Can the UK achieve more by accelerating innovation in catalysis?


Dr. Peter Clark (on behalf of Michael Burnett, Process Manufacturing, Knowledge Transfer Network)Head of Chemistry and Industrial Biotechnology - Knowledge Transfer Network

Time & Location

Thursday: 10.20 to 10.40, Stage 4

About this session

With catalysis being an important part of the chemical sector, new innovations have the ability to drive step changes in capabilities, efficiencies and sustainability. Innovation in catalysis can impact the production of sustainable chemicals, agrichemicals, energy, fuels, pharmaceuticals, smart materials, composites, sustainable polymers and water treatment. These innovations will be key to helping deliver on UK’s industrial goals of sustainability and increased productivity within the chemical manufacturing industries. This session will share the outputs of the work conducted by Innovate UK and KTN in accessing the opportunities for the UK in accelerating catalysis innovation.

Speaker Bio

Peter is Head of Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology at KTN overseeing programmes & activities where innovation in chemistry and industrial biotechnology can play a key role in creating positive change. Peter has a detailed understanding of the innovation ecosystem and of the key challenges and opportunities for innovators in the mentioned sectors. He works closely with key stakeholders from Government and the private sector to develop new programmes/ initiatives to accelerate innovation. Key interests include supporting the move to a Net Zero and Circular Economy; developing new supply chains for Raw Materials and Feedstocks and the adoption of digitalisation techniques. Peter’s team actively supports cross-sector KTN programmes related to industrial decarbonisation, batteries, critical raw materials, circular plastics, hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuels. Peter holds a PhD in Chemistry from the Clean Technology Group at University of Nottingham. Prior to joining KTN, Peter spent more than eight years in Australia gaining a broad range of experience by working across research & innovation, industry consulting, policy development and managing sustainability programmes for the chemicals sector.