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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

IETF energy efficiency and decarbonisation studies, Spring 2021

Organisations can apply for a share of up to £40 million to carry out feasibility and engineering studies into energy efficiency and decarbonisation technologies for industrial processes.

Opens: 08/03/2021 Closes: 14/07/2021

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KTN-iX challenge: Removal of carbon particles from fuel passages within an installed gas turbine

The Innovation Exchange programme is working alongside a multinational organisation in the gas turbine industry. The business is looking to engage innovators and innovative organisations that can help them solve a significant challenge they are trying to overcome in relation to removing fuel auto-oxidation deposits from internal fuel passages within Inconel injectors without dismantling the unit/components where those passages are located.

Opens: 14/05/2021 Closes: 16/07/2021

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Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Business-led R&D

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £7 million for R&D projects with the potential to significantly impact the 2025 UK Plastic Pact targets. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Opens: 18/05/2021 Closes: 08/09/2021

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Events

Tue
23
Mar
2021

Digital manufacturing technologies for the chemicals using industries

09.30 - 14.30 | Online

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Thu
17
Jun
2021

Accelerating Net Zero Series: Energy & Resource Efficiency for Chemistry and Medicines Manufacturing

10.00 - 15.00 | Online

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Thu
20
May
2021

Trusted Research for Industry Series - Life Sciences, Chemistry & Biotechnology

12.00 - 13.30 | Online

Recording coming soon

News

04.08.2020

Chemicals funding round-up

Find out about the latest funding calls of relevance to the chemical sector. Last updated June 2021.

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24.03.2021

The Cross-Sector Battery Systems Community Hub has officially launched

We’re delighted to unveil the new online centre for the UK’s battery community – the Cross-Sector Battery Systems Network Hub.

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