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Lynn Gladden

Lynn Gladden

Dame Lynn Gladden DBE FRS


Elected: 2004


Lynn Gladden is an internationally recognised chemical engineer whose research and development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods have widely benefited industrial processes. A high-profile leader across multiple disciplines, Lynn’s research has resulted in new products and process technologies across many sectors of industry.

When used to study non-biological subjects, MRI can quantify both microscopic transport processes and chemical composition. Lynn’s work has increased the sensitivity of traditional MRI methods to enable absolute — rather than relative — material property values within engineering applications. This development has supported important advances in medicine, agricultural chemistry and the catalytic processes used in oil refineries.

Lynn works with major industry partners, including Johnson-Matthey, ExxonMobil and Schlumberger. Her current collaboration with the research arm of Microsoft, for example, aims to deliver next-generation MRI techniques. Lynn was awarded a CBE in for services to chemical engineering in 2009. In 2014, she presented the Bakerian Lecture in the physical sciences at the Royal Society.

Professional positions

Executive Chair, EPSRC

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Chemistry
    • Chemistry, general
  • Engineering
    • Engineering, chemical


  • Bakerian Medal and Lecture

    For her work in the development of magnetic resonance techniques to study multi-component adsorption, diffusion, flow and reaction processes.

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