Excellent interaction between University of Oxford and SCG researchers through visits and secondments to the CoE has created a reciprocal exchange of techniques and ideas. Professor O’Hare also spent a sabbatical year at SCG in 2014/15. Furthermore, there has been outstanding interaction between the CoE and SCG research teams with Oxford University’s technology transfer company Oxford University Innovation Ltd. ensuring that new developments are patented in a strategically advantageous manner.
Such mutual collaboration has led to the commercialisation of breakthrough technologies, bringing benefits directly to the economy and society with tremendous potential across a range of industries e.g. chemicals, farming, cement-building material and packaging from: the development of new packing materials that keep food safe and fresh; converting biomass waste into valuable feedstock materials; and the conversion of CO2 into renewal fuels.
It has been recognised that the next step for the CoE is commercialisation; hence, three-way collaborations with five other universities and two commercial entities were created in the last two years.
New metallocene catalyst platforms for olefin polymerisation have been developed by the CoE and SCG is currently working with toll manufacturers for catalyst scale-up for pilot plant, with commercial use expected in 2018/19.
New high surface area nanomaterials have been synthesised by the CoE and SCG is keen to leverage opportunities in catalyst supports, polymer and cement additives. A pilot plant will be operational at SCG in late 2017, with a first commercial offering expected in 2018.
As a commitment to long term collaboration SCG, University of Oxford and Beijing University of Chemical Technology signed a Joint Development Agreement for the construction of a pilot plant for nanomaterial synthesis. This pilot plant was officially opened in March 2017.