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Durham Chemistry wins Teamwork Innovation Award 2015

(12 May 2015)

The Procter & Gamble and Durham University Partnership has won the Royal Society of Chemistry’s 2015 Teamwork in Innovation Award consisting of £4,000 and a trophy. This was given in recognition of the multidisciplinary, collaborative and high-impact research leading to product innovation.

The trophy was presented last night at a black tie event, at the Royal College of Physicians in London, hosted by comedienne, writer and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig OBE. This photo shows Durham Chemistry represented by Dr Ritu Kataky who has been part of the Durham/P&G CEMENT project.

In 2009 P&G and Durham University co-identified several areas where joint scientific research could lead to significant and responsible consumer product innovation. Our initial collaborations involved a team of around 30 academics and PhD students from Durham Chemistry and Physics working closely with P&G scientists at the Newcastle Innovation Centre. The collaboration has since grown to a formalised strategic partnership involving Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Psychology, Engineering and the Business School at Durham working with P&G scientists globally. Today there are over 50 joint research projects in a portfolio organised around Surface Science/Modification, Integrative Cell Biology and Emerging Opportunities. Senior leadership at P&G has come from Michael Duncan, Euan Magennis, Phil Souter, Charles Bragg, David Jakubovic, Elena Lurie-Luke and Helen Neville and at Durham from Tim Hammond,  Prof John Evans, Tom McLeish, John Girkin, Keith Lindsey and Nigel Robinson. The innovations have been delivered by the approximately 200 talented researchers involved across our institutions. We’ve also built relationships with the Centre for Process and Innovation Catapult centre to help disseminate our work and with local businesses such as Peerless Systems. For more details see