Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy
The Division of Chemical Engineering and Renewable Energy combines one the most sought after STEM disciplines with cutting edge research to prepare leaders for tomorrow's world. We investigate topics from artificial morphogenesis and molecular manufacturing, to turning waste into sustainable energy materials, to batteries and thermoelectric generators that could improve our carbon footprint. The faculty are world-leading researchers in their fields, designing methods for harvesting solar and thermal energy, and electrocatalysts to store the energy into high value chemicals.
Chemical Engineering has one of the highest starting salaries across all fields (BEng. £28.5K, as well as later career-averages - £72K for CCEs - Chartered Chemical Engineers). By incorporating research and hands-on problem solving in our classes, our students are best prepared to enter the workforce. Many of them find placements and internships in companies even before graduation. The preparation to work in a multi-disciplinary environment makes the degree ever more valuable. The students have the opportunity to be involved in world-class research as undergraduates and solve problems no-one has ever solved before, individually and in groups. This is one of the qualities best sought in both industry and academics.
The applications from our research are range from creating catalysts on a molecular scale, to sustainable manufacturing in space without waste, as well as designing artificial muscles for robots in dangerous (radioactive) environments. State of the art labs allow students access to the best analytical instrumentation. Some students even travel to international synchrotron facilities and zero-gravity missions with the European Space Agency. In its most fundamental level the research tries to solve deep mysteries - the geometrical rules of chemical reactions, the nature of quadruples of molecules affecting their macroscopic behaviours, as well as the potential origins of artificial morphogenesis, the future of robotics and life
Prof Xi Jiang
Deputy for Research
and Industrial Engagement
Dr Petra Ágota Szilágyi