Professor Darren Oatley-Radcliffe

Professor, Chemical Engineering

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 606668

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Available For Postgraduate Supervision


I am a chemical and bioprocess engineer and am an Associate Professor in the ESRI research centre at Swansea University. I have several years’ experience in industry working in both Oil & Gas and Pharmaceuticals. As a result, I am highly experienced in the design, development and scale-up of processes equipment from lab scale to the factories. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Chemical and bio-process engineering
  • Reactor design
  • Separation processes
  • Algal technologies
  • Membrane processes
  • Pollution control and remediation
  • Circular economy and sustainability

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

I am an elected fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and enjoy a range of teaching activities. I particularly enjoy delivering in the area of design and am currently responsible for Reactor Design on the chemical engineering programme. I am also very keen on digital delivery and lead Swansea University’s participation in an online post-graduate training programme in bio-innovation, see 



My research interests lie in the design and application of novel technologies and processes, these include; water treatment, desalination, water recycling and re-use, carbon capture and utilisation, pollution control and remediation, algal technologies.
I have graduated many research students at both Master and Ph.D. level, published several book chapters, around 50 articles in refereed scientific literature and sit on the editorial boards of a number of international journals. I have chaired and delivered keynote lectures at numerous international conferences.

An algal photobioreactor I designed and constructed for the Swansea Labs.

Award Highlights
  • Highly Commended: Bioprocessing Award - IChemE Annual Awards 2013
  • Vanguard: GSK CEO Sustainability Awards 2009, for successful delivery of the world’s first end to end continuous primary pharmaceutical production facility
  • GSK Gold awards in 2007 and 2008, for the successful development of a novel two phase continuous chemical reactor and the successful scale-up of an end to end continuous pharmaceutical product
  • Commendation for IChemE 2000 PENCE Prize
  • BOC Shuftan Memorial Prize 2000