Associate Professor David Harbottle

Associate Professor David Harbottle


David Harbottle (DH) is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta. Trained as a Chemical Engineer (MEng, Leeds 2004), he has specialized in colloid and interfacial science, and rheology (PhD, Leeds 2008).  DH spent 5 years in North America at the City College of New York (US) and the University of Alberta (Canada), leading projects in the areas of chemical and structural characterization of asphaltenes, new chemical synthesis of functional polymers, and strategies for accelerated phase separation. Since returning to Leeds in 2014, DH has established a critical mass of research in: i) suspension and emulsion rheology; ii) droplet dynamics on surfaces; iii) asphaltene science; and iv) functional polymers and membranes. He is an Associate Member of the IChemE and Energy Institute. He is an author of over 100 scientific articles, 1 patent and 3 book chapters. He was previously a Director of Rheokinisis Ltd., a technology start-up developing tools for online rheology measurement.

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Previous group members (PhD and PDRA)

John Vickers (2018) – Air Products

Emily James (2018) – University of Cambridge

Kai Yu (2019) – Associate Professor, Jiangsu University

Johannes Andries Botha (2019) – Unilever, Port Sunlight

Mohammed Jeraal (2019) – University of Cambridge CARES

Suparit Tangparitkul (2019) – Assistant Professor, Chiang Mai University

Dr Huagui Zhang – Associate Professor, Fujian Normal University

Dr Ji Young – Korea Basic Science Institute

Current Group

Harbottle group


  • Deputy Director EPSRC CDT in Molecules to Products
  • Program Lead Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering and Petroleum Production Engineering
  • School of Chemical and Process Engineering EMB

Research interests

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  • 2017 - Associate Professor
  • 2014-2017 - Lecturer
  • PhD (2009) - Chemical Engineering
  • MEng (2004) - Chemical Engineering

Professional memberships

  • Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • Energy Institute
  • American Chemical Society

Student education

Program Lead MEng/BEng Chemical Engineering

Program Lead MEng/BEng Petroleum Engineering, MSc Petroleum Production Engineering. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Energy Leeds
  • Nuclear Leeds
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Colloid, Polymer and Crystallisation

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