ScotCHEM Industry Colloquia

The ScotCHEM Industry Colloquia are a series of prestigious lectures giving by leading industrialists. Each year, Scotland’s University chemistry departments invite leading industrial chemists to speak. The guests undertake a short tour of Scottish universities, meeting students and researchers. Upcoming Colloquia are available on our talks page.

Past Industry Colloquia: 


Commodity Chemicals at Grangemouth

Speaker: Dr Ian Little, INEOS Olefins & Polymers UK

The competitiveness of Grangemouth as a chemicals manufacturing site has been transformed over the past 5 years under INEOS Olefins & Polymers UK. This talk describes why that was necessary, how the transformation was generated and gives an insight into the operating plants and technology used to provide a platform for the business and its future growth.


Speaker: Dr Jeremy Burroughes, Cambridge Display Technology

Jeremy Burroughes is a physicist and engineer who has made valuable contributions to the development of plastic — or organic — electronics. His work on the science of semiconducting polymers and molecules, as well as their diverse applications, has enabled the growth of numerous new technologies.

Early in his career, Jeremy discovered that certain conjugated polymers were capable of emitting light when an electric current passed through them. The discovery of this previously unknown form of electroluminescence led to the foundation of Cambridge Display Technology where, as Chief Technology Officer, Jeremy has been responsible for numerous technology innovations, including the direct printing of full-colour OLED displays.

Jeremy has been widely recognised for his high-impact work, and in 2009 was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In 2002, he was one of the winners of the academy’s prestigious MacRobert Award, and he shared the 2005 Society for Information Display’s Jan Rajchman Prize for his discovery of polymer LEDs.