Prof Alexei LAPKIN

Principal Investigator

Alexei Lapkin is a Professor of Sustainable Reaction Engineering at University of Cambridge. He is also a PI on three projects within Cambridge CARES. He studied chemistry at Novosibirsk State University (Russia), then obtained his PhD in chemical engineering at University of Bath (UK) under the supervision of Prof. W. J. Thomas and then was appointed as a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at University of Bath in 2000. In 2009 he was appointed as Professor of Engineering at University of Warwick and since 2013 he is in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Cambridge. His work is mainly on methods of process intensification for chemical manufacturing, including machine learning and artificial intelligence, and methods of environmental assessment of new chemical processes, including life cycle assessment.

Professor Lapkin runs several projects under the Pharma Innovation Programme Singapore (PIPS), an industry-led platform which aims to synergistically and strategically bring together public sector research capabilities and domain expertise of the pharmaceutical industry to enhance the productivity and operational efficiency within Singapore’s pharmaceutical sector through leveraging novel manufacturing technologies and data analytics. He was also a Lead PI on the now-complete eCO₂EP project.




Research Interest

Professor Alexei Lapkin's research group is developing cleaner manufacturing processes within chemical and chemistry-using industries, mainly focusing on liquid-phase catalytic and biochemical processes. The group has pursued projects on developing functional materials for catalysts, adsorbents and reactors, design of multi-functional intensive reactor concepts, modelling of reaction kinetics, integrated processes, CFD and LCA, integration of reactions and separation especially in bio-chemical processes.

Key Publications

D. Helmdach, P. Yaseneva, P.K. Heer, A. Schweidtmann, A. Lapkin, A multi-objective optimisation including results of life cycle assessment in developing bio-renewable-based processes, ChemSusChem 10:18 (2017) 3632-3643. DOI: 10.1002/cssc.201700927

J. Zakrzhewski, A.P. Smalley, M. Kabeshov, A. Lapkin, M. Gaunt, Continuous flow synthesis and derivatization of aziridines via palladium-catalyzed C(sp3)-H activation, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 55 (2016) 8878-8883.

P. Yaseneva, P. Hodgson, J. Zakrzewski, S. Falss, R.E. Meadows, A.A. Lapkin, Continuous flow Buchwald-Hartwig amination of a pharmaceutical intermediate, React. Chem. Eng., 1 (2016) 229-238.