Our webinar invites discussion on reducing the impact of our dependence on steel, cement and plastics

The evolution of the world's most used materials and the challenge to reduce their impact on the environment, low carbon steel, low carbon concrete and waste recycling of plastics, and the development of sustainable commercial processes for the production of new alternative materials such as graphene and metal organic frameworks.

New challenges for chemical engineers!

Date: 12 October 2022 
Time: 08:30 (BST)
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The biographies of our webinar panel are outlined below: 

Dr Colin Brown - Chief Executive, Five Tribes Ltd. 

Colin is a Chartered Engineer who has made his career initially in industry as a technical specialist, with Rolls-Royce and BP, and latterly as a company director in the third sector with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining through his PhD and research into structure property relationships in high performance alloys.  In 2018 he started his own company, Five Tribes Ltd, focussed on improving diversity in the engineering profession and the enhancing the role of the engineer in society.  He is currently working on the role of Education Technology for increasing inclusion in the learning experience for both teachers and students.

Dr Leon Prentice - Chief Research and Development Officer, SDI Ltd 

Leon is a Chartered Engineer who thrives when developing technology solutions that deliver real change. Focusing on smarter, cleaner, cheaper, more advanced processes and materials he manages diverse people and portfolios of research, combined with deep engagement with collaborators and partners in research and industry. His current role sees him leading the innovation agenda of SDI Ltd, a $100m+ ASX-listed biomedical company exporting 90% of its production to over 100 countries. 

Dr Fang Xie - Reader in Functional Materials, Imperial College 
Dr Fang Xie joined the Department of Materials at Imperial College London in November 2008 as a post-doctoral researcher.  She is currently a Lecturer in the same department.  Her research concerns novel nanomaterials synthesis and fabrication and their applications in energy and life sciences. Metal and semiconducting nanoparticles are prepared by both bottom-up and top-down methods such as colloidal lithography, nanoimprint lithography, and wet chemical synthesis/self-assembly. 

Fang received her BEng from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China and MEng from the National University of Singapore.  She then spent 3 years working in the biotech-industry in Singapore.  In 2005, She moved to Australia to carry out her PhD study at the interface of physics and life sciences. Her doctoral work at Macquarie University was on the use of metal nanostructures to study fluorescence enhancement, showing enhanced fluorescence for bio-sensing applications. 

Professor Paul Fennell - Professor of Clean Energy, Imperial College 

Paul Fennell is Professor of Clean Energy at Imperial College London. He obtained his degree in Chemical Engineering and PhD from the University of Cambridge. He also chairs the Institution of Chemical Engineers Energy Conversion subject panel, was a previous member of the International Energy Authority High-Temperature Solid Looping Cycles Network Executive, and has written reports for the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on future technologies for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and carbon capture readiness. He is also the joint director of Imperial College’s Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage and is the Research Area Champion for Industrial CO2Capture and Storage for the UK CO2 Capture and Storage Research Centre. He has published 40 + papers since 2005.

Joseph Bailey - Project Manager, Progressive Energy Ltd

Joseph is a Chartered Engineer and Process Technologist with a passion for helping industry and society to achieve the goals of the Paris climate change agreement. He started off his career as a production engineer for offshore oil and gas before moving to the Shell Gas processing and CO2 abatement group specialising in contaminant removal and Carbon capture and storage.
In 2019 he joined Recycling Technologies Ltd who have developed two patented chemical feedstock recycling processes for post-consumer mixed plastic waste and recycling of polystyrene. He was project manager for the first commercial scale project and head of product engineering. In June 2022 he moved to Progressive Energy Ltd where he is a project manager as part of the HyNet project which is looking at low carbon energy deployment as part of a net zero 2050 strategy for the North West of England.