Chemistry

By 2050 our industry will have embraced a circular economy and be using different feedstocks, technologies and energy sources to produce chemicals. The Innovate UK Business Connect Chemistry team can help you navigate these changes and identify innovation that will ensure your business, research or service remains sustainable.

Innovate UK Business Connect works with all sectors that use chemicals or chemistry in their business. These include:

  • UK Chemical Manufacturers
  • “Chemistry-using” Sectors – where chemistry is critical to the business, e.g. Pharmaceuticals, Home & Personal Care, Agrochemicals, Fuels and Energy
  • Innovative companies (particularly SMEs and start-ups) and leading academics developing technologies and solutions for a Net Zero future

Innovate UK Business Connect uses sector knowledge to help businesses innovate through providing access to connections and collaborations as well as expertise and funding.

We can also help with innovation related to:

  • Synthesis and catalysis. Materials chemistry, including formulated products, polymers and composites
  • Digitalisation of manufacturing and R&D operations – for increased productivity
  • Exploitation of Industrial Biotechnology and Engineering Biology (often called Synthetic Biology) for improved products and low carbon processes.

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Our current focus in this area

Innovate UK KTN recognises that this sector is heavily reliant on laboratory-based R&D, as well as computational techniques for modelling the behaviour of atoms, molecules and colloids across multiple length and time scales.

Connecting the UK’s growing Chemicals community with industrial collaborators, research-base expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

For chemical-based industries to respond to global challenges, we need to improve productivity and maintain the competitiveness of our manufacturing processes.

As the world moves towards a greener future, we are changing the demand profile on certain raw materials. At the same, world population rises, resulting in an ever-increasing demand for energy and products which puts gradual pressure on raw materials (and their supply chains), contributing to the generation of more and more waste.

Related Opportunities

New Innovators in net zero industry, South West Wales

Opens: 07/05/2024 Closes: 19/06/2024

UK registered micro and small businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5m to grow innovation activities in net zero industry in South West Wales.

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Global Business Innovation Programme in India - Sustainable Plastic

Opens: 23/05/2024 Closes: 05/07/2024

Innovate UK invites innovative companies in the sustainable plastic sector to participate in a Global Business Innovation Programme in India.

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Global Business Innovation Programme in Switzerland & Germany - Semiconductors

Opens: 03/06/2024 Closes: 12/07/2024

Innovate UK seeks companies with expertise in Semiconductors to participate in a Global Business Innovation Programme with a market visit to Switzerland & Germany.

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Mission Innovation: Integrated Biorefineries programme

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