Nuclear Leeds

Recognised as a leader in the field of nuclear science and engineering research

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Nuclear Leeds

Research degrees

Funded PhD projects available for the brightest and best students from around the world

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Research degrees

Research facilities

Our facilities include the Leeds Electron Microscopy and Spectroscopy Centre

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Research facilities
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Research and innovation

Research in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering takes a multi-disciplinary modern approach to Chemical Engineering, integrating world-leading analytical infrastructure and state-of-the-art physical science.

The breadth of our capabilities allows us to take a true ‘atoms-to-products’ approach to process engineering and design, with impact across virtually all industrial sectors, including oil-and-gas, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, consumer products, foods and feeds, advanced materials and devices, and environmental protection.

The School is home to a large community of passionate research staff and students, accessing a range of facilities and working within dedicated research laboratories.

Our research

Our interdisciplinary research is operated through a flexible system of research groups, each led by a member of staff who is an internationally recognised leader in the field.

The School has a history of pre-eminence in sustainable energy research, ranging from fundamental investigations of bioenergy systems to socioeconomic analysis of energy infrastructure and policy.

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Has strong links with industry as well as small and medium enterprises and develops the biotechnological foundations for developing economic solutions based on sustainable natural resources.

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Builds on our School’s long-established leadership in combustion research, now focusing on reducing fossil fuel emissions and minimising the environmental impact of combustion of renewable fuels, e.g., biodiesel and wood.

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This group works on a wide range of applications, from the formulation of consumer products and pharmaceuticals to fine chemicals manufacture, catalyst design for environmental applications, enhanced oil recovery and nuclear fuel recycling.

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This group focuses on the synthesis and characterisation of novel products, including carbon, electroceramics, novel and rapidly solidified alloys, steels, photonic materials and increasingly also soft materials such as pharmaceutical and consumer product formulations.

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Using state-of-the-art laser and X-ray facilities this group manufactures and characterises novel photonic devices, as well photon-assisted processes. Applications include sensors for personalised medicine, and energy-efficient photocatalytic processes water treatment.

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Focuses on recycling valuable resources, ranging from wastewater processing via industrial and farm wastes to spent nuclear fuels.

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Collaborative links

We collaborate globally with academic institutions and multinational companies in the electronics, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, food and feed and packaging sectors. 

Within the University of Leeds, we collaborate extensively arcoss engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, medicine, dentistry and design. We also have strong links with Energy LeedsHigh Value Engineering and the Institute of Process Research and Development.