The BBC televsion programme Blue Planet II has led to heightened awareness and public concern about plastic pollution. The University of Birmingham's Professor Andrew Dove recently co-authored an article for Sience journal with Dr Haritz Sardon. In the article, he explains how chemists are rising to the global challenge of plastic pollution by developing both new methods of recycling used plastics and producing plastics from recylced materials which offer the possibility of infinite recyclability.
BP Project Pelican, a collaboration between BP Upstream Technology Subsurface Technology Centre, the University of Birmingham School of Chemistry and Kernow Analytical Technology Ltd, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Industry-Academia Collaboration Award winner for 2018.
One of the University of Birmingham's leading scientists and senior academics, Professor Tim Softley, has been named amongst the most eminent scientists and technologists in the UK and the Commonwealth.
Professor Andrew Dove, who works at the University of Birmingham, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Norman Heatley Award winner for 2018. He was born in Scunthorpe and raised in Spenborough and Heckmondwike.