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The massive increase of the global population, the exploitation of natural resources, air, water and soil pollution, and the rising levels of greenhouse gases represent serious threats for our planet. We will learn how alternative chemical processes, carefully designed to minimise their impact on the environment, can be developed and implemented to contribute to a more sustainable future.
12 principles of Sustainable Chemistry - understanding and application
Peter Licence (Professor of Chemistry)
Peter Licence is director of the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry in Nottingham. Pete will talk about the 12 principles of Sustainable Chemistry and how these principles can be implemented to design new chemical processes as well as the design of environmentally friendly buildings.
Sustainability in Action - how to make an impact on policy makers
Andy Nolan (Director of Sustainability)
Andy Nolan is director of Sustainability at the University of Nottingham and has been involved in policy making for 20 years. Andy will talk about how the knowledge produced in academia can impact on policy making and be applied to make new legislation.
From bin to lab: how to recycle waste
John Robinson (Director of Admissions)
John Robinson is currently investigating new processes for extracting valuable chemicals from waste using microwaves as a source of heat. This project will put an added value to biomasses which would be incinerated otherwise. Plus, microwaves represent a cheaper way of heating compared to traditional methods. John will explain how the microwave heating process works and how to obtain valuable chemicals from biomasses.