Hub 'Science' 3: Catalysis for the Circular Economy and Sustainable Manufacturing

Lead Research Organisation: University of Bath
Department Name: Chemistry

Abstract

Catalysis is a core area of science that lies at the heart of the chemicals industry - an immensely successful and important part of the overall UK economy, where in recent years the UK output has totalled over £50B annually and is ranked 7th in the world. This position is being maintained in the face of immense competition worldwide. For the UK to sustain its leading position it is essential that innovation in research is maintained, to achieve which the UK Catalysis Hub was established in 2013. The Hub has succeeded over the last four years in bringing together over 40 university groups for innovative and collaborative research programmes in this key area of contemporary science. The success of the Hub can be attributed to its inclusive and open ethos which has resulted in many groups joining its network since its foundation in 2013; to its strong emphasis on collaboration; and to its physical hub on the Harwell campus in close proximity to the Diamond synchrotron, ISIS neutron source and Central Laser Facility, whose successful exploitation for catalytic science has been a major feature of the recent science of the Hub.
The next phase of the Catalysis Hub will build on this success and, while retaining the key features and structure of the current hub, will extend its programmes both nationally and internationally. The future hub structure will comprise a core programme which will coordinate the scientific themes of the Hub, which in the initial stages of the next phase will comprise:

- Optimising, predicting and designing new catalysts
- Catalysis at the water-energy nexus
- Catalysis for the circular economy and sustainable manufacturing
- Biocatalysis and bio-transformations.

The present project concerns the third of these themes whose overall aim is to develop fundamental catalysis with circular and sustainable approaches at their core. This will be of current and future importance to the chemical and chemistry-using industries. The project will comprise the following areas supported by specific workpackages:

- New cooperative catalysts for C-C bond forming reactions from CO2;
- Activation of C-O bonds for valorisation of bio-derived feedstocks;
- Using and understanding sustainable catalytic oxidation processes in flow;
- Earth-abundant metals in resource efficient catalysis;
- Keeping platform molecules in play: catalytic chemical recycling of polymers;
- New sustainable polymer architectures for high performance plastics;
- Optimising bio-based platform molecules: establishing diformyl furan as a bio-based platform for polymers.

The project will interact strongly with the other hub science projects. The Hub structure is intrinsically multidisciplinary including extensive input from engineering as well as science disciplines and with strong interaction and cross-fertilisation between the different themes. The thematic structure will allow the Hub to cover the major areas of current catalytic science.

Planned Impact

Phase 2 of the UK Catalysis Hub will have wide ranging benefits and impact on the academic community and on industrial and manufacturing sectors in the UK; it will also have broader economic, environmental and social impact. The chemical sector is a major component of UK industry, and includes global players such as GSK, Astra Zeneca, Pfizer, Johnson Matthey, BP and Unilever. Catalysis is at the heart of these industries and the underpinning fundamental science developed by the UK Cataysis Hub will be of key importance in the development of future technologies.

The impact on the academic community will be broad. The programme will promote further collaborations between leading groups in catalytic science, but will also have impact on other disciplines including biosciences, materials, medicine and computational science. By contributing to facilities development, the project will also benefit the broader user community.

Societal impact will follow from advances enabled by the research in sustainable manufacturing, leading to greener and cleaner processes and products with reduced environmental impact. Contributions will also be made to the provision of sustainable energy and reductions in energy demands of manufacturing sectors. Additional societal impact will follow from the role of the fundamental research undertaken by UK Catalysis Hub in developing the circular economy and enabling recycle and reuse of waste streams.

The UK economy will benefit from the role of the Hub in assisting innovation in catalysis manufacture. The large and successful chemical sector, including over 3200 companies and a dynamic SME component, faces intense international competition. The collaborations and interactions both within the Hub and between the Hub and Industry will promote economic impact, which will extend beyond the chemical sector to industries that rely on advances in materials and processes, including automotive, aerospace and electronics sectors. All letters of support across science 1,2, and 3 and the core themes have been attached to the core proposal

Knowledge exchange will be vigorously promoted by the programme through greater integration between the participating research groups and their extensive networks of collaborations and with scientists and facilities on the Harwell campus. This exchange will lead to scientific advances not only in the development of state-of-the-art equipment but also in sustainable chemical processes.

The impact on recruitment will be substantial by the provision of trained research workers whose skills will be necessary for R&D programmes required for market innovation to occur.

The management and dissemination plans are designed to maximise impact. The Management Group of the Hub will monitor and together with the IAP and EAB will advise on impact, while the conferences and workshops will be aimed at the key beneficiaries.

The collaborating team has wide ranging experience in the dissemination of their science and the promotion of its impact to a wide range of stakeholders including the general public, schools, business and government. We will undertake industrial stakeholder engagement at the Hub as well as visiting the industrial sites. A strong outreach programme is planned which will develop the Hub researchers as well provide In order to inform the community in its broadest sense the importance and impact of catalysis.

