University College London

University College London (UCL) was founded on 11 February 1826, under the name London University, as a secular alternative to the strictly religious universities of Oxford and Cambridge. It was founded from the beginning as a university, not a college or institute. However its founders encountered strong opposition from the Church of England, among others, which prevented them from securing the Royal Charter that was necessary for the award of degrees, and it was not until 1836, when the latter-day University of London was established, that the college was legally recognized and granted the power to award degrees of the University of London.
University College London (UCL) is considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in the world and ranks highly in league tables. There are 32 Nobel Prize laureates amongst UCL’s alumni, current and former staff.
UCL taught the world’s first course on “chemical technology”, in 1882. Established in 1923, the Department of Chemical Engineering is the oldest of its kind in the UK. The Department currently has 23 academic staff members (Lecturer/Assistant Professor – Full Professor), and a number of honorary members of staff. It includes Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as the Ramsay Memorial Chair, named after UCL Professor in Chemistry and the Practice of Chemistry, Sir William Ramsay, Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1904 for the discovery of the noble gases.

Sir William Ramsay, Professor in Chemistry and Practice
of Chemistry at UCL discovers the noble gases

Wins Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Memorial fund for Chemical Engineering at UCL established

First UK Chair and Department of Chemical Engineering


Research is a core activity in the department; it covers a broad range of scales from the molecular to the complex systems level. Using a mix of experimental, theoretical, and computational tools, research has always been a major departmental activity, with 90% of staff rated as world leading or of internationally excellent quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, thus being in the top-three in the UK based on research and its impact. In addition, the Department's world-leading research feeds directly into its degree programmes. Chemical and Catalytic Reaction Engineering is a key research area for the Department, with no less than 10 academic staff members for whom this is a main area of research, likely the highest in the country. The Department plays a key role in the EPSRC funded UK Catalysis Hub, and there is significant research on microreactor and process engineering, process intensification, fluidized bed technology, electro- and photo-catalysis. The Department has also set up an interdisciplinary Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering, funded by an EPSRC “Frontier Engineering” Award. Research in Catalysis and Reactor Engineering complements activities in Molecular Thermodynamics, Multiphase Systems, and Product and Process Systems Engineering. Special attention is paid to "Grand Challenge" areas, in particular (a) those related to sustainability and resource (energy, water, material) efficiency, and (b) those promoting innovation in scalable manufacturing, functional materials, and the life/medical sciences. There are many industrial collaborations, and entrepreneurship is encouraged.
UCL is organized into 11 constituent faculties, within which there are over 100 departments, institutes and research centres. UCL has around 36,000 students and 11,000 staff (including around 6,000 academic staff and 980 professors).
UCL's main campus is located around the UCL administrative building on Gower Street in the Bloomsbury area of central London, with a number of institutes and teaching hospitals elsewhere in central London. Impeccable public transportation allows moving freely to any other areas of London. The British Museum, Regent’s Park, Tussauds Museum, the Sherlock Holmes Museum, Covent Garden, as well as such important thoroughfares as Euston Road, Marylebone Road, Warren Street, Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Street, Charing Cross Road, Baker Street are in an attainable vicinity of the UCL area.

The CHEMREACTOR-22 will be held in the Mary Ward House Conference Center (5-7, Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN)

Mary Ward House Conference Center is located in the heart of Bloomsbury area, traditional center of intellectual life of London. Bloomsbury is a home place for the University of London's central bodies and departments, including the Senate House Library, University College London. Bloomsbury is famous with its finest parks and gardens in conjunction with original designed squares, such as Russell Square, Gordon Square, Bedford Square and Bloomsbury Square surrounded by Georgian buildings.


Mary Ward House Conference Centre is a fascinating building built in 1898. It is located in the vicinity of UCL Engineering Department. It is only with minutes' walk of each of Euston, King Cross and Russel Square underground stations, with direct links to Heathrow Airport. The building of Mary Ward House Conference Centre has its own unique character and ambience; there is a large outdoor courtyard and garden which allows relaxing in such a picturesque place of the central part of London.

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