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Chemical and Process Engineering


Expertise of research area
chemical engineering; chemical production; colloids; energy; low carbon futures; molecules to product; polymers; sustainable process engineering

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Researchers in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering take a multi-disciplinary and 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 &#039;atoms-to-products&#039; approach to process engineering and design, with impact across virtually all industrial sectors.<br />

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<p>We offer a range of PhD opportunities within the School of Chemical and Process Engineering.&nbsp;You&rsquo;ll join a friendly,&nbsp;<a href="">supportive and diverse&nbsp;community of postgraduate researchers</a>&nbsp;who come from all over the world.</p> <p>Our main&nbsp;research themes are listed below:</p> <h5><a href="">Advanced Engineering Materials</a></h5> <p>Research groups involved in this theme include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">functional materials</a></li> <li><a href="">applied photon science</a></li> <li><a href="">materials characterisation</a></li> <li><a href="">colloid and polymer engineering</a></li> </ul> <p>This research theme links to the <a href="">Bragg Centre for Materials Research</a> and the <a href="">Atoms to Devices theme</a> of the <a href="">Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials</a>.</p> <h5><a href="">Sustainable Systems and Processes</a></h5> <p>Research groups involved in this theme include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">sustainable low carbon futures</a></li> <li><a href="">industrial biotechnology and bio-waste</a></li> <li><a href="">clean combustion</a></li> <li><a href="">nuclear engineering</a></li> </ul> <h5><a href="">Innovative Manufacturing and Products</a></h5> <p>Research groups involved in this theme include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">digital manufacturing and emerging technologies&nbsp;</a></li> <li><a href="">process tomography</a></li> <li><a href="">modelling and data analytics</a></li> <li><a href="">multiscale process engineering</a></li> </ul> <p>We have collaborative links with centres and institutes, including <a aria-label="Link Energy Leeds" href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" title="">Energy Leeds</a>, the <a aria-label="Link Bragg Centre for Materials Research" href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" title="">Bragg Centre for Materials Research</a> and the&nbsp;<a aria-label="Link Institute of Process Research and Development" href="" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" title="">Institute of Process Research and Development</a>.</p> <h5>Why do your PhD at Leeds?&nbsp;</h5> <p><strong>96% of our research is world-leading (REF 2021)&nbsp;</strong><br /> At Leeds, our research addresses the most prevalent real-world challenges &ndash; providing solutions that have had both a national and global impact.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Study in an active research environment&nbsp;</strong><br /> Studying your PhD with us means you&rsquo;ll be working in a professional research environment, using UK-leading facilities to bring your project to life &ndash; alongside active researchers who are at the forefront of their area.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>A strong network of support &nbsp;</strong><br /> The Leeds Doctoral College connects our community of researchers and can offer you the guidance, services and opportunities you&rsquo;ll need to get the most out of your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Close industry links&nbsp;</strong><br /> Our partnerships and links to companies and academic institutions give you the opportunity to network at industry talks, seminars and conferences, building connections that&#39;ll benefit your next steps after you complete your PhD.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Professional skills development &nbsp;</strong><br /> We think of the whole picture at Leeds. That&rsquo;s why we offer a range of workshops and courses that&#39;ll enhance your skillset further and transfer into your professional career.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Personal and wellbeing services&nbsp;</strong><br /> Mental health and wellbeing support are integral to who we are at Leeds and you&rsquo;ll have access to the full range of services we offer to ensure you&rsquo;re feeling your best &ndash; and reaching your potential in your studies.&nbsp;<br /> <strong>Join our global community&nbsp;</strong><br /> We welcome students, researchers, academics, partners and alumni from more than 140 countries, all over the world. This means, as a university, we&rsquo;re bringing together different cultures and perspectives which helps strengthen our research &ndash; and societal impact.</p> <h3>Useful links and further reading:</h3> <ul> <li><a href="">Research degrees in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering</a></li> <li><a href="">School of Chemical and Process Engineering, Research&nbsp;and Innovation</a></li> </ul> <h3>Leeds Doctoral College</h3> <p>Our <a href="">Doctoral College</a> supports you throughout your postgraduate research journey. It brings together all the support services and opportunities to enhance your research, your development, and your overall experience.</p>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&#39;s website</a>.</p>

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<p>For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions: e: <a href=""></a><br /> &nbsp;</p>

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