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Magdalene College Cambridge

Mr Robert Skelton

Mr Robert L Skelton is a Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Supervisor at Magdalene.

After graduating in Chemical Engineering Mr Skelton joined a north eastern engineering company working on a wide variety of projects before being appointed Manager of Process and Safety for the nuclear division, by now called Davy McKee Nuclear.

In 1990 he was appointed as the Nuclear Energy Teaching Fellow in the Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments. In 1997 he was appointed Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer in Design in the Department of Chemical Engineering from which he is now retired.

Mr Skelton continue to lecture on nuclear topics in Engineering and look after Masters’ projects in both departments.  He is the Director of Studies in Chemical Engineering for Christ’s College and continues to supervise for Magdalene and other Colleges.  He is a member of the Council of Ely Cathedral and a Director of the Diocese of Ely Multi Academy Trust.


Research Interests

Development of Heat Pipes and Biofuels.


BSc(Hons), MA, CEng.

Career/Research Highlights

Mr Skelton was responsible for the design of the waste treatment plant for Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE)
  • Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE)
  • Fellow of the Institution of Nuclear Engineers (FINucE)
  • Membership Committee, The Nuclear Institute
  • Former Vice President, Institution of Nuclear Engineers

Key Publications

Mohd-Ghazi, T. and Skelton, R.L., 'The Application Of Pulsed Baffled Tube Photochemical Reactor (PBTPR) By Oscillatory Flow Mixing In Heterogeneous Photocatalysis'. Proceedings of AICHE 2002 Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, Indiana U.S.A 3-8 November 2002, New Developments in Multiphase reactors session.

Skelton, R.L., Bustnes, T.E. and Mackley, M.R., 'Development of the oscillatory flow based process for the production of biodiesel transport fuel'. 7th World Congress of Chemical Engineering, 10-14 July 2005, Glasgow, UK.

Berrios M. and Skelton R. L., ‘Comparison of purification methods for biodiesel’. Chemical Engineering Journal 144(3) (2008), 459-465