Peter Martin, MEng, PhD, CEng, FIChemE


Personal profile


I am a Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at The University of Manchester. I established the Multiphase Processing Group when I joined in 2007. This has grown into a group of over 10 researchers and has won more than £4.1M in public and industrial funding. 

Appointments held:

2012-present Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering,
School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (SCEAS), The University of Manchester, UK

2007-2012 Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, 
School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (SCEAS), The University of Manchester, UK

2005-2007 Lecturer (co-appointment), Christ Church College, Oxford, UK

2004-2007 Lecturer in Chemical Engineering (fixed term),  
Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, UK

2002-2004 Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, 
University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UMIST), UK

Memberships of committees and professional bodies


  • 2002, St John’s College, University of Cambridge, UK
    PhD, Department of Chemical Engineering 
    Thesis title: Mechanics of paste flow in radial screen extruders
  • 1998, Oriel College, University of Oxford, UK
    MEng (Hons), Class I, Engineering Science

Research interests

The Multiphase Processing Group researches across three themes:
  1. Biosurfactant production, characterisation and application
  2. Production and characterisation of structured liquids and soft solids
  3. Multiphase processes for monoethylene glycol (MEG) reclamation in the oil and gas industries
In 2011 I commenced a five year EPSRC Challenging Engineering award which builds on the group's initial successful EPSRC First Grant, Royal Society Research Grant and several EPSRC Industrial CASE awards. The fundamentals of transport processes within multiphase systems are studied with a view to apply new insights to intensify bioprocessing and to find new applications for bioproducts.
Biosurfactants are our principal focus of activity with three target areas:
  • Production - addressed through detailed study of competitive adsorption processes within foams.
  • Functionality - addressed through biosurfactant characterisation in solutions and on surfaces.
  • Application - addressed through engineering the scale up of structured liquid formulation and processing.
We are engaged in numerous research projects with Unilever our Centre for Advancement of Structured Liquid Engineering (CASTLE). We utilise leading equipment from bench to production scale to study formulation, equipment characterisation, mixing, scale up and product measurement. Current work is focusing on the advanced application of Electrical Resistance Tomography for online and inline characterisation and control of processes.
In 2010 we launched a major collaborative project with oil and gas equipment manufacturer Cameron to improve understanding of multiphase phenomena within one of their key technology innovations: the PureMEG™ process. Crystallisation, sedimentation, slurry flow and more combine to make a novel process for removing salt scale from monoethylene glycol reclamation processes to improve the economic, environmental and operating performance of subsea gas pipelines. Cameron have donated to the University a three story £900k pilot plant process as part of the EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Account project which now forms a key element of the School's large scale research and undergraduate teaching activity. 

My group


I am always interested in supervising PhD projects with high quality candidates in any of the group's three research themes: 1) Biosurfactant production, characterisation and application; 2) Production and characterisation of structured liquids and soft solids; 3) Multiphase processes for monoethylene glycol (MEG) reclamation in the oil and gas industries. Please contact me if you would like to discuss your project ideas.

Details of fully funded PhDs and other specific projects are available through

I am currently inviting applications for highly qualified applicants for these fully funded EPSRC PhD studentships:

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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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