FEATURE SESSION/Q&A

FEATURE SESSION / Q&A - “Circular economy - balancing conventional chemistry and the switch to bioresources”

Time & Location

Wednesday: 11.00 to 12.00, Stage 2

Session Host

Amy PeaceInnovation Lead for Circular Economy - Innovate UK.

About this Session

A discussion and panel session covering aspects of the UK research and innovation developments in new enabling technologies, whole system approaches, alternative feedstocks including CO2 and the UK biomass landscape, all of which are transforming the UK’s chemical industry into a fossil-independent, NetZero and more sustainable circular economy.”

Contributing Speakers/Panellists

  • Sarah Davidson, Group Sustainability Coordinator for Global Research and Technology at Croda
  • Dr Jonathan Wagner, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University, Programme Lead for National Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy (CircularChem)
  • Dr Catherine Julia Mort, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Industrial Biotechnology (InnovateUK KTN)

Host Bio:

Amy Peace is the Innovation Lead for Circular Economy at Innovate UK. With a background in Chemical Engineering, she has coordinated sustainability projects and programmes in industry (ICI, INEOS, Britest), industrial clusters (Chemicals Northwest) and pan-EU cross-sector initiatives (Horizon2020 SPIRE). Amy’s current work portfolio includes UKRI investments in interdisciplinary circular economy centres and the development of future programmes to aid the transition of manufacturing and materials sectors to get to Net Zero, highlighting the importance of embedded carbon in supply chains.

Guest Speakers/Panellists:

Sarah Davidson

Sarah Davidson

Group Sustainability Coordinator for Global Research and Technology at Croda

Sarah has been with Croda since 2018, working in both corporate sustainability and research and development. For the past 18 months she has been working in the Global Research and Technology team to embed sustainability into Croda’s innovation programme and support with the delivery of Croda’s ambitious corporate sustainability targets. Sarah has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, and is also the current CIA Young Ambassador.

Dr. Jonathan Wagner

Dr. Jonathan Wagner

Dr Jonathan Wagner, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, Loughborough University, Programme Lead for National Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy (CircularChem)

Jonathan Wagner joined Loughborough University in 2018, following a postdoc position at Imperial College London, Doctorate at University of Bath (2012-2016) and process engineering position on the BP Challenge graduate programme (2009-2012). His research focuses on the production of sustainable chemicals and fuels from biomass and wastes, by integrating biological, thermochemical and catalytic processes to identify and develop optimal conversion pathways. Since 2018, he has secured and delivered multiple project grants from Royal Society and Supergen Bioenergy Hub, and is programme lead for the £4.3M UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy (CircularChem), involving 7 UK universities and 20+ industrial partners.He is co-founder of Loughborough’s doctoral training centre in low-dimensional catalysis, which aims to develop the next generation of catalysts for fuel and fine chemical synthesis from dilute biorefinery feedstocks.

Dr. Catherine Mort

Dr. Catherine Mort

Dr Catherine Julia Mort, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Industrial Biotechnology (InnovateUK KTN)

Catherine Julia Mort joined IUK KTN 5 years ago as the knowledge transfer manager for Industrial Biotechnology. With a background in green chemistry and scale up of bio processes she has managed the tech transfer of IB technologies to demo scale (CPI) and coordinated large EU projects around the commercialisation of IB research (KETBIO, Horizon 2020). Catherine’s current activities are based around the role of IB within the drive to Net Zero, with particular focus on the utilisation of biomass to support the future chemical manufacturing supply chain.