Professor Peter Fryer MA PhD FREng FIChemE FIFST

Professor Peter Fryer

School of Chemical Engineering
Professor of Chemical Engineering

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


  • MA,MEng Chemical Engineering, Jesus College, Cambridge, 1981
  • PhD: Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Cambridge, 1986

Postgraduate supervision

Peter Fryer’s main research interest is in the hygienic design of food processes, food structure development and food manufacture. The aim of his research is to apply the principles of chemical engineering to the problems of the food industry. The food industry differs from conventional process industries in that product safety is as important as process safety (eg, his team study the hygienic design of processes and the ways in which sterility of products can be assured). They have developed (with Professor Z Zhang) a novel probe for measuring the forces needed to clean surfaces; work is underway to use this understanding to better define cleaning procedures. The team are also looking at how to assess safety, using enzyme measurements, and how to build mathematical models for processes. Currently a large (£3.6 million) project is underway, supported by Cadbury, Unilever, Scottish and Newcastle Brewery, GSK, Bruker, Ecolab, Alfa Laval and GEA, to design more environmentally friendly ways of cleaning.

Other activities

  • Council Member, BBSRC
  • Editor, "Food and Bioproducts Processing", Transactions of the Institution of Chemical Engineers Part C
  • Member of the Editorial Board, "Journal of Food Engineering", Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies, Soft Matter
  • IChemE representative, International Conference on Engineering and Food


Recent publications


Al-Shemmeri, M, Windows-Yule, K, Lopez-Quiroga, E & Fryer, PJ 2023, 'Coffee bean particle motion in a rotating drum measured using Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT)', Food Research International, vol. 163, 112253.

Avila-Sierra, A, Moreno, JA, Goode, K, Zhu, T, Fryer, PJ, Taylor, A & Zhang, ZJ 2023, 'Effects of structural and chemical properties of surface coatings on the adsorption characteristics of proteins', Surface and Coatings Technology, vol. 452, 129054.

Labarre, L, Squillace, O, Liu, Y, Fryer, PJ, Kaur, P, Whitaker, S, Marsh, JM & Zhang, ZJ 2023, 'Hair surface interactions against different chemical functional groups as a function of environment and hair condition', International Journal of Cosmetic Science, vol. 45, pp. 224-235.

Che, H, Al-Shemmeri, M, Fryer, PJ, Lopez-Quiroga, E, Kokalova, T & Windows-Yule, C 2023, 'PEPT validated CFD-DEM model of aspherical particle motion in a spouted bed', Chemical Engineering Journal, vol. 453, 139689.

Qi, S, Kiratzis, I, Adoni, P, Tuekprakhon, A, Hill, HJ, Stamataki, Z, Nabi, A, Waugh, D, Rodriguez, JR, Clarke, SM, Fryer, PJ & Zhang, ZJ 2023, 'Porous Cellulose Thin Films as Sustainable and Effective Antimicrobial Surface Coatings', ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

Kosmidis Papadimitriou, A, Qi, S, Squillace, O, Rosik, N, Bale, M, Fryer, P & Zhang, J 2022, 'Characteristics of respiratory microdroplet nuclei on common substrates', Interface Focus, vol. 12, no. 1, 20210044.

Argentou, E, Amador, C, Brooker, ADM, Bakalis, S, Fryer, P & Zhang, J 2022, 'Modulating the surface and mechanical properties of textile by oil-in-water emulsion design', RSC Advances, vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 2160-2170.

Al-Shemmeri, M, Windows-Yule, C, Lopez-Quiroga, E & Fryer, P 2021, 'Coffee bean particle motion in a spouted bed measured using Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT)', Journal of Food Engineering, vol. 311, 110709.

Jones, CR, Corona, A, Amador, C & Fryer, PJ 2021, 'Dynamics of fabric and dryer sheet motion in domestic clothes dryers', Drying Technology, pp. 1-18.

Avila-Sierra, A, Zhang, J & Fryer, P 2021, 'Effect of surface roughness and temperature on stainless steel - whey protein interfacial interactions under pasteurisation conditions', Journal of Food Engineering, vol. 301, 110542.,

Avila-Sierra, A, Huellemeier, HA, Zhang, ZJ, Heldman, DR & Fryer, PJ 2021, 'Molecular Understanding of Fouling Induction and Removal: Effect of the Interface Temperature on Milk Deposits', ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, vol. 13, no. 30, pp. 35506-35517.

Burgess, D, Li, N, Rosik, N, Fryer, PJ, McRobbie, I, Zhang, H & Zhang, ZJ 2021, 'Surface-Grafted Poly(ionic liquid) that Lubricates in Both Non-polar and Polar Solvents', ACS Macro Letters, vol. 10, no. 7, pp. 907-913.

Herrera-márquez, O, Serrano-haro, M, Vicaria, JM, Jurado, E, Fraatz-leál, AR, Zhang, ZJ, Fryer, PJ & Avila-sierra, A 2020, 'Cleaning maps: a multi length-scale strategy to approach the cleaning of complex food deposits', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 261, 121254.

Almena Ruiz, A, Fryer, P, Bakalis, S & Lopez-Quiroga, E 2020, 'Local and decentralised scenarios for ice-cream manufacture: a model-based assessment at different production scales', Journal of Food Engineering, vol. 286, 110099.

Malik, N, Muttakin, S, Lopez-Quiroga, E, Watson, NJ, Fryer, P, Bakalis, S & Gouseti, O 2020, 'Microstructure and reconstitution of freeze-dried gum Arabic at a range of concentrations and primary drying temperatures', Food Hydrocolloids, vol. 104, 105712.

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