Biolpolymers: A Sustainable Future?

EMMS are pleased to announce details of their 2024 Prestige Lecture. The hybrid lecture, on 24 April, will be delivered by Kate Thornton, Lead Research Scientist in Biopolymers at Croda and current IOM3 President.

Polymers play a significant role in various industries due to their versatility, durability and cost effectiveness.  However, there are two key areas they fall down on - envionmental concerns and sustainability.

Several researchers are now actively pursuing sustainable polymer solutions.  This is not just an academic concern though, with industries actively seeking solutions as well.  Within Croda we are reassessing our Biopolymers to see whether they can be used to address current and future needs for a number of different application areas.  Within this talk I will cover the background of Croda and its Biopolymer division before looking at a case study on future needs.

As I am also the current President of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) I will spend some of my talk covering my history with the Institute and what I would like to achieve in my term.

Kate Thornton is the current President of IOM3 after volunteering with them for a number of years.  In addition to this she has a full-time role at Croda as Lead Research Scientist within their Biopolymers team at Ditton.  She was recently appointed as a Strategic Advisor to the Henry Royce Institute.

The talk will be available in person and online.  However you wish to attend, please register using the Book Now button at the top of the page.  All are welcome.

The lecture will take place in Room S.2.031 in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University.

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