The School of Chemical and Process Engineering: an ‘atoms-to-products’ approach to engineering

The entrance to the School of Chemical and Process Engineering Building on the University of Leeds campus.

Encompassing advanced engineering materials, sustainable systems, and innovative manufacturing, amongst many other areas, the research and teaching covered by the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds is wide-ranging and leverages a breadth of capabilities and expertise.

Read on to learn more about the school, its unique approach to engineering, infrastructure and more.

What is the School of Chemical and Process Engineering?

The School of Chemical and Process Engineering is a department at the University of Leeds, with a specialist focus on engineering for chemicals (e.g., polymers, molecular systems) and processes (e.g., the development of renewable and low carbon energy). It’s a key player in engineering, delivering forward-thinking research and expert courses such as the online Engineering Management MSc in collaboration with three other engineering schools at Leeds.

The school is part of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, which brings together experts across other areas like civil engineering, electronic and electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering to generate knowledge sharing and collaboration across a wide range of disciplines.

What engineering research projects are currently underway at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering?

Our research takes a multi-disciplinary and modern approach to chemical engineering, integrating analytical infrastructure and state-of-the-art physical science.

We take a true ‘atoms-to-products’ approach to process engineering and design, meaning that we drive impact across all industrial sectors including oil and gas, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, consumer products, foods and feeds, advanced materials and devices, and environmental protection.

One notable research project involves the School of Chemical and Process Engineering developing a synthetic material that accelerates the removal of harmful nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide from engine fumes. Created in association with automotive company Cats and Pipes, the aim is for the prototype device to be fitted to a test vehicle by 2023, enabling its performance to be compared with current catalytic converters under real road conditions. Not only could this revolutionise catalytic converter technology, but it would also contribute to better air quality in urban areas to reduce chronic ill health and death.

“Among the biggest contributors to poor air-quality in urban areas are traffic fumes, from vehicles which are either stationary or moving slowly. Current catalytic converters do an inefficient job in reducing emissions under those conditions. At Leeds, we are confident that the new catalytic material will out-perform existing technology.”

Dr Hu Li,
Associate Professor at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering,
University of Leeds

Meanwhile, our research fellows have also utilised a £2.9 million funding grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to build a test rig that helps the nuclear industry design new reactors, decommission old ones and better dispose of waste from nuclear reprocessing. The facility can simulate the real-world conditions of a nuclear plant, allowing us to investigate the behaviour of fluids under extreme conditions, and the equipment used to hold and transport them.

“The nuclear industry wants a better understanding of how fluids behave and with our facilities, the scientific community can begin to get some of the answers industry wants. That will lead to better design of processes and equipment and will lead to accelerated innovation.”

Bruce Hanson,
Professor of Nuclear Process Engineering at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering,
University of Leeds

Who do the School of Chemical and Process Engineering collaborate with?

We have strong links with Energy Leeds, the Bragg Centre for Materials Research, and the Institute of Process Research and Development to ensure we are connecting with the right expertise and providing opportunities for innovation, collaborative research, and development.

Insights from these collaborative efforts closely inform the content of courses delivered by the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Leeds, including the online Engineering Management Masters, ensuring that it aligns with the current trends and changing engineering landscape.

What are the latest developments at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering?

To keep up to date with all the latest developments at the School of Chemical and Process Engineering, visit the website or follow the @LeedsUniEng Twitter feed:

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