Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens
Ramsay Memorial Professor and Vice-Dean for Interdisciplinarity of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London (UCL),
Director of the EPSRC “Frontier Engineering” Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering at UCL
Marc-Olivier Coppens is the Ramsay Memorial Professor and Vice-Dean for Interdisciplinarity of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at University College London (UCL), and the Director of the EPSRC “Frontier Engineering” Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering at UCL.His research focuses on what he calls Nature-Inspired Chemical Engineering (NICE), which is to design and build efficient chemical reaction processes, porous catalysts and separation systems, guided by efficient biological systems, from molecular to macroscopic scales. In his field of research, he has over 180 peer-reviewed scientific publications and delivered more than 50 invited keynote and plenary lectures at international conferences. He has formed the basis for the founding of the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering at UCL, which won a £5M “Frontier Engineering” Award in 2013 and a “Frontier Engineering: Progression” Award in 2019, both from the UK’s National Science Foundation, EPSRC.Professor Coppens is a Fellow of the IChemE (since 2014) and Fellow of the AIChE (since 2016), as well as Fellow (since 1996) and Elected Voting Member of the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF). He was named Accredited Expert in Fractal Engineering by the European Process Intensification Center (EUROPIC), a knowledge-transfer platform for innovating the process industry. He has served as Vice-Chair of the International Committee of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), where he is currently the first International Director of the CRE Division, and he has also served on the PTF and the CTOC. Apart from Editor-in-Chief of Chemical & Engineering Processing: Process Intensification, he is also co-section editor on CRE for Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering and also serves on the Editorial (Advisory) Boards of Powder Technology, Chemical Engineering & Technology, RSC Molecular Systems Design and Engineering, KONA, and Diffusion Fundamentals.