UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Outreach activities

Come and be a part of our upcoming centenary outreach activities at UCL Chemical Engineering. Learn more below.

Introduction to Chemical Engineering: Year 12 Taster Day

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Would you like to find out more aout chemical engineering?  

Apply now for our year 12 taster day, taking place during February half term 2024.  

The taster day will consist of a lecture, tour of our laboratories and the bloomsbury campus and information on our undergraduate programmes.  You will also gain experience of what it's like to be a chemical engineer by working through a design challenge with other participants.

Applications are now closed, we will provide an update to all applicants and post addtional taster day dates here in due course.

Date: 13 February 2024
Time: 10AM-3.30PM
Location: UCL Chemical Engineering Bloomsbury Campus

Join our Year 12 Taster Day

For more information please contact Lizzie Howie: Chemeng.outreach@ucl.ac.uk

Chemical Engineering Centenary Taster Lectures

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As part of our department centenary celebrations we are holding a series of taster lectures for year 12 students who are interested in Chemical Engineering and related topics.  The sessions will run from 4 PM - 5.30 PM and will include a tour of one of our world-class labs at either our Bloomsbury or Straford Campuses.

We welcome school groups to attend so that teachers can also gain an insight into our teaching and research. However, we understand that this may not always be possible so would like to offer students the opportunity to attend on their own (with parental consent).  

Please either complete the schools request form (teachers) or the student registration form if students are organising independently.

Taster Lecture: Energy Storage and Hydrogen
17 April 2024, 4 PM - 5.30 PM 

In this lecture students will explore how a battery works, what makes a good battery and what happens when a battery goes wrong. They will also learn how hydrogen can be produced electro-chemically and in turn be used as a fuel for future electric vehicles.

Lecturer: Dr Tom Miller / Dr Rhodri Jervis
Date: 17 April 2024
Time: 4 PM - 5.30 PM
Location: UCL Chemical Engineering Bloomsbury Campus
Lab tour: Electrochemical Innovation Lab
APPLICATIONS CLOSED: please contact chemeng.outreach@ucl.ac.uk with any queries.

Taster Lecture: Powering the World with Chemical Reaction Engineering
Date: TBC

This lecture will detail how chemical engineers developed the ammonia synthesis process over 100 years ago, and how this process has shaped the modern world. 

Lecturer: Dr Ryan Wang
Date: TBC
Time: TBC
Location: UCL East, Stratford
Lab Tour: Manufacturing Futures Lab (MFL) 

Taster Lecture: Nature-Inspired Chemical Engineering – A NICE approach to support sustainable development
Date: TBC

Solving persistent engineering challenges related to energy, water, environment, health, and manufacturing requires a transformative approach. We turn to nature for inspiration, because nature provides us with examples of solutions, perfected over the eons, to similar challenges as those we encounter in technology, such as scalability, efficiency, and resilience. Professor Coppens will discuss our systematic, Nature-Inspired Chemical Engineering (NICE) methodology as a pathway to innovation. This approach allows us to merge creativity with rational design, the lecture will show how we learn from trees, lungs, kidneys, and dunes to intensify chemical and energy processes, and discover materials for biomedicine and built environment.

Lecturer: Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens
Date: TBC
Time: TBC
Location: UCL Chemical Engineering Bloomsbury Campus
Lab tour: Centre for Nature-Inspired Engineering (CNIE)

Bring your Child to Work Day

We will be opening the department to staff and their children on wednesday 29th May.  There will be a range of activities for your children to take part in and an opportunity for staff to socialise with other parents in the department.

A booking form and further details will be updated here in due course.

If you have any questions or would like to be involved with running the activities please contact Lizzie Howie:Chemeng.outreach@ucl.ac.uk