Jonathan Peter Kyle SEVILLE

Current role: leading one of the UK’s major faculties of Engineering and Physical Sciences, with about 4000 taught students, 600 PhD researchers and a turnover of £75 millions. Surrey is famous for its innovation – most famously in satellite engineering and mobile telecommunications – and for its sector-leading engagement with industry through both research and student work placements. 

Education and qualifications

1981-84 University of Surrey: PhD, Chemical Engineering 

1975-79 Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

Entrance Scholarship in Engineering 

B.A.(Hons.) in Chemical Engineering (1979) M.A.(1983); M.Eng.(1994)


Chartered Engineer

Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (1997)

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2004)


2011- Executive Dean of Engineering & Physical Sciences, University of Surrey

2008-2011 Dean of Engineering, University of Warwick 

1994-2008: Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham 

Head of Department of Chemical Engineering (1998-2008)

Deputy Head of School of Engineering (2003-2008)

Head of the Centre for Formulation Engineeering (2001-2008)

Director of Chemical Engineering Research in the Centre for Positron Imaging in the School of Physics and Astronomy (1995-2008)

1997-1999: Visiting Professor at the Technical University of Denmark, Copenhagen  

1991-1994: Senior Lecturer, University of Surrey

1989-1990: Visiting Professor, University of British Columbia

1984-1991: Lecturer, University of Surrey (supported by Esso Education Scholarship)

1979-1981: Chemical Engineer with Courtaulds Ltd., Research Division, Coventry (general design and development relating mainly to cellulose-based chemicals)

Professional activities

Institution of Chemical Engineers

  • Vice-President (2015-16)
  • Member of Council (2003–10; 2015-present)
  • Audit Committee Chair (2009-13)

Engineering Council

  • Member of Board of Trustees, representing IChemE (2012-16)

Royal Academy of Engineering

  • Member of the Standing Committee on Education & Training (2005–08; 2012-present).


  • Vice-chair: Chemical Engineering Sub-Panel for the 2008 UK Research Assessment
  • Chair: 2004 SHEFCE panel on restructuring of engineering in Scotland

Research Councils

  • Member of the College of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council since its inception. Chair of many national funding panels.

Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier journal Powder Technology (1994-2014)

  • The leading archival journal in the science and engineering of particulate systems

Particle Technology UK Forum

  • Founder member of the steering group (1998-) - organises an annual conference for all UK academics (and most industrial ones) in the field

Advisory Bodies

  • International advisory committee, Graz University of Technology Research Center for Pharmaceutical Engineering (2008- )


  • Member: West Midlands Regional Minister's Advanced Manufacturing Task Group (2008-09)
  • I was one of the Scientists-for-Labour delegation invited to address the Prime Minister on "How can science and engineering spearhead the innovation-led recovery in Britain" in December 2009

My research

concerns the science & technology of particulate materials and the development of structured particulate products. This is a branch of engineering which underpins large parts of the industrial economy, from pharmaceuticals to construction. At Birmingham I founded the UK's first research centre for Formulation Engineering – dedicated to improving the design, performance and manufacture of formulated products. This has been awarded major funding from both industry and government and is the home for the unique Formulation Engineering Doctorate.

I have pioneered the use of positron-emitting radioactive tracers in engineering studies and co-founded(with Professor David Parker)the interdisciplinary Positron Imaging Centre in the School of Physics and Astronomy, and I have been principal or co-investigator on grants worth some £7 millions to establish it as a unique centre for imaging of engineering processes.

I was part of the GSK-led team which won the IChemE's 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering for work on a continuous process for pharmaceutical manufacture.

I am also active in energy-related projects, leading the development of the technical case for the Birmingham Hydrogen Energy consortium, funded under the UK government's Science City initiative. This work was instrumental in the Midlands Consortium being awarded the hub for the UK Energy Technologies Institute. More recently, I have worked on direct solar power in a project led by CNRS in France and I am one of the founders of the Swindon-based waste plastics conversion company Recycling Technologies.


include over 150 refereed publications, and numerous other published works, including 4 books: Processing of Particulate Solids, with U.Tüzün and R.Clift, Chapman & Hall/Kluwer Academic, 1997; Gas Cleaning in Demanding Applications (edited), Chapman & Hall/Kluwer Academic, 1997; Gas Cleaning at High Temperatures (edited, with R.Clift), Chapman & Hall, 1993; and Granulation (edited, with A.Salman and M.Hounslow), Elsevier, 2006.

I am extensively involved in organisation of international conferences, particularly including the European PARTEC conference (Nürnberg) and the US Engineering Conferences International series Particulate Processes in the Pharmaceutical Industry (co-organiser of number II, Puerto Rico, 2008) and Fluidization, several of which I have helped to organise. Most recently I gave the opening plenary at the World Congress on Particle Technology in Beijing in May 2014.



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