RSC Lecture Theatre

The RSC Symposium 2019

Organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry


Re Sourcing our Resources

Reducing Environmental Impact

This two day international symposium organised by the Speciality Chemicals Sector will be held in conjunction with the Chemspec Europe 2019 and Chemsource 2019 Exhibitions organised by Mack Brooks Exhibitions Group. In the modern world alternative sources of chemicals and materials are being explored to improve processes by replacing hard to get starting materials or increasing efficiencies, or both. Particular attention has been paid to extracting value from waste (especially materials that pollute the environment) and from recycling/reusing/repurposing activities which offer many extra benefits from just a cheaper source of key precursor compounds to high value processes. In other areas the study of natural resource utilisation to access novel chemistry offers an attractive alternative to current practices.

There will be a programme of internationally acclaimed speakers, mostly from industry and from companies making pioneering advances in the science, understanding and development of new approaches to sustainability.

Topics to be covered:

  • Extracting value from waste
  • The replacement of critical raw materials
  • Natural raw materials replacing synthetics
  • Reducing the environmental impact of plastics
  • The chemistry of bioplastics and biodegradability
  • Process efficiencies and biocatalysis

RSC Programme Schedule

Presentations at the Royal Society of Chemistry Symposium 2019 include:


10:00 Carbon Footprint of Recycled Chemicals: Sustainability in Action
Andrew Crowther, Tradebe Chemicals, UK
10:45 'Citius, Altius, Fortius' – Challenging Process Design with a Proven Rationale Approach to Improve Sustainability
Marc-Olivier Simon, Ypso-Facto, France
11:30 High-performing, Safe and Sustainable Chemicals from Waste Wood
Fabien Deswarte, Circa Sustainable Chemicals Ltd., UK
12:15 Micro Reaction Technology with Macro Process Efficiencies
Rafael Kuwertz, Ehrfeld Mikrotechnik GmbH, Germany
13:00 Introducing a Family of Sustainable High Performance Polyols
David Hess, Allessa GmbH, Germany
13:45 Sustainability in Chemical Packaging
Arash Hassanian, Hoover Ferguson Group Inc., USA
14:30 Squeezing more than just Orange Juice: Citrus Peel Valorisation
Avtar Matharu, University of York, UK
15:15 Chemocatalysis – a Tool of Green Chemistry
Florian Bächle, Solvias AG, Switzerland
16:00 Close


10:00 Future of Biocatalysis – Enzymatic Reactions in Continuous Flow Processes
Vince Murphy, EnginZyme AB, Sweden
10:45 Sustainable Biocatalytic Synthesis of β-Hydroxyl-α-Amino Acids on an Industrial Scale
Grzegorz Kubik, Enzymaster Deutschland GmbH, Germany
11:30 New Microcapsule Technology: Enabling a Future of Safer Laundry Products and Cleaner Oceans
Jamie Walters, Calyxia, France
12:15 Membrane Enhanced Chemical and Biochemical Processes: the Effect of Nanomodification of Membrane Surface on Process Efficiencies
Marzio Monagheddu, Vito NV, Belgium
13:00 GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry
Nicholas Bennett, University of Nottingham, UK
13:45 Membrane Emulsification versus Homogenisation – Benefits in Energy Usage and Process Efficiency
David Palmer, Micropore Technologies Ltd., UK
14:30 Close of Symposium sessions

Doing Business in China

14:30 Tina Li, Intercultural Lecturer & Trainer                                                                           

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Please note that the programme is subject to change and will be updated continuously in the run up to the conference.

The RSC Symposium Archive

To view and download previous presentations that have been presented within the RSC Symposium at Chemspec Europe and Chemsource Exhibitions, simply click on the links below.

The RSC Symposium 2019

The RSC Symposium 2018

The RSC Symposium 2017

The RSC Symposium 2016

The RSC Symposium 2015

The RSC Symposium 2014

The RSC Symposium 2013