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Prof Eva Sorensen
Roberts 229
Department of Chemical Engineering
Torrington Place
Prof Eva Sorensen profile picture
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Dept of Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Prof Sorensen joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL in 1996 and is currently Professor in Chemical Engineering and Head of Department. Prior to joining UCL, she spent one year at the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College London as a postdoctoral researcher. Prof Sorensen is a member of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Working Party on Fluid Separations (Chair 2007-2013) and she was previously a member of the EFCE's Executive Board (2011-2017). Prof Sorensen is an Editor of Chemical Engineering Research and Design, previously the Editor-in-Chief (2010-2021), and a member of the IChemE's Education & Accreditation Forum and the IChemE Fluid Separations Special Interest Group Committee. She is a past member of the UK Engineering Council's Engineering Accreditation Board (2014-2021).
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Research Summary
My research activities are primarily in the area of fluid separations, a key area within chemical engineering where the application of advanced modelling and optimisation techniques for optimal design and operation can lead to very substantial benefits, especially within the increasingly important sectors of fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The overall objective of our work is to consider optimal design, operation and control using detailed mathematical models coupled with advanced optimisation methods. By considering all possible degrees of freedom and design combinations, new plants, or retrofits of existing plants, may be found which can significantly improve productivity and at the same time reduce environmental impact. Wherever possible, our models are verified experimentally either at UCL or through collaborations with other workers or with industry.
Teaching Summary

I am particularly interested in problem-based learning whereby students work together in teams to solve a real world problem. This is not only a more realistic learning situation for soon-to-be engineers, but also significantly increases students’ critical thinking and their problem solving abilities. Combined with this, I am passionate about the interactions between experimental and computational aspects of engineering, and  for students to see how these go hand-in-hand with fundamental theory in solving engineering problems. With the increasing focus on the use of digital resources within industry, training the next generation of engineers in their use is a key priority.

Modules currently taught:

2020 Head of Department Department of Chemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
2014 Professor in Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
2006 – 2014 Reader in Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
2000 – 2006 Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
1996 – 2000 Lecturer in Chemical Engineering Department of Chemical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
1995 – 1996 Post-doctoral Research Fellow Department of Chemical Engineering Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1994   Doctor of Philosophy Universitetet i Trondheim
    ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow  
2011   Master of Arts University College London
1989   Master of Science Universitetet i Trondheim
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