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Prof Jeremy Shears

Chief Scientist


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Jeremy leads Shell’s strategic thinking and innovation agenda to enable the company to thrive through the energy transition. He is a member of the Shell Science Council, which comes together with leading external technology experts from top universities around the world to help Shell stay at the forefront of energy technology innovation. Prior to this, Jeremy was General Manager in Shell’s Projects & Technology division where he was responsible for R&D on advanced biofuels and hydrogen at Shell’s technology centres in Netherlands, USA, UK and India. Jeremy joined Shell in 1986 and has held various commercial and technology leadership positions based in the UK, Belgium, United Arab Emirates and Singapore, covering a variety of businesses including chemicals, lubricants, product safety, fuels and renewable energies. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Royal Society of Biology. He is a member of several advisory boards including NECEM (North East Centre for Energy Materials), the Solar Fuels Network, and Genome Canada. He is Honorary Professor in Chemistry at the University of Manchester. Shell chemicals companies are among the leading global producers of lower olefins, including ethylene, propylene, butadiene and isoprene. We also make intermediates, such as mono ethylene glycol (MEG), polyols and alpha olefins, and performance products, such as polyethylene. Our global chemicals business sells around 18 million metric tons of petrochemicals per year to over 1000 industrial customers. Shell is at the forefront of developing circularity in its processes. Our ambition is to use one million tonnes of plastic waste a year in our chemical plants by 2025. For example, since 2019 we produce high-end chemicals using a liquid feedstock made from plastic waste at our petrochemical facility at Norco, Louisiana. In addition, we seek new opportunities to produce chemicals from bio-feedstocks, from CO2, with energy from green electricity or green hydrogen. We anticipate that NIC3E will provide insights into new and emerging routes, based on novel thermo- bio- or electrochemical- conversions.