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Sustainable Organic Chemistry

The world’s resources are finite and mankind is currently using them up at a far faster rate than natural processes can replenish them. This is most apparent in the use of fossil fuels, not only as energy sources, but also as the starting material for the production of most commercially available organic chemicals. The overarching goal of Professor Michael North's research is to utilise waste biomass and carbon dioxide as alternative (and sustainable) carbon sources for the chemicals industry. We combine these sustainable feedstocks with catalytic transformations in green solvents (or in the absence of solvent) using processes that require little or no energy input to develop truly sustainable alternatives for the production of important chemicals. More details of specific research projects are given in the pages below.