Optimisation of chemical processes often depends on the application of advanced measurement capabilities, leading to improved understanding and control.
Often there's a synergy between instrumentation developed for experimental work in laboratory systems and the application to industrial processes.
Our research in this area covers an array of measurement techniques and industry sectors but a recurrent theme is its application to minimise pollution and reduce waste as well as making more efficient use of energy.
Meet the team
Professor Jan Sefcik
We develop new methods for extracting valuable real time information from process analytical tools such as imaging and scattering/backscattering to enable intelligent decision support for monitoring and control of particulate systems and processes.
Dr Leo Lue
We're helping develop new, non-invasive measurement methods by constructing mathematical models and performing simulations for the interaction of light with complex fluids, such as dense suspensions or multicomponent mixtures.
Professor Chris Price
A by-product of our research to deploy ultrasound to influence crystal purity and size distribution is expertise in quantification of ultrasound. We have methodologies to deploy hydrophones in organic solvents to make in-process measurements.
Dr Iain Burns
Laser imaging of reacting flows applied to emissions reduction from combustion. Techniques include laser-induced incandescence; laser-induced fluorescence; cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy; cavity ring-down spectroscopy. In situ monitoring of crystallisation by static and dynamic light scattering.
Dr Yi-Chieh Chen
My research develops innovative analytical instrument for process measurement and monitoring. Our industrial-oriented research environment can facilitate prospective partners and researchers, nurturing novel ideas to deliver impacts on chemical process sector.
Dr Mark Haw
We're looking at the flow behaviour and rheology of complex materials such as non-Newtonian fluids, soft solids, and particulates. As well as core rheometry measurement facilities, 3D-printing is used to construct bespoke test geometries, pumps and devices.
Dr Karen Johnston
My research uses quantum density functional calculations to calculate vibrational frequencies, and IR and Raman intensities for molecules in gas phase, adsorbed on surfaces, in solution etc. The calculated frequencies can be compared to experimental spectra, providing insight into chemistry and structure of systems.
Dr Javier Cardona Amengual
We build data analysis workflows for in-line monitoring of crystallisation processes in chemical and pharmaceutical processes and for precision agriculture applications. We use Artificial Intelligence to extract actionable information from multi-sensor setups to inform the development of predictive multiscale models.
Dr Dragos Neagu
We visualise chemical processes at nanoscale with advanced in situ electron microscopy. We also develop correlated measurements, for example by combining X-ray diffraction and gas analysis for establishing structure-property correlations in materials and processes.