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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Group leader: Professor Alexei Lapkin, FRSC FIChemE

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Our group is developing cleaner manufacturing processes within chemical and chemistry using industries. We are mainly focusing on liquid- and multi-phase catalytic and biochemical processes. Within the group we have pursued projects on developing functional materials for catalysts, adsorbents and reactors, design of multi-functional intensive reactors, modelling of reaction kinetics and integrated processes, linking reaction kinetics with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and linking process modelling with life cycle assessment (LCA), integration of reactions and separation. 

Our current focus is on the development of innovative digital technologies to address sustainability challenges in the chemical industries. We are working on developing machine learning methods and Big Data approaches to design of reaction pathways for circular economy. We are also actively pursuing development of machine learning and AI methods for process development.