Seminar SeriesThe Distinguished Chemical Engineering Seminar Series, organised by the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, is aimed at exploring the views from distinguished academics from around the world in shaping the future of chemical engineering, the profession and its research agenda. Each year we invite notable chemical engineers from around the world to deliver seminars on their areas of expertise.  Previous speakers have included Robert Langer (MIT) and Matthew Tirrell (University of Chicago).

Watch full-length videos of the distinguished seminars on our YouTube channel.

The 2017 programme is listed below or can be downloaded as a pdf Distinguished Seminar Series 2017 programme . 

For more information on our distinguished seminar series, please contact Professor Sakis Mantalaris or Dr Michael Panagopulos.

Full-length videos of past distinguished seminars

Opportunities and challenges in a new golden age of ChemE

Distinguished Chemical Engineering Seminar given by Professor Phillip Westmoreland, North Carolina State University, & visiting Professor at Imperial College London. Held on 16 March 2016 at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London.

Opportunities and challenges in a new golden age of chemical

Opportunities and challenges in a new golden age of ChemE

Professor Phillip Westmoreland presents the Leverhulme Lecture

Distinguished Chemical Engineering Seminar given by Professor Phillip Westmoreland, North Carolina State University, & visiting Professor at Imperial College London. Held on 16 March 2016 at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London.

Floating on air

Floating on air

Professor Detlef Lohse: Floating on air

Distinguished seminar given by Professor Detlef Lohse, Chair of Physics of Fluids at the University of Twente. Held on 18 May 2016 at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London.

Plastic electronics and photovoltaics

Plastic electronics and photovoltaics

Professor Samson Jenekhe: Plastic electronics and photovoltaics

Distinguished Chemical Engineering Seminar given by Professor Samson Jenekhe, University of Washington. Held on 2 March 2016 at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London

Bioprocess Engineering Strategies for Stem Cell-based Therap

Bioprocess engineering dtrategies for stem cell-based therap

Prof Cabral: Bioprocess engineering strategies for stem cell-based therapies & regenerative medicine

Distinguished seminar given by Professor Joaquim Cabral, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. Held on 27 June 2016 at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London.

Talk title: Bioprocess engineering strategies for stem cell-based therapies and regenerative medicine.

The development of the membrane separation industry

The development of the membrane separation industry

Dr Richard Baker: The development of the membrane separation industry

The inaugural Barrer Lecture and Distinguished Chemical Engineering Seminar was given by Dr Richard Baker, Founder and Principal Scientist, Membrane Technology and Research Inc., on 10 October 2016 at Imperial College London.
Find out more about the Barrer Centre at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/barrer-centre/

Fe-Ni bimetallic nanoparticles

Fe-Ni bimetallic nanoparticles

Prof Greenlee: Fe-Ni bimetallic nanoparticles

Distinguished Seminar given by Dr Lauren Greenlee (University of Arkansas, USA). Held on 01 March 2017 at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London.

Sending and receiving information by chemistry

Sending and receiving information by chemistry

Prof Grass: Sending and receiving information by chemistry

Distinguished Seminar given by Dr Robert Grass (ETH Zurich, Switzerland). Held on 22 March 2017 at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London.

Current programme

2017 Distinguished Seminar Series: The Young Academics Forum

Materials and device innovations for future electronics and sensors
Wednesday 10 May 2017 (16:00)
Professor Ali Javey, University of California Berkeley, USA
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Ouzo at interfaces: Formation of surface nanodroplets under controlled flow conditions
Wednesday 31 May 2017 (16:00)
Professor Xuehua Zhang, RMIT University, Australia
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Engineering biomimetic nanoparticles for drug delivery, detoxification and vaccination
Monday 03 July 2017 (09:30)
Professor Liangfang Zhang, University of California San Diego, USA

Previous series programmes

2015-16 Distinguished Seminar Series

2014-15 Distinguished Seminar Series - The Imperial Forum

2013-14 Distinguished Seminar Series - The International Forum

2012-13 Distinguished Seminar Series - The Leaders' Forum