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EPSRC Reference: EP/J014958/1
Title: Molecular Systems Engineering of High-Value Structured and Formulated Products
Principal Investigator: Jackson, Professor G
Other Investigators:
Muller, Professor E Adjiman, Professor CS Pantelides, Professor CC
Pistikopoulos, Professor E Galindo, Professor A
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Bristol Myers Squibb Company (Global) GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) Procter & Gamble
Department: Chemical Engineering
Organisation: Imperial College London
Scheme: Platform Grants
Starts: 30 November 2012 Ends: 29 November 2017 Value (£): 1,535,483
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Catalysis & Applied Catalysis Design of Process systems
Particle Technology
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Chemicals Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
19 Jan 2012 Platform Grants Full Proposals 19 & 20 January 2012 Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The focus of research in Molecular Systems Engineering is the development of methods and tools for the design of better products and processes in applications where molecular interactions play a central role. To date we have developed a successful activity focussed mostly on large-scale gas-liquid processes. A strategic objective of this proposal is to make a leap to the more challenging high-value manufacturing arena, where formulated and structured products are prevalent. The combination of fundamental physical understanding, mathematical models, and numerical methods is the cornerstone of our approach. It allows us to reduce our dependence on rules-of-thumb which have traditionally been used to make models tractable but which have a limited validity. The success of this approach is strongly dependent upon the ability to exploit the synergies between molecular modelling and process engineering, as we have demonstrated in the design of novel processes for carbon dioxide capture from natural gas. Our team of investigators and RAs will be ideally positioned to overcome the challenges posed by high-value products and processes thanks to its current expertise, the investment we have made in breaking down the barriers to interdisciplinary work, and the new skills, continuity and flexibility afforded by a platform grant.

An overriding objective of the platform grant is to fast-track the careers of the individual researchers involved. Supporting the careers of researchers has always been central to our approach to research. This grant will give us a unique ability to push this further by providing us with the resources and critical mass to put in place a more structured development programme.
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