Publications

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Bin Jumah A (2019) Catalyzing the Hydrocracking of Low Density Polyethylene in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

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Catlow CR (2020) Science to enable the circular economy. in Philosophical transactions. Series A, Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences

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Delarmelina M (2021) Role of Sulfation of Zirconia Catalysts in Vapor Phase Ketonization of Acetic Acid. in The journal of physical chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and interfaces

 
Description Findings associated with this award will help redefine industry supply chains. A traditional linear approach to production and consumption (take, make, dispose) unsustainable. New circular approaches (make, use, return) are growing in influence and importance with global economic growth and urbanization Within industry, closed-loop, circular value chains, and sustainable manufacturing are increasingly recognised as vital to future innovation and growth

KEyfindinggs to date lead toward making chemical synthesis more sustainable, developing different bio-based alternative petrochemical products that will have applications in polymer and pharmaceutical industries. Studies into recycling polymers applicable to a wide range of polymers, including: polyesters prepared using ROCOP, copolymers (of carbonates or esters) sourced from renewable resources, polymers with complex architectures (e.g. block copolymers, thermoplastic elastomers), and keeping platform molecules in play.
Exploitation Route This research is being disseminated to the UK Catalysis community (industrial and academics) and has been taken forward in KTP projects
Sectors Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Chemicals,Energy,Environment,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Transport

