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Professor Lynn Gladden

BSc, Chemical Physics, Bristol, 1982
Ph.D, Physical Chemistry, Cambridge, 1987
Beilby Medal, 1995
Miller Visiting Professor, Berkeley, 1996
Tilden Lectureship and Silver Medal of the RSC, 2000
Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering

Contact Details

Postal Address

Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Cambridge
New Museums Site
Pembroke Street
Cambridge, CB2 3RA, UK


Magnetic Resonance Research Centre
Cavendish Laboratories
JJ Thomson Avenue
Cambridge, CB3 0HE, UK

Main Research Interests

The group\'s main interest is in understanding multi-component adsorption, diffusion and flow processes. Obviously these phenomena are generic to many areas of chemical engineering research and we are currently engaged in projects in the fields of catalysis, separation processes, liquids and soft solids processing, oil recovery, groundwater clean-up and the controlled release of pharmaceuticals. A particular area of interest within the group at the moment is imaging hydrodynamics and chemical conversion within catalytic reactors. The group is a member of the two catalyst and reactor engineering networks in the UK (ATHENA and CARMAC) in which we collaborate within the UK with Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and Queen\'s, Belfast, and also with the Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin and Northwestern and Virginia universities in the USA.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The Catalysis/Magnetic Resonance Group acts as a focus within the U.K. for the application of magnetic resonance techniques to problems in chemical engineering. The Magnetic Resonance Research Centre is a separate building housed on the West Cambridge site of the University which houses four NMR spectrometers offering us the ability to do NMR spectroscopy, diffusion, imaging and flow visualisation experiments. Currently we are particularly interested in the development of ultra-fast magnetic resonance (MRI) techniques which allow us to capture images of hydrodynamics and the spatial variation of concentration in chemical reactive flows. In many cases we are now developing new MRI techniques for specific applications in chemical engineering. These data are not just of interest in their own right in terms of \"seeing\" how processes occur, but the level of detail obtained allows critical evaluation of the predictive capability of numerical flow simulation codes and, of course, allows us to develop improved simulation strategies. A new direction for the group is to extend our interests into THz (vibrational) spectroscopy and imaging and we are currently building a combined THz/MRI measurement system.