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Green Chemistry Award

31 Hydref 2007

Researchers at Cardiff University have won a top industry award recognising the environmentally friendly design of chemical products and processes.

Researchers from the School of Chemistry received the Eurowise Green Chemistry Award from the Institution of Chemical Engineers for research into the development of more sustainable ways to develop and use catalysts in the process industries.

Catalysts are commonly used in filters to remove carbon monoxide in submarines, fire fighters’ breathing apparatus and even spaceships. The School of Chemistry research will ensure that such life saving catalysts now work more efficiently but with a less damaging effect on the environment.

Professor Graham Hutchings, School of Chemistry said: "We are naturally pleased that our new green approach to catalyst preparation has won this award as it shows that a green approach can give much better catalysts."

The Institution of Chemical Engineers’ awards are designed to highlight cutting-edge innovation and excellence in chemical engineering.

"Chemical and process engineers across a huge range of industry sectors are working hard to develop a cleaner, greener and more sustainable world for generations to come." said David Brown, chief executive, Institution of Chemical Engineers. "Our awards highlight some of the groundbreaking work that is going on across the globe."