Professor Elaine Martin OBE FREng FIChemE CEng

Professor Elaine Martin OBE FREng FIChemE CEng



University of Leeds

Head of School of Chemical and Process Engineering, 2015 – 2021

Director of EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Molecules to Product

Newcastle University,

Acting Head, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, 2013 - 2014

Deputy Head, School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, 2010 - 2013

Dean of Research, Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering, 2003 - 2006

Heads of Chemical Engineering UK (HCEUK),

Chairman of HCEUK, 2015 - 2017Member of EPSRC Capital and Equipment Strategic Advisory Team, 2017 -


UK Funding Bodies Membership

EPSRC Equipment Panel, 2015

Member of EPSRC/RAEng Economic Benefits of Engineering Steering Group, 2014

Steering Group Member of RAEng Industrial Secondment Scheme, 2013 -

Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, 1998 -

Chairman of the EPSRC Technical Opportunities Panel, 2006 - 2007

Member of EPSRC Council, 2006 - 2007

Trustee/Membership/Directorship of External Bodies

Member of the Trustee Board of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 2015 -

Member of the Board of Governers for Leeds University Technical College, 2016 -

RAEng - Member of Fellowship Appointments Panel , 2015

Member of Research Excellence Framework Sub-Panel 12:

Aeronautical, Mechanical, Chemical and Manufacturing Engineering , 2011 - 2014

Member of the RAE Sub-Panel (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering), 2005 - 2009


Awarded OBE for Services to Science, 2010

Appointed Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, 2012

IChemE Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering award, 2012

IChemE Chemical Engineering Project of the Year Award, 2012

Attendance at Buckingham Palace Reception in recognition of contribution to UK Science & Engineering, 2009.


  • Director of CDT in Molecules to Product

Research interests

Throughout my career, my goal has been to deliver research of the highest quality from both from a peer-review and industrial partner perspective. As an industrial statistician and engineer, I have worked at the interface of disciplines’ as this is where research challenges typically materialise. My strength of working with other disciplines has ensured that process/product understanding is integrated into the objectives of the research, thereby ensuring that the outcomes can be used in practice. By adopting this philosophy, my research has made significant contributions to R&D in the UK chemicals, specialty chemicals, food &drink, home and personal care (HPC) and bio/pharmaceutical sectors. In summary my expertise lies in the area of transforming data available from processes and products into information and ultimately knowledge that can be used to characterise the system under investigation with the goal of aiding decision making with regard to the objectives of the study.

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  • PhD (Statistics) Glasgow University
  • BSc (Statistics) Glasgow University
  • BSc (Civil Engineering) Glasgow University

Professional memberships

  • Fellow IChemE
  • Fellow Royal Statistical Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Complex Systems and Processes
  • Institute of Process Research and Development
  • Industrial Biotechnology and Bio-waste

Current postgraduate researchers

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