CSCP and NORSC (NORthern Sustainable Chemistry)
The Chemistry Departments at the Universities of Durham, Leeds, Newcastle and York are combining their talents in the area of Sustainability to create a network that will greatly benefit Industry in the North East of England. In a first of its kind in the UK, the principal of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts, is being applied to this important aspect of chemistry innovation by providing a research and consultancy service that will give regional chemical companies access to a unique and evolving local asset.
Professor Mike Green, Head of Chemistry at the University of Newcastle says “Individually, the four Universities have very strong Chemistry Departments, but when those strengths are combined and applied to the needs of regional industry in an area of vital importance to society, that is a little bit special”. With the loss of the Regional Development Agencies, collaborative ventures such as this will ensure that key aspect of commercial activity can continue and be fully supported.
“We hope” said Mike “that by pooling expertise, we will be able to tackle issues that individually we would struggle to find solutions to. This opens up a completely new generation of chemistry expertise”. At Newcastle this adds value to the flagship University Theme of Sustainability.
80+ Researchers from the four Universities will meet on the 28th October in York to consolidate ideas and clearly define the enhanced area of expertise. “After that we will establish working relationships with industrial partners” says Mike “That will be when we can make a real difference”.