National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE)
The Centre's vision is to be internationally recognised for excellence in sustainable innovations for the global food system.
The Centre has a mission to drive vitality, sustainability and growth in the global food system working with our partners through research and innovation, aiming to deliver world-class capability, innovative sustainable food systems, technology-led solutions and sector competitiveness.
Delivering across four distinct research themes - Digital connectivity / Food system sustainability / Healthier lives / Feeding a growing population - we are at the centre of an expanding network of business, industry groups, academics and engineers, working together to solve specific business challenges within the food and drink sector. We are working with businesses across the sector to deliver creative solutions to industry challenges through our leading expertise and cutting edge facilities and equipment.
Based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, the research-led centre includes pilot-scale production facilities, laboratories, workshops and teaching spaces. Partners and students can also access the plant room — the beating heart of the facility — to control and study the building's bespoke environment.
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Our research themes
Discover our four research themes and who leads themOur themes
Our research expertise
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Our team of experts
Meet the dedicated and passionate members of the NCEFE teamOur colleagues
Education & development
Learn about the many ways we are developing future food engineersFuture engineers
Dext Heat Recovery
Turning the food industry's waste heat into energyRead more
Enhanced rice milling and maximised valorisation of rice milling byproductsRead more
Reducing salt and fat content of baked cheese productsRead more
Our research-led centre, includes pilot-scale production facilities, laboratories, workshops and teaching spaces
Part of the Industry and Innovation Research Institute
Drawing on talents, expertise and facilities from across the university, the vision is to be the leading provider of applied research excellence delivering materials, computing, science and engineering innovations meeting the development needs of industry.