UCL Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering


Nature-Inspired Chemical Engineering Group

UCL is home to a research group dedicated exclusively to nature inspired research: the Nature Inspired Chemical Engineering (NICE) group.

The group is headed by Prof Marc-Olivier Coppens and Dr Yang Lan and is based at the Department of Chemical Engineering. The NICE group’s research philosophy is to learn from nature and biology in the development of sustainable chemical processes, materials and devices. Hypothesis-driven research on fundamental principles is merged with technologically, application oriented research. The overarching aim is to address grand challenges in health, environment and sustainability.