Part of the: ‘Biobased Chemicals Showcase’ (organised in cooperation with BioVale)

Raw materials – redesigning basic oil properties for better performance of the finished lubricants

Featured Presenter:

Dr Natalia StawniakCEO and Co-founder - Nuspec Oil Ltd

Time & Location

Thursday: 11.00 to 12.20, Stage 4

About this presentation / Session:

Raw materials – redesigning basic oil properties for better performance of the finished lubricants.

  • Novel thermo-stable rapeseed oils.
  • From concept to design – how using novel feedstock can lead to better performance.
  • Unlocking the value of novelty.
  • Biobased bright stock replacement for environmentally acceptable lubricants.

The lubricant industry has long recognised vegetable oils for their excellent lubricity, great viscosity, low volatility, high flash point and low toxicity. Their physicochemical and tribological properties depend on the unique composition of fatty acid triglycerides. For example, the level of unsaturation determines the wear and friction properties of the base stock. Stearic acid is known to reduce wear of metal surfaces due to its saturation and ability to form close-packed monolayers. Increased length of carboxylic acid chains decreases the friction. The major drawback of vegetable oils, including rapeseed oil, is poor oxidative and hydrolytic stability. Nuspec Oil will demonstrate the latest developments of the feedstock and its direct uses in producing novel base oils.

Session Overview:

Biobased Chemicals Showcase – organised in cooperation  with BioVale

Session Host: Anna Zhenova, CEO of Green Rose Chemistry

In this session BioVale and Green Rose Chemistry are showcasing some of the UK’s leading green and bio-based chemicals sector SME and start-up companies.

This ‘flash-talk’ session will introduce a diverse and innovative range of products, processes and services that offer greener and more sustainable alternatives for the industry.

Format of session: Introduction by Green Rose Chemistry (5mins) followed by 5 minute ‘flash talks’ from 10 further innovators:


Featured companies/innovations include:

    • Sustainable chemistry intelligence to help innovative companies develop truly green products and processes for a renewable, circular bioeconomy (Green Rose Chemistry)
    • Biodegradable, sustainable solutions for separating one entity from another (Starbons)
    • Raw materials – redesigning basic oil properties for better performance of the finished lubricants (Nuspec Oil)
    • Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol ABE fermentation as a global sustainable industry enabling  large scale sustainable production of  bio-based solvents (Celtic Renewables)
    • Converting discarded plant biomass into a variety of valuable biochemicals, biopolymers and biofuels (Nova Pangaea Technologies)
    • Innovative biomass fractionation process using low-cost, environmentally friendly solvents, namely liquid salts or ionic liquids (Lixea)
    • Developing novel approaches to the extraction of active molecules from plant sources for existing and novel applications (Keracol)
    • Fiberight – the waste refinery (Fiberight)
    • Commercialising biosurfactants for use in environmentally friendly home and personal care products (Holiferm)
    • Biobased adhesive as an alternative to formaldehyde urea resin for wood panel industry (Cambond)
    • Clean and green separation of low-value wood chips and plant matter into high-value biochemicals (Bio-Sep)

Presenter Bio:

Natalia Stawniak obtained her PhD in Agriculture from the University of Reading. Formerly, she worked extensively on various R&D projects in the field of circular economy with regional SMEs, blue-chip companies and research institutes. In 2018, Natalia was awarded Enterprise Fellowship from the University of York, and since then she continues to develop her entrepreneurial skills as a member of Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Together with Boris and Ian, she co-founded Nuspec Oil to decrease pollution from mineral oil. At Nuspec Oil, she unlocks the value of vegetable oils through novel processing and building long-lasting partnerships with industry and academia.