Circa Group – Changing Chemistry For Good

Time & Location

Wednesday 12.15 to 12.30, Stage 5


Dr. Sarah HickingbottomGeneral Manager - Circa Group

About this presentation

Society demands fundamental change to limit the climate crisis, yet we are still unable to replace the toxic fossil-based chemicals used in everyday life. Circa is one of the few businesses with the technology to produce sustainable chemicals at scale – and bring to the marketplace a novel chemical platform exploiting Nature’s biomass stereochemistry and functionality.

With solubilising properties similar to NMP/DMF, Circa’s green novel solvent Cyrene™ has a unique property set, including viscosity, surface tension and tuneable polarities. It is low-toxic, environmentally benign, biodegradable, biocompatible and recyclable as well as circular and bio-based with low water usage and low carbon emissions. The application of Cyrene™ extends across multiple markets, such as pharmaceuticals, paints and coatings, polymers and plastics, electronics, carbon/graphene dispersions, agriculture, membranes, automotive, cosmetics, batteries, recycling and more.

Moreover, Cyrene was co-developed at the University of York where Circa has recently launched the Circa Renewable Chemistry Institute to work with solvent end-users in development of the formulations and chemistry needed to best exploit Circa’s novel chemical platform. Most importantly, Cyrene can be produced at scale. We are building our first-of-a-kind 1,000 mtpa plant in France with the goal of 80,000 mtpa global offtake capacity for the new decade, including in Asia, the Americas and Europe. Circa is accelerating the transition to better, greener, safer chemistry. We have made the breakthrough – now we need you to join Dr Sarah Hickingbottom as she outlines how we can work together if we are to fundamentally change chemistry for good.

Speaker Bio:

Circa Group is scaling up its waste cellulosics-to-chemicals technology with Dr Sarah Hickingbottom as General Manager. Previously CEO for the bioeconomy innovation cluster BioVale, she has extensive global consultancy experience advising brand owners, chemical manufacturers, start-ups, governments and agricultural producers on bio-based economics and value chains. Sarah earned her bachelor’s degree from Imperial College with an ERASMUS year studying at the Institut für Organische Chemie in Hannover, Germany. She moved to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for her Chemistry Ph.D.