Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies
Established in 2008, the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) brings together academic expertise from the University of Bath with international industrial, academic and stakeholder partners to carry out research, training and outreach in sustainable chemical technologies.
Our researchers are drawn from across the University of Bath, including the Departments of Biology & Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Physics and Social & Policy Sciences.
Our Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Sustainable Chemical Technologies offers 4-year integrated PhD studentships in Sustainable Chemical Technologies. We continue to grow, providing excellent opportunities for research training.
- Case Study Developing new green energy materials We are exploring and developing new materials for the next generation of green energy devices, including solar cells, lithium batteries, thermoelectrics and fuel cells.
- Case Study The water cycle and human health Only by working closely with industry can we move away from controlled laboratory environments and develop more accurate water treatment and analytical techniques suited to the conditions experienced within the natural environment.
- Case Study Developing new sustainable plastics We are developing new, sustainable catalysts, processes and building blocks for polymers which are used as commodity plastics and for high value biomedical applications.
- Case Study Developing sustainable routes to medicine and food Our research has developed new and sustainable routes to small organic molecules, essential for the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries.
- Case Study Flow Chemistry – combining expertise in novel chemical transformations with innovative reactor design Flow chemistry provides a valuable alternative to reactions run in a simple vessel.
- Case Study Converting carbon dioxide into valuable hydrocarbons The conversion of CO2 to valuable hydrocarbons could be the key to reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions. It represents an attractive alternative, from a financial point of view, for large emitters compared to geological storage of carbon.
“I had a great time at the CSCT and made some lifelong friends. We were constantly provided with the support to take us to a higher level. This could be by means of attending conferences and workshops related to your research, doing an internship in your preferred company and obtaining resources necessary for your knowledge growth.”
“I’ve been a fan of the CSCT right from its beginning. I’ve loved the work that the Centre has done. The whole idea of sustainable technologies and bringing together different capabilities are absolutely essential if we’re going to build something that has impact.”
“Working for the CSCT has given me the opportunity, industrial links and resources to develop truly sustainable technologies to reduce our impact on the environment. For example we have developed a yeast substitute for palm oil, that we are now taking to the industrial pilot scale.”
“What attracted me to join the CDT was the opportunity to work on an interdisciplinary PhD project with a clear focus on industrial impact and the chance to undertake a three month placement to further develop my skills.”