Electrochemical Innovation Lab


Prof Eva Sorensen

Prof Eva Sorensen


Roberts 306A
Department of Chemical Engineering
Torrington Place


  • Professor of Chemical Engineering
    Dept of Chemical Engineering
    Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL


Prof Sorensen's research activities are primarily in the area of fluid separations 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 her work is to consider optimal design, operation and control 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 productivity and at the same time reduce environmental impact. Wherever possible, we seek to verify the models experimentally either at UCL or through collaborations with other workers or with industry.

Award year Qualification Institution
2011 MA
Master of Arts
University College London
1994 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Chemical Engineering
Universitetet i Trondheim
1989 MSc
Master of Science
Chemical Engineering
Universitetet i Trondheim

Prof 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. Prof Sorensen joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL in 1996 and is currently a Professor in Chemical Engineering. She obtained an MA in Education from UCL in 2011.

Prof Sorensen is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Scientist and 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 she has been a member of the EFCE's Executive Board (2011-2017).

Prof Sorensen is Editor-in-Chief of Chemical Engineering Research and Design, a member of the IChemE's Education & Accreditation Forum, member of the IChemE's Fluid Separations Special Interest Group Committee and of the IChemE's Education Special Interest Group Committee. 

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).