Chemical engineering boost for Strathclyde

Strathclyde University has opened a £2m chemical engineering lab to further research into nanostructured materials and biomolecular engineering


Strathclyde University’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering has opened a £2m chemical engineering lab to further research into nanostructured materials and biomolecular engineering

Dr Ramesh Mashelkar, president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, officially opened the laboratory. He said: ‘As a profession, we specialise in working across boundaries – with people from different disciplines, different countries and different backgrounds.

‘This approach is exemplified here at Strathclyde where I applaud your most productive collaborations with pure and applied chemists, physicists and biologists among others in the pursuit of novel solutions in the sphere of nanostructured materials, biomolecular engineering and energy applications.’

The investment reflects a growing demand for chemical engineers. Applications to study chemical engineering have risen by 70 per cent since 2001, with admissions increasing by almost 40 per cent in the last six years.

Dr Carl Schaschke, head of the department, said: ‘The upturn in interest in chemical engineering nationally is a reflection of both the changing role and unique skills of the chemical engineer. Now, more than at any time in the past, chemical engineers are central to meeting societal needs.

‘This new lab will help us to further expand our advanced research capacity and will have a pivotal role in developing the next generation of engineers.’