UCL Department of Chemical Engineering


Marc-Olivier Coppens

Ramsay Memorial Professor in Chemical Engineering and Head of Department (currently on sabbatical)

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


  • 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), ACS, BAEF (Fellow, voting Member), AAAS, Saxon Academy of Sciences (Germany)