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EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: Identifying the industrial opportunities for UK Catalysis Workshop

Event details
Thursday, 29 November 2018
10:00 am – 16:00 pm
Identifying the industrial opportunities for UK Catalysis

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KTN are running an industry workshop on the 29th November in London on behalf of Innovate UK to explore the opportunities in catalysis for the UK chemical industry.

Catalyst science and technology covers a wide scope of technologies and applications making catalysis an important part of the chemical sector. An estimated 80-90% of the products made by the chemical industry are reliant on catalysts. With chemicals and pharmaceutical manufacturing delivering £18bn GVA (Gross Value Add, ONS), a significant proportion of this GVA generated is underpinned by catalysis and catalytic technologies.

Acceleration of innovation in catalysis has the ability to drive step changes in capabilities, efficiencies and sustainability, consequently transforming the competitiveness of the chemical manufacturing industries within the UK. Innovation in catalysis could impact the production of sustainable chemicals, agrichemicals, energy, fuels, pharmaceuticals, smart materials, composites, sustainable polymers and water treatment. In particular, catalyst technology could be key to converting ‘waste carbon’ in its various forms, from carbon dioxide to plastic waste, into higher value chemicals and materials.

The aim of this workshop is to explore current industry capabilities and to identify the challenges and potential opportunities for accelerating innovation in heterogeneous, homogenous and bio catalysis, that will enable value to be added to UK through its exploitation in existing and new products and processes.

Who should attend?

This workshop will bring together manufacturers, catalyst producers and catalyst technology providers who are interested in helping to determine how accelerating innovation in catalysis from late stage research through development and towards commercial application can benefit UK industry.

Benefits of attending

Attending this workshop will benefit those who wish to have an opportunity to share common challenges and to have an input into developing and shaping an overall picture of UK catalysis for Innovate UK.


After an introduction and scene setting presentations the day will consist of workshop sessions identifying the UK’s strengths in existing state of the art capabilities and exploring future opportunities along with the barriers and threats to adopting new innovations. A detailed agenda will follow.


Please note, places for this event are limited and if the meeting is oversubscribed, places will be prioritised and we may need to limit number of representatives from any one organisation.

The organisers reserve the right to amend/cancel the event; do not book any travel until you receive confirmation that you have been formally allocated a place to attend direct from the KTN.

All best endeavours will be made to undertake the event as shown above. However, the event organisers reserve the right to alter or cancel, without prior notice, any of the arrangements, timetable or plans relating directly or indirectly to the event. The event organisers are not liable for any loss or inconvenience caused as a result of such alterations.

For more information about this event please contact our sector lead
Michael Burnett
Knowledge Transfer Manager, Process Manufacturing