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
(2017-07-03)© 2017 American Chemical Society. We report on the continuous manufacturing of cellulose microbeads as a sustainable alternative to plastic microparticles, currently used in a wide range of consumer products from toothpaste ...
Increased Affinity of Small Gold Particles for Glycerol Oxidation over Au/TiO<inf>2</inf> Probed by NMR Relaxation Methods (American Chemical Society, 2017-07-07)The aerobic oxidation of glycerol in aqueous solution over Au/TiO₂ catalysts has been studied, and the effect of Au loading by wet impregnation, in the range 0.5-5% Au, has been assessed. Low metal loading favors the ...
γ-Al<inf>2</inf>O<inf>3</inf> nanorods with tuneable dimensions-a mechanistic understanding of their hydrothermal synthesis (2017-01-01)© 2017 The Royal Society of Chemistry. This paper reports for the first time the size control of well-defined and morphologically pure alumina (γ-Al 2 O 3 ) nanorods, presenting an economic and reproducible route for the ...
A flow process for direct amination of a pharmaceutically relevant substrate using a Pd-NHC based catalyst was demonstrated in a lab-scale mini-plant and in a pilot-scale plant. The lab-scale mini-plant was used to determine ...