UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


ChemEngDayUK 2022

We are delighted to announce that ChemEngDayUK 2022 will be hosted jointly by the UCL Department of Chemical Engineering and the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering between 7-8 April 2022. The event coincides with the centenary celebrations of the IChemE and will address the future research and educational contributions of chemical and biochemical engineers. Major themes of the conference will include the sustainable provision of healthcare, energy and food over the next 100 years.

ChemEngDayUK 2023 will take place at Queen's University Belfast, 30 - 31 March 
2022 marks the 100th birthday of the IChemE. Throughout the year, IChemE will be running a series of events to honour the work of process engineers, past and present, and to recognise their myriad contributions to society. An array of celebrations will occur as part of the IChemE100 programme. 

ChemEngDayUK 2022 is organised by the Heads of Chemical Engineering UK, HCEUK, and will address the future contributions of chemical and biochemical engineers over the next 100 years. These are likely to be aligned to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs, with engineers playing a key role in the sustainable provision of healthcare, energy and food in an increasingly global and complex world. Benefits will be achieved by taking a systems approach to the solution of complex issues and through the invention, optimisation and scale-up of intensified and digitally enabled process technologies. 

ChemEngDayUK 2022 will provide a platform for academics and industrialists to share their work in these fields highlighting, in particular, the contributions of early career researchers. The event will comprise a combination of distinguished plenary speakers and parallel technical sessions with invited oral and poster presentations. These will be complemented with networking opportunities, trade exhibitions and a conference dinner. 

ChemEngDayUK 2022 Conference Programme

Download the ChemEngDayUK 2022 Conference Programme

Download the ChemEngDayUK 2022 Conference Programme

Poster and Poster Flash Guidelines 

We look forward to your participation in the ChemEngDayUK 2022 event. The poster session will take place in the afternoon on 7 April, with the flash poster presentations immediately before (please see the Programme). 

If you have submitted several abstracts, and several of them are accepted for poster presentation, it is your responsibility to make sure that all of your posters are covered at the assigned time. Therefore, if you have more than one poster, please ask a co-author to help you or withdraw the extra posters.  

The poster boards will be located in the North (Multiscale Engineering and Energy topics) and South Cloisters (all other topics) at UCL (map reference D3 in the Bloomsbury campus map).  

All posters should be put up before the conference starts at 1pm on 7 April 2022.  

Do not remove your poster until after the poster session ends at 5.30pm, but please remove your poster by 6pm as the board will be cleared away. Any posters that have not been collected by 6pm will be taken down and thrown away.  

You must wear your conference name badge, and the name badge must be visible at all times, whilst on campus, including during the poster session.  

Poster presentations are numbered in the Programme, and this number will respond with the number you will find on the poster board.  

Supplies that are needed to mount your poster, i.e., push pins, tape, scissors, etc., will be available and there will be conference staff there to help you. 

Do not write on or mark the poster boards. 

Flash poster presentations 

Some of the posters have been selected for a flash presentation. The flash presentations will take place in three parallel sessions immediately before the poster session (see the Programme).  

The flash presentation is maximum 3 min long, and should be strictly one single Powerpoint or pdf slide. The slide can have animation but no video. 

We recommend using Powerpoint’s widescreen setting (33.867cm x 19.05cm). 

Flash presenters will also present the corresponding poster during the poster sessions. 

Each flash presentation is highlighted with ’*’ in the poster list.  

All flash presentations should be sent to chemengdayuk2022@ucl.ac.uk by Wednesday 6th April @ 5pm. 

Poster Awards 

There will be a number of awards for the best posters, and a panel of judges will circulate during the sessions to judge each poster.  

Only posters that are presented during the poster session by an author will be considered for an award. 

The awards will be announced during the closing ceremony on 8 April 2022. 

Poster preparation

Your poster should be A0 portrait size. Landscape posters or larger posters will not fit the poster boards. 

We suggest the poster to be prepared as a printed single large sheet of paper or light weight plastic that can be mounted on a bulletin poster board. 

The title banner should include the title, authors and affiliation. 

Organise your poster into subdivisions, e.g. Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, and References. 

We recommend you avoid font sizes for text below 24pt to ensure the poster is readable from a distance. Larger font sizes should be used for headings.  

For best visual effect, use simple to semi-complex figures that can be read easily (from 2-3m away).  

Only use copyright free images of those available under the creative commons licence unless you have bought the relevant licence. 

Present numerical data in the form of graphs, rather than tables (graphs make trends in the data much more evident). If data must be presented in table-form, keep it simple. 

Visuals should be simple and bold. 

