We are consistently rated as one of the leading departments in the UK and the world for research in chemical engineering. Research within the Department covers a wide range of topics within chemical engineering. Our interests range from the molecular - (e.g. molecular organisation and interactions for product design), to the mega-scale (e.g. design and optimisation of global engineered systems). We have expertise in mathematical analysis, modelling, and computation, as well as in small- and large-scale experimental techniques; we deploy, and indeed very often develop, the most up-to-date methods. The wide range of multi-scale skills and expertise of our multi-disciplinary staff enable us to achieve fundamental understanding of complex problems and phenomena that lie at the heart of multi-sector industrial applications.

We work with the chemicals, energy, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and processing industries on many of the world’s most urgent grand challenges; these include cleaner and more efficient energy, moving from fossil fuels to renewable biomass feedstocks, water treatment and recycling and personalised and affordable healthcare. Our research is translational and linked to innovation; we support commercialisation of research by facilitating the development of spin-out companies and investing in intellectual property licensing. We have real impact on society and regularly engage in two-way conversations with the public to ensure our work remains informative, inspirational and relevant.

There are hundreds of individual research projects in progress at any time, many of which are collaborations with industry, other academic institutions, and/or other departments within Imperial. Our research activities are loosely grouped under nine research themes.