FEATURE SESSION/Q&A

“Circular economy - balancing conventional chemistry and the switch to bioresources”

Time & Location

Wednesday: 11.00 to 12.00, Stage 2

Speaker

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

About this presentation

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)

landscape, all of which are transforming the UK’s chemical industry into a fossil-independent, NetZero and more sustainable circular economy.

Session host and individual speakers & sub-themes coming soon

Speaker Bio:

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.