Besides your project, the text could also include future research plans or questions. 

All posters must be written exclusively in English. 

Oral and Poster Presentation Winners

Multi-Scale Engineering category: 

Oral Presentation winners:

  • F. J. Link - Imperial College London 
  • M. Yan - University of Sheffield 
  • F. Hallac - University of Leeds    

Poster Flash Presentation winner:

  • F. Duanmu - UCL    

 Poster Presentation winners:

  • A. L. Nicusan - University of Birmingham​    
  • L. Chagot - UCL    
  • K. Jervis - University of Leeds

Energy category:

Oral Presentation winners:

  • C. Karacam - University of Sheffield    
  • N. Mutanone  - University of Sheffield    
  • C. Borrill - Imperial College London    

Poster Presentation winners:

  • J. Penman - University of Bath    
  • X. Cheng - University of Manchester    

Food category: 

Oral Presentation winners:

  • L. Westerhoff - University of Bath    
  • A. Esperanza - University of Bath    

Education & Policy category: 

Poster Flash Presentation winner:

  • S. Gooneratne - Teeside University    

Poster Presentation winner:

  • V. Buthe - Imperial College London    

    The conference topic themes include:

    • Multi-scale engineering
    • Education and policy
    • Energy
    • Food
    • Healthcare

    When submitting an abstract, please select from one of the following sub-themes:

    Sub 1 - Multi-scale engineering
    • Advanced materials
    • Continuous and intensified manufacturing
    • Data-driven modelling and digitalisation 
    • Molecular engineering
    • Multi-scale engineering: Other
    Sub 2 - Education and policy
    • Education
    • Responsible innovation and policy
    • Education and policy: Other
    Sub 3 - Energy
    • Energy storage
    • Sustainability and net-zero
    • Design for CO2 capture
    • Energy: Other
    Sub 4 - Food
    • Food products and processing
    • Food: Other
    Sub 5 - Healthcare
    • Vaccines
    • Gene therapy
    • Healthcare: Other

    Keynote speakers include:

    Professor Claire Adjiman - Presenting on 7 April 2022

    Professor Claire Adjiman
    Professor of Chemical Engineering 
    Imperial College London

    Title: Engineering molecules for better processes and products

    Claire is Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. She holds an MEng from Imperial College and a PhD from Princeton University, both in Chemical Engineering. Her research interests include integrated process and molecular/materials design, including the development of design methods, property prediction techniques and optimisation algorithms. She works extensively with industry, especially the oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals sectors and has licensed thermodynamic modelling software. She has received awards that include a RAEng-ICI Fellowship, the Philip Leverhulme Prize for Engineering (2009), the SCI Armstrong Lecture, an EPSRC Leadership Fellowship, the RSC Elizabeth Colbourn Memorial Lecture and the AIChE’s CAST Computing in Chemical Engineering Award. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the Royal Society of Chemistry. She was a Founding Co-Director of Imperial’s Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (2015-2020) and is currently Director of the Sargent Centre for Process Systems Engineering.  

    Dr Alexander (Sandy) Douglas - Presenting on 8 April 2022

    Image of Dr Alexander (Sandy) Douglas 
    Principal Investigator
    Jenner Institute, University of Oxford

    Title: Equity by design: process development to enable rapid, low cost, high volume international vaccine availability

    Sandy trained clinically as a pharmaceutical physician. He currently leads a research group at the University of Oxford with interests in vaccine manufacturing and in translational development of novel vaccines. During the pandemic, he and his team developed the core of the process used to manufacture the Oxford / AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at large scale, and the model of internationally distributed manufacturing of the product using multiple existing facilities. Before AZ’s involvement in the programme, he established the CDMO consortium which scaled up production in the UK, and initiated technology transfer to major Indian and Chinese manufacturers. He has subsequently continued to work closely with AZ and on concepts for the response to future pandemics.


    Please note: all workshops are independent of ChemEngDayUK 2022 registration

    IChemE EdSIG Design Project Workshop
    Roberts Building, Room G06, 7 April, 9am – 12pm
    Organisers: Michaela Pollock and Suzanne Farid

    The IChemE Education Special Interest Group are organising a workshop to examine design project teaching from a variety of perspectives. In this workshop, we will discuss the needs of key stakeholders (accreditation, academia, industry) for the delivery of design projects in both chemical engineering and biochemical engineering departments.

    Firstly, we will consider IChemE accreditation requirements and guidelines for design projects with speakers from the IChemE Education and Accreditation Forum (EAF). Secondly, we will examine industry’s perspective on the importance of design project learning, design skills expected from graduates, as well as how industry can engage with design project teaching. Finally, we will consider the academic perspective.

