Co-Principal Investigator

Professor Lynn Gladden is an internationally recognised chemical engineer whose research and development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods have widely benefited industrial processes. A high-profile leader across multiple disciplines, Lynn’s research has resulted in new products and process technologies across many sectors of industry.

When used to study non-biological subjects, MRI can quantify both microscopic transport processes and chemical composition. Lynn’s work has increased the sensitivity of traditional MRI methods to enable absolute - rather than relative - material property values within engineering applications. This development has supported important advances in medicine, agricultural chemistry and the catalytic processes used in oil refineries.

Lynn works with major industry partners, including Johnson Matthey, ExxonMobil and Schlumberger. Her current collaboration with the research arm of Microsoft, for example, aims to deliver next-generation MRI techniques. Lynn was awarded a CBE in for services to chemical engineering in 2009. In 2014, she presented the Bakerian Lecture in the physical sciences at the Royal Society.




Research Interest

Oil recovery, porous media, NMR, terahertz, pharmaceuticals, MRI, catalysis.

Key Publications

M.H. Sankey, D.J. Holland, A.J. Sederman and L.F. Gladden, "Magnetic resonance velocity imaging of liquid and gas two-phase flow in packed beds". J. Magn. Reson. 196, 142-148, 2009.

K.L. Nguyen, T. Friscic, G.M. Day, L.F. Gladden and W. Jones, "Terahertz time-domain spectroscopy and the quantitative monitoring of mechanochemical cocrystal formation". Nature Materials 6, 206-209, 2007.

L.D. Anadon, A.J. Sederman and L.F. Gladden, "Mechanism of the trickle-to-pulse flow transition in fixed-bed reactors". AIChE Journal 52, 1522-1532, 2006.

D. Teschner, E. Vass, M. Havecker, S. Zafeiratos, P. Schnorch, H. Sauer, A. Knop-Gericke, R. Schloegl, M. Chamam, A. Wootsch, A.S. Canning, J.J. Gamman, S.D. Jackson, J. McGregor and L.F. Gladden, "Alkyne hydrogenation over Pd catalysts: A new paradigm". J. Catalysis 242, 26-37, 2006.

A.J. Sederman, M.D. Mantke, C.P. Dunckley, Z.Y. Huang and L.F. Gladden, "In situ MRI study of 1-octene isomerisation and hydrogenation within a trickle-bed reactor". Catal. Letts. 103, 1-8, 2005.

L.F. Gladden, "Magnetic Resonance: Ongoing and future role in chemical engineering research". AIChE Journal 49, 2-9, 2003.