Research in Chemical Engineering

Much of the Chemical Engineering related research is undertaken by members in four Research Institutes within the School of Engineering; the Institute for Materials and Processes, the Institute for Energy Systems, the Institute for Bioengineering and the Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids

Institute for Materials and Processes

Our vision is to produce world class research to advance engineering applications of materials, fluids and processes, and to provide a high quality and creative research environment. We use experimental, computational and theoretical methods to shed light on the underlying engineering science. Our research tackles important societal challenges ranging from reducing CO2 emissions, to sustainable energy, clean water, and medical diagnostics and therapeutics.

Institute for Energy Systems

The Institute for Energy Systems joins researchers from the Chemical, Electrical Engineering and Electronics and Mechanical disciplines. IES conducts world-class research on the conversion, transmission and utilisation of many forms of renewable and conventional energy. It also covers the systems that control the conversion, transmission and utilisation of many forms of energy. Activities in chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering range from fundamental research to applied work and from "blue-skies" activity to pre-commercial development. Research areas include: Energy and Climate, Machines and Power Electronics, Marine Energy and Power Systems.

Institute for Bioengineering

The Institute for Bioengineering is a highly interdisciplinary and growing research institute, bringing together academics from all engineering teaching disciplines. We collaborate with external researchers in biology and medicine to bring engineering expertise to research and develop innovative diagnostic, therapeutic and real-time monitoring biomedical devices and technologies. Our research ranges from the scale of individual molecules to that of the human body, and includes themes such as: regenerative medicine, chemical analysis of cells and tissue, synthetic biology, bio-sensing, bio-inspired materials, bio-mechanics, and healthcare engineering. Our extensive bioengineering labs offer a wide range of equipment and support for students in their research projects.

Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids

The Institute for Multiscale Thermofluids (IMT) brings together researchers from Chemical and Mechanical Engineering. IMT's world-leading research explores multiphase, phase-change, interfacial and reacting flows of continuous and non-continuous fluids. A strong focus lies on scale-bridging phenomena, from the nano- to the macro-world. Applications include capillary flows, complex fluids, evaporation, fuel combustion, coupled heat/mass/momentum transfer, rarefied gas dynamics and wetting.

Chemical Engineering Research
Material Science in the Stuctures Lab
Waves generated during two-phase flow - DNS result generated by TPLS
Waves generated during two-phase flow - DNS result generated by TPLS
Bubble Distribution diagram
Bubble Distribution