Professor Ed Lester (FRSC, FIMM, CChem) is Lady Trent Professor of Chemical Engineering and an active member of the Advanced Materials Research Group in the Faculty of Engineering at Nottingham. He has been working at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering for the last 24 years and pioneered the use of the image analysis approach to continuous hydrothermal reactor modelling. His current RCUK funded projects include self-learning reactors, nanomaterials for low noise environments and green chemistry synthesis routes. Past projects include several industrially funded nanoparticle grants and from 2012-2016 coordination of an FP7 Large Scale Integrating Collaborative project called SHYMAN (€10M) that designed, built and commissioned a 1000 ton/yr plant for the synthesis of nanomaterials. He is currently President of the International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association (ISHA) and Academic member of the Fuel and Energy Research Forum.