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School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Our research

The School is a distinctive, multidisciplinary combination of materials and process engineering, undertaking research within the energy, particle science and engineering, and speciality-materials

In the latest Government Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) we achieved an impressive 75% of staff rated internationally excellent or world-leading.

Our research is carried out by three research institutes and our Centres for Doctoral Training in Bioenergy, Complex Particulate Products and Processes and Low Carbon Technologies.

Energy Research Institute, which includes: combustion, energy, future fuels and aviation.

Institute for Materials Research, which includes: carbon, electroceramics, novel alloys and steels, photonics and textile structures.

Institute of Particle Science and Engineering, which includes: chemical engineering and mineral process engineering.

Research is well funded, to the level of approximately £6 million per annum, with funding from a variety of sources including UK Research Councils, the European Union, government agencies and industry.

Our research is interdisciplinary in nature and we have strong collaborative links with other schools within 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. This takes the form of licences, spin-out activities, IP filings, consultancies, conference organisation and training through short courses.

Our research excellence, high levels of funding and
strong industrial connections ensures that we can
invest in the best staff and research facilities.

Download the Chemical and Process Engineering research brochure to find out more about our research activity.

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


Research degrees

SPEME students

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

Doctoral training

CDT bioenergy

4 year funded PhD studentships available for UK/EU students.



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

Research Brochure

Research Brochure

Download a copy of our research brochure.