Sustainable Manufacturing and Circular Economy

We have a leading reputation for our expertise in sustainable manufacturing and circular economy and are home to the UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for Circle Economy.

Our vision is to transform the UK's chemical industry's linear supply chain model into a fossil-independent, climate-positive and environmentally friendly circular economy.

To achieve this, we aim to create a novel circular resource flow of olefins and their complementary feedstocks, which are of overwhelming importance to the chemical industry, accounting for more than 70% of all organic chemical production.

Our research focuses on nanoengineering and microengineering of particles regarding their manufacture, formulation and dispersion, and how they interact to make functional materials, interface structures and high-performance devices.

Research in pharmaceutical manufacturing focuses on digital design, control and optimisation of crystallisation processes to produce purified drug product particles with targeted properties.

We focus on the generation and characterisation of nano- and micro-scale particles for a range of end users including pharmaceutical, energy and food sectors.

Our investigations span fluid mixing, with a focus on understanding how nanoparticles are integrated into liquids. We're exploring the generation and application of nano- and micro-bubbles and the engineering of nanomaterials for green hydrogen production, carbon dioxide capture, and the conversion of these resources into high-value platform molecules, fuel cells, batteries and supercapacitors.