URL http://www.ukcatalysishub.co.uk
 
Description This theme of the UK Catalysis Hub addresses the application of catalysis in developing circular and sustainable molecules, materials and processes across the chemicals and chemistry-using industries. In particular, the seven work packages outlined below and detailed in the technical annex aim to provide catalytic solutions that will (in the words of Dow Chemical's Chief Sustainability Officer) "keep the molecules in play". In order to realise the circular economy, more sustainable manufacturing processes are required and there is an imperative need to develop new catalysts and catalytic processes across a diverse range of the chemicals, materials and pharmaceutical supply chains. Collaborative research The Hub has run over 135 collaborative, multi-institution, multi-disciplinary projects since 2013. Over 91 PDRAS have been employed by the hub and have moved on to other positions and 33 are currently still employed. Of the PDRAs hired the Hub has maintained good equality and diversity across its projects with a 3:2 male to female ratio and PDRAS being hired from backgrounds across the globe. In addition to project within the Hub, The UK Catalysis Hub has supported over £40 million of other research working in collaboration with the Hub. The Hub has supported a broad range of projects in biocatalysts, chemo-catalysis and engineering from first grants and fellowships to programme grants and strategic equipment. Publications The Hub has published over 500 publications over since 2013, with an average of 3 institutions involved in each publication demonstrating the collaborative nature and breadth of the hub projects. Papers have been published with institutions across the globe (figure below - more details in appendix X) Outreach We have invited 15 EU and 3 international speakers at the UK Catalysis Hub conferences, the Hub has run 4 international bilateral workshops, including South Korea, USA, Russia and South Africa and contributes to the annual UK catalysis conference which invites international keynote speakers and attracts international attendees. The Hub runs two conferences annually, contributes to the organisation and speakers for the UK Catalysis Conference. In addition the Hub runs a number specialist and technical workshops Topics have included neutron and laser techniques, emissions, EPR, solar fuels and plasmonics and emissions control The Hub has organised and run a range of events and since Covid has hit has been active in running a host of virtual events including training, webinars and conferences. (see section XXX) As covid restrictions ease the Hub is committed to continuing to support the community in safe networking and dissemination and is running its first Hybrid conference in December following on from a successful celebration of 10 Years of Catalysis at Harwell. The event which was held in person and on Zoom included talks from academics, Past PDRAS and founding members of the UK catalysis Hub The UK Catalysis Hub also has £17 mil of funding arising from projects through the Hub ( leveraged or follow on funding) workshops leading to grants ( e.g the EPR event which facilitated a grant for High Resolution ESR Spectroscopy for Catalysis Research, Other grants arising from Hub activities include impact activities and strategic equipment grants. The Hub has fostered new collaborations from community interaction - e.g projects involving Kamer and Aldridge; and the developing collaboration between O'Malley (Hub ECR, Bath) and Speybroeck (Ghent and presenter at Catalysis Hub conference, 2016), Thomspon (QUB) and Beale (RCaH, UCL) on partial oxidation of methane. Industrial Support UK catalysis Hub Projects have been supported by industry via a number of ways over 58 projects have had Industiral support including 33 with industrial Co-Investigators who have had direct involvement with development and running of projects. In addition to input of expertise into projects many projects have had in kind support e.g. access to equipment's, techniques and samples. Many projects have also had direct support from industry, and this is over £2million in phase 2 of the hub. Notable achievements include: Development of an Ambient Pressure Microreactor for In Situ Soft XAS In situ soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy (NEXAFS) is capable of providing behaviour/structure of the surface or species at the surface under operating conditions. Further to the surface sensitivity, spectra recorded at the L-edge offer 3-5 times greater energy resolution compared to those recorded at the K-edge, resulting in sharper spectral features. Transitions at the L-edge (2p-3d) are dipole-allowed, providing spectra that are more intense and structured than those from the dipole forbidden K-edge (1s-3d transitions). As a consequence, L-edge XAS spectra are more sensitive to oxidation and spin-states. A new microreactor for the Ambient Pressure (AP) soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) at the B07 VERSOX beamline at Diamond has been designed and commissioned. It has the volume of ~0.4 cm3 and be operational at pressure 1-3 bars in the temperature range 273 - 650 K. The microreactor was tested using hydrogen, CO, helium gases and their mixture. The new cell has extended the in situ capability available for NEXAFS analysis at Diamond from 20 mbar to 1-3 bar pressure. The proof of principle experiments have been successfully performed using industrial catalysts for waste to energy conversion. Setup is suitable not only for model 2D catalysts (previously reported in the literature for the same system) but also for industrially relevant powdered catalysts. New microreactor will become a part of the standard beamline equipment and will be available to the broader scientific community providing access to measurements of major importance that are currently unavailable in the UK. His project was co funded by the UK catalysis Hub, Diamond Lightsource, UCL and Johnson Matthey Application of modulation excitation method for neutron scattering techniques Many commercially important chemical and pharmaceutical processes often involve liquid phase reactions which require large amounts of solvent as compared to the reactants and solid catalyst. Such a catalytic system presents a great challenge to monitor the reaction kinetics and mechanisms by conventional characterisation techniques due to a huge contribution of the solvent to the spectra that may envelop the crucial information. To circumvent this problem, transient methods, such as Modulation Excitation (ME), have been applied to improve the detection limits of the characterisation techniques. Application of ME method to neutron scattering techniques enables us to improve detection limit of the techniques and, signal to noise ratio of the spectra by filtering off contribution arising from the large amounts of solvent that may be "static" during the reaction. A completely integrated and synchronised reaction setup has been established for conducting ME experiments in the event mode on NIMROD instrument, which is available for a wider scientific community X-Ray spectroscopy in catalytic science; where the Catalysis Hub in association with Diamond has led a highly successful Block allocation Group (BAG) on the Core XAFS beamline and has supported more than 20 research groups across ten institutions including new users, resulting in more than 32 publications. The Hub has also developed a number of in situ analysis techniques including operando XAFS/DRIFTS technique, which has been widely used by the catalysis community. Development of tomographic imaging: A novel and significant development using both DIAMOND and ESRF facilities which has allowed the imaging of real catalytic system in operando. Growth in the application of neutron scattering techniques; especially neutron spectroscopy. Here our strong relationship with ISIS has focused on community engagement as well as scientific research through conference and workshops (e.g. neutrons for catalysis in November 2015) and has led to a large increase in the use of neutron techniques for catalysis. Particularly notable has been the rapid growth in the use inelastic neutron scattering (INS) for in situ spectroscopy and Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) and small angle scattering probing molecular transport, surface speciation and confined liquid structures for a range of catalytic systems. Exemplar studies have been highlighted in a recent special issue of PCCP on "Neutron scattering in catalysis and energy materials," (Phys Chem Chem Phys 18 2016) which was edited by Hub scientists (Silverwood, Parker and Catlow). The Hub is also incentivising instrument upgrades and is the major driver for the proposed catalysis laboratory within ISIS. Development of laser techniques in catalytic science, where McGregor (Sheffield) has led a Hub project on Optical tweezers for interrogation of catalysts and Beale, (RCaH, UCL) has developed techniques including Kerr gated Raman and Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging (FLIM) for catalysis applications. The applications of Laser techniques for catalysis was disseminated to the community in a workshop organised in collaboration with the CLF (Lasers for catalysis in May 2016). Development of Kerr Gate Raman as a technique for catalyis The Beale group including Ines Lezcano-Gonzalez and Emma Campbell have worked on the application of Kerr-gated Raman spectroscopy to catalytic systems, working with Igor Sazanovich and Mike Towrie at the Central Laser Facility. Raman spectroscopy is a powerful probe for catalytic mechanisms but strong sample fluorescence often inhibits the collection of signals. The Kerr-gated spectrometer (KGS) at ULTRA, Central Laser Facility, allows for picosecond time-gating so that the Raman signal can be separated from fluorescence according to their different lifetimes. The KGS combines a visible wavelength pulsing laser (typically 400 nm) with a system comprising a Kerr-medium, two cross-polarisers open at 90 ° with respect to one-another, and a second laser operating to activate the Kerr-medium (known as the gating pulse). Using this technique, the group has been able to identify important intermediate species in the reaction of methanol, furan, and other oxygenated hydrocarbons over zeolite catalysts to link their presence with catalytic activity.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Aerospace, Defence and Marine,Agriculture, Food and Drink,Chemicals,Electronics,Energy,Healthcare,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology,Transport
Impact Types Cultural,Economic

