Developing next-generation sustainable materials for consumer products

A new collaboration between the University of Liverpool, Unilever and the University of Oxford will seek to transform the global chemical supply chain and help the UK achieve Net Zero by 2050.

Image credits: University of Liverpool / McCoy Wynne

The £8.8million EPSRC Prosperity Partnership aims to reduce the carbon footprint of consumer products such as shampoo and laundry detergent through improved chemical production.

The project will develop new scientific platforms that will provide sustainable routes to the chemicals used in consumer products from waste such as carbon dioxide and other renewable feedstocks.

Prosperity Partnerships are business-led research partnerships between leading UK based businesses and their long-term strategic university partners.

The University of Liverpool has a long-standing strategic relationship with Unilever encompassing research and development, technology innovation and spin out activities.

The University’s Materials Innovation Factory (below) was established with Unilever. Scientists from both organisations collaborate in this state-of-the-art £81million facility, reflecting their shared vision of the role of automated, data-driven routes for materials discovery. These new routes will deliver the next-generation catalysts and polymers required for the new Net-Zero chemistry of consumer products. Read more