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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.

Scroll down for Academics, Technical and Professional Services Staff, Post-Doctoral Researchers, PhD Students, Visiting Researchers, and Alumni.

Academics

Marc-Olivier Coppens Marc-Olivier Coppens

Ramsay Memorial Professor in Chemical Engineering, Vice Dean (Interdisciplinarity Innovation)

 


Yang Lan Yang Lan

lecturer in nature-inspired chemical engineering

Niall Kent       

Niall Kent
Honorary lecturer in nature-inspired chemical engineering

 


Technical and ProfessionalServices

Han Wu

Han Wu
Research Laboratories Manager

Han is looking after the extensive CNIE facilities. She is, among others, helping users and organising training sessions.


Barry Reid

Barry Reid
NICE Research Technician

Barry works as research technician providing support to laboratory based researchers. He manages research and analytical instrumentation in the CNIE laboratory.


Graham Knight
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CNIE Project Manager

Graham is taking care of all administrative and managerial aspects of the CNIE


Postdoctoral Researchers

 

Cristian-Renato Boruntea (Renato)

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Matthew Chin

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Nidhi Kapil

Nidhi Kapil

Panos Trogadas

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PhD Students

Mohammad Alkhunaizi
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Ibrahim Alnutaifi
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Mohammed Alsubei
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Adriana Bernardes
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Aleksandra Glowska
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Yiting He
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Shuxian Jiang
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Nina Jotanovic
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Julia Linke
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Halan Mohamed
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Maria Mourkou
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Malica Schmidt
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Lucy Todd
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 Jingyi Wang
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Gowan Whalley
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Linlin Xu
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Pengfei Yang
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Yuanxi Yang
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Visiting Researchers

Xinjie Luo

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Alumni

 

Shuman Xu

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PhD student at Zhejiang University


Yanan Liu

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Now Associate Professor at Hainan University (CN)


Sasank (Viswanath) Bethapudi
Now Chief Integration Engineer at Cranfield Aerospace Solutions

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Haiyue Yu

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Guanghua Ye

Guanghua Ye

Now Associate Professor, East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) (CN)


Lilian de Martín

Lilian de Martin

Now Scientist at TNO (NL)


Jayesh Bhatt

Jayesh Bhatt

Now Research Fellow at UCL Biosciences (UK)


Michael Nigra

Michael Nigra

Now Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at University of Utah (USA)


Ayomi Perera

Ayomi Perera

Now Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at Kingston University (UK)


Silo Meoto

Silo Meoto

Now scientist/ engineer at Nexeon (UK)


Victor Francia

Victor Francia

Now Assistant Professor at Heriot-Watt University (UK)


Zheyi Meng

Zheyi Meng

Now Associate Professor at Donghua University, Shanghai (CN)


Cheng Lian

Cheng Lian

Now Te Ping Professor at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai (ECUST) (CN)


Jason Cho

Jason Cho

Now Researcher at Samsung


Tobias Weissenberger

Tobias Weissenberger

Now Researcher at Frauenhofer IMM (D)


Jianan Li

Jianan Li

Now Associate Professor at Qingdao University of Technology (CN)


Kaiqiao Wu

Kaiqiao Wu

PostDoc TU Delft (NL)


Gaiya Ibrahim

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Michele Lynch

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Katarzyna Maksimiak