Prof Richard Bourne

Prof Richard Bourne

Profile

As a Research Chair of the Royal Academy of Engineering I am currently focussing of the development of digital technologies for rapid discovery and development of pharmaceuticals.

I am interested in the development of new sustainable processes with focus on continuous flow routes to pharmaceutical and fine chemical products. Our group is based within the Institute of Process Research and Development (IPRD).

 

Responsibilities

  • Digital Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies Group Lead

Research interests

I am a Professor at the University of Leeds.

I am interested in the development of new sustainable processes with focus on continuous flow routes to pharmaceutical and fine chemical products. Our group is based within the Institute of Process Research and Development (IPRD).

I am particularly interested in the use of automated flow systems combining online analysis, feedback control and evolutionary algorithms to provide process understanding and optimisation. This particularly interdisciplinary research at the interface between Chemistry and Chemical Engineering aims to develop processes at laboratory, pilot plant and manufacturing scales.

Grant: FLEXICHEM: Flexible Digital Chemical Manufacturing Through Structure/Reactivity Relationships – EPSRC

Grant: NanoMan: Self-Optimising Nanoscale Manufacturing Platforms for Achieving Multiscale Precision – EPSRC

Grant: Cognitive Chemical Manufacturing - EPSRC

Grant: Intensified by Design® For the Intensification of Processes Involving Solids Handling - IbD (EU)

Grant: Robust and affordable process control technologies for improving standards and optimising industrial operations - ProPAT (EU)

Grant: Driving down the cost of waste derived sugar - CelluPAT (Innovate UK)

Grant: Optimising the production of thermoset resins from MSW-derived sugars - OPTOMS (Innovate UK)

Grant: Multifunctional Electrochemical Flow Platform for High-Throughput Synthesis & Optimisation of Catalysts - MEPHISTO (EPSRC)

Grant: A Multifunctional Flow Platform For Enhanced Biobutanol Production - EPSRC Catalysis Hub

Grant: Self-optimising Reactors for Pharmaceutical Process Development (hosted at AstraZeneca)- Royal Academy of Engineering

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Process Research and Development
  • Digital Manufacturing and Emerging Technologies
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>
Projects
    <li><a href="//phd.leeds.ac.uk/project/1212-automated-dynamic-flow-system-for-efficient-mapping-of-reaction-design-spaces">Automated Dynamic Flow System for Efficient Mapping of Reaction Design Spaces</a></li>