CSCT / US Dept. of Energy Symposium sees over a hundred attendees
Over a hundred people were in attendance of the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) / US Department of Energy joint symposium, a two-day event organised by CSCT researchers and academics that attracted audiences from within and outside the University.
The event took place on 8 – 9 May and included a mix of speakers from the University of Bath, CSCT indutrial partners –Green Biologics, SPECIFIC and Corbion– and the US Government National Labs, namely the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
With a specific focus on the bioeconomy and energy sectors, the symposium covered three areas regarding sustainable technologies: biorefineries and their role in enabling a bio-based economomy; sustainable materials and computational tools to develop them; and latest research on biopolymers.
CSCT students also delivered flash talks and poster presentation on their research projects; and the event closed with a small poster prize ceremony. The prize went to CSCT student Ed Jones, with Marco Piccini being selected as one of the runner-ups.
The event, organised by CSCT academic Dr Chris Chuck and CSCT students Helen Liang, Ed Jones, Matt Cowley, Bethan Charles and Vicky De Groof, stemmed from previous collaborations between the University of Bath and the US Department of Energy.
Dr Chris Chuck said: “Some of our University of Bath students had done placements or gone on to work at the US Dept. of Energy, which gave me the chance to meet some of their scientists. We soon realised there was a lot of overlap between my work and work at NREL and LANL, so we decided to take this work further. This symposium was a chance to widen that appeal by showcasing the whole of the University’s energy work and foster larger collaborations between the institutions.”
This event was run by the CSCT and the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH), and funded through EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account, an institutional grant at the University of Bath (Grant Ref: EP/R51164X/1), which contributed to the Sustainable Technology Commissioned Fund.