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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


We are one of the UK's leading research departments, ranking highly in both national and international university league tables. The department’s research strategy responds to the global drive for sustainability, addressing the need for novel chemical engineering and biotechnology processes and materials.

Our work can be categorised in the following specialisms: healthcare, processes, materials, metrology, modelling and innovation. We are committed to working at the interfaces of engineering, chemistry, biology and physics, with cross-collaborations between research groups working strongly encouraged. These interdisciplinary research activities are structured to provide novel solutions to technical and economic challenges, which affect most aspects of modern living.  

The department is well-placed as a world leader within the wider strategic sustainability area, and our scientists engage with and make significant contributions to the University’s initiatives on energy, food and healthcare, and collaborate actively with many external academic and industrial organisations. Working effectively with industry is a core strength of the department’s teaching and research, as is progressing novel technologies through spinout companies and licensing agreements, to the launch of marketed products.

Guidance on research ethics and integrity issues

The pursuit of excellent research and the fulfilment of our responsibilities to participants in research, research users and the wider community require the maintenance of the highest standards of integrity. See the University’s central research integrity website for more information.

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