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STFC B4I Chemical Event

Event details
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
9:30 am – 17:00 pm
STFC is hosting this event to show how they can help address the current challenges in the Chemical sector. 

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This event offers companies who need to overcome problems that restrict their productivity and competitiveness, an opportunity to discuss their issues with world leading scientists and learn how to access some of the £8 million in funding available to the Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme.

Join Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) in Wilton on Wednesday 17 October and learn how STFC have assisted the likes of Johnson Matthey and Unilever to overcome difficult technical challenges and added value to these companies.


Why should you attend?

  • Discussing your challenge with world leading scientists
  • Understand how to access leading edge research infrastructure
  • Hear government strategies, grand challenges and funding opportunities for the chemical industry
  • Networking with other chemical companies
  • Facility tour at CPI’s state of the art facilities (see


Who should attend?

This event is primarily aimed at companies who need to overcome challenging problems that restrict their potential productivity and competitiveness:

  • Technical and Business development staff
  • Lead Scientists
  • Engineers involved in the chemicals or process industries sector



9:30 Registration

10:30 Open – Steve Fletcher, Head of Chemistry & Industrial Biotechnology, KTN

10:35 Welcome and Overview of CPI – Matthew Abbott, Technology & Innovation Officer, CPI

10:45  The Spirit of Innovation – Dr Jeremy Shears, Chief Scientist, Shell

11:10  Welcome to STFC – Dr Kate Ronayne, Executive Director, STFC

11:20 STFC Capabilities for the Chemical and Process Sectors – Facility Leads, STFC

12:20 Industry Case Studies:

  • Prof Adam Kowalski, Manufacturing Research, Unilever
  • Ken Lewtas ,Director, Lewtas Science and Technologies
  • William Averdieck, Managing Director, Coconut Collaboration
  • Paul Collier, Research Manager, Johnson Matthey

13:00 Lunch & Networking

14:00 Overview of the UK Chemicals Sector – Harry Swan, CEO,Thomas Swan / Innovation Lead on the Chemistry Growth Partnership

14:30 Bridging for Innovators Funding Programme – Ling Xu, STFC

15:10 Open Q&A

15:30 Networking, One-on-One Meetings & Facility Tours

17:00 Close


About the Bridging for Innovators (B4I)

BFI is a programme run by STFC to support UK industry to overcome challenging product, manufacturing or process performance. Accessing their unique laboratories and engaging with world class researchers, you will develop projects that address your specific challenge and help you make a step-change to your business.

Full details of scope, eligibility and application process are available here.


Working with STFC

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is a multidisciplinary research organisation and operates large-scale national laboratories with key experimental and computational capabilities relevant to the chemical industry, including:

  • Understanding the mechanisms of chemical and biological synthesis
  • Characterising the properties of products and intermediates
  • Studying production processes, including catalytic systems
  • Investigating the structure, properties and effects of formulated products, such as coatings and sealants, cleaning products, pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals
  • Interpreting large dataset to drive decision making (AI knowledge base)

You can find out more about ways that access STFC facilities can directly benefit your company by reading their chemicals case studies:

Accelerating the product discovery process at Unilever

Johnson Matthey – Pt speciation

Infineum – oil additives

Sasol – in situ catalysis with the microreactor

Pfizer – Visualising coating integrity for bead drug products

Using neutron scattering to address complex additive challenges

Examining the lifetime of Laundry Detergent Pods

Neutrons could reveal how pesticides protect crops

CLF Spin-off Company Cobalt Bought by U.S Tech Giant, Agilent Technologies