IChemE UK Research Committee

The committee forms an integral part of IChemE’s technical strategy, Chemical Engineering Matters, to raise the profile of the UK chemical engineering community both in academia and industry.

The committee acts as a primary point of contact for government, research councils and other organisations seeking a chemical engineering research view. The committee helps to coordinate and facilitate responses to requests and consultations from these organisations and has previously contributed to IChemE’s responses to the Dowling and Nurse Reviews.

The committee advocates for the chemical engineering research community. The committee published Chemical Engineering Matters for a Modern World that showcases examples of the high impact research from the chemical engineering community. This report was launched at the House of Lords in December 2016.

Other work by the committee includes:

  • support for the annual ChemEngDayUK conference
  • formation of a sub-group to increase the contribution of manufacturing to Chemical Engineering Matters
  • help to establish the early career researcher network for chemical engineers, launched in March 2017, to improve interactions between RCUK and the chemical engineering community
  • promotion and facilitation of research interaction between industry and academia.

If you have any questions or wish to contribute to the work of the IChemE UK research committee then please contact us.

The committee

The IChemE UK research committee is comprised of volunteers from the IChemE membership. These volunteers include chemical and process engineers from industry and academia, with expertise in manufacturing and the key vistas of Chemical Engineering Matters; energy, water, food, health and wellbeing.

The committee works closely with and supports the work of Heads of Chemical Engineering UK (HCEUK) with the chair of HCEUK holding a place on the committee.

The committee wishes to increase interaction with UKRI and invites representatives from EPSRC and BBSRC to attend meetings when appropriate.

The committee meets three times a year and is supported by IChemE staff and by a wider group of volunteer members.

See below for the list of current members:


Professor Raffaella Ocone, Chair of Chemical Engineering
Heriot-Watt University


Emma McLeod, Research Principal – Process Technology
Mondelez International


Dr Luisa Freita Dos Santos, VP

Professor Nilay Shah, Head of Department
Imperial College London

Professor Mark Simmons, Head of School
University of Birmingham

Professor Ian Metcalfe, Professor of Chemical Engineering
Newcastle University

Professor Jarka Glassey, Professor of Chemical Engineering Education
Newcastle University

Dr Les Bolton, Advisor Reaction Engineering

Nigel Perry, CEO
Centre for Process Innovation

Professor Julian Chaudhuri, Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Plymouth University

Dr Hugh Stitt, Scientific Consultant
Johnson Matthey

Dr Chedly Tizaoui, Associate Professor
Swansea University

Dr Ana Soares, Senior Lecturer
Cranfield University

Professor John Perkins, Honorary Professor
University of Manchester

Gerard Stephens, Director of Operations 
Materials Processing Institute

Professor Paula Mendes, Professor of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
University of Birmingham

Professor Serafim Bakalis, Professor in Food Process Engineering 
University of Nottingham