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Process engineering & advanced materials

We work with some of the world's largest chemical manufacturers, pushing the frontiers of knowledge and innovation to achieve real-world solutions.

Process engineering & advanced materials

The Tees Valley is home to one of the largest process industry clusters in the UK. Our academic experts work closely with companies in the process industry on a wide range of development and processing of material solutions. This includes polymers and polymer processing, composite material development and materials testing and characterisation.

We have specific expertise around waste management and waste reduction in processing, carbon capture and the hydrogen economy.

Our close collaborations with industry, world-leading research and state-of-the-art facilities means we work with you to understand your problem and develop market-ready solutions.

Advanced materials

  • Polymer Processing - Injection moulding and polymeric materials
  • Thermoplastic Composites - Commodity thermoplastic composites for mass manufacture
  • High Temperature Functional Materials - Including sensitive materials and composite coatings (Geopolymers)
  • Bio-Mechanics
  • Separation Processes
  • Particle Technology

Sustainable process development

  • Wastewater and water treatment
  • Bioprocesses and biotechnology
  • Waste to energy
  • Waste to resource
  • Hydrogen economy
  • Biomass/waste to energy
  • Industrial carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS)

Process systems engineering and optimisation

  • Process control and monitoring
  • Process design and integration
  • Process modelling, simulation and optimization
  • Transport processes and computational fluid dynamics

Oil, gas and petrochemical technology

  • Core analysis
  • Porous material characterisation using a range of high resolution techniques in 2D, 3D, and 4D
  • The application of nano-technology in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) and groundwater remediation
  • Carbonate Rocks
  • Non-destructive tomography techniques

Research groups:

  • Engineering Processes Research Group

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund:

  • Clean Growth
  • Aging Society
  • Future of Mobility
  • AI & Data Economy

Peel Jones - Knowledge Transfer Partnership

Saltburn-based Peel Jones Copper products has provided high conductivity copper castings to the global iron and steel industry for 50 years.

With the roll-out of a fully digitized manufacturing process developed in a two-year Knowledge Transfer Partnership project with Teesside University, their capacity is set to grow by 15% per year.

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