About the department

We were ranked number 1 in the UK for research environment and top 5 in the UK for chemical engineering output in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

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Chemical and Biological Engineering is a thriving department within the University's Faculty of Engineering. We're ranked among the top five chemical engineering departments in the UK (REF 2014).

We're a major contributor to tackling the key challenges of this century - climate change, energy poverty, affordable medicines, sustainable agriculture and water use, safety and green manufacturing. Our rich environment for learning prepares our students to be 21st century scientists and engineers, with disciplines spanning:

  • particle science and technology/nanotechnology
  • new energy technologies
  • the environment and applications of post-genomics bioscience for biotechnology
  • bioprocessing applications.


Our world-class research environment was ranked number 1 by the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Our internationally-renowned research is supported through funding from government and industrial sources in the UK and the rest of the globe.

The department is committed to gender equality and representation in higher education employment and was awarded a silver award in Athena SWAN 

We're also committed to promoting and practicing environmentally-friendly working and sustainability. The department currently holds two Green Impact gold awards, and a bonus gold award for its laboratories.

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