 
Description Catalytic upgrading of carbon dioxide, hydrogen and small alcohols to liquids fuels Prof D F Wass, Dr M Sankar (Cardiff Catalysis Institute), Dr X Fan, Prof C Hardacre (University of Manchester), Dr G Price, Dr J Deeley, Prof S Handa (bp Applied Sciences), Dr B Dominguez (Johnson Matthey) 
Organisation BP (British Petroleum)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution : A key objective in achieving net zero carbon ambitions is the production of performance liquid fuels from renewably sourced carbon feedstocks. The aim of this project is to develop catalytic systems for the direct conversion of carbon dioxide, (renewable) hydrogen and small (bio) alcohols into fuel molecules using a tandem hydrogenation-Guerbet approach. Key to achieving this aim will be exploring catalysts on the boundaries of the traditional areas of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts and the adoption of emerging techniques to probe the mechanism of this system. A successful outcome to this proof of principle project will lead seamlessly into technology of real industrial relevance.
Collaborator Contribution Subject to the proposal being successful and bp's budgetary and contractual approvals, bp is willing to support this project by: 1. participation of bp staff (Dr Jon Deeley, Dr Gregory Price and Professor Sheetal Handa) up to a maximum of ten days over the eighteen months duration of the project; 2. providing access to high throughput experimentation; and 3. hosting the PDRA where possible at bp's technology centres to embed the knowledge for the next stage of development.
Impact The industry and societal pull for low carbon technology of this type is clear, aligning with both the industry partners' and the UK's stated ambitions for net zero. This proof of concept study has a clear path to realise real impact with two industry partners well placed to exploit any developments. This project is one of the key first steps in a closer alignment for bp and JM in this broad area.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Catalytic upgrading of carbon dioxide, hydrogen and small alcohols to liquids fuels Prof D F Wass, Dr M Sankar (Cardiff Catalysis Institute), Dr X Fan, Prof C Hardacre (University of Manchester), Dr G Price, Dr J Deeley, Prof S Handa (bp Applied Sciences), Dr B Dominguez (Johnson Matthey) 
Organisation Johnson Matthey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution : A key objective in achieving net zero carbon ambitions is the production of performance liquid fuels from renewably sourced carbon feedstocks. The aim of this project is to develop catalytic systems for the direct conversion of carbon dioxide, (renewable) hydrogen and small (bio) alcohols into fuel molecules using a tandem hydrogenation-Guerbet approach. Key to achieving this aim will be exploring catalysts on the boundaries of the traditional areas of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts and the adoption of emerging techniques to probe the mechanism of this system. A successful outcome to this proof of principle project will lead seamlessly into technology of real industrial relevance.
Collaborator Contribution Subject to the proposal being successful and bp's budgetary and contractual approvals, bp is willing to support this project by: 1. participation of bp staff (Dr Jon Deeley, Dr Gregory Price and Professor Sheetal Handa) up to a maximum of ten days over the eighteen months duration of the project; 2. providing access to high throughput experimentation; and 3. hosting the PDRA where possible at bp's technology centres to embed the knowledge for the next stage of development.
Impact The industry and societal pull for low carbon technology of this type is clear, aligning with both the industry partners' and the UK's stated ambitions for net zero. This proof of concept study has a clear path to realise real impact with two industry partners well placed to exploit any developments. This project is one of the key first steps in a closer alignment for bp and JM in this broad area.
Start Year 2020
 
Description From Rings to Polymers and Back Again: Catalytic Recycling of Waste Oxygenated Plastics Charlotte Williams (Oxford), Antoine Buchard (Bath), Adrian Mulholland (Bristol), Sophie Parsons (Bath), Catherine Lyall (Bath), Nick Terrill (Diamond Light Source), Bob Tooze (Drochaid Research), Gerrit Gobius du Sart (Total-Corbion PLA and University of Bath), Clive Siviour (Oxford Engineering) 
Organisation Drocaid Research Services Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have discovered a new catalytic recycling of aliphatic polycarbonates to epoxides and carbon dioxide. This highly surprising result, given the high ring-strain of epoxides, is proven with poly(cyclohexene carbonate). The data show di-Mg(II) catalysts, pioneered for polymerisation catalysis, trigger highly selective depolymerisation to epoxide. So far, >95% conversion and selectivity of waste plastic to epoxide occurs over 8 h (0.3 mol%, 120 °C, p-xylene). The epoxide may be re-polymerized, delivering chemical recycling. This proposal capitalizes upon these results and convenes an expert multi-disciplinary team to develop this catalysis. Objectives: 1) Deliver step-change rates using inexpensive, earth-abundant metals such as Fe(III), Mg(II) and Al(III). To use commercial Polycarbonate and packaging plastic poly(propylene carbonate). 2) Model depolymerisation catalytic kinetics and unravel reaction mechanisms, to provide data for engineering to scale. 3) Develop PLA bioplastic recycling catalysis, to deliver closed loop production of lactide. Context: The
Collaborator Contribution The UK Catalysis Hub proposal fits clearly within the remit of the Future of Plastics programme. If this grant is successful then the FOP commits the following support to the Hub PDRA: - 6 months matched funding to support the salary for the Hub PDRA and provide associated consumable research. - Opportunity for Hub PDRA to attend monthly FOP meetings and annual symposia. - Involvement in the outreach activities and training. - Access to equipment and expertise including polymer analysis, processing and LCA expertise. - Opportunity for the Hub PDRA to work with experts in Policy, Economics and Law to understand the long-range societal implications of this innovation in catalysis. - Opportunity to present results to at the annual external advisory council symposium which includes representatives from Covestro, DSM, SCG Chemical and Unilever.
Impact This proposal will provide catalytic solutions to the chemical recycling of high-growth oxygenated plastics. It provides the fundamental science and engineering which will be needed to tackle two of the greatest environmental challenges facing society (reducing ghg emissions & tackling plastic waste) and to deliver the circular plastics economy. Research is underpinned by industry expertise and is planned to deliver high academic impact. Training of experts (PDRAs) enabled and inspired to solve these problems and grow the circular economy industries is essential.
Start Year 2020
 
