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Prof Ian Metcalfe

Ian Metcalfe

Ian Metcalfe obtained his first degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College where he was awarded the Hinchley Medal. He then performed his graduate study at Princeton University obtaining his MA in 1984 and his PhD in 1987. He returned to the UK to take up a position as a Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer at Imperial College. In 1997 he was appointed to the Chair of Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh and in 2001 he became Professor of Chemical Engineering at UMIST. In 2005 he moved to Newcastle University as the Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Ian is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012. He has held both an Esso Centenary Education Award (1989) and an ICI Fellowship (1993). Whilst at Imperial College he received the Imperial College Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996). He currently holds a European Research Council Advanced Grant and acts as director of the virtual UK membrane centre (EPSRC – SynFabFun). He has authored a text book on chemical reaction engineering which has sold 10 000 copies and has published more than 130 refereed research articles. He has supervised 50 PhD students.

His research is in the area of the thermodynamics of chemical conversion with an emphasis on energy processes. He has a particular interest in membrane processes and solid-gas chemical looping cycles.