Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence

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Our innovative new building will be officially opened on 5 September 2014

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Research is carried out under across 4 Technology Platforms

The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) is a world leading research centre, led by Professor James Clark, which aims to promote the development and implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and related technologies into new products and processes. The GCCE provides high quality education and training programmes and develop strategic research partnerships with global corporations and world-leading universities. The Group is made up of over 70 academic, research, technical and administrative support staff, postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers along with visiting scientists from industry and overseas universities.

In the latest phase of development, the Green Chemistry Centre has been re-housed in a new building on the Department of Chemistry site. The new Centre includes larger, state-of-the-art laboratories and a new bespoke Industrial Engagement Facility, part-funded by the ERDF, with a capacity of over 100 personnel.  


Green Chemistry Research Group

Research Areas

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Microwave Chemistry

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The Green Chemistry Centre is the hub for a number of important networks that bring together academics, industrialists and other interested individuals and groups from around the world.



The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence works closely with industry to deliver competitive tailor-made solutions that are more profitable, less wasteful and less damaging to the environment.

Starbon Technologies

Formed in 2012 as a spin-out, Starbon Technologies is the GCCE’s first commercialisation company focusing on Starbon® technology, which converts waste polysaccharide into high value mesoporous materials.

Biorenewables Development Centre

Opened in 2011, the expanded scale up facility at the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC) will serve as a concept biorefinery.


This innovative masters course, established in 2001, is the first course of its kind to be accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

PhD Research Videos


PhD Research Videos 



11th International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries (RRB11)

Join the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the 11th edition of the International Conference on Renewable Resources & Biorefineries in York from Wednesday 3 June to Friday 5 June 2015.

Latest News 

Getting the Valu€ Out of Food Waste -
October 2014

Waste Office Paper Comes to a Sticky End - chemistryworld
September 2014

Dame Ellen MacArthur opens new Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence - York Press
September 2014

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Green Gown Award Video Case Study

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