Institute of Process Research and Development

At the Interface of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

The Institute of Process Research and Development (iPRD) offers one-of-a-kind and world-class facilities and expertise in process chemistry, and particles and crystals engineering.

Established in 2008 by the University of Leeds, iPRD is comprised of experts from the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering who work closely with the chemical industries to develop technologies that can deliver cost reductions, quality benefits, increased productivity and reduce waste and energy utilisation in product manufacture.  

Our team has over fifty year’s combined experience of working in the fine chemical and pharmaceutical sectors and are able to offer companies focused contract-based services for problem solving, process understanding, development of new process technologies, small-scale manufacture, training and consultancy.

iPRD works with companies of all sizes and our regional and european funding allows us to offer some services free of charge to SMEs in Yorkshire and The Humber.

Please contact us for further information or to discuss how iPRD may be able to support your company in providing solutions to your current and future challenges in product and process development.

Short course

Chemistry for Engineers and Scientists
9 -11 September 2013

A 3 day residential course at the University of Leeds organised in association with the Royal Society of Chemistry Process Technology Group.

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About us

Minister for Universities and Science visits iPRD

State of the art facilities for chemistry and chemical engineering in the Institute were showcased during recent a visit by the Rt Hon David Willetts MP

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CHEM21  - Chemical manufacturing methods for the 21st century pharmaceutical industries

iPRD scientists and engineers joined colleagues from twelve top European universities, six pharmaceutical companies and four small to medium enterprises to form Europe's largest public-private partnership dedicated sustainable manufacturing of pharmaceuticals.

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Research & Teaching

Our research is supported by grants from the Technology Strategy Board and UK research councils which enable us to:

  • Work with companies to identify ways of improving manufacturing processes

  • Develop new technologies that can be readily commercially applied in industrial processes

  • Sustain high-risk/high return projects by leveraging industrial, public and academic resources

  • Provide facilities for process evaluation and small scale manufacture

  • Deliver accredited courses to train students in process development and manufacture


iPRD collaborations have enabled our industrial partners to successfully:

  • Resolve immediate issues relating to product manufacture

  • Test their own ideas at minimal risk and resource burden

  • Undertake proof of concept/pilot projects

  • Take the first steps towards new product commercialisation

Postgraduate opportunities:

iPRD offers accredited taught MSc in Chemical Process Research and Development and Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Process Research and Development; funded PhD and MSc by research degrees are also available through the School of Chemistry and Faculty of Engineering.