Dr Dipesh Patel

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering


+44 (0) 1482 465783

Dipesh Patel joined the University of Hull as a lecturer in November 2014 after working as a research fellow at London South Bank University.

He previously studied at the University of Mumbai, in India, and worked for a pharmaceutical company before studying for an MSc (2004-2005) and a PhD (2006-2011) at Loughborough University

Dr Patel has published research findings in high impact academic journals and presented research papers at international conferences and national research events.


Research Interests

  • Multi-functional reactor (e.g. reactive chromatography)
  • Heterogeneous catalysis
  • Production of biofuel
  • Chemical reaction engineering
  • Carbon dioxide utilisation
  • Development of a new carbon dioxide scrubbing material for use in a portable altitude training machine

Research groups

Contributes to the Biofuels, Bio-Based Materials and Bio-Refining research group at the University of Hull.


Saada R, Patel D and Saha B, 'Causes and Consequences of Thermal Runaway Incidents – Will They Ever Be Avoided?', Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 97, 109-115 (2015)

Patel D et al, 'Greener and Efficient Epoxidation of 4-Vinyl-1-Cyclohexene with Polystyrene 2-(Aminomethyl)Pyridine Supported Mo(VI) Catalyst in Batch and Continuous Reactors', Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 94, pp 194–203 (2014)

Adeleye AI, Patel D, Niyogi D and Saha B, 'Efficient and Greener Synthesis of Propylene Carbonate from Carbon Dioxide and Propylene Oxide', Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 53(49), pp 18647–18657 (2014)

Zainal-Abidin-Murad S, Patel D and Saha B, 'Quantitative Analysis of Fatty Acids Composition in the Used Cooking Oil (UCO) by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC–MS)', The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 91, pp 1896-1903 (2013)

Patel D and Saha B, 'Esterification of Acetic Acid with N-Hexanol in Batch and Continuous Chromatographic Reactors Using a Gelular Ion Exchange Resin as a Catalyst', Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 51(37), pp 11965-11974 (2012)

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

Dr Patel has been teaching the following modules and is also the module leader:

  • 57227 Fundamentals of Chemical Engineering (Y1, L4, S1, 10 Credits)

  • 57274 Principles of Chemical Engineering (Y1, L7, S1, 10 Credits)

  • 57278 Principles of Separation Processes and Particle Technology (Y1, L7, S2, 10 Credits)

  • 57284 Chemical Product Design (Y1 and Y4, L7, S2, 10 Credits)

  • 57305 Separation Processes & Particle Technology (Y2, L5, S2, 10 Credits)

  • 57326 Chemical Thermodynamics and Process Simulation (Y3, L6, S1, 10 Credits)

In addition, Dr Patel has been contributing to the following modules:

  • 06061 Preparing for Learning in Higher Education (Y1, L3, S1)

  • 57212 Engineering Global Challenge I (Y1, L4, S2)

  • 57223 Process Safety and Chemistry (Y1, L4, S1)

  • 57277 Research Skills and Project Planning (Y1, L7, S2)

  • 57234 Engineering Global Challenge 2 (Y2, L5, S2)

  • 57157 Chemical Engineering Project – Part A (Y4, L7, S1 and S2)

  • 57175 Chemical Engineering Project – Part B (Y4, L7, S2)

  • 57276 Individual Project (MSc) (Y1, L7, S3)

  • 57340 Chemical Engineering Design Project (Y3, L6, S1 and S2)

Research PhDs

Dr Patel is interested in providing supervision in

  • production of bioethanol/biodiesel
  • conversion of glycerol (biodiesel by-product) to valuable industrial products
  • synthesis of valuable products from waste acid streams
  • heterogeneously catalysed esterification reaction for different reaction systems

Current PhD Supervisions

  • Hongman Sun, as second supervisor (Sep 2016 - )

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree, Chemical Engineering, University of Mumbai, India (2003)
  • MSc, Advanced Process Engineering, Loughborough University (2005)
  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University (2011)

External roles

Professional Membership:

  • Associate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (AMIChemE)

  • Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

  • Member of Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)

Awards and accolades

Awarded second prize at a national research event organised by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) in 2011