Process research and development

The Institute of Process Research and Development

This research group provides novel solutions for the sustainable and economic manufacture of fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals and new materials. Interactions in the key area between chemistry and chemical engineering are managed through the Institute for Process Research and Development (iPRD). The iPRD is a collaborative venture with the School of Chemical and Process Engineering through extensive University investment (a £2M Transformation Fund project), and is underpinned by four joint appointments between the two Schools, including two professors appointed from industry with over 30 years’ experience.

The Institute builds on expertise in synthesis and catalysis within the School of Chemistry. These activities, focussed through the iPRD, are achieved through a balanced portfolio of basic research, translational research and client/product-specific work. In all cases, industrial partnership and, where appropriate, co-funding of research, is key to ensuring the end-user relevance.

iPRD is home to a 650 m2 state-of-the-art process development laboratory which is the first of its kind in the UK.

Our research focuses on:

  • Sustainable pharmaceutical chemistry
  • Catalytic hydrogen transfer chemistry
  • Carbon capture technology based on amine chemistry.

For further information visit the Institute for Process Research and Development website.