Marc-Olivier Coppens is Ramsay Memorial Chair and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL, since 2012, after academic posts at Rensselaer, USA, and TU Delft, Netherlands (1998-2006), where he became Professor in 2001. He holds chemical engineering degrees (1993; PhD 1996) from Ghent University, Belgium, was visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and postdoctoral fellow at Yale and UC Berkeley.
In 2013, he founded the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering at UCL, which was granted a £5M EPSRC (UK’s NSF) “Frontier Engineering” Award. He is most recognised for pioneering work on nature-inspired chemical engineering: learning from fundamental mechanisms behind desirable traits in nature to develop creative and effective solutions to engineering challenges. He has over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications and delivered more than 50 named lectures, invited plenary and keynote lectures at international conferences. He won several international awards, most recently the AIChE Particle Technology Forum’s PSRI Lectureship Award in Fluidization (2017). He is Fellow of AIChE (2016) and IChemE (2014), Qiushi Professor at Zhejiang University (2017) and elected member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences, Germany (2018). He is Editor-in-Chief of Chemical & Engineering Processing: Process Intensification, and serves on several Editorial Boards, including Powder Technology, KONA and Chemical Engineering Science.