Description From Rings to Polymers and Back Again: Catalytic Recycling of Waste Oxygenated Plastics Charlotte Williams (Oxford), Antoine Buchard (Bath), Adrian Mulholland (Bristol), Sophie Parsons (Bath), Catherine Lyall (Bath), Nick Terrill (Diamond Light Source), Bob Tooze (Drochaid Research), Gerrit Gobius du Sart (Total-Corbion PLA and University of Bath), Clive Siviour (Oxford Engineering) 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Oxford Martin School
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have discovered a new catalytic recycling of aliphatic polycarbonates to epoxides and carbon dioxide. This highly surprising result, given the high ring-strain of epoxides, is proven with poly(cyclohexene carbonate). The data show di-Mg(II) catalysts, pioneered for polymerisation catalysis, trigger highly selective depolymerisation to epoxide. So far, >95% conversion and selectivity of waste plastic to epoxide occurs over 8 h (0.3 mol%, 120 °C, p-xylene). The epoxide may be re-polymerized, delivering chemical recycling. This proposal capitalizes upon these results and convenes an expert multi-disciplinary team to develop this catalysis. Objectives: 1) Deliver step-change rates using inexpensive, earth-abundant metals such as Fe(III), Mg(II) and Al(III). To use commercial Polycarbonate and packaging plastic poly(propylene carbonate). 2) Model depolymerisation catalytic kinetics and unravel reaction mechanisms, to provide data for engineering to scale. 3) Develop PLA bioplastic recycling catalysis, to deliver closed loop production of lactide. Context: The
Collaborator Contribution The UK Catalysis Hub proposal fits clearly within the remit of the Future of Plastics programme. If this grant is successful then the FOP commits the following support to the Hub PDRA: - 6 months matched funding to support the salary for the Hub PDRA and provide associated consumable research. - Opportunity for Hub PDRA to attend monthly FOP meetings and annual symposia. - Involvement in the outreach activities and training. - Access to equipment and expertise including polymer analysis, processing and LCA expertise. - Opportunity for the Hub PDRA to work with experts in Policy, Economics and Law to understand the long-range societal implications of this innovation in catalysis. - Opportunity to present results to at the annual external advisory council symposium which includes representatives from Covestro, DSM, SCG Chemical and Unilever.
Impact This proposal will provide catalytic solutions to the chemical recycling of high-growth oxygenated plastics. It provides the fundamental science and engineering which will be needed to tackle two of the greatest environmental challenges facing society (reducing ghg emissions & tackling plastic waste) and to deliver the circular plastics economy. Research is underpinned by industry expertise and is planned to deliver high academic impact. Training of experts (PDRAs) enabled and inspired to solve these problems and grow the circular economy industries is essential.
Start Year 2020
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Almac Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Arvia Technologies
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation AstraZeneca
Department Joint Inflammation Astra Zeneca
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation BP (British Petroleum)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Co-operatives UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Eastman Chemical
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Econic
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Invista (UK)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Knowledge Transfer Network
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Lucite International
Department Lucite International UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation PlasticsEurope
Country Belgium 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Ricardo UK Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Sabic Americas, Inc.
Country United States 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Sasol Technology
Country South Africa 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Seldon Research Ltd
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Solvay
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Unilever
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description IAP 
Organisation Welsh Water
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Networking The UK Catalysis Hub organises many networking events throught the year inclding confernences, seminars workshops and discussions. These range ffomr broad conferences to themed meetings Workshops The Hub aims to facilitate the development of new approaches and techniques in catalytic science as well as developing a new generation of researchers, The Hub can co-orginaise focused workshops and bring together expertise to discuss challenges facing the catalysis an catalysis using industries. Workshops on techniques are aimed at challenges facing industry and academia, to inform the catalysis community on new techniques in spectroscopy and analysis ot to train scietists in new areas. Workshops have included Laser techniques, EPR, Neutrons, Working at the bio-chemo interface, biocataysis modelling, Solar fuels, Free electron Lasers, Emissions Control and Advanced Characterisation of Materials Collaboration on Projects Typically up to years in length hub reserch projects involve multi disciplinary projects involving team of industiral and academic researchers to tackle challenges in catalyssis or utilising catalysis with internationaly leading scietific excelleine. Industry support for a research project close to a company's technical interests and under the direction of a particular academic can bring immense benefit to a company. The project will include the support of highly motivated and excellent postgraduate researchers. A call for projects is currently open (till May 2020) and we welcome industrial invlovment in the development and execution of these projects. For more information https://ukcatalysishub.co.uk/new-call-for-uk-catalysis-hub-projects-open/ Studentships The Hub is always pleased to hear from companies who will provide support for PD projects. Harwell provides the ideal location for projects interaction with large scale facilities and advanced techniques. The hub is happy to discuss hosting students from any institution whose projects would be benefited by spending time or being located at the Harwell Campus. The hub can facilitate access to new academic collaborations for example through competitions for projects. Consultancy Have you a specific problem which you need to solve? Please enquire and we will help you find a suitable consultant to help you solve your problem. Industrial Fellows The hub has hosted industrial researchers at its facilities at harwell to facilitate networking with the UK Catalysis Hub and the scientific research in the Hub. Hosting industrial fellows provides the industry and Hb with a vibrnt patthway for exchange of knowledge, access to extended networks and expertise across the Advanced facilites on the Harwell Campus
Collaborator Contribution The Industrial Advisory Panel Chaired by a senior industrialist. The IAP will meet biannually to advise the MG on areas for research and ensure that the activities of the Hub are relevant to the requirements of industry. Key Roles: Providing input on the needs of industry Provide advice in identifying and commercialising IP resulting from the Hub
Impact ongoing
Start Year 2018
 
