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Our Research

The School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering’s research and innovation mission is to undertake research of value to industry and society in Ireland and beyond ensuring excellence and impact of our research, innovation and scholarship.

Our People

Within the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, a diverse cohort of people are working to achieve our research mission.  Our PhD students, postdoctoral researchers, technical staff and academic faculty have joined us from around the world and from a wide range of scientific and engineering backgrounds.  They are motivated and passionate about delivering excellent research with significant scientific and societal impact.

Research Themes

Chemical and bioprocess engineering research seeks to address a variety of challenges facing society including manufacturing new therapies to address unmet medical needs, engineering new functional materials for a wide range of applications and developing the circular economy.  Our School’s efforts are focussed on the areas of biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical engineering, energy and the environment and advanced materials engineering.

Biopharmaceutical & Pharmaceutical Engineering

Biopharmaceutical & Pharmaceutical Engineering is one the key pillars of research in the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering. Ireland is a global player in the Biopharmaceutical Industry with all of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies operating in Ireland. With many of our graduates working in this sector, the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering has strong ties with the industry. This is also reflected in continuing world class research carried out by the school.


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Energy and the Environment

With the world's population growing and its resources dwindling, advances in energy conversion and storage are key to ensuring a sustainable future. In the School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering, we are leading the field in the research of advanced solar technologies, material and molecular simulations as well as carbon reduction. This forms part of a wider UCD research focus on Energy Systems Integration.


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Advanced Materials Engineering

The School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering conducts cutting edge research in the area of advanced materials engineering. Challenges such as energy generation and storage, drug delivery, tissue engineering and green technologies are all driving the need for significiant innovations in the area of materials.


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Spin Outs

There has been a great deal of technical innovation and commercialisation work led by academic staff in SCBE for many years, across a range of areas from pharmaceuticals, wastewater treatment and the broader energy/materials and environment themes. This has often expressed itself in their leading roles in university spin-out company efforts, and we detail below a number of spin-outs in which SCBE academic staff have provided business, technical and scientific leadership.

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