PhD in Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Natural Sciences

PhD in Chemical Engineering

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PhD Chemical Engineering - about the programme

About the programme

The thesis may be focused towards design of novel chemical processes, scaleup of new chemical processes from laboratory scale to industrial scale, or optimize spesific existing chemical processes.

In other cases it is more interesting to develop methods, experimental as well as mathematical and numerical, as a tool for better characterization, investigation and understanding of the physical and chemical prochesses which determine the performance of the different process units.


Research groups at the Department of Chemical Engineering

Research Groups

Catalysis - KinCat

The research and teaching in catalysis and related subjects is organised in the Catalysis Group, a joint effort between the research institute SINTEF and the Department of Chemical Engineering at NTNU. The research is focused on natural gas conversion, heterogeneous catalysis, hydrogen technology, biofuels, carbon nanofibres, photocatalysis and refining.

Ugelstad Laboratory - Colloid and Polymer Chemistry

Research and teaching in colloid and surface chemistry, polymer science and related subjects is organized in the Ugelstad Laboratory.

Environmental Engineering and Reactor Technology

The Environmental Engineering and Reactor Technology Group focus their research on CO2 capture, chemical reactors, process design, membranes, crystallization, biorefinery and fiber technology.

Process Systems Engineering

The Process Systems Engineering Group focus their research on process control and optimization, process modelling, systems biology og bioinformatics.


Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI)

Centre for Research-based Innovation (SFI)

The Department of Chemical Engineering is host for two Centres for Research-based Innovation.

iCSI - industrial Catalysis Science and Innovation

The main objective of iCSI is to boost industrial innovation and competitiveness as well as to provide efficient, low-emission process technology.

SUBPRO - subsea production and processing

The primary objective of the SUBPRO center is to become an international leading subsea research center that provides top quality candidates, knowledge and technology innovation.


Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME)

Centre for Environment-friendly Energy Research (FME)

The Department of Chemical Engineering is partner in three Centres for Environment-friendly Energy Research.


Bio4Fuels will develop innovative technology to convert biomass and organic residues to sustainable fuels and energy.


By increasing energy efficiency, HighEFF will help ensure that Norway has the world’s greenest industries.


NCCS will enable fast-track CCS deployment through industry-driven science-based innovation, addressing the major barriers identified within demonstration and industry projects, aiming at becoming a world-leading CCS centre.


Gemini Centers

Gemini Centers

The Department of Chemical engineering is partner in three Gemini Centres.

The aim if the centres is to build larger and more robust academic environments with higher quality. The environments will be better to seize and develop new opportunities, and the partners will increase the competitiveness and value creation of the partnership.

CO2 Impact

Partners: NTNU NV, SINTEF Industry and USN

HyPros – Hydrochemical Processing Technology in the Circular Economy

Partners: NTNU NV, UiO MatNat and SINTEF Industry

KinCat – Catalysis Group

Partners: NTNU NV and SINTEF Industry

PROST – Process Systems Engineering

Partners: NTNU IE, NTNU NV and SINTEF Digital


More information about research at the Department of Chemical Engineering

PhD education

PhD education

A Philosophiae doctor degree (PhD) is the highest level of formalized education in Norway. The goal of a PhD education is to enable the candidate to conduct original research at a high international level.

The PhD degree is awarded after examination of a thesis. The original contribution to knowledge required of candidates must be consistent with at least three years of supervised research and significant parts of the work should be worthy of publication at international levels.

The PhD candidate will be able to solve complex research problems independently using creative solutions that will have a social and economic impact on society.


PhD chemical engineering


Degree: Philosophiae doctor (PhD)
Duration: 3 years, 180 ECTS
Programme code: PHKJPROS
Language of instruction: English

City: Trondheim
Faculty: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Contact person: Lise Skorstad

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