Scientists and engineers in the CSCT, working together with industry partners are developing new
renewable materials, benign catalysts and cleaner processes needed for the advanced polymeric
materials of tomorrow.

We are developing new, sustainable catalysts, processes and building blocks for polymers such as polyesters (such as PET and polylactide), polyurethanes (PU) and polycarbonates (PC) which are used as commodity plastics and for high value biomedical applications.

In collaboration with industrial partners, we have developed and patented heavy-metal replacement catalysts for PET and PU that minimise the use of antimony and mercury in industrial processes. We have designed a series of very robust tin-free catalysts for the controlled synthesis of polylactide some of which are currently being tested for industrial applications and we are currently developing new catalysts and processes for incorporation of CO2 into a new generation of sustainable, renewable plastics.

This work has led to a £2.6 million EPSRC project on sustainable chemical feedstocks, patented catalyst technology and fundamental knowledge of Group 4 metal catalysis that is being exploited by UK companies.

 

“New ways of making, using and recycling plastics will have a major impact on global sustainability. By identifying and developing plastics from renewable sources we will not only reduce our dependence on petrochemicals but have the opportunity to build in desirable properties such as heat resistance and biodegradability.”
Professor Matthew Davidson

 

Outputs

Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 10431
Marcomolecules, 2016, 49, 7165
Dalton Trans., 2016, 45, 5374
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 5034
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2014, 53, 13858
Patent: WO 2014177543 A1

Industrial Partners

CSCT Students Involved

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