The School of Engineering and Applied Science was rated highly in the latest Research Assessment Exercise. Research strengths in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering  were vital to achieving this performance.

Research activity is particularly focused in the areas of development and analysis of new materials and processes with particular application to biological and environmental systems.  The membership of the Research Groups at CEAC comprieses senior academic staff who have established international reputations and this has helped  to foster strong links with industrial and academic partners – and to attract substantial research income.

The vibrant research effort within CEAC is divided into two main areas,  Bioenergy and Polymers. Within these two areas there are four main research groups concentrating on projects that offer important opportunities for the exploitation of scientific and  technological advances. The Groups are:



Catalysis and Materials

  • Professor Adam Lee 
  • Professor Karen Wilson 
  • Dr Jiawei Wang 
  • Dr Mark Leaper 
  • Dr Quingchun Yuan


Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research