Chemical and Energy Engineering

Engineers are firmly focused on meeting the challenges of tomorrow

We have a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses that draw on our research expertise and industry links to produce graduates for the future.

We have carefully developed our courses to equip our graduates with the tools needed in the areas of chemical and energy engineering. The curiosity and creativity of the staff in their research feeds into the taught materials producing cutting edge learning activities in these dynamic and essential engineering disciplines.

Our accredited courses will provide you with specialist knowledge and skills which will attract employers. You'll develop your problem-solving, practical and technical abilities so you'll be ready for a long and successful career as an engineer.

Our focus is on teaching that is informed by our research. This focus on teaching has given us an enviable reputation for producing highly skilled and talented graduates who make a contribution to industry in whichever professional path they follow. Chemical and Energy Engineering at LSBU has a strong reputation through industry and professional links. This ensures our courses are current with a real impact on future employability.


We have a vibrant research activity that covers many facets of chemical and energy engineering. The clear focus of the staff is to develop novel approaches to a sustainable or future proofed environment. We are doing this through the development of new processes to produce fuels from waste, investigating means of storing or reusing CO­2, developing batteries and energy storage, investigating subsurface environments and reservoirs as future sources of energy or as a means to sequestrate CO2 and using computational approaches to understand the impact to quality of life in urban and non-urban environments. Our reach and research impact extends far beyond London South Bank University across the world with our collaborations and research networks.

Employability skills

Employers want to hire industry-ready graduates. They need individuals who can fit seamlessly into organisations, and who bring a desirable mix of technical know-how combined with a good work ethic. Students must be technically competent in chemical and energy engineering operations and possess adequate team-building, communication and managerial skills.

Throughout your studies, you will develop problem-solving, practical and software competencies. These will build your technical proficiency in chemical and energy engineering. At the same time, we will also provide you with the training to build your team-working, communication, report-writing and presentation abilities.

We will also help you to understand the importance of professional practice given that chemical and energy engineers must exhibit professional conduct towards safeguarding the public, their clients, their employers and fellow employees.

We promote lifelong learning, placing emphasis on the importance of continuing to develop personal and professional skills after graduation.

Career opportunities

Chemical engineering graduates are employed in a wide array of traditional industries, including process, pharmaceutical, agri-chemical, sustainable energy, future energy and energy storage. Our graduates are employed in the high growth sectors such as healthcare, water and waste management, pharmaceutical and food industries and sustainable energy facilities.

As our degrees develop skill sets that are valued by both engineering and non-engineering disciplines, some of our graduates may also find themselves employed in associated fields such as materials engineering, quality assurance, information technology and asset management.

University support

LSBU's Employability Service offers advice on how to shape your career. This complete service provides free professional information, advice and guidance while you study at LSBU and for up to two years after you graduate.


The course brings together the essentials of chemical engineering with an added flavour of geoscience, exploration and processing to highlight and develop a deep understanding of the energy mix.

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This course will prepare you for a career in which you'll research and test new products - be they petrol, plastics, medicines, food or drink - and make them commercially viable.

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Accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers, this Higher National Diploma (HND) covers the fundamentals of chemical engineering. Offered full-time, it can be a stepping stone to completing a Bachelors degree qualification.

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The course brings together the essentials of chemical engineering with an added flavour of geoscience, exploration and processing to highlight and develop a deep understanding of the energy mix.

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This course will prepare you for a career in which you'll research and test new products - be they petrol, plastics, medicines, food or drink - and make them commercially viable.

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This course aims to produce graduates trained in the core discipline of chemical engineering including energy, materials and reaction engineering, and project management.

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Develop the specialist knowledge and skills for a career in chemical engineering.

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MSc Future Energy Engineering covers both the theoretical knowledge and advanced technical skills in demand from the evolving process and energy engineering sectors.

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Accredited by the Energy Institute, this masters in petroleum engineering prepares graduates for engineering roles in the oil and gas industry.

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MSc Process Safety explores topics which cover a wide range of disciplines in relation to process safety.

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A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. Offered full-time and part-time.

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Our mix of multi-purpose and specialist laboratories provide ample space and facilities for carrying out a wide range of chemical tests. These practical facilities allow our students to mimic the processes undertaken by engineers in industry: researching and testing new products through to considering
how to make them commercially viable, how they could be implemented on an industrial scale and modified and improved once they are in operation.

