Industrial Physical Chemistry Group

Industrial Physical Chemistry

The Industrial Physical Chemistry Group is one of the RSC's many Interest Groups. The Interest Groups are member driven groups which exist to benefit RSC members, and the wider chemical science community, in line with the RSC's strategy and charter.


To promote the industrial aspects of physical chemistry. This is achieved by encouraging and supporting the exchange of information, knowledge and opinion between industry and academia. 

Get Involved

We are always looking for new members who are keen to get involved and to help organise our activities. If you would like to find out more please contact the Secretary.

We have an online community, which is based on MyRSC, for anyone who shares our interests.

Heterogeneous Catalysts for Sustainable Industry 2020

25 November 2019
This event was co-organised between the RSC Industrial Physical Chemistry Group and the RSC Applied Catalysis Group.

The event was an industry focussed workshop sponsored by BYK Additives and Instruments, Johnson Matthey and Micrometrics. The goal of the seminar was to promote current and next generation heterogeneous catalysts in the development of greener and more sustainable chemical production processes.

As the World shifts to a more environmentally-friendly future, processes and reagents the chemical industry has depended upon for years are increasingly under scrutiny. This situation offers opportunities to improve and be cleaner whilst still providing customers with the high quality they are used to. Such challenges encompass, amongst other things, finding alternatives to traditional homogeneous heavy metal based catalyst systems to identifying new methods for processing sustainable feedstock. Heterogeneous catalysts already offer significant benefits such as catalyst/product separation, reuse and recyclability, which opens the door for them to be the basis for environmentally benign products.

Scientific leaders in the field Dr Xiaolei Fan (The University of Manchester), Dr Thomas Chamberlain (University of Leeds) and Dr Samuel Pattisson (Cardiff University) were invited from academia to provide theory and present their pioneering work developing the next generation heterogeneous catalysts and catalyst supports. Noted industrialists Dr Marco Kennema (BASF), Dr Nicolas Bats (Johnson Matthey) and Dr Paul Murray (Catalyst Consulting Ltd.) gave insights into industry designing new catalysts and optimising current catalyst technologies, while also providing examples of chemical processes suitable for enhancing with sustainable heterogeneous catalysts.

The event was well attended by industry with delegates coming from companies such as Zeiss, Cranfield, BP, Invista, Koura and many more, whose feedback was universally positive. Dr Claire Rees (Koura) praised the “high quality speakers” and that she hoped that these events would “continue […] in the future as the area of heterogeneous catalysis relevant to industry [was] an area often neglected at catalysis conferences”. Dr Philip Hughes (Johnson Matthey) exclaimed his surprise “at the efficiency of clay catalysts compared to homogenous acid catalysts in dehydration reactions”.

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If you are a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry and would like to join an Interest Group, please contact Membership Department using the email link below with:

  • your name
  • your membership number
  • state the name of the group you wish to join    

Downloadable Files

Heterogenous Catalysts for Sustainable Industry 2019
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IPCG Newsletter 2017-2018
Information about IPCG activities in 2017 and 2018
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2017 Innovations in Encapsulation Report
Report on the one-day IPCG and FSTG Innovations in Encapsulation meeting in December 2017
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Advert for membership of the Industrial Physical Chemistry Group
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Seminar - modern analytical pyrolysis approaches to research, innovation and industrial applications
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RSC Twitter Poster Conference 2017
Monday March 20th 9am – Tuesday March 21st 9am (GMT)
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IPCG committee meeting minutes 5th August 2016
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Report on Arrested Gels
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IPCG past events
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History of the Industrial Physical Chemistry Group
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Annual Report 2018
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Related Links

Link icon Inspiring future industrialists
Our Industrial Physical Chemistry Group (IPCG) teamed up with our Liverpool local section to run an industry day for 13-14 year-old students during Chemistry Week.

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Contact and Further Information

Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141