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York chemists named as finalists in Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition

Posted on 10 June 2014

A team of chemists from the University of York’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence have been shortlisted as finalists in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition 2014.

Centre Director, Professor James Clark, and Principal Scientist, Dr Vitaliy Budarin, will attend the competition final at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s London headquarters on Piccadilly on 25 June – where they will pitch their research ‘Dragon’s Den’ style to commercial experts from renowned scientific multinational companies.

It’s fantastic news that researchers from the University of York are finalists in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Emerging Technologies Competition. I’m delighted to see local scientific innovation and talent being recognised at a national level and hope to see them do well at the competition final.

Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer

They will battle against 19 other teams to win the top prize of one-to-one mentoring from the competition’s multinational partners and £10,000 prize money – to be presented to the winners by the BBC’s ‘Dragon’s Den’ judge, Richard Farleigh.

The Green Chemistry Centre has developed a patented, low-temperature microwave technology that enables the conversion of many types of biomass in to high value chemicals, energy products and materials.

On being selected as an Emerging Technologies finalist, Professor Clark said: “We are delighted that the Royal Society of Chemistry judges have seen the potential in what we believe is a game-changing clean technology in the conversion of waste to valuable chemicals.”

As well as mentoring and cash prizes, the Emerging Technologies Competition winners will benefit from a package of free advertising and access to investor networks.