The main teaching laboratory is where undergraduates carry out a range of experiments. Teaching equipment is purpose built to demonstrate the operation of industrial processes including heat exchange, mass transfer, chemical reactions and separation.

Software specifications


This software is produced by Aspen Technologies and models fluid flow and separation and is used in refinery operations or pipelines. It is a standard package for chemical and process engineers working in industry.


This industry-standard software is produced by Schlumberger and uses oil exploration data to work out the volume of a sub-surface oil or gas accumulation that is in the reservoir.


This software is produced by Schlumberger and models the movement of fluids in the oil or gas reservoir and works out what percentage of the hydrocarbons could economically be produced.


This software is produced by Petroleum Experts and looks at the design of a well to model various options available to the engineer to maximise well productivity. Options could include: putting a pump at the base of the well or a technique called gas lift (where gas is injected to help lift the liquid hydrocarbons).

GAP – produced by Petroleum Experts

This industry-standard software is used to describe the optimum method of joining wells together at surface level via pipelines to optimise the fluid flow pathways to the production station.

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Take a virtual tour of the Chemical and Petroleum Lab.

Industry-sponsored facilities

Accessing our facilities

Our extensive facilities and talented students and staff are regularly involved in knowledge transfer and consultation activities with industry. Follow these links to find out more about how we work with businesses at LSBU and about facilities and venue hire at LSBU.

Dr Elsa Aristodemou

Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7126

Elsa is course director of the Integrated Sciences for Sustainability programme and teaches on modules at all levels in the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering area.

Dr Anna-Karin Axelsson

Job title: Senior Lecturer, Chemical Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7913

Anna-Karin has over twenty years of expertise in the field of functional materials and engineering.

Dr Maria Astrid Centeno

Job title: Petroleum Engineering Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7948

Mrs Maria Astrid Centeno is the course director of the MSc Petroleum Engineering course, as well as the integrity coordinator of the division of Chemical and Energy Engineering

Dr Achilleas Constantinou

Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7185

Dr Constantinou specialises in Chemical and Catalytic Reaction Engineering, and in particular in the design of multiphase reactors, in order to intensify and improve their performances.

Dr Pedro Diaz

Job title: Associate Professor
Telephone: 020 7815 7953

Dr Diaz specialises in reservoir engineering, specifically in the areas of fluid–fluid and fluid–rock interactions, formation damage, and oil recovery methods. In academia he has researched in the areas of nano-materials, and enhanced oil recovery methods.

Prof. Steve Dunn

Job title: Head of Chemical and Energy Engineering.
Telephone: 020 7815 7183

Professor Steve Dunn has a research background in the processing of functional ceramics and hybrid systems and is now Head of Chemical and Energy Engineering.

Andrew Fergusson-Rees

Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, MEng/BEng Petroleum Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7972

Andrew's research interests are in multi-phase fluid flow associated with well performance and also heterogeneous catalysis and reaction engineering.

Dr Jim Ingram

Job title: Senior Research Fellow
Telephone: 020 7815 7980

Dr. Jim Ingram graduated with a degree in Applied Chemistry from Brunel University in 1989. He then Joined the Explosion and Fire Research Group at London South Bank University and was awarded a PhD in the development of instrumentation for and investigation of residual fuel oil flammability hazards in ships bunker tanks in 1995. Subsequently he took a post as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow within the EFRG and has been involved in a number of projects both conducting research and producing safety guidance on behalf of a number of organisations.

Dr Fatemeh Jahanzad

Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7624

Dr Jahanzad is the head of teaching and learning in Chemical and Energy Engineering (CEE) Division. She is responsible for smooth running of teaching and learning activities in CEE and works closely with the head of division to meet all quality assurance requirements for CEE courses.

She specialises in emulsions and polymer reaction engineering, with interests in emulsifications techniques and microfluidics.

Dr Suela Kellici

Job title: Associate Professor / Postgraduate Research Coordinator
Telephone: 020 7815 7983

Suela's background is in Chemistry and Materials Science, in particular Nanotechnology.

Prof. Basu Saha

Job title: Visiting Professor of Chemical and Process Engineering
Telephone: 020 7815 7190

Basu's research interests are in Greener and Sustainable Chemical Technology, Continuous Flow Reactions, Conversion of carbon-dioxide to Values Added Chemicals and Fuels.

Dr Helen Turnell

Job title: Senior Lecturer
Telephone: 020 7815 7122

A geophysicist by background, Helen is focussed on applying technical skills required to study the Earth to a range of decarbonisation disciplines.

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