuses on the environmental and economic assessment of industrial processes, so that we can identify more sustainable ways to produce every day products such as food and fuels. I do this by taking a life […]
Meet the School 5th March 2019
Speciality: Process integration of separation systems Can you please describe your research, for the layman, in ten sentences or less? Process integration aims to understand and exploit interconnections within chemical process systems by modelling and optimising them. These synergies can help to improve efficiency in terms of energy use, CO2 generation, materials consumption and use […]
Meet the School 20th February 2019
Speciality: Process Systems Engineering & Process Intensification Describe your role in the school My role in the school covers mainly (scientific & engineering) research and teaching activities, but I am also involved in the industrial activities of the Process Integration Research Consortium with the aim to promote inter-/multi-disciplinary initiatives, and establish and foster collaborations. I work […]
Meet the School 13th February 2019
Speciality: Carbon Materials Can you please describe your research, for the layman, in ten sentences or less? Carbon is an amazing material, think of charcoal compared to diamond compared to graphite: all three pure carbon, all three completely different. Our group tries to tailor the properties of carbon materials for applications in renewable energy storage and […]
Meet the School 13th December 2018
Can you please describe your research, for the layman, in ten sentences or less? Sure, so my research is all about making chemicals that we currently get from oil using microorganisms – using living cells. There are lots of different microorganisms that nature has designed that make plastics, surfactants (the molecules that are in cleaning products), […]
Meet the School 26th November 2018
Speciality: Heterogeneous Catalysis Can you please describe your research, for the layman, in ten sentences or less? I work to improve or find novel uses for heterogeneous catalysts, zeolites, made up aluminium and silicon oxides. These powders are acidic, similar to concentrated acids such as sulfuric or nitric, but unlike those acids are powders and […]
Meet the School 30th August 2018
Our heterogeneous catalysis research is based on sold materials, either in a gaseous environment or a liquid environment. And these are used for emission control, for example in a car exhaust. Or to make fine chemicals or to make clean, sustainable energy.
Meet the School 24th February 2017
And on top of that there’s the MECD project, where we’re bringing the engineering schools together. It’s really quite an exciting period in the development of the University and I’m really looking forward to being involved and working in that building.
Meet the School 27th January 2017
It’s a place of global interest, it attracts the best people from all over the world, and that’s the first thing you need to drive your research forward. So, it’s very important.
Meet the School 21st December 2016
Well nowadays consumers are more aware of the sustainability impacts of their activities, what we call the environmental footprint. So through my research I’m contributing towards making our consumption habits more sustainable. And also, informing the public how small changes can make a big impact, a big difference, to the whole environment.