Professor Lapkin received his Masters in in Biochemistry from Novosibirsk State University in Russia. He pursued his doctoral research in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath, and subsequently started his independent there as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader. In 2009 he was appointed as a Professor of Engineering at the University of Warwick, and in 2013 as Professor of Sustainable Reaction Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
Lapkin's group is developing cleaner manufacturing processes within chemical and chemistry using industries, mainly focusing on liquid- and multi-phase catalytic and biochemical processes. Within the group they have pursued projects on developing functional materials for catalysts, adsorbents and reactors, design of multi-functional intensive reactors, modelling of reaction kinetics and integrated processes, linking reaction kinetics with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and linking process modelling with life cycle assessment (LCA), integration of reactions and separation. The group is currently particularly focused on the development of innovative digital technologies to address sustainability challenges in the chemical industries.