School of Engineering

Materials, Concepts, and Reaction Engineering

About Us

We deliver innovative solutions to the technological challenges facing mankind. We are at the cutting edge of developments in concepts, materials, devices, and chemical engineering.

Our research interests lie in bridging the gap between material science and chemical and electrochemical reaction engineering. We:

  • study connections between structural and compositional properties of materials and their physico-chemical properties
  • discover, design and optimise materials for end applications

Applications include, but are not limited to:

  • catalysis
  • emissions control
  • energy conversion and storage

These are all areas are of national and international strategic importance.

We excel at characterisation, with several cutting-edge techniques at our disposal.

Researcher working at reactor


Our Research

Our research spans all areas of chemical and reactor engineering. We investigate materials and we develop models at various scales.


Our Facilities

We have many cutting-edge facilities within the University.


Our Staff

Head of Group

Professor Ian Metcalfe
Professor of Chemical Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5279

Group members

Dr Guannan Chen
Research Associate


Dr Richard Court
Research Programme Manager

Telephone: 0191 208 7411

Dr Wenting Hu


Dr Kelly Kousi
Research Associate

Telephone: 0191 208 5747

Dr Greg Mutch
Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4464


Dr Stevin Pramana
Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7269


Our Network

Durham University
University of Cambridge
UCL University College London
Imperial College London
University of Manchester
ISIS Neutron and Muon Source
ESRF European Synchrotron Radiation Facility


Here are some of our key publications.


Our group teaches the following modules:

  • Undergraduate
    • CME2027 Chemistry 2
    • CME2030 Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
    • CME2031 Safety, Risk and Engineering Practice
    • CME3097 Materials degradation and Component Life
    • CME3033 Separation Processes 2
    • CME3034 Design for Process Safety
    • CME3039 Plant Design
    • CME3040 Chemical Engineering Laboratory II
  • Postgraduate
    • CME8055 Energy sources and storage
    • CME8032 Lifetime Prediction & Design for Reliability
    • CME8117 MEng Research Project
    • CME8120 Advanced Design Project