Imperial College London

Dr Chris Tighe

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Senior Lecturer



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Dr Tighe has had a diverse career, spanning over 20 years in both academic and contract R&D, and the process industries. He is Principal Investigator of the Process Safety & Intensification (PSI) research group and teaches Safety & Loss Prevention, an important subject, which also underpins his research.

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PSI logoThe PSI group addresses challenges related to chemistry, scale-up, engineering materials and safety in industrial processes. Typically this research utilises high pressures to drive chemical reactions (up to ~1400 atmospheres and usually at elevated temperature) and, or the safe use of highly reactive intermediates, conducting detailed fundamental experiments and employing computational methods to yield deeper insights.

Open PhD and post-doctoral positions

- PhDs: Enquiries about Doctoral Training Platform (DTP) studentships starting October 2023 are welcome. Please first check recently updated UKRI eligibility requirements here and Imperial academic requirements here.

- Post-docs: no positions currently advertised.

I am always very open to discussing hosting PhD and post-doctoral scholarship/fellowship candidates e.g. Imperial President's PhD scholarships, Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions,1851 research fellowships, Royal Society fellowships, CSC scholarships, industrially-funded scholarships etc.

Curriculum Vitae

Date Role
2019 - Senior Lecturer
2014 - 2019 Lecturer, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College
2012 - 2014  Senior Project Leader, TWI, Cambridge 
2008 - 2012  Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Chemistry, UCL 
2004 - 2008  PhD, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge 
2000 - 2004  Chemical Engineer, BP 
1998 - 1999  Student Chemical Engineer, Texaco 
1996 - 2000  MEng (Hons), Dept. of Chemical Engineering, UMIST



Eluwah C, Fennell PS, Tighe CJ, et al., 2023, A novel technological blue hydrogen production process: industrial sorption enhanced autothermal membrane (ISEAM), Energy Advances, Vol:2, ISSN:2753-1457, Pages:1476-1494

Braddock D, Lancaster B, Tighe C, et al., 2023, Surmounting byproduct inhibition in an intermolecular catalytic asymmetric alkene bromoesterification reaction as revealed by kinetic profiling, Journal of Organic Chemistry, Vol:88, ISSN:0022-3263, Pages:8904-8914

Wang S, Panayides J-L, Riley D, et al., 2021, Rapid formation of 2-lithio-1-(triphenylmethyl)imidazole and substitution reactions in flow, Reaction Chemistry and Engineering, Vol:6, ISSN:2058-9883, Pages:2018-2023

Tighe CJ, Maraj MP, Richardson SM, 2021, Sharing good practice in process safety teaching, Education for Chemical Engineers, Vol:36, ISSN:1749-7728, Pages:73-81

Ashley AE, Fuchter MJ, Tighe C, et al., 2018, Direct reductive amination of carbonyl compounds catalyzed by a moisture tolerant Tin (IV) Lewis acid, Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis, Vol:360, ISSN:1615-4150, Pages:1066-1071

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