Dr Mark Leaper


Phone number: 0121 204 3545 

Email: m.leaper@aston.ac.uk 
Room number: MB134

I joined Aston University as a Lecturer in the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (CEAC) section in September 2012.  After gaining my PhD, I held a number of academic positions involved with particle technology and processing before obtaining a lecturing position in the School of Pharmacy at De Montfort University. I have published numerous journal papers in the field of particle technology and chemical engineering since 2002.

Qualifications & Education 


  • BEng Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University 1993
  • MSc Bulk Solids Handling, Glasgow Caledonian University, 1995
  • PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 2002
  • PGCert HE, De Montfort University, 2010




  • 2012- date: Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, CEAC, Aston University.
  • 2007-2012: Senior Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, De Montfort University, Leicester.
  • 2004-2007: Research Fellow, School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham.
  • 2002-2004: Research Fellow, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nottingham.
  • 1999-2002: Research Fellow, Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling, University of Greenwich.


Teaching activity for 2014/15 


  • CE4018 Advanced Particle Processing (MEng)
  • CE3013 Particle Processing
  • CH1105 States of Matter
  • CE4005 MEng Research Project
  • CE3003/CE4503 Advanced Process Design
  • CE2106 Reaction Kinetics


Research interests 


Powder technology, especially powder flow and caking. Pharmaceutical engineering. Particle surface analysis using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Manipulation of particles using vibration. Novel particle separation processes. A member of the Advanced Materials Research Unit (AMRU).

Recent research funding


  • Diamond Light Source - £35k - 1/10/2014 - 30/9/2017 - Particle manipulation for use in synchrotrons, PhD jointly funded with CEAC.

  • EPSRC - £11k – 1/10/2011 - 30/11/2012 - Enhancing Powder Technology Research Cooperation Between De Montfort University and Scandinavian Institutions, in collaboration with POSTEC Research, Porsgrunn, Norway

  • East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) - £15k – 1/3/2011 - 30/9/2011 – Innovation Fellowship

  • EPSRC - £290K – 1/4/2009 - 31/5/2011- grant number EP/G016224/1 “Novel particle analysis methods”, supported by Unilever Research Port Sunlight

  • East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA) - £55k – 1/1/2009-31/3/2010 – “Leaving out the lumps – using AFM to analyse the caking of spray-dried materials”, in collaboration with Dr Andrew Stapley, Department of Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University


Postgraduate Activities


Admissions tutor for MSc in Pharmaceutical Engineering, with a minimum requirement of 2.2 in Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or related subject.

MPhil/PhD/MSc by research opportunities are also available for graduates obtaining at least a 2.1 in a relevant subject.

Membership of Professional Bodies


  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Committee member of Particle Technology Special Interest Group (PTSIG)


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