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A different class: an education in the circular economy

With the enforced closure of the University due to COVID resulting in limited access to labs, a group of first year PhD students from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry faced an uncertain start to their studies, specifically the need to rethink their end of year project on the circular economy. Adapting …

Reopening laboratories: sharing best practice

The nationwide lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19 saw an impressive response from the chemicals industry and research community, both from companies that continued through lockdown and had to quickly adapt their working practices as well as organisations and universities like the University of Nottingham who rapidly closed laboratories for all but essential research. …

Statistics for sustainability: An interview with Dr Kate Haigh

Kate Haigh is a research fellow based in the Faculty of Engineering and a member of the Green Chemicals Beacon.  In this interview, Kate talks to Jo Gregory about her role, her motivations and how her research ensures sustainability projects are financially viable as well as beneficial to the environment. What is your role here …

Synthetic genomics and sustainability: An interview with Dr Ben Blount

Ben Blount recently returned to the University as a Nottingham Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences and is a member of the Green Chemicals Beacon. In this interview, Ben talks to Jo Gregory about his research, his inspirations, working from home during COVID and his plans for the future as part of the …

Total Food 2020: addressing global challenges

Following on from our last blog which introduced the origins of the event and its evolution,  Jo Gregory talks to Dr Eleanor Binner, Associate Professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering and conference chair for Total Food 2020, about the theme for this year’s conference and the importance of getting maximum value from every part of …

Total Food 2020: maximising value from the food chain

Total Food 2020 is taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham from the 14th-17th April 2020. The conference is sponsored by the Green Chemicals Beacon and the Future Food Beacon and will bring together industrialists, academics, policy-makers and charities with the common goal of protecting the environment and promoting human and animal …

Fermenting the unfermentable: the power of microwaves

Eleanor Binner and John Robinson are Associate Professors in Environmental and Chemical Engineering. They are both members of the Low Carbon Energy and Resources Technologies research group and the Green Chemicals Beacon. In this interview, Ellie and John talk to Jo Gregory about their groundbreaking research using microwave technology. What is your role here and …

Jon loves Techno…Economic Analysis

Jon McKechnie is an Associate Professor in Sustainable Processing Technologies and Associate Director leading the Economic and Environmental Impact Assessment research programme for the Green Chemicals Beacon. His research focuses on developing and identifying cost-effective resource utilisation strategies to contribute to environmental sustainability objectives. In this interview, Jon talks to Jo Gregory about his research, …

There are many shades of green: Why BEACON and Beacon are the perfect partnership for a sustainable future.

In this post, Professor Pete Licence, Deputy Director of the Green Chemicals Beacon, and Director of the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry and the EPSRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Chemistry talks to Jo Gregory about his recent trip to BEACON, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre. What was the …

Successful Biorefining: Focus on the ‘brass’ first, then the ‘muck’

By Dr Simon Gerrard, Business Partnerships Manager for the Green Chemicals Beacon, Industrial Biotechnology and Sustainable Chemistry. The bioeconomy is coming. Fast. Radically reducing our reliance on fossil-based resources is vital to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Likewise, protecting our valuable resources in the face of increasing populations and their demands for material-based lifestyles …