Dr Elena Simone


Elena Simone graduated with an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) and then moved to Loughborough University (UK) to study for a PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering. After obtaining her doctorate degree she stayed in the same institution for a postdoc. Elena joined the School of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Leeds in September 2016 as Lecturer in Remote Sensing.

Research interests

Her research interests include:

  • Understanding the phenomena of polymorphism, nucleation and crystal growth of pharmaceuticals and food crystals (e.g. fats, sugars) using on-line, in situ, analytical techniques as well as off-line solid state characterisation;
  • Developing strategies to effectively control crystal size, shape and polymorphism during crystallisation processes combining experimental and modelling work (Population Balance Equations);
  • Exploring novel technology and non-invasive techniques for food safety and reassurance;
  • Application of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) tools and Quality by Design (QbD) in the food industry.


  • MSc
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • IChemE
  • BACG
  • Royal Chemistry Society

Research groups and institutes

  • Food Colloids and Processing
  • Theoretical Modelling and Simulation
  • Functional Biopolymers for Food and Health

Postgraduate research opportunities

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