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!

Webinar Recording

Date: 12 October 2022 
Time: 08:30 (BST)

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. 

Professor Fang Xie - Professor in Functional Materials, Imperial College 

Fang Xie is Professor of Functional Materials at Imperial College London. Her research is in the area of plasmonic materials with a particular emphasis on the role of plasmonic and nanoscale properties in enhancing devices for energy and healthcare applications. She is internationally known and a lead innovator in plasmonic nanoscale engineering for enhanced device performance including sensing and solar energy harvesting. The work from her research group combines numerical modelling, system design and fabrication, alongside testing and characterisation in parallel. She has successfully secured over ~12M funding from a range of agencies and charities and has published over 80 papers and filed 9 patents.

Professor Paul Fennell - Professor of Clean Energy, Imperial College 

Prof Paul Fennell C.Eng C.Sci F.IChemE conducted his PhD in Combustion Science at Cambridge and has published > 100 papers (13 specifically addressing decarbonisation of cement production, a wide variety of industrial and energy engineering subjects. He has advised DECC, BEIS and the Environment Agency and his work was cited more than 20 times in the most recent IPCC assessment report. He has chaired the IChemE Clean Energy Technology Special Interest group and was a member of the government’s roadmapping team for decarbonised Iron and Steel production to 2050. He has conducted consultancy in the area of decarbonisation of Cement for BEIS and deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in Industry, as well as CCS readiness. In 2019, he was part of the expert group for the taxonomy of Green Investment Bonds, and helped to secure the place of CCS within it. He is an accomplished science communicator, and in 2015 he won the IChemE ambassador prize.

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.