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

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.

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

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.

Current Chemistry funding opportunities

Faraday Battery Challenge Round 5 Innovation: Feasibility Studies

Opens: 23/05/2022 Closes: 17/08/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £25 million across two strands, for innovation in propulsion battery technologies for electric vehicles. This strand is for feasibility studies of less than 12 months with project costs between £100,000 and £750,000.

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Faraday Battery Challenge Round 5 Innovation: CR&D

Opens: 23/05/2022 Closes: 17/08/2022

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £25 million across two strands, for innovation in propulsion battery technologies for electric vehicles. This fund is for CR&D projects with total costs from £500,000 to £12 million.

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iX Challenge: Waste Heat Measurement In Hot Process Flue (Exhaust) Stacks

Opens: 17/06/2022 Closes: 12/08/2022

This challenge seeks to identify technologies to measure and characterise hot waste heat streams without invasive installation/operation and do so with a high degree of confidence in the accuracy of the given measurement.

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Chemistry Events And Recordings

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

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