Speakers & Presentations
Speakers at Materials that don't Cost the Earth included the following speaker, their presentations are available to download from this page:
Dr Mike Pitts, Chemistry Innovation KTN
Michael Pitts, is an organic chemist by training (BSc, University of Loughborough and PhD, University of Exeter with Chris Moody). He worked as a postdoctoral associate at the University of Vienna on anti-tumour compounds as part of a collaborative European project before spending five years working in the chemical industry. Mike worked for catalyst technology SMEs StylaCats and Reaxa developing platforms in microwave technology, flow chemistry, homogeneous catalysis and process development.
He joined Chemistry Innovation in 2007 and led the development of Chemistry Innovation's Sustainable Design Guide and has used it to assist companies in developing more sustainable products. He has developed and managed projects on lifecycle analysis, renewable chemicals, industrial biotechnology and resource efficiency across the chemistry-using industries. Mike is currently Sustainability Manager managing projects and opportunities across all of Chemistry Innovation's priority areas. He is also a trustee at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre.
Dr John Whittall, Technology Strategy Board
John Whittall leads the Resource Efficiency programme at Technology Strategy Board and also the primary contact point for ECO-INNOVERA, the ERA-Net supporting eco-innovation in Europe. After completing a PhD in chemistry at Imperial College, London John worked as a postdoctoral research at the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. On returning to the UK, he joined the Business Research Group, where he conducted and managed a range of industrial market/techno-commercial studies primarily for clients in the chemical industry In 2002 he joined the Crystal Faraday Partnership which subsequently became part of the Chemistry Innovation KTN. John joined Technology Strategy Board in September 2008.
Colin obtained a Bachelor of Metallurgy degree from Sheffield University and joined Rolls-Royce in 1987. Initially working in the Manufacturing Technology Department on the development of gear, shaft and bearing steels Colin later moved into the X-ray Crystallography Department carrying out phase analysis, texture and residual stress measurements on a wide range of metallic and non metallic materials. This role involved working closely with academia and the supply chain and led, in 2001, to a move into project management. Initially this was with UK universities but has now expanded to include all large Materials programmes for Rolls-Royce carried out with both academia and the supply chain.
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