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Professor Grant Campbell is an award-winning teacher of chemical engineering and researcher in cereal process engineering for food and non-food uses. Cereals such as wheat, maize and rice feed the world, and are increasingly contributing to society’s fuel and chemical needs as well, in order to help alleviate climate change and pressure on fossil fuels. Chemical engineers in the 21st century will be increasingly dealing with renewable raw materials within biorefineries, with cereal-based biorefineries leading the way. Grant’s research and teaching aim to create the knowledge and equip the people to allow cereals to meet, in integrated and synergistic ways, our food, fuel and chemical needs.

Grant came into chemical engineering and cereal process engineering via a first class degree in Food Technology at Massey University, New Zealand, followed by a PhD in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Following a period in industry and at a food research organisation, in 1995 Grant joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at UMIST in Manchester, which became subsequently the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science at the University of Manchester. Grant helped set up the Satake Centre for Grain Process Engineering at UMIST, where he established world-class research on cereal biorefineries, wheat milling and aerated foods such as bread. He is a regular speaker around the world on these topics, perhaps most well known for his expertise in aerated foods, including organising the two Bubbles in Food conferences and producing the associated books.

Grant also contributed to undergraduate chemical engineering teaching at Manchester, winning several awards including the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Morton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Education, and the IChemE Hanson Medal for an article on cereal biorefineries. His teaching included Heat Transfer and Fluid Flow, Process Integration, Cereal Biotechnology, Biorefinery Engineering, Design Project and the innovative Book Module. He is a chartered engineer and a chartered scientist, a Fellow of the IChemE and of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), and in 2012 became the University of Manchester’s first Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He has published over 80 refereed papers and has supervised over 40 students for higher degrees. He has been editor for several journals including the Journal of Cereal Science, and is on the judging panel of the IChemE annual awards.

In 2014 Grant was recruited to the University of Huddersfield as Professor of Chemical Engineering, to lead the introduction of the new chemical engineering programmes that build on Huddersfield’s long strength in teaching chemical engineering within the chemistry context. Grant’s ambition has long been to make chemical engineering “the best education ever devised”, and his intentions for Huddersfield are to produce some of the most valued chemical engineering graduates in the country.  In 2018 he won the IChemE's Hutchison Medal for "the most stimulating paper published in an IChemE journal", for his paper reviewing chemical engineering education and describing the philosophies behind its introduction in Huddersfield.  In 2020 he was awarded the IChemE Davidson Medal for Oustanding Mentoring of Young Chemical Engineers.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Assessment
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Food Processing
  • Food Technology
  • Food Processing and Engineering
  • Food Science
  • Lecturing
  • Food Engineering
  • Wheat
  • Processing Technology
  • Processing
  • Food Rheology
  • Starch
  • Cereal Science
  • Cereal
  • Pectins
  • Grain Quality
  • Academic
  • Co-production of arabinoxylans with bioethanol in integrated cereal biorefineries
  • Functionality of arabinoxylans as a bread ingredient
  • Population balance modelling of food aeration processes
  • Detoxifying gluten whilst maintaining bread functionality
  • Modelling wheat milling


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