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Danckwerts Lecture

The P. V. Danckwerts Memorial Lecture was established in 1985 to honor Prof. Peter V. Danckwerts as a leading scholar in the field of chemical engineering and for his contributions as an Executive Editor of Chemical Engineering Science, the second Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, and a past President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. The Danckwerts Lecture is co-sponsored by Elsevier, AIChE, IChemE, and EFCE and is presented at the ECCE (odd years) and AIChE (even years) annual meetings.

Danckwerts Lecture 2015

The 2015 Danckwerts Lecture has been presented to Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas from Texas A & M University, USA.
Professor Floudas, the Erle Nye ‘59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence at the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A & M University, is a world-renowned authority in mathematical modelling and optimisation of complex systems.

For the 2015 Danckwerts Lecture, Professor Floudas will introduce a multi-scale energy systems engineering framework for addressing the grand challenge of CO2 capture, utilization, and sequestration (CCUS) at an individual process level and at the supply chain network level.

The Danckwerts Lecture "Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration: A Multi-scale Grand Challenge" will be delivered at ECCE10+ECAB3+EPIC5 in Nice, France on Monday, 28 September 2015. For further information, please visit the Congress website at


Danckwerts Lecture 2014

The 2014 Danckwerts Lecture has been presented by Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, head of department of biochemical engineering at University College London (UCL) and director of EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing of Emerging Macromolecular Therapies at the AIChE Annual Meeting in Atlanta, USA on 17 November.

In his lecture, Titchener-Hooker drew on examples of his work on process miniaturisation at UCL, which he described as “ultra scale down”. Case studies of the bioprocess optimisation of operations, including centrifugation and chromatography, were discussed in the context of the latest computational techniques and decision making tools. The lecture made a compelling case for process optimisation and cost reduction via better equipment sizing in multi product facilities.

Download the EFCE press release:
18/2014 (2014-11-19)
Engineering biological solutions for next generation drug therapies

Danckwerts Lecture 2013

The 2013 laureate is Dr. Sharon C. Glotzer of the University of Michigan, USA, internationally recognised with over 160 publications and over 250 invited, keynote and plenary talks on five continents. Re-examining the notion of shape and its role in the bottom-up assembly of new materials, Glotzer's research focuses on the self-assembly of nanoscale systems, looking at entropy, shape and form at a new level, opening doors to brand new creations.

Undoubtedly one of the highlights of a 5-day programme, the lecture entitled "Assembly Engineering: Materials Design for the 21st Century" was delivered at the 9th European Congress of Chemical Engineering in The Hague, The Netherlands on Tuesday, 23 April 2013.

Glotzer explains: "The fascinating science of self-assembly has matured sufficiently that bottom-up building block assembly is emerging as an important paradigm for the creation of new materials and structures." In her talk, she will discuss the core principles of assembly engineering and the application of these principles to the design and synthesis of next generation materials.

Download the related EFCE press releases:
07/2013 (2013-05-01):
Glotzer dazzles audience at Danckwerts chemical engineering lecture
Assembly engineering - how far can one go on entropy?

01/2013 (2013-02-18):
Glotzer to deliver Danckwerts chemical engineering lecture

Danckwerts Lecture 2012


The 2012 Danckwerts Lecture has been presented by Professor Guy B. Marin, Universiteit Gent, Belgium . The Lecture, entitled "Chemical Engineering and Kinetics, a 'Pas de Deux' of Theory and Experiment" took place on 29 October 2012 during the Annual AIChE meeting in Pittsburgh, USA.

Guy B. Marin obtained his Masters degree (1976) and his Ph.D. (1980) in Chemical Engineering at Ghent University. He then held a Fulbright fellowship at Stanford University and Catalytica Associates, USA. From 1988 to 1997, he was a full Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology, NL, where he taught reactor analysis and design. He then returned to Ghent University, where he is currently a Professor in Chemical Reaction Engineering.
The main focus of Prof. Marin's research is the investigation of chemical kinetics, targeting the modeling and design of chemical processes and products all the way from molecule up to full scale. His publications include Kinetics of Chemical Reactions: Decoding Complexity with G. Yablonsky (Wiley-VCH, 2011) more than 300 papers in international journals. He is Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Chemical Engineering, Co-Editor of the Chemical Engineering Journal and a member of the editorial board of Applied Catalysis A: General. In 2012 he received an Advanced Research Grant from the European Research Council on "Multiscale Analysis and Design for Process Intensification and Innovation." He chairs the EFCE Working Party on Chemical Reaction Engineering and is an overseas academic "Master" for the "Plan 111" project of the Chinese Government in this field.

He briefly discusses his lecture in the video panel:

DanCkwerts Lecture 2011

The 2011 Danckwerts Lecture, entitled "Design by evolution: engineering biology in the 21st century" was given by Prof. Dr. Frances H. Arnold, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, USA, on Tuesday, 27 September 2011 at ECCE8/ECAB1in Berlin, Germany. 

Frances H. Arnold is Dick and Barbara Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Her main research areas are protein engineering, directed evolution, biocatalysis, biological circuit design, and bioenergy. She is a pioneer in the exciting field of directed evolution and strives to elucidate the principles of biological design. Engineering new enzymes using methods of laboratory evolution for bioenergy, green chemistry, or medical applications is a main focus of her work.
Frances H. Arnold is an internationally highly recognized scientist, and this is reflected by numerous awards and honors for her outstanding work. She is the only woman with the rare honor of being elected to all three National Academies in the United States.
Educated in mechanical and aerospace engineering and in chemical engineering, she is now fascinated by biochemistry and bioengineering - interdisciplinarity is more than just a word for Frances Arnold and her research.


Danckwerts Lecturers 1985 - Present



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