Description Reframing plastic waste as a resource (Leads: Garforth, Fan) Team Members: Fan, Garforth, Hardacre, Parlett, Tedstone, Wilkinson, Yerokhin, Zhang (Manchester), Davidson (Bath), Randviir (MMU) 
Organisation Argent Energy
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution recycling of polymers is time-consuming and produces low-grade materials. Feedstock (or chemical) recycling could employ the waste in industrial processes such as hydrocracking and reforming, to produce chemicals. Condensation polymers, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), can be depolymerised via hydrolysis, alcoholysis and glycolysis with high conversions to the original monomers. However, addition polymers, such as polyolefins cannot easily be depolymerised to monomers and require an uncontaminated waste stream. Pyrolysis of plastic on a large-scale are beginning to gain traction, however, catalysed processes have not yet been thoroughly studied. Depolymerisation of mixed plastics waste (MPW) combined with hydrocracking can create valuable and targeted products (such as naphtha) than thermal pyrolysis. Work at Manchester has demonstrated that pure polyolefin feedstocks (PE, PP, PS) and their blends can be rapidly hydrocracked (~5 min) under mild conditions (300°C) to give predominantly C3-C9 hydrocarbons, presenting significant opportunities to develop robust catalysts with real plastic waste for the targeted products. This work also demonstrated that continuous processing of polymer waste is a possibility with a considerable reduction in energy usage and lower environmental impact is anticipated.1 This 18 month Science 3 research proposed herein builds on the outputs from a current Hub project2 and aims to bring the technology closer to practical use.
Collaborator Contribution attending meetings to discuss the specific proposals as well as the wider research programme. In addition, we can provide a combination of the below: Site visits to one of our production facilities to better understand business practice or examples of technology in key facilities Provision of access to Industry experts and technical expertise to support LCA work Provision of sample primary packaging materials The provision to Hub members of opportunities to present research and innovation to Industry specialists throughout the pharmaceutical and primary packaging supply chain, and with therein networking and knowledge sharing opportunities. Over and above this from a personal and professional perspective the networking and potential lobbying opportunities presented by the personnel within the Catalysis Hub Summer and Winter meetings are of particular interest to us, and by supporting projects such as these we hope are able to offer some level of reciprocal benefit.
Impact Development of feasible process schemes to match the core reaction chemistry to marketable products; Mathematical model of reaction, separation, heat recovery and utility systems for process development; Development of new intellectual property through conceptual design for recommended process schemes that can be used as the basis for engineering design
Start Year 2020
 
