We attract high quality graduate students and researchers and train them to international standard.
Our aim is to address major societal challenges and promote application of our research. This advances the competitive position of the North East and the wider UK economy.
Our research groups cut across the discipline and are found in all chemical engineering departments. They include:
- Advanced Materials
- Electrochemical Engineering Science
- Process Intensification
- Process Modelling and Optimisation
The School's strategy is to ensure that these themes continue to grow and provide a balanced portfolio of activities for the future.
Dr Yuen Ling Ng
Stem cells and regenerative medicine.
Bioreactor design and development.
Environmental engineering and renewable energy.
Environmental monitoring and occupational health.
Dr Cindy Lai Yeng Lee
Research interests include the following areas:
Sustainable development of products and processes for food and pharmaceutical industries using supercritical carbon dioxide technologies.
Production of micro-porous bio-polymeric foams using supercritical CO2 for applications as drug or protein releasing implants and as scaffold in tissue regenerative studies.
Waste recovery using supercritical carbon dioxide processing.
Dr Kent Chin
Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering
Dr Kent Chin's research interests include advanced drying technologies and the drying of food and biological materials.
His current work focuses on electromagnetic force assisted heat pump drying technique and the drying characteristics and quality evaluation of fruits and medicinal plant.
Dr Chun Yang Yin
Dr Chun Yang's research interests include porous carbon materials; life cycle assessment and sustainable processing; adsorption processes; applied surface science; and biomass waste reuse.
His current work includes water and wastewater treatment (pesticides, metals, organics, etc); advanced carbon materials; and thin films (coatings).
Read Dr Chun Yang Yin's staff profile.
Dr Yen Nee Tan
Bioinspired materials is an emerging area seeing growing academic and commercial interests.
Dr Yen Nee's research focuses on deciphering the synthetic design principles of biological building blocks to direct nanomaterials (1) synthesis, (2) functionalization and (3) programmable-assembly for the development of innovative ‘bio-smart’ technology to solve problems of an increasingly interdisciplinary nature such as environmental pollution, energy shortage and overloaded healthcare system.
Specific areas of Dr Yen Nee's research expertise are listed below:
1) Nanosensor and assay design for medical diagnostic (protein and DNA markers, drugs, etc.), food safety analysis (bacteria, toxin, etc.), water & environmental pollutants (heavy metals, microbial, pesticides, etc.
2) Nanomaterials-based process analytical technology (PAT) for bio/pharmaceutical applications.
3) Multifunctional materials for nanomedicine in biosensing, bioimaging, drug/gene delivery and therapy (photodynamic therapy, antimicrobial and theranostic agents).
4) Plasmonic and magnetic nanoparticles with tunable structures and physiochemical properties
5) Photoluminescent nanomaterials (metal nanoclusters, carbon dot/biodots, AIE luminogens, QD, etc.)
6) Bioinspired materials and biotemplating synthesis strategies (nanoenzyme, biocatalyst, etc.)
7) Nanoparticle surface passivation and functionalization (DNA/ peptide/ antibody/ enzyme immobilization)
8) Nanoparticles-based labelling and barcoding technology (anti-counterfeiting, smart ink, etc.)