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Professor Alexei Lapkin

Professor Alexei Lapkin

Professor of Sustainable Reaction Engineering

Alexei Lapkin is available for consultancy.


MChem from Novosibirsk State University, Russia (specialisation in membrane separation and catalysis), 1994.

PhD from University of Bath, UK (Prof. W.J. Thomas, membrane contactors for multiphase catalytic reactors), 2000.

2000-2009 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader at University of Bath, Department of Chemical Engineering.

2009-2013 Professor of Engineering, University of Warwick, UK

Since April 2013 Professor of Sustainable Reaction Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge

Research themes

Sustainable Chemical Conversions:
  • Continuous flow processes in speciality and pharmaceutical industries (flow chemistry)
  • Biofeedstocks conversion to chemical intermediates and end-products; biorefining
  • Modeling of chemical processes
  • Sustainability assessment of chemical technologies

Research Interests

Sustainable Chemical Technologies: intensive catalytic processes, multifunctional reactors, materials for catalysis, reaction engineering modeling

Assessment of Sustainability of Novel Processes: short-cut and LCA methods

Biofeedstocks for chemicals: bio-process integration, biorefining, bio-based supply chain


  • Sustainability
  • Chemistry
  • Materials
  • Carbon Capture and Storage

Key Publications

P. Yaseneva, C.F. Marti, E. Palomares, X. Fan, T. Morgan, P.S. Perez, M. Ronning, F. Huang, T. Yuranova, L. Kiwi-Minsker, S. Derrouiche, A.A. Lapkin, Efficient reduction of bromates using carbon nanofibre supported catalysts: experimental and a comparative life cycle assessment study, Chemical Engineering Journal, 248 (2014) 230-241.

M. Sotenko, M. Rebros, V. Sans, K.N. Loponov, M.G. Davidson, G. Stephens, A. Lapkin, Tandem transformation of glycerol to esters, J. Biotechnol 162 (2012) 390-397.

X. Fan, V. Sans, P. Yaseneva, D. Plaza, J.M.J. Williams, A. Lapkin, Facile stoichiometric reductions in flow: example of artemisinin, Org Proc Res Dev 16 (2012) 1039-1042.

A.A. Lapkin, A. Voutchkova, P. Anastas, A conceptual framework for description of complexity in intensive chemical processes, Chemical Engineering & Processing. Process intensification, 50 (2011) 1027-1034.

X. Fan, C. Franch, E. Palomares, A.A. Lapkin, Simulation of catalytic reduction of nitrates based on a mechanistic model, Chemical Engineering Journal, 175 (2011) 458-467.

S. Polisski, B. Goller, K. Wilson, D. Kovalev, V. Zaikovskii, A. Lapkin, In situ synthesis and catalytic activity in CO oxidation of metal nanoparticles supported on porous nanocrystalline silicon, Journal of Catalysis,
271 (2010) 59–66.

A.A. Lapkin, M. Peters, L. Greiner, S. Chemat, K. Leonhard, M.A. Liauw, W. Leitner, Screening of new solvents for artemisinin extraction process using ab initio methodology, Green Chem., 12, 2010, 241–251.

D.J.C. Constable, C. Jimenez-Gonzalez, A. Lapkin, Process Metrics, pp. 228-247. In “Green Chemistry Metrics”, Eds., A. Lapkin, D. Constable, Blackwell-Wiley, 2008.