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Microwave Commercialisation Club: Taking microwave technology from the lab to industrial scale

Members of MCC

The Microwave Commercialisation Club (MCC) is a multidisciplinary team including experts in chemical engineering, microwave technology, biomass chemistry and process management. The MCC is funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account – with the overall aim of supporting the transition of microwave technology into industry.

Find out more about the MCC members.

Workshops & Events

The MCC will hold annual workshops where end users and MCC members have the opportunity to meet to discuss and develop potential collaborative projects. 

The 2nd MCC Workshop was held on 9 May 2019 at the Biorenewables Development Centre (BDC), York.

The 1st MCC Workshop was held at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE), University of York on 26 April 2018.

Microwave Chemistry at York

We have discovered that microwaves may be used to selectively activate components of biomass (trees, grasses, crops, agricultural and food waste, macro and micro-algae, etc.) leading to a much more controlled decomposition process than can normally be achieved, e.g. using acid treatment. In this way, we are able to make a range of valuable products including liquid / solid fuels, and chemicals from sustainable sources using green chemical technology. We have proven this at scales from grams to tens of kilograms.

Further information about Microwave Chemistry at York


Dr Alice Fan
Tel: +44(0)1904 324456