By 2050 our industry will have embraced a circular economy and be using different feedstocks, technologies and energy sources to produce chemicals. The KTN Chemistry team can help you navigate these changes and identify innovation that will ensure your business, research or service remains sustainable.

KTN works with all sectors that use chemicals or chemistry in their business. These include:

  • UK Chemical Manufacturers
  • “Chemistry-using” Sectors – where chemistry is critical to the business, e.g. Pharmaceuticals, Home & Personal Care, Agrochemicals, Fuels and Energy
  • Innovative companies (particularly SMEs and start-ups) and leading academics developing technologies and solutions for a Net Zero future

KTN uses sector knowledge to help businesses innovate through providing access to connections and collaborations as well as expertise and funding.

We can also help with innovation related to:

  • Synthesis and catalysis. Materials chemistry, including formulated products, polymers and composites
  • Digitalisation of manufacturing and R&D operations – for increased productivity
  • Exploitation of Industrial Biotechnology and Engineering Biology (often called Synthetic Biology) for improved products and low carbon processes.

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Our current focus in this area

Connecting the UK’s growing Chemicals industry with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

KTN recognises that this sector is heavily reliant on laboratory-based R&D, as well as computational techniques for modelling the behaviour of atoms, molecules and colloids across multiple length and time scales.

Connecting the UK’s growing Chemicals community with industrial collaborators, research-base expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

For chemical-based industries to respond to global challenges, we need to improve productivity and maintain the competitiveness of our manufacturing processes.

As the world moves towards a greener future, we are changing the demand profile on certain raw materials. At the same, world population rises, resulting in an ever-increasing demand for energy and products which puts gradual pressure on raw materials (and their supply chains), contributing to the generation of more and more waste.

Related Opportunities

SBRI challenge: Safe and Ethical Disposal of Nitrous Oxide and Entonox Medical Gases

Opens: 21/11/2022 Closes: 14/12/2022

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and other Health Boards across Wales are looking for innovators to develop and demonstrate innovative solutions that for the safe disposal of nitrous oxide, in partially filled cylinders and/or post-consumption.

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BBSRC-STFC facility access funding for bioscience partnerships

Opens: 28/11/2022 Closes: 06/01/2023

Businesses looking to solve industrially-relevant research and innovation challenges are invited to form bioscience partnerships, using the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s skills, expertise, capabilities and world class facilities.

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Sustainable bio-based materials and manufacture: feasibility study

Opens: 07/12/2022 Closes: 01/02/2023

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £2 million for feasibility studies to develop and improve sustainable biomanufacturing in the UK.

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Industrial Applications of Biomass: The Biorefinery Concept – creating high value product streams from biomass

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Materials Research Exchange (MRE) 2022

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