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Theme 1: Enabling Technologies for Circular Chemical Economy

To enable a circular chemical economy our theme is developing new, and advancing existing, technologies that take waste and convert it back into useful products for use in the chemicals industry in a sustainable way. We are exploring three inter-related pathways to achieve this goal. Firstly we are researching catalysts that can convert some plastic wastes back into useful short carbon chain products such as fuels and oils. Secondly we are examining how to improve biological processes to breakdown hard to recycle waste into useful carbon based products such as bio-oils. Finally we are developing systems that can use electricity and water to drive the conversion of carbon dioxide back into higher energy feedstock’s for the chemical industry.

Current Research Focus:

We are currently researching the following subject areas and would welcome collaborations with both industry and academia:

  • Catalysis
  • Green hydrogen/electrolysis
  • Sustainable manufacturing
  • Carbon dioxide capture/utilisation
  • Ethylene production

Team members