Research degrees

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

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Research degrees

Nuclear Leeds

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

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Nuclear Leeds

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.

Our sustainable energy research ranges from fundamental investigations of bioenergy systems to socioeconomic analysis of energy infrastructure and policy.

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We develop the biotechnological foundations for developing economic solutions based on sustainable natural resources.

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Our research focuses on reducing fossil fuel emissions and minimising the environmental impact of combustion of renewable fuels, e.g., biodiesel and wood.

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We work 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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We focus 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, we manufacture and characterise 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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Our research focuses on recycling valuable resources, ranging from wastewater processing via industrial and farm wastes to spent nuclear fuels.

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Recent grants

Our research is funded by research councils, industry and charities both in the UK and overseas.

  • Andrew Brown, Nicole Hondow, Richard Drummond-Brydson, Sven Schroeder, EPSRC, The Leeds EPSRC Nanoscience and Nanoequipment User Facility (LENNF) (Jan 2018), £188,721
  • Andrew Bell, EPSRC, Chemical control of function beyond the unit cell length scale for new electroceramic materials (Oct 2017), £437,528
  • Bruce Hanson, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Nuclear Innovation, 2016-2018: research fuel recycling processes (Oct 2017), £225,154
  • Oliver Cayre, David York, Innovate UK fka Technology Strategy Board (TSB), Enabling manufacture of designer emulsions and functional particulates (Jul 2017), £339,401
  • Richard Drummond-Brydson, EPSRC, Contract for the Provision of Advanced Electron Microscopy (Apr 2017), £1,139,747
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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 across 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.

Bragg Centre for Research Materials

The Bragg Centre for Materials Research will enable the discovery, creation, characterisation and exploitation of materials engineered at the atomic level.

The Centre acts as a focus for research across campus, bringing together the University’s strengths in III-V semiconductors, optoelectronics, and high frequency devices, crystallisation and materials chemistry, functional oxides and glasses, ferroelectric, magnetic and spintronic materials, bionanotechnology, soft condensed matter systems, and functional surfaces and corrosion.

It is supported by our £96million investment in engineering and physical sciences, the Sir William Henry Bragg building.