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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

View of the lab block and office block at CEB from the internal terrace area

Image credit: © Martin Bond

About us

We're using fundamental science to solve real-world problems. 

With interdisciplinary collaborations across the fields of chemistry, physics, mathematics, clinical medicine and biology, our scientists work together with industry leaders and entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions to global challenges.

Our building on the University's West Cambridge Innovation Hub has been specifically designed to foster collaboration, enabling fundamental research right through to technology innovation, development and spin-out. This setting brings together top scientific and entrepreneurial minds in a highly vibrant, creative community in which chemical engineers and biotechnologists can achieve an unprecedented level of integration.

Our mission

To be world-leading in research, education and impact in chemical engineering and biotechnology and its application to industry and healthcare.

  1. Research: the highest-quality research in a vibrant, multidisciplinary environment, which shapes and defines the future direction of chemical engineering and biotechnology, and creatively interfaces with chemistry, biology, physics and medicine to solve challenges facing industry and society.
  2. Education: to educate students so that they can:
    • master the complexities of physical, chemical and biological systems at  all scales
    • develop, design and synthesise safe and sustainable processes and products
    • exploit discoveries
    • work within industry, academia, business, society and government.
  3. Impact: to exploit innovations from research through transfer of our technological advances to industry or by spinning out companies.
  4. People: we value all of our colleagues and their views and opinions will be heard and respected. We are committed to staff development to give fulfilling careers. We are committed to equality & diversity and the Athena SWAN tenets.