Professor Ian Wilson

Fellow, President
University Positions
Professor of Soft Solids and Surfaces

Ian describes himself as an academic chemical engineer rather than a chemical engineering academic.

Academic interests

Ian Wilson's academic interests include:

  • Design and operation of heat transfer systems subject to fouling and cleaning
  • Food processing
  • Powder technology
  • Flow behaviour of solid-liquid pastes
  • Rheology of complex fluids
  • Cleaning and disinfection.

Degrees obtained

  • BA Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, 1988.
  • MEng Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge, 1989.
  • PhD Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia, 1994.
  • ScD, University of Cambridge, 2013.

Awards and prizes

  • Salters' Graduate Prize, 1989.
  • Pilkington Teaching Prize, University of Cambridge, 2000.


Ian grew up in Northern Ireland and studied chemical engineering at Jesus College, Cambridge. He returned to a lectureship in Cambridge in 1994 after completing a PhD at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

He has been based in Cambridge since, but his interest in food processing has resulted in periods of sabbatical leave in New Zealand. He became a Fellow in 1995. Ian has a longstanding interest in undergraduate education: he is a university accreditation assessor for the Institution of Chemical Engineers and an external examiner at various universities.

Like many Ulstermen, Ian is called by his second name: he is 'DI Wilson' on official documents and publications.

Other interests

Hockey (Senior Treasurer CUHC), running, travel, family, Cambridge Community Church.

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