Megan Benton

Megan Benton, CEng, FIChemE, SFHEA


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  • process design, separation, process integration, process systems

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BSc (Hons) Chemical Engineering, PhD

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She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and completed her PhD at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She has been a member of academic staff at UMIST/the University of Manchester since 1996, where she is a member of the Centre for Process Integration within the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science.

Megan has industrial experience as a process engineer with Unilever. Her research aims to develop design methodologies for separation and reactive separation processes that are inherently efficient, in terms of energy demand, raw material consumption, waste production and generation of emissions.

Recent and current research projects develop methodologies for conceptual design, retrofit and optimisation of separation systems. Systems addressed include heat-integrated distillation systems, refinery distillation processes, hybrid separation processes and liquid-liquid extraction.

Research interests

Process design, separation system design, distillation, process integration

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Energy


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