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About Prof Steve Wilkinson

Steve graduated from the University of Cambridge in Chemical Engineering and obtained his PhD from the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at Imperial College, London. He has provided consultancy and software tools for complex business optimisation problems in the process industries in the US and UK. He has also worked at Manchester University as a Pfizer funded Research Fellow and conducted research within BBSRC funded research projects. In 2008 Steve was appointed as a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering of the University of Sheffield and in Sept. 2013 he became Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Chester.


Steve has taught most things on the Chemical Engineering curriculum and currently teaches Mathematics, Food and Pharmaceuticals, Process Systems Engineering and Professional Skills. He also helps coordinate industrial placements.


  • Anaerobic digestion, wastewater treatment, algal biofuels
  • Modelling, optimisation and parameter estimation.
  • Integration of wastewater treatment and algal growth for biodiesel and biomethane

Published Work

Al-Mashhadani, M. K., Wilkinson, S. J., & Zimmerman, W. B. (2016). Carbon dioxide rich microbubble acceleration of biogas production in anaerobic digestion. Chemical Engineering Science, 156, 24-35.

Liu, J., Mukherjee, J., Hawkes, J. J. and Wilkinson, S. J. (2013), Optimization of lipid production for algal biodiesel in nitrogen stressed cells of Dunaliella salina using FTIR analysis. J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol..doi: 10.1002/jctb.4027

Kilner, J., Corfe, B. M., & Wilkinson, S. J. (2011). Modelling the microtubule: towards a better understanding of short-chain fatty acid molecular pharmacology. MolBiosyst, 7(4), 975-983.

Brown, M., He, F., & Wilkinson, S. J. (2010). Properties of the proximate parameter tuning regularization algorithm. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 72(3), 697-718.

Dimelow, R. J., & Wilkinson, S. J. (2009). Control of translation initiation: a model-based analysis from limited experimental data. J R Soc Interface, 6(30), 51-61.

Wilkinson, S. J., Benson, N., & Kell, D. B. (2008). Proximate parameter tuning for biochemical networks with uncertain kinetic parameters..MolBiosyst, 4(1), 74-97.

Wilkinson S. J., Shah N. and Pantelides C. C. (1995), Aggregate Modelling of Multipurpose Plant Operation, Computers chem. Engng., 19, S583-S588


  • MEng (Hons) Cambridge University – Chemical Engineering
  • PhD Imperial College – Optimised Scheduling of Flexible Process Plants
  • FHEA and Certificate in Learning and Teaching - University of Sheffield
  • Member of Institution of Chemical Engineers (MIChemE)
  • Chartered Engineer (CEng)