UCL Department of Chemical Engineering

Prof Eva Sorensen

Prof Eva Sorensen

Professor of Chemical Engineering

Dept of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Mar 1996

Research summary

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.

Teaching summary

Prof Sorensen obtained an MA in Education from UCL in 2011. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), a member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers' Education & Accreditation Forum, a member of the European Society for Engineering Education (SEFI), and has been a primary and secondary school governor since 2006. She received the UCL Faculty of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award in 2002, became an ExxonMobil Teaching Fellow in 2013 and won the IChemE's Frank Morton Medal in 2017.

Prof Sorensen is particularly interested in the development and delivery of a connected curriculum, taking students to the edge of knowledge, and changing the nature of the dialogue between staff and students. She is also interested in the use of learning  technologies and how these can be used efficiently to enhance and  supplement traditional learning and teaching. Prof Sorensen's departmental teaching activities are mainly in the area of modelling, design and optimisation, in particular, related to fluid separations.


University College London
MA, Education | 2011
Universitetet i Trondheim
PhD, Chemical Engineering | 1994
Universitetet i Trondheim
MSc, Chemical Engineering | 1989


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).