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Rob has a track record of collaborative research projects working with Companies to capture grant funding. With over 13 years experience in Technology Transfer the Director of BC has a strong network of contacts in the Welsh, UK and EU biobased sectors. His key reseach themes currently include biobased polymers and natural anti-bacterials.
Graham manages BC’s Materials group which has a large portfolio of R&D and commercial work involving naturally derived materials, waste management and waste utilisation.
With a background in forestry, forest industries technology and natural materials science his research work has focused on novel wood protection techniques, chemical modification and novel resin systems. Work has included benchmarking resins in MDF production and the use of recycled wood in the particleboard industry.
Graham sits on the BSi advisory board MI/2 ‘BioProducts’ and the review committee for PAS 600. He is also on the boards of the Wood Technology Society and the Natural Materials Association and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining.
Adam is a materials chemist with 16 years experience working on contract research and collaborative R&D projects with industry. Research areas have included new materials for the photonics and molecular electronics sectors and the synthesis of chemical intermediates for the pharmaceuticals industry.
Adam is currently focusing on biorefining, particularly biomass fractionation and extraction using different technologies including pressurised refining and green solvents. He manages the BC BioProducts and BioRefining-Technology Transfer Centre and helped establish ‘The CO2 Lab’ – a pilot scale extraction facility investigating the use of green solvents, including supercritical fluids, at industrial scale.
Viacheslav has 14 years experience in synthetic organic chemistry and has investigated a range of bio-based technologies collaboratively with industry. He has worked on a new bio-resin platform to introduce formaldehyde free resin from renewable oils. Other recent projects include phthalate free plasticizers and the development of a new genre of plant based antioxidants.
Viacheslav’s research activities are aimed at modification of renewables such as vegetable oils and other plant extracts into resins, active additives and value added chemicals. He currently leads projects on synthesis of natural pesticides and on production of PLA and PBS from organic waste.
Radek has a first degree in chemical engineering and studied for a PhD in Organic Chemistry here at Bangor University. Radek has an industrial background gained in the petrochemical industry and has over 10 years experience working in technology transfer. His role in the Centre is to identify and develop new collaborative projects linked to industry and funded through EU and UK sources. His research interests include the exploitation of industrial biotechnology in the adhesives, chemicals, coatings, plant protection, food and pharma sectors.