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Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Sustainable Chemical Conversions research within the energy initiative is carried out across a number of departments and research groups at the University of Cambridge.

Research areas include:

  • Micro Fuel Cells for the exploitation of alternative fuel sources and chemicals production.
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of chemical process technology, including optimising selectivity and activity of heterogeneous catalysts and gaining greater insight into reactor operation and the behaviour of the catalyst in the reactor environment.
  • Sustainable generation of energy by gasification and combustion in fluidised bed reactors.

Key initiatives and Centres include:

Reaction Engineering Cluster is a network of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology's leading academic researchers in the science of catalysis, adsorption, material design, reactor engineering, electrochemistry, reaction tomography, modeling, energy, sustainable engineering and combustion. The diverse range of research undertaken within the Cluster groups reflects the underpinning nature of Reaction Engineering specialism in chemical engineering. 

The Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology (C4T) is a world-leading partnership between Cambridge and Singapore, set up to tackle the environmentally relevant and complex problem of assessing and reducing the carbon footprint of the integrated petro-chemical plants and electrical network on Jurong Island in Singapore.

There are four collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Programmes:


We collaborate with industrial partners and are also actively involved in increasing both energy awareness and public understanding of the opportunities and challenges in sustainable chemical conversions.

Please visit individual faculty profiles to learn more about their research in the Sustainable Chemical Conversions theme.  The lead for Sustainable Chemical Conversions is .

People specializing in this area

Principal Investigators

Professor Silvana  Cardoso
Professor of Fluid Mechanics and the Environment
Dr. Stuart  Clarke
Professor of Surface Science
Professor John  Dennis
Head of School of Technology
Professor of Chemical Reaction Engineering
Adrian Fisher
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
01223 763996
Professor Lynn  Gladden
Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering
Professor Stephen  Jenkins
Professor of Physical & Computational Surface Chemistry
Professor Bill  Jones
Professor of Materials Chemistry
Professor Alexei  Lapkin
Professor of Sustainable Reaction Engineering
Dr Laura  Torrente
Member of the Energy IRC Steering Committee
Erwin  Reisner
Professor of Energy and Sustainability
Member of Energy IRC Steering Committee
Dr. Stuart  Scott
Professor of Energy and Thermodynamics
+44 (0)1223 332645
Dr. Andrew  Sederman
Professor in Magnetic Resonance in Engineering

Associate Members

Postdoctoral Researchers

Graduate Students