Eva Sorensen

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Reader in Chemical Engineering
Deputy Head (Education)

Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 3802
Email: e.sorensen@ucl.ac.uk

Professional Affiliations:
CEng, CSci, FIChemE, FHEA


Dr Eva Sorensen
Department of Chemical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE
United Kingdom

Office: Roberts Building, Room 306A

MA in Education, UCL, 2011
PhD in Chemical Engineering, NTNU, Norway, 1994
MSc in Chemical Engineering, NTNU, Norway, 1989

Dr Eva Sorensen received her degree of sivil ingeniør (MSc) in Chemical Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 1989 and obtained the degree of doktor ingeniør (PhD) from the same institution in 1994. Following this, she spent one year at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London as a postdoctoral researcher. Dr Sorensen joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL in 1996 and is currently a Reader in Chemical Engineering. She obtained an MA in Education from UCL in 2011.

Dr Sorensen is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). She is a member of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Working Party on Fluid Separations (Chair 2007-2013) and a member of the EFCE's Executive Board.

Dr Sorensen is Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering Research and Design and a member of the Advisory Board for Chemical Engineering & Technology. She is a member of the IChemE's Fluid Separations Special Interest Group Committee (Chair 2003-2007), member and Treasurer or the IChemE's Education Special Interest Group Committee and member of the IChemE's Education & Accreditation Forum.

She is a member of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering, a joint Centre between Imperial College and UCL. She is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI).

Selected Awards
Universitetsstipend, NTNU, Norway, 1992-5
Forskningsraadet, Norway, 1996-7
UCL Faculty of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, 2001
Exxon Mobil Award for Excellence in Teaching, Royal Academy of Engineering, 2013


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Dr Sorensen's research activities are primarily in the area of Separation Processes which is a fundamental part of Chemical Engineering. It is an area where the application of advanced modelling and optimisation techniques for optimal design and operation can lead to very substantial benefits, especially within the increasingly important sectors of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

The overall objective of the work is to consider optimal design and operation of Fluid Separations using detailed mathematic models coupled with advanced optimisation methods. By considering all possible degrees of freedom and design combinations, new plants, or retrofits of existing plants, may be found which can significantly improve the productivity of the plant and at the same time reduce its environmental impact. Wherever possible, we seek to verify the models experimentally either at UCL or through collaborations with other workers or with industry. 

Research Group
Product and Process Systems Engineering



Dr Sorensen obtained an MA in Education from UCL in 2011. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers's Education & Accreditation Forum, a member of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), and has been a primary and secondary school governor since 2006. She received the UCL Faculty of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002 and the Exxon Mobil Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2013.

Dr Sorensen is particularly interested in the use of learning technologies and how these can be used efficiently to enhance and supplement traditional learning and teaching. She is also interested in how peer- and self assessment can be used to develop students' independent learning. Dr Sorensen's departmental teaching activities are mainly in the areas of fluid separations as well as dynamic modelling, design and control.

Below are the modules she is currently involved in teaching. (Note that each link is restricted to access only by students currently registered on the module.)

Folashade Akinmolayan (PhD): Real-time operational risk management through advanced multi-scale modelling

Edward Close (EngD): Process modelling approaches to biological complexity in the production of therapeutic proteins

Mithila Manage (PhD): An investigation into the integration of high temperature steam electrolysers with power station and chemical process streams

Candy Ng (EngD): Optimum design, operation and control of continuous separation of biomolecules

Nehal Patel (EngD): Comparison of chromatographic and two-phase separations for novel biopharmaceuticals

Cristian Triana (PhD): Operation and control of bioethanol production



Dr Sorensen has been Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering Research and Design (ChERD), the IChemE's flagship journal published by Elsevier, since 2010. ChERD specialises in research with practical significance, extending the boundaries of traditional chemical engineering. ChERD brings together current techniques and new design ideas on all aspects of experimentation, development, and theory. The journal also publishes special issues throughout the year, dedicated to key themes and conferences.

Journal impact factor:
1.223 (2009)
1.519 (2010)
1.969 (2011)
1.927 (2012)

Interview on ChERD's vision

Inspiring Women in Science

Dr Sorensen is a UCL Inspiring Women in Science speaker

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Dr Sorensen has a strong interest in school governance and is currently a governor at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, the closest state girls' secondary school to UCL. At EGA, she is particularly interested in supporting the teaching of Science and in encouraging equal opportunities for all.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School (2011 - present)
Member of Governing Body (2011-present)
Deputy Chair of Governing Body (2012-13)
Chair of Curriculum & Achievement Committee (2012-present)
Member of Finance & Premises Committee (2011-13)

Clerkenwell Parochial CE School (2010 - 11)
Member of Governing Body

Grange Primary School (2006 - 2010)
Chair of Governing Body (2008-2010)
Chair of Finance & Staffing Committee (2007-2010)
Member of Curriculum Committee

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