Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 6/10/2020 17:306/10/2020 20:00Emerging technologies: advancing sustainabilityUrban Sciences Building, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU


Sustainable development means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the well-being of future generations. Engineers have a vital role in creating systems and solutions to address the climate crisis and support more sustainable use and management of natural resources.

The panel of four Royal Academy of Engineering Chairs in Emerging Technologies are developing emerging engineering technologies to tackle the grand sustainability challenge through engineering innovation. 


5.30pm Registration 
6.00pm Welcome and introduction 

In conversation with 

  • Professor Richard Dinsdale, University of South Wales
  • Professor Judith Driscoll FREng, University of Cambridge
  • Professor Magda Titirici, Imperial College London
  • Professor Ian Metcalfe FREng, Newcastle University
6.45pm Q&A session
7.15pm Networking reception
8.00pm Close

The UK Governments Investment in Research Talent funds the Royal Academy of Engineering's Chairs in Emerging Technologies programme which supports global leaders in thier fields, helping to transform thier pioneering ideas into fully commercialised technologies with important and widespread applications. The Chairs are developing technologies that have the potential to bring significant economic and societal benefits to the UK, ensuring that the UK is a driving force for global technological innovation. 

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This event is free of charge to attend but registration is required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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 Professor Richard Dinsdale, University of South Wales

Bio-Electrochemical Process Engineering for Carbon Reduction and Resource Recovery: E-Hance

Professor Dinsdale aims to develop and commercialise microbial bioelectrochemical systems for waste treatment and resource recovery. This innovative area of biotechnology manipulates the electrochemical properties of microbial cells to make industrial processes more efficient. This could enhance wastewater treatment, improve metal recovery and help convert carbon dioxide into renewable green platform chemicals. He will work with key industrial stakeholders to facilitate these developments.

 Professor Judith Driscoll FREng, University of Cambridge

Scaleable ultralow power memory through materials innovation

Professor Driscoll will develop and bring to industry highly innovative materials technology that can be used in non-volatile memory (NVM) storage. New NVM storage is essential to a wide range of growing data-centric technologies including Internet of Things, transport, medicine, and AI. Professor Driscoll will explore potential materials for NVM, develop compositions and nanostructures, test a range of different memory device forms and liaise with industry on commercialising the devices.

 Professor Ian Metcalfe FREng, Newcastle University

Engineering chemical reactor technologies for a low-carbon energy future

Professor Metcalfe will develop new chemical reactor technologies to help achieve the energy conversions needed to support a low-carbon energy future including, but not limited to, low-carbon hydrogen production. Reaction engineering lies at the heart of such chemical conversions.  Professor Metcalfe plans to exploit recent innovations in the cyclic operation (or chemical looping) of chemical reactors to deliver transformational chemical processes for the energy sector.

 Professor Magda Titirici, Imperial College London

Sustainable Energy Materials for Emerging Technologies

Professor Magda Titirici will develop sustainable future energy technologies, particularly new kinds of batteries to replace Lithium, clean and low-cost production of Hydrogen from biomass or plastic waste and its use in fuel cells free from precious metals. These technologies will enable more use of renewable energy in future, from grid-balancing for intermittent energy supply to producing customized compostable electronics.

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