Description Reframing plastic waste as a resource (Leads: Garforth, Fan) Team Members: Fan, Garforth, Hardacre, Parlett, Tedstone, Wilkinson, Yerokhin, Zhang (Manchester), Davidson (Bath), Randviir (MMU) 
Organisation PlasticsEurope
Country Belgium 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution recycling of polymers is time-consuming and produces low-grade materials. Feedstock (or chemical) recycling could employ the waste in industrial processes such as hydrocracking and reforming, to produce chemicals. Condensation polymers, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), can be depolymerised via hydrolysis, alcoholysis and glycolysis with high conversions to the original monomers. However, addition polymers, such as polyolefins cannot easily be depolymerised to monomers and require an uncontaminated waste stream. Pyrolysis of plastic on a large-scale are beginning to gain traction, however, catalysed processes have not yet been thoroughly studied. Depolymerisation of mixed plastics waste (MPW) combined with hydrocracking can create valuable and targeted products (such as naphtha) than thermal pyrolysis. Work at Manchester has demonstrated that pure polyolefin feedstocks (PE, PP, PS) and their blends can be rapidly hydrocracked (~5 min) under mild conditions (300°C) to give predominantly C3-C9 hydrocarbons, presenting significant opportunities to develop robust catalysts with real plastic waste for the targeted products. This work also demonstrated that continuous processing of polymer waste is a possibility with a considerable reduction in energy usage and lower environmental impact is anticipated.1 This 18 month Science 3 research proposed herein builds on the outputs from a current Hub project2 and aims to bring the technology closer to practical use.
Collaborator Contribution attending meetings to discuss the specific proposals as well as the wider research programme. In addition, we can provide a combination of the below: Site visits to one of our production facilities to better understand business practice or examples of technology in key facilities Provision of access to Industry experts and technical expertise to support LCA work Provision of sample primary packaging materials The provision to Hub members of opportunities to present research and innovation to Industry specialists throughout the pharmaceutical and primary packaging supply chain, and with therein networking and knowledge sharing opportunities. Over and above this from a personal and professional perspective the networking and potential lobbying opportunities presented by the personnel within the Catalysis Hub Summer and Winter meetings are of particular interest to us, and by supporting projects such as these we hope are able to offer some level of reciprocal benefit.
Impact Development of feasible process schemes to match the core reaction chemistry to marketable products; Mathematical model of reaction, separation, heat recovery and utility systems for process development; Development of new intellectual property through conceptual design for recommended process schemes that can be used as the basis for engineering design
Start Year 2020
 
Description Reframing plastic waste as a resource (Leads: Garforth, Fan) Team Members: Fan, Garforth, Hardacre, Parlett, Tedstone, Wilkinson, Yerokhin, Zhang (Manchester), Davidson (Bath), Randviir (MMU) 
Organisation SHV Energy
Country Netherlands 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution recycling of polymers is time-consuming and produces low-grade materials. Feedstock (or chemical) recycling could employ the waste in industrial processes such as hydrocracking and reforming, to produce chemicals. Condensation polymers, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), can be depolymerised via hydrolysis, alcoholysis and glycolysis with high conversions to the original monomers. However, addition polymers, such as polyolefins cannot easily be depolymerised to monomers and require an uncontaminated waste stream. Pyrolysis of plastic on a large-scale are beginning to gain traction, however, catalysed processes have not yet been thoroughly studied. Depolymerisation of mixed plastics waste (MPW) combined with hydrocracking can create valuable and targeted products (such as naphtha) than thermal pyrolysis. Work at Manchester has demonstrated that pure polyolefin feedstocks (PE, PP, PS) and their blends can be rapidly hydrocracked (~5 min) under mild conditions (300°C) to give predominantly C3-C9 hydrocarbons, presenting significant opportunities to develop robust catalysts with real plastic waste for the targeted products. This work also demonstrated that continuous processing of polymer waste is a possibility with a considerable reduction in energy usage and lower environmental impact is anticipated.1 This 18 month Science 3 research proposed herein builds on the outputs from a current Hub project2 and aims to bring the technology closer to practical use.
Collaborator Contribution attending meetings to discuss the specific proposals as well as the wider research programme. In addition, we can provide a combination of the below: Site visits to one of our production facilities to better understand business practice or examples of technology in key facilities Provision of access to Industry experts and technical expertise to support LCA work Provision of sample primary packaging materials The provision to Hub members of opportunities to present research and innovation to Industry specialists throughout the pharmaceutical and primary packaging supply chain, and with therein networking and knowledge sharing opportunities. Over and above this from a personal and professional perspective the networking and potential lobbying opportunities presented by the personnel within the Catalysis Hub Summer and Winter meetings are of particular interest to us, and by supporting projects such as these we hope are able to offer some level of reciprocal benefit.
Impact Development of feasible process schemes to match the core reaction chemistry to marketable products; Mathematical model of reaction, separation, heat recovery and utility systems for process development; Development of new intellectual property through conceptual design for recommended process schemes that can be used as the basis for engineering design
Start Year 2020
 
