Research and innovation

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Our researchers have led significant industry-driven developments and engineered new technologies through high-profile collaborations

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chemical, engineering, research, innovation, materials, technology, postgraduate
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Cleaner catalytic converter

Our researchers are developing a 'cleaner' catalytic converter in partnership with industry

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Cars on a highway
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Pharmaceutical materials

We're working with AstraZeneca to give insight into pharmaceutical materials production

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chemistry equipment
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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.

We have strong links with Energy Leeds, the Bragg Centre for Materials Research, and the Institute of Process Research and Development.

Over 80%

of our research activity is

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

Over 100

academic and research staff

working with over 125 PhD researchers to deliver high-impact research

Top 100

in the world for Chemical Engineering

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

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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Collaborate with us

We’re constantly looking to work alongside forward-thinking external partners with whom we can work on impactful and innovative R&D projects to develop the technologies of the future.

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Benefit from access to our range of specialist facilities, from the Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre to laser diagnostics laboratories.

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