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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


To support our aim to pursue excellence in teaching and research, recent investments have included the creation of the Interdisciplinary Materials Research Laboratory (IMPL), improvements to the computer rooms and the refurbishment of office and lab space around the department.

In the summer of 2001, the main teaching laboratory was completely refurbished and refitted and this was completed in time for the start of the Michaelmas term in October 2001.

The next phase of the programme is the creation of CUBE, the Cambridge Unit for Bioscience Engineering. As the emphasis of Chemical Engineering changes, so the needs of researchers change and large open plan laboratories need to be replaced by smaller rooms with specialised equipment. The CUBE building works started in December 2001.

photo of improvements to the libraryIn response to student requests, the Department Library is also being refurbished. There have been improvements to the book stacks and the librarian's office to make the library more accessible and friendly. There is now more space for students to work and the furniture in the new area is clearly so popular that undergraduates were using it before we even had chance to take the wrappers off.


Latest news

September paper of the month: flexible production of micro and nanofluidic devices

22 October 2019

Researchers from our Laser Analytics group have developed a laser-based manufacturing process that can produce combined nanofluidic and microfluidic devices in a fast and scalable manner.

Collaborative air pollution project wins Vice-Chancellor's Research Impact and Engagement Award

15 October 2019

Student-led initiative Open-Seneca, which aims to create a global low-cost mobile air pollution sensor network driven by citizen science, was a winner in the collaboration category of the annual awards from the University's Vice-Chancellor

Sensor CDT highlights key role of sensing in sustainability at annual Sensors Day conference

15 October 2019

We celebrated the work of our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future in two events last week, showcasing contributions from students and academic and industrial partners.