11 March 2013

A new vision for UK chemical engineering research

The relaunch of a national research meeting for the UK chemical engineering community has prompted an exceptional response with over 200 delegates signed up to participate one week ahead of the registration deadline. Hosted by Imperial College London, in association with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), ChemEngDayUK 2013 takes place over two days on 25 and 26 March 2013.

The meeting will bring together for the first time since 2000 researchers, engineers and scientists from around the UK to explore the latest technology advances and research finding in core areas of chemical engineering. The programme features some of the most exciting work currently being undertaken in UK chemical engineering departments under six headings:

  • Catalysis and reaction engineering
  • Separations engineering and transfer processes
  • Fluid flow and mixing
  • Materials and particle technology
  • Process systems engineering
  • Biomedical engineering

The programme reflects the wide diversity of chemical engineering science and its applications. There is also a strong industry contribution, with presentations from major companies including, BP, GSK and Procter & Gamble. All four of the key themes: energy, water, nutrition and healthcare, addressed in IChemE’s new technical strategy, Chemical Engineering Matters, feature prominently in the programme, which is topped off with an invited international keynote lecture by the University of Chicago’s Professor Matt Tirrell.

ChemEngDayUK 2013 was instigated following an EPSRC workshop in 2012, during which the need for improved networking, communication and cohesion amongst the UK chemical engineering community was highlighted. The strong level of interest in the meeting has been welcomed by EPSRC’s Engineering Theme Leader, Dr Kedar Pandya, who says: "Chemical Engineering research has the potential to make a major contribution to the UK's growth and prosperity. ChemEngDayUK 2013 is an excellent initiative to create a future vision, building on UK strengths and founded on collaboration. EPSRC is delighted to be partnering with the IChemE and leading researchers to make this a reality"

ChemEngDayUK 2013 will play a key role in IChemE’s ambition to encourage multidisciplinary working and the effective exchange of knowledge between the research base and teaching says IChemE’s director of policy, Andrew Furlong. “With research presentations signed up from 20 chemical engineering departments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, this is a truly national event and the first of its kind in more than a decade. Chemical engineering is changing and the challenges the profession must address are becoming more complex.  IChemE is delighted to be working with Imperial College London to stimulate chemical engineering knowledge exchange and enhance communication among researchers and practitioners in the UK.”

In addition to the keynote lecture and invited contributions from leading experts,ChemEngDayUK 2013 features two parallel poster sessions aimed at early career researchers and an inclusive Thames River Dinner Cruise that will offer an excellent networking opportunity for all participants.

Delegates can still register online and closing date for registrations is Friday 15 March 2013.

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