Description Reframing plastic waste as a resource (Leads: Garforth, Fan) Team Members: Fan, Garforth, Hardacre, Parlett, Tedstone, Wilkinson, Yerokhin, Zhang (Manchester), Davidson (Bath), Randviir (MMU) 
Organisation SUEZ worldwide
Country France 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution recycling of polymers is time-consuming and produces low-grade materials. Feedstock (or chemical) recycling could employ the waste in industrial processes such as hydrocracking and reforming, to produce chemicals. Condensation polymers, such as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), can be depolymerised via hydrolysis, alcoholysis and glycolysis with high conversions to the original monomers. However, addition polymers, such as polyolefins cannot easily be depolymerised to monomers and require an uncontaminated waste stream. Pyrolysis of plastic on a large-scale are beginning to gain traction, however, catalysed processes have not yet been thoroughly studied. Depolymerisation of mixed plastics waste (MPW) combined with hydrocracking can create valuable and targeted products (such as naphtha) than thermal pyrolysis. Work at Manchester has demonstrated that pure polyolefin feedstocks (PE, PP, PS) and their blends can be rapidly hydrocracked (~5 min) under mild conditions (300°C) to give predominantly C3-C9 hydrocarbons, presenting significant opportunities to develop robust catalysts with real plastic waste for the targeted products. This work also demonstrated that continuous processing of polymer waste is a possibility with a considerable reduction in energy usage and lower environmental impact is anticipated.1 This 18 month Science 3 research proposed herein builds on the outputs from a current Hub project2 and aims to bring the technology closer to practical use.
Collaborator Contribution attending meetings to discuss the specific proposals as well as the wider research programme. In addition, we can provide a combination of the below: Site visits to one of our production facilities to better understand business practice or examples of technology in key facilities Provision of access to Industry experts and technical expertise to support LCA work Provision of sample primary packaging materials The provision to Hub members of opportunities to present research and innovation to Industry specialists throughout the pharmaceutical and primary packaging supply chain, and with therein networking and knowledge sharing opportunities. Over and above this from a personal and professional perspective the networking and potential lobbying opportunities presented by the personnel within the Catalysis Hub Summer and Winter meetings are of particular interest to us, and by supporting projects such as these we hope are able to offer some level of reciprocal benefit.
Impact Development of feasible process schemes to match the core reaction chemistry to marketable products; Mathematical model of reaction, separation, heat recovery and utility systems for process development; Development of new intellectual property through conceptual design for recommended process schemes that can be used as the basis for engineering design
Start Year 2020
 
Description Sustaining pharma-relevant metal-catalysed cross-couplings: interrogation of metal catalysts using automated optimisation routines, rich data analytics and mechanistic studies York , GSK,Leeds Durham 
Organisation GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Country Global 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The project will deliver a versatile platform (methodology and technology) to enable a large number of pharma-relevant reaction variables to be screened in a short period of time, allowing robustness and sensitivities in metal catalysed reactions to be better understood across a broad space, eg catalyst activation/deactivation pathways, side-products etc. This will allow challenges encountered during scale-up in process chemistry to be efficiently addressed. Hub theme: Science 3: Catalysis for the Circular Economy & Sustainable Manufacturing (18 months funding requested).
Collaborator Contribution It is GSK's intention to collaborate on this project to harness the complementary expertise of all partners to deliver a versatile platform enabling significantly enhanced understanding of catalytic processes relevant to the pharmaceutical industry, namely: • The University of York (mechanistic insight into catalyst activation and deactivation, high throughput experimentation and statistical data analysis, development of synthetic methodologies employing precious and earth-abundant metal catalysis) • The University of Leeds (development of earth-abundant metal catalysis on demand, in flow and using traditional and electrochemical methods; reaction optimisation using DoE and self- optimising algorithms in automated flow systems) • Durham University (Synchrotron expertise (EXAFS/XANES) and enabling research in new techniques such as real-time fluorescence imaging of metal catalyst surfaces) • GSK (expertise in developing catalytic process for operation and manufacture on multi-kilogram scale; providing a steer on relevant systems for study) It is GSK's intention (subject always to the agreement of suitable contractual arrangements) to contribute £50k (cash) over the duration of the planned project, along with regular input to project meetings from Katherine Wheelhouse and Damian Hruszkewycz, the GSK UK and US subject matter experts for chemical catalysis (time costed at £1000 each per day). Overall, it is the intention of GSK to work collaboratively and to exercise good faith in negotiating, drafting and executing agreements regarding all proposed research projects. However, the parties recognise that terms under which such research projects are described and incorporated into a research agreement are subject to negotiation. Therefore, final agreement on all terms and conditions of such agreements are contingent upon final management review and approval and subject to contract.
Impact Automated reaction screening and data analytics are set to revolutionise catalysis in synthesis. Our multi-disciplinary team are well-positioned to grow translational aspects in a pharmaceutical setting and exploit academic insight, creating new protocols and mechanistic tools for greater understanding of reaction outcomes. Findings will potentially reduce manufacturing costs and improve green credentials. Lego robotic systems will be used in outreach projects, e.g. YorNight & Discovery Zone, which attract 1000s of people to York each year
Start Year 2020