Chinese UK conference: The New Generation of Chemical and Biological Technology

26 Sept 2011

The 18th Joint Annual Conference of the SCI Chinese UK Group and The Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology in the UK was held at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge on 17 Sept 2011. The theme was New Generation of Chemical and Biological Technology, and the day was supported by SCI and the Education Section of the Chinese Embassy.

The event brought together chemists, chemical engineers and biochemists working in the areas of energy and sustainability, advanced technologies and material, bioresources and biotechnology and advanced processing and modeling. About 100 researchers registered for the conference, including several from mainland China.

Mr Hong Li from the Chinese Embassy gave a talk on the exchange between the UK and China from the perspective of education, and SCI Executive Director 2010-13 Joanne Lyall gave a presentation on the activities and background of SCI.

The first plenary lecture, 'Green Production of Silicon Directly from Silica in Molten Salts,' was given by Prof George Z Chen from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham followed by 'Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Chemical Process Technology' from Prof Lynn F Gladden CBE, FRS, FREng of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge.

The plenary lectures discussed various aspects of the low-carbon economy from the perspective of chemistry, engineering and the economy, and were of great interest to the attendees. Dr Cigang Xu of the Chinese UK Group told the meeting the referee panel would choose the Best Presentation Awards for the PhD students who presented their research work during the conference.

A total of 23 keynote speeches and talks were delivered in two separate lecture rooms according to academic discipline, and 12 posters were presented. In the last session, the awards for best oral presentation and posters were announced.

Finally Dr Cigang Xu talked about the activities of the Chinese UK Group and how to join SCI.

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