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Chemistry

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

Chemicals Innovation Landscape

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

Materials Chemistry

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.

Net Zero Chemicals Landscape

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

Process Manufacturing

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

Process Manufacturing Landscape

Connecting the UK’s growing Process Manufacturing community with industrial collaborators, research-based expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

Raw Materials

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.

Funding Opportunities

Faraday Battery Challenge: Innovation R&D, Round 4

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £10 million in grant funding for innovation in electric vehicle battery technology. The aim of this competition strand is to support the research and development of the most promising innovative battery technologies for the propulsion of electric vehicles, building on the outputs of previous activity to accelerate towards commercialisation. Briefing recording now available.

Opens: 28/09/2020 Closes: 09/12/2020

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SBRI Greenhouse Gas Removals Innovation Competition - Phase 1 (Design Study)

The supplier must undertake and report on a design study into the development of innovative greenhouse gas removals or related enabling technologies (excluding afforestation or habitat restoration).

Opens: 09/11/2020 Closes: 05/02/2021

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Events

Thu
19
Nov
2020

BioFabrication: 3D printing - What is it and what can it do for you?

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Fri
27
Nov
2020

Mathematical Modelling for Next Generation Formulated Products: FMCG & Speciality Chemicals

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

Recording coming soon

Thu
12
Nov
2020

KTN Open Forum: Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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News

04.08.2020

Chemicals funding round-up

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the chemical sector. Last updated 18th November 2020.

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22.10.2020

Cross-Sectoral Opportunities for Batteries: A new community launch & £10m funding

In late September, KTN was delighted to play a key role in supporting innovation for batteries – the launch of the Cross-Sector Battery Systems Innovation Network.

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