    Design project teaching can be delivered in a variety of ways, motivated through different factors such as cohort size, delivery by core teaching teams or by academics across entire departments and collaborations with industry. In the workshop, academics will outline different approaches they have taken to design project teaching and students will share their experience of design project teaching.

    The workshop is open to a wide audience from academics involved in planning and delivering design project modules and entire degree programmes to industry representatives involved in running graduate schemes.

    This workshop is co-organised by the IChemE Education Special Interest Group, EdSIG.

    Register for this workshop

    Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Workshop
    Roberts Building, Room 106, 7 April, 9am – 12pm
    Organisers: Panagiota Angeli, Luca Mazzei and Chika Nweke

    In chemical and biochemical engineering departments, there is a need for equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) to ensure that all members have equal access to opportunities, reach their full potential and maintain a work-life balance using fair, ethical and sustainable approaches. Research has highlighted that passive efforts are inefficient and a more direct, hands-on approach to embed EDI principles in Chemical Engineering practice is necessary. This interactive event aims to highlight key areas where we can promote active EDI practices from staff recruitment, study and career progression through to student and staff belonging and engagement. 


    9-10.45 am  - GENERAL SESSION

    • Welcome
    • EDI in Chemical Engineering Education (Dr Chika Nweke, UCL)
    • Women/underrepresented groups in Academia (Dr Kelly Kousi, Un Surrey)
    • IChemE: the role of a professional body in sharing and supporting good practice (Alana Collis)
    • Short talks from Departments on best EDI practice (Dr S. Basugupta, UCL; Dr S. Moise, Un Bath; Dr D Chadha, Imperial College)

    We are inviting Departments to contribute further short talks on best EDI practice/experience. If you would like to contribute please contact Prof P. Angeli (p.angeli@ucl.ac.uk) or just turn up on the day

    • Panel discussion

    10.45-11 BREAK


    • Underrepresented groups in Academia (or widening participation)
    • Embedding EDI in Chemical Engineering curriculum

    11.30-12 Feedback
    Joint session to discuss findings from tables 

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    IChemE EdSIG Applying Project-based Learning: A Practical Workshop
    Roberts Building, G06, 8 April, 2pm – 5pm
    Organisers: Elton Dias, Chika Nweke and Esther Ventura-Medina

    What does preparing a sandwich and separating water from ethanol have in common? While both these scenarios are quite different in nature, both can be used as project-based learning (PBL) activities, where a real-life problem is presented, and students are required to solve it.

    PBL is an instructional learner-centred approach that empowers learners to conduct research, integrate theory and practice, and apply knowledge and skills to develop a viable solution to a defined problem. Because the human mind is inherently good at solving problems, PBL is successfully used as an engaging educational framework for teaching a variety of subjects.

    In this workshop we will introduce you to the rules and concepts that will help you design effective, challenging, and educational scenarios on which students are actively engaged with their learning. We will explore how to walk the fine line between giving enough information to steer research, but at same time ask open questions that allow for free exploration. We will demonstrate how to select and create scenarios that promote learner-led investigation, and finally highlight the role of the tutor as a facilitator for learning.


    • What is Project-based learning (PBL)
    • Distinctions between other problem/inquiry/etc-based learning
    • Cases and examples
    • Hands-on PBL design
    • Show and tell with feedback
    • Final thoughts

    This workshop is co-organised by the IChemE Education Special Interest Group, EdSIG.

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    Early Career Researcher Workshop: Academic, industrialist or entrepreneur?
    Roberts Building, 106, 8 April, 2pm – 5pm
    Organisers: Vasileios Charitopoulos and Paul Dalby

    The ChemEngDayUK 22 organisers are running a workshop to explore the future career opportunities for chemical and biochemical engineers in a rapidly changing world.  The workshop will draw upon the experiences of others on the topics of research fellowships, starting out as new lecturers, and setting up spin out companies. It will also provide a mix of presentations and then panel discussions in which the audience are invited to participate.

    These discussions could explore many topics such as those listed below but participants are also invited to bring their own questions for discussion.

    1. What skills are the sector likely to be looking for in the future?
    2. What makes a good fellowship application?
    3. What do industry think about PhDs and Post Docs?
    4. How do you balance starting a business?
    5. What skills should I cultivate in time for applying for lectureships?

    Do also feel free to bring your own burning questions.

    Register for this workshop

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      Contact us

      For ChemEngDayUK 2022 enquiries email: chemengdayuk2022@ucl.ac.uk