Research and innovation

'Intelligent' manufacturing process

Leeds scientists are transforming the way medicines and other chemicals and produced

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Dr Richard Bourne from the University of Leeds with equipment that is helping to transform the way medicines and other chemicals are produced
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Our researchers have access to a range of specialist facilities, from the Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre to laser diagnostics laboratories

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Helping your business to thrive, grow and innovate

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for you to work with us, to access our research, expertise, training and facilities

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Research and innovation

Research in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering takes a multi-disciplinary and modern approach to Chemical Engineering, integrating world-leading analytical infrastructure and state-of-the-art physical science. The breadth of our capabilities allows us to take a true ‘atoms-to-products’ approach to process engineering and design, with impact across virtually all industrial sectors.

Over 80%

of our research activity is

'world leading' or 'internationally excellent', latest REF

Over 85

academic and research staff

working with over 225 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research

Top 100

in the world for Chemical Engineering

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019

Our research

Our research covers metallic alloys, carbons, ceramics, glasses & composites and also includes polymers, molecular systems as well as organic crystals, colloids, emulsions and even biological systems.

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Our research includes the development of novel routes for chemical production including bio-catalysis, biomass conversion, nanotechnology, and the development of renewable and low carbon energy.

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Our research involves the fundamental understanding of the interactions between different formulated product ingredients through multiscale experimentation.

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Collaborative links

Our researchers are working to develop and maintain clean, secure and affordable supplies as part of a sustainable energy future.

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Brings together scientists and engineers across a wide range of disciplines to work on both fundamental and applied research.

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Brings together experts from the fields of process chemistry and chemical engineering to develop new technologies for the fine chemical and pharmaceutical sectors.

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