RSC Sustainability Panel Session

Time & Location

Thursday: 11.00 to 12.00, Stage 2

Hosted by Royal Society of Chemistry

Session Host: Jessica EvansMembership Recruitment Executive - Industry Royal Society of Chemistry

About this Session

Whether it’s creating new technologies, enhancing recycling capabilities, or developing novel waste management solutions, Royal Society of Chemistry members are truly working at the cutting-edge to find the answers for a greener future. Join this panel session to discover the fantastic and innovative work RSC members are doing to make the world a better, safer, and more sustainable place for us all.

Featured Panellists:

  • Dr Florence Gschwend, CTO and Co-founder – Lixea
  • Maria Conway, Section Leader II- Wind & Marine & Protective Coatings RD&I – AkzoNobel

Panel Host Bio:

Having trained as a Chemist and following 3 years working within a laboratory setting, Jessica joined the membership department at the Royal Society of Chemistry. Her role as Membership Recruitment Executive involves partnering with and supporting companies of all sizes and varieties to help them achieve a framework for continuing professional development, setting a pathway to the RSC professional recognition awards and aiding their recruitment and retention of talented chemical scientists.

Featured Panellists:

Dr Florence Gschwend

Dr Florence Gschwend

CTO and Co-founder – Lixea

Florence is co-founder and CTO of Lixea. During her PhD at Imperial College’s Chemical Engineering Department, she co-invented the Dendronic process which uses an environmentally friendly solvent called ionic liquids to separate the different components wood and agricultural residues. These components can then be used to produce new chemicals and materials, shifting our reliance away from petroleum. She has received numerous accolades, including the EIT Change Award and the IChemE Young Researcher Award and has raised over EUR4.5m in funding for her company Lixea which is currently commissioning a pilot plant for the Dendronic process in Sweden. She is passionate about using her skills to make a lasting difference to the environment and society.

Maria Conway

Maria Conway

Section Leader II- Wind & Marine & Protective Coatings RD&I – AkzoNobel

My background is as an R&D chemist and I specialise in developing coatings for Wind turbine blades.  I started working at AkzoNobel nine years ago as a graduate R&D chemist before progressing into a Section Leader role. Within my role I am responsible for developing the next generation of coatings for wind turbine blades as well as supporting production of the coatings in the factory. My aim is to develop coatings which can protect the wind blade from erosion which decreases the blades efficiency to generate energy, an effective coating solution will enable the blade to generate more energy for longer.