UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Marc-Olivier Coppens

Ramsay Memorial Professor, Vice Dean (Interdisciplinarity Innovation) at UCL Faculty of Engineering and the Founding Director of the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering.

Faculty of Engineering Science

Research Interests

  • Nature inspired chemical engineering
  • Hierarchically structured functional materials
  • Statistical mechanics and multiscale simulations
  • Diffusion
  • Energy, water, sustainability and process intensification


UC Berkeley

Postdoctoral researcher | 1997-1998


Visiting researcher | 1996

University of Ghent, Belgium

PhD in Chemical Engineering | 1996

University of Ghent, Belgium

MSc and BS in Chemical Engineering | 1993


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, FRSC (2021)
  • UCL Education Award for curriculum development (2020)
  • Appointed to the Scientific Council of IFP Energies Nouvelles, France (2018)
  • Corresponding Member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences, Germany (2018)
  • PSRI Lectureship Award of the AIChE’s Particle Technology Forum (2017)
  • Qiushi Distinguished Chair, Zhejiang University (2017)
  • Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, FAIChE (2016) 
  • Somer Lectures, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (2014) 
  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, FIChemE (2014) 
  • EPSRC “Frontier Engineering” Award (5M£) to establish a UCL-based Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering (2013) 
  • RSC Catalysis Science and Technology Award Lecturer, ETH Zürich (2012)
  • Rensselaer School of Engineering Award for Innovations in Education (2012)
  • Visiting Professor at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo (2008)
  • PIONIER Award from the Dutch National Science Foundation, NWO (2002) 
  • Young Chemist Award from the Dutch National Science Foundation, NWO (2001)

Professional Affiliations

  • AIChE (Fellow, Board member CRE, PTF, IC, CTOC), IChemE (Fellow), RSC (Fellow), ACS, BAEF (Fellow, voting Member), AAAS, Saxon Academy of Sciences (Corresponding Member), Zhejiang University (Qiushi Distinguished Chair), IFP Energies Nouvelles (Scientific Council).