Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
About this community
Includes research areas relevant to food, pharmaceuticals, water, energy and polymers (i.e. most aspects of our everyday life) and is centrally concerned with sustainable development and the related issues of safety, health and the environment
On 1 August 2008, the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Biotechnology merged to become the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.
The Department of Chemical Engineering was founded in 1948. With the enormous advances in theory and practice since then, chemical engineering has developed from its initial base around the reaction and processing of liquids and gases to include the processing of biological materials and solid or solid-like materials of all kinds. Chemical engineering is thus relevant to food, pharmaceuticals, water, energy and polymers (i.e. most aspects of our everyday life) and is centrally concerned with sustainable development and the related issues of safety, health and the environment.
Key research areas:
- Processes: gasification and combustion, multi-scale reaction engineering, catalysis, bio-separations, gene therapy, carbon sequestration, adsorption-separations, granular flows, microreactor technology
- Microstructure Engineering: paste processing, rheology of complex fluids, pharmaceutical delivery, adsorbents, food engineering
- Measurement Techniques: sensors, X-ray diffraction, THz imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, laser analytics, reactive flow imaging, light scattering, fluid dynamic gauging
- Modelling: process optimisation: CFD, stochastic modelling, molecular modelling, analytical methods, lattice Boltzmann methods.
Sub-communities within this community
Conducts research on the flow behaviour of materials; collection includes a wide range of scientific images and video sequences
Collections in this community
Presentations and photographs from the the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the Department of Chemical Engineering
Departmental Images for the Department of Chemical Engineering
Pyrolysis using microwave absorbents as reaction bed: An improved approach to transform used frying oil into biofuel product with desirable properties (Elsevier, 2017-03-20)Used frying oil (UFO), a waste produced in large volume each year worldwide, represents a potential resource for biofuel production rather than a disposal problem for modern society. Pyrolysis technique using microwave ...
Non-destructive Determination of Disintegration Time and Dissolution in Immediate Release Tablets by Terahertz Transmission Measurements Purpose The aim of this study was to establish the suitability of terahertz (THz) transmission measurements to accurately measure and predict the critical quality attributes of disintegration time and the amount of active ...
(American Physical Society, 2017-03-10)We compute the dielectric response of glasses starting from a microscopic system-bath Hamiltonian of the Zwanzig-Caldeira-Leggett type and using an ansatz from kinetic theory for the memory function in the resulting ...
Synthesis of narrow sized silver nanoparticles in the absence of capping ligands in helical microreactors (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017)This paper demonstrates the critical effect of the curvature of microreactors on the size distribution of silver nanoparticles during their continuous synthesis in the absence of capping ligands. By a combination of ...