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Chemical engineering research at Strathclyde stretches across the boundaries of science and engineering; from controlled assembly of nanostructured materials to design of advanced reactors, and from combating global warming with novel energy storage and gas separation technology to understanding protein aggregation in degenerative diseases.The department’s main research themes, nanostructured materials, biomolecular engineering, and low carbon technology, are described below. These over-arching themes are underpinned by particular strengths in multi-scale modelling, optical diagnostics, and adsorption measurement. Indeed, two-thirds of our research output was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent by the 2008 research assessment exercise.We have strong links with other engineering and science departments, both within Strathclyde and externally.

Research Themes

Nanostructured Materials

Key Areas of Research: Development, characterisation, measurement and modelling of novel nanostructured materials.

Biomolecular Engineering

Key Areas of Research: Bioanalytical technologies, biotherapeutics engineering, protein aggregation and assembly.

Low carbon technology

Key areas of research: novel materials and processes related to carbon capture, hydrogen storage, fuel cells and supercapacitors.

Multi-scale modelling

Key areas of research: theory and simulation of interfacial systems, aggregation processes in bulk and at interfaces, colloidal and soft matter, granular material.

Research Facilities

We have new state-of-the-art research laboratories (opened in 2008) housing a comprehensive suite of experimental facilities ranging from light scattering to spectroscopy to adsorption measurements to high pressure viscometry.

Static and dynamic light scattering
UV, VIS, IR and CD spectroscopy
Gas and high pressure liquid chromatography
Thermogravimetric analysis
Differential scanning calorimetry (ambient and high pressure)
Temperature programmed desorption and mass spec
Gas adsorption and gas separation
Optical microscopy and image analysis
X-ray diffraction
High isostatic presses
Rheometer and high-pressure viscometer
High-temperature furnaces
Facilities for the large-scale production of hollow polymer fibres

Additionally, we have access to the Engineering Faculty's new £0.5 M High Performance Computing Cluster and its £3.0 M Advanced Materials Research Laboratory.

Further Information

For further details on our research activities please contact research group leaders or Dr Leo Lue.