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School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Our research

The School of Chemical and Process Engineering is a multidisciplinary school, addressing a range of global and societal challenges across the areas of Chemical Engineering, Energy and Materials Science.

Our research activity is performed within three institutes:

Energy Research Institute, energy science and engineering for the sustainable supply and use of energy - Director, Professor William Gale

Institute for Materials Research, structure, properties, processing and applications of advanced materials - Director, Professor Andrew Mullis

Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, design, measurement, modelling and manufacture of particulate materials - Director, Professor Bruce Hanson

The School hosts two Centres for Doctoral Training - Complex Particulate Products and Processes and Bioenergy - and co-hosts three others - Fluid Dynamics, Next Generation Nuclear, Carbon Capture and Storage. We have a total postgraduate cohort of just over 200 students.

Since 2008 we have published over 2,200 journal articles and 650 conference proceedings, submitted 75 patent applications and incorporated 5 spin-out companies. We have also invested in 14 new academic staff and five academic fellows, and we have made significant investment in equipment and facilities, such as our Energy Building which is a £12.5m facility bringing together energy-related research under one roof with sector leading facilities for combustion, renewables and carbon capture research.

Our research expenditure is £5.5m - £6.0m p.a. comprised from a number of different funding sources including, Research Councils UK, industry, Innovate UK (Technology Strategy Board), European Union (FP7, H2020) and regional government.

We have strong collaborative links across the University of Leeds, as well as with other academic institutes and industry around the world.

We place a strong emphasis on the transfer of knowledge to industry and technology transfer organisations.

Bioenergy CDT students - University of Leeds

Research Excellence Framework 2014
Unit of assessment: General Engineering
  • 2.97 overall quality profile
  • 100% of our research environment is conducive to producing research of ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ quality
  • 83% of our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’
  • 83% of our research outputs are ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’

Research degrees

PhD students - University of Leeds

We are actively seeking research students to work on key projects.


Facilities - University of Leeds

We have a wide range of facilities to support our teaching and research.

Research impact

Tomography - University of Leeds

We aim to create impact from all our research activity.

Research Brochure

Research Brochure - University of Leeds

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