Dr Christopher John Ness

Reader and Deputy Director of Research



2.02B Alexander Graham Bell Building

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Engineering Discipline: 

  • Chemical Engineering

Research Institute: 

  • Infrastructure and Environment
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I am a Reader in Chemical Engineering, investigating various aspects of soft matter including suspension rheology and granular mateirals. I am available for industrial consulting projects in any area related to suspension rheology (see my publication list here) and I am also recruiting PhD students.

  • 2023-present: Reader in Chemical Engineering
  • 2019-2024: Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh
  • 2016-2019: Maudslay-Butler Research Fellow - Pembroke College, University of Cambridge
  • 2012-2016: PhD Engineering - University of Edinburgh
  • 2007-2011: BA, MEng Chemical Engineering - Clare College, University of Cambridge



Professional Qualifications and Memberships: 

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Member of IChemE
  • Associate Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Associate Member of EPSRC Peer Review College
  • Member of the Americal Physical Society
  • Member of UKRI Early Career Forum (2021-2022)
  • Member of RSC Formulation Science and Technology Committee
  • Member of EPSRC Early Career Forum in Engineering (2018-2021)


  • Chemical Engineering Design 4 (CHEE10010)
  • Chemical Engineering Study Project 4 (CHEE10009)
  • Chemical Engineering Research Project 5 (CHEE11017)

Research Interests: 

You will find an up-to-date list of my papers at the link above, as well as here


Rheology, soft matter, granular matter, particle-based simulation

Further Information: 

I am available for consulting projects in the fields of suspension rheology (colloids, granular suspensions) and gelation. I have experience of modelling fundamental flows that elucidate the relationships between formulation (particle shape, size, surface details) and processing and also in modelling processes such as wet milling and extrusion.

I am currently recruiting PhD students and may have funding available.

Please